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Racism and anti-racism as lies

by Thierry Meyssan

The ideologies of anti-racism and racism are based on the same sham: there are separate human races that cannot have healthy common descent; a stupid postulate that everyone can see is nonsense. When questioned on the subject, the proponents of these two ideologies can only ensure that they speak figuratively, but shortly afterwards resume their racial interpretation of humanity and its history. As Thierry Meyssan shows, this passionate couple has never served the interests of anything but the dominant Powers.

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White rioters set fire to a police station in Minneapolis during the lynching of black George Flyod by a white policeman.

Human communities tend to overestimate their own way of life and distrust that of others. In order to maintain the cohesion of their group, some of its members have a reflex of rejecting newcomers. However, as soon as they get to know them, as soon as they understand that they are men like them, tensions ease.

To this ethnological functioning, ideologies were added in the 19th and 20th centuries : racism and anti-racism. In the context of British imperialism and the development of biology and genetics, these theories made it possible to justify the hierarchy or equal rights of populations.

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For the Nobel Prize for Medicine (1912) Alexis Carrel (researcher at the Rockefeller Foundation and supporter of Philippe Pétain and Adolf Hitler), minorities, the alienated and criminals should be eliminated when they prove to be dangerous.

Scientific racism

Following the theories of Charles Darwin (1809-1882) on the evolution of animal species, Herbert Spencer (1820-93), posited that there were distinct human races and that natural selection had led to the superiority of Whites. This was the beginning of “social Darwinism”. A cousin of Darwin’s, Sir Francis Galton (1822-1911), calibrated the races and linked the fertility rate of women to the degeneration of individuals. He was able to prove not only the superiority of whites over people of colour, but also the superiority of the rich over the poor.

A “scientific consensus” established that interracial mating was the cause of many handicaps. It was therefore essential to prohibit interracial mating in the same way as incest in order to preserve each race. This was “eugenics”. The application of this principle was all the more complex because, whatever the definition of each race, no individual is purebred, therefore each situation is subject to discussion. In the United States this logic not only led to discouraging the formation of couples between Europeans on the one hand and Indians, Blacks or Chinese on the other, but also to privileging Anglo-Saxon whites over non-Anglo-Saxon whites (Italians, Poles, Serbs, Greeks etc.) (Immigration Act in force from 1924 to 1965).

The Institute of Kaiser Wilhelm (German equivalent of the French CNRS) demonstrated that not only did the preservation of the race require not to breed with individuals of a different race, but also not to mate at all. Indeed, in the case of anal penetration, the genes of one and the other mixed together even though they had no offspring. Hence the prohibition of homosexuality by the Nazis.

It wasn’t until the fall of Nazism and decolonization that the “scientific consensus” was turned around and the incredible diversity within each supposed race was realized. What we are like in some individuals of other supposed races is far more important than what distinguishes us from individuals of our supposed race.

In July 1950, Unesco proclaimed the inanity of “social Darwinism” and “eugenics”. Quite simply, humanity may have come from several distinct prehistoric races of Homo sapiens, but it is only one race whose individuals can mate without risk. Of course, one did not have to be a scientist to notice this, but imperialist and colonial ideologies had temporarily clouded the minds of the “scientists”.

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Contrary to popular belief, slavery was not abolished in the USA because of the abolitionist movements, but because both sides in the Civil War needed to enlist new soldiers. Similarly, racial segregation was not abolished because of Martin Luther King, but because the Pentagon needed soldiers against Vietnam. In fact, he was assassinated by the FBI not because of his commitment to civil rights, but because he was opposed to the war.

Legal racism

As the scientists regained their unity, the lawyers divided into two different ways of approaching the issue. This time it was not imperialist and colonial ideologies that separated them, but their conceptions of the nation. For the Anglo-Saxons, it is an ethnic gathering (in the cultural sense), while for the French, it is a political choice. The main US legal dictionary states : “Nation : A large group of people having a common origin, language, and tradition and usu. constituting a political entity,” Black’s Law Dictionary, 2014. On the contrary, France since the Revolution has had : Nation : “A legal person constituted by all the individuals making up the State” (Order of King Louis XVI of 23 July 1789).

Today, the French vision is more or less universal ; that of the British is defended only by them and by their colonial creations : the Muslim Brotherhood and the Indian Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh [1].

Thus, despite the progress of science, the British today live under the Race Relations Act 1976 and are arbitrated by the Commission for Racial Equality, while the official French texts speak of “alleged race”. In practice, the two societies do not establish “racial” differences, but class for the British and social level for the French.

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In the USA, the media links anti-racist riots to the aftermath of slavery. However, the first slaves were not Africans but Europeans (indentured servants) and the United States is a country of immigration : the overwhelming majority of the current population had no ancestors there at the time of slavery.

Anti-Racism

In the West, anti-racism is now confused with antifascism. Even though there is no longer racism for lack of race, nor fascism for lack of the economic situations to which this thought responded. The groups that claim these ideas today have the peculiarity of claiming to be from the anti-capitalist far left, but they are subsidised by the speculator George Soros and work for NATO, the champion of capitalism. So they have military training.

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President Erdoğan reports his discussion with President Trump on Turkish television. Taking up our revelations, which were validated by MIT, he implicates the Pentagon and NATO in the organisation of anti-racist demonstrations in the United States and Europe.

It is not without delight that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan did not fail to point out, during a telephone interview with his US counterpart on June 8, 2020, that NATO had used the International Anti-Fascist Brigades against both Syria and Turkey [2] ; the same “Antifas” who coordinate the current anti-racist riots in the United States.

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The likely Democratic candidate, Joe Biden – whose proximity to the Pentagon has already earned him the vice-presidency of Barack Obama- speaks by video at the funeral of George Floyd. The media reports on an anti-racist ceremony. However, maintaining order for the Christian celebration was entrusted to the Nation of Islam, in solidarity with the black community. This organization lives in a closed circuit and prohibits interracial marriages for its members.

In reality, racism and anti-racism are two sides of the same coin. Both are based on the fantasy of races that we know do not exist. In both cases, it is an outdated conformism. The racists corresponded to imperialist and colonial ideologies, the anti-racists to financial globalization. Their only common political utility is to occupy the ground to mask authentic social struggles.

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How Washington intends to triumph

by Thierry Meyssan

During the quarter of Western lockdown, the map of the Middle East was profoundly transformed. Yemen has been divided into two separate countries, Israel is paralysed by two Prime Ministers who hate each other, Iran openly supports NATO in Iraq and Libya, Turkey occupies northern Syria, Saudi Arabia is close to bankruptcy. All alliances are being called into question and new dividing lines are appearing or rather reappearing.

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In 2001, Donald Rumsfeld and Admiral Arthur Cebrowski defined the Pentagon’s objectives in the era of financial capitalism. The staff then drew up this map of the partition of the Greater Middle East. However, in 2017, Donald Trump opposed (1) border changes (2) the creation of states governed by jihadists (3) the presence of US troops in the region. From then on, the Pentagon reflected on how to continue the destruction of state structures without questioning the countries and to the satisfaction of the White House.

For two decades Washington has been trying to “reshape” the “Greater Middle East”, an arbitrarily defined region stretching from Afghanistan to Morocco. However, over the last three years two strategies have clashed: on the one hand the Pentagon, which wants to destroy the state structures of all the countries in the region, whether friends or enemies, and on the other President Trump, who intends to dominate the region commercially without military occupation.

When lockdown was declared to prevent the Covid-19 outbreak, we warned that profound changes were taking place in the region and that it would no longer look like the one we had before. We started from the observation that Washington had given up on destroying the state in Syria, now a Russian reserved area. So the main question was, on the one hand, what the Pentagon’s next target in the region would be. There were two possible answers: Turkey or Saudi Arabia, both of which are allies of the United States. And, secondly, what markets the White House would try to open.

This analysis was shared by all those who interpret the last twenty years as the implementation of the Rumsfeld/Cebrowski strategy for the destruction of state structures in the Greater Middle East. It was, on the contrary, rejected by those who, refusing to take international factors into account, naively interpret events as a succession of civil wars (Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Yemen and perhaps soon Lebanon) with no link with each other.

Yet three months later, Turkey is militarily supported by Iran in Libya, while Saudi Arabia has disappeared from the radar, particularly in Yemen, and the Emirates are becoming the pole of regional stability. The regional shift has started to benefit Ankara and Abu Dhabi and to the detriment of Riyadh. The most radical transformations are the turnaround of Iran on the side of NATO, the easing of US-Turkey relations and the rise of the United Arab Emirates. So we were right, and those who give credit to the narrative of civil wars have become self-intoxicated. Of course, they will not recognize it and will need several months to adapt their erroneous discourse to the realities on the ground.

It goes without saying that each actor will have to adjust his or her position, so our observations are valid only for today. But the region is changing very quickly and those who think too long to react will automatically lose out; a point that is particularly valid for Europeans. Finally, this new situation is very unstable and will be called into question by Washington if President Trump does not succeed himself, or by Moscow if President Putin does not manage to retain power at the end of his presidential term, or by Beijing if President Xi persists in building sections of the Silk Roads in the West.

In the greatest media silence, the United Arab Emirates disassociated itself from Saudi Arabia on the Yemeni battlefield. They supported tribes that excluded Saudi troops from their country. Together with the British, they occupied the island of Socotra, taking control of the Strait of Bab el-Mandeb at the outlet of the Red Sea. They operated a de facto partition of Yemen, taking over the Cold War borders between North Yemen and South Yemen [1].

Iran, in spite of its border dispute with the Emirates and the war that they have just fought through Yemeni intermediaries, has been satisfied with this outcome, which allows the Shiite Houthis to obtain a semblance of peace, but not yet to defeat the famine. Finally accepting that Donald Trump had been elected president of the United States, Tehran renewed contact with Washington three years late. Spectacularly, the government of Hassan Rohani announced military support for the el-Sarraj government in Libya [2]. In practice, this means that it supports the Muslim Brotherhood (as in the 1990s in Bosnia-Herzegovina), Turkey and NATO (as during the regime of Shah Reza Pahlevi). Under these conditions, we no longer see what Iran is doing in Syria where it is supposed to fight against its new allies, the jihadists, Turkey and NATO.

Of course, it must be borne in mind that Iran, like the new Israel, is two-headed. The statements of the Rohani government may not commit the Guide of the Revolution, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Be that as it may, the reversal of this centrepiece puts Lebanese Hezbollah in a bad position. It now appears that it was indeed the United States that deliberately provoked the collapse of the Lebanese pound with the help of the governor of the Central Bank, Riad Salamé. Washington is now trying to impose on Beirut a US law (Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act) forcing it to close the Lebanese-Syrian border. To survive, Lebanon would be forced to form an alliance with the only other power with which it shares a land border: its former colonizer, Israel [3]. Certainly, the arrival in power in Tel Aviv of a two-headed coalition, combining the supporters of the former British colonial project and those of the nationalism of the third generation of Israelis, no longer allows for an invasion of Lebanon. But this coalition is extremely fragile and a return to the past remains possible, if not probable. The only solution for Lebanon is therefore not to apply US law and to turn not to the West, but to Russia and China. This is what Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah dared to say publicly. He considers that Iran – despite its rapprochement with Turkey (present in the North of Lebanon with the Muslim Brotherhood [4]) and with NATO (present behind Israel) – remains culturally the intermediary between China and the West. Throughout antiquity and the Middle Ages, one spoke not the multiple local languages along the Silk Road, but Persian.

Historically, Hezbollah was created on the model of the Bassij of the Iranian Revolution, whose flag it shares. However, until the Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon in 2005, its armament came from Damascus and not from Tehran. It will therefore have to choose between its two sponsors, either for ideological reasons or for material reasons. Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah is a supporter of the Syrian secular model, while his deputy, Sheikh Naïm Qassem, is an unconditional supporter of the Iranian theocratic model. But the money is in Tehran, not Damascus.

In any case, the Lebanese may be on the wrong track. They fail to understand why Washington is overwhelming them because they do not consider that the United States and Russia have decided to implement the regional Yalta that they negotiated in 2012 and that Hillary Clinton and François Hollande have blown up. In that case, Beirut may have been included in the Russian zone of influence without their knowledge.

Once again, and consistently for centuries, the interests of the Western powers have certainly been moving in the direction of secularism, but their strategy to dominate the region leads them inexorably to rely on the religious people against the nationalists (with the sole and brief exception of the USA in 1953).

Syria, encircled by US allies, has no choice but to source its supplies from Russia, something its ruling class has been reluctant to do for the past six years. This will only become possible with the resolution of the conflict between President Bashar al-Assad and his distant cousin, the billionaire Rami Makluf, and beyond, with all the Syrian oligarchs. This quarrel owes nothing to the family affair described by the Western media. It must be compared to the takeover of the Russian oligarchs by President Vladimir Putin during the 2000s, which enabled him to erase the errors of the Yeltsin period. Seventeen years of embargoes against Damascus have only delayed this inevitable showdown. It is only once this conflict has been resolved that Damascus will be able to consider recovering its lost territories, the Golan Heights occupied by Israel and Idleb occupied by Turkey [5].

Iraq was the second country – after the Emirates – to have understood the Iranian change. It immediately reached an agreement with Washington and the new Tehran to appoint the head of its secret service, Mustafa al-Kadhimi, as prime minister, despite the fact that he has been violently accused during the last six months by the former Tehran of having actively participated in the assassination in Baghdad of the Shiite hero Qassem Soleimani [6]. Iraq should therefore no longer fight the resurgence of its jihadist groups (mercenary organizations of the Anglo-Saxons and now supported by Iran), but negotiate with its leaders.

Israel, the only state in the world that is now governed by two prime ministers, will no longer be able to play the role of an extension of the Anglo-Saxon powers, nor will it be able to become a nation like the others. Its entire foreign policy is paralysed at the very moment when Lebanon is weakened and represents for it a prey of choice. For the supporters of the colonial project, united behind Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and now losing momentum, Iran’s change is already visible in Iraq and Libya. There is an urgent need to invent a new iconic enemy in order to maintain itself. On the contrary, for the Israeli nationalists, united behind Second Prime Minister Benny Gantz, it is advisable not to throw stones at anyone and to negotiate cautiously with Hamas (i.e. with the Muslim Brotherhood) [7].

Egypt remains focused on its food problem. It only manages to feed its population with Saudi aid and plans its development with Chinese aid. For the moment it is paralysed by the Saudi retreat and the anti-Chinese US offensive. However, it is continuing to rearm.

Libya, at last, no longer exists as a state. It is divided in two like Yemen. Due to NATO’s victory in 2011 and the absence of US troops on the ground, it is the only place in the region where the Pentagon can pursue the Rumsfeld/Cebrowski strategy without obstacles [8]. The recent military successes of the el-Sarraj (i.e. Muslim Brotherhood) government – supported by Turkey and now also by Iran – should not be an illusion. The government of Marshal Haftar -supported by the Emirates and Egypt- is resisting. The Pentagon intends to prolong the conflict as long as possible to the detriment of the entire population. It supports both sides at the same time as it did during the Iraq-Iran war (1980-88) and will always come to the aid of the loser, whom it will abandon the next day.

The two big losers of the new situation remain: China and Saudi Arabia.

The Chinese influence stops in Iran. It has just been stopped by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Israel. Beijing will not build the largest desalination plant in the world and its projects at the ports of Haifa and Ashdod are doomed to failure despite the huge investments already made. No one will dare to eliminate the 18,000 Chinese jihadists at the Syrian-Turkish border [9] so that it will always remain unstable, closing the possibility of the northern passage of the Silk Road. There will thus remain only the hypothesis of the Southern passage, through the Egyptian Suez Canal, but this will remain under the control of the Westerners.

No one knows where Saudi Arabia stands. In three years, Prince Mohamed Ben Salmane (MBS) has managed to arouse wild hopes in the West and to alienate all the powers in the region by hanging and dismembering his opponents followed by dissolving their bodies with acid. His country had to retreat in Yemen, where it had recklessly ventured, and give up its great works, notably the construction of the free zone that was to house the world’s billionaires, Neom [10]. Its gigantic oil reserves are no longer objects of speculation and have lost most of their value. The greatest military power of the region is only a colossus with feet of clay about to die in the desert sands where it was born.

In the end, President Donald Trump is achieving his goal: he has defeated the Pentagon’s plan to give a state to a terrorist organization, Daesh, and then managed to get all the states in the region back into the US economic zone except Syria, which has already been lost since 2014. At the same time, however, the Pentagon also triumphed in part: it succeeded in destroying the state structures of Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Yemen. Its only failure was in Syria, certainly because of the Russian military intervention, but above all because the Syrians have embodied the concept of the state since the dawn of time.

The annihilation of Afghan state structures, according to the Pentagon’s plan, and the withdrawal of US troops, which will be effective on the day of the US presidential election, according to the will of President Trump, could have marked the alliance between these two forces. However, this is not the case. The Pentagon tried in vain to impose martial law in the United States in the face of the Covid-19 epidemic [11], then it gave covert assistance to the “Antifas” that it had already supervised in Syria [12] to coordinate supposedly “racial” riots. Russia, which has never wavered in its position, is wisely waiting to reap the laurels of its commitment in Syria.

[1] “First NATO-ME War Overturns Regional Order”, by Thierry Meyssan, Translation Roger Lagassé, Voltaire Network, 24 March 2020.

[2] “Iran openly backs NATO in Lybia”, Voltaire Network, 17 June 2020.

[3] “Hassan Nasrallah says US wants to cause famine in Lebanon”, Voltaire Network, 17 June 2020.

[4] “Turkey and demonstrations in Lebanon”, Voltaire Network, 13 February 2020.

[5] “Turkey’s de facto annexation of Syria”, Voltaire Network, 18 June 2020.

[6] “Washington, Tehran place one of Soleimani’s assassins in power in Iraq”, Voltaire Network, 16 May 2020.

[7] “The Decolonization of Israel has Begun”, by Thierry Meyssan, Translation Roger Lagassé, Voltaire Network, 26 May 2020.

[8] “Preparing for a new war”, by Thierry Meyssan, Translation Roger Lagassé, Voltaire Network, 7 January 2020.

[9] “The 18,000 al-Qaeda Uighurs in Syria”, Translation Roger Lagassé, Voltaire Network, 21 August 2018.

[10] “Egypt contributes part of its own territory for Plan Neom”, Translation Anoosha Boralessa, Voltaire Network, 8 March 2018.

[11] “Putchists in the Shadow of the Coronavirus”, by Thierry Meyssan, Translation Roger Lagassé, 31 March 2020. “The Pentagon against President Trump”, Voltaire Network, 12 June 2020.

[12] “NATO’s Anarchist Brigades”, by Thierry Meyssan, Translation Pete Kimberley, Voltaire Network, 12 September 2017.

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Lebanon turns to EU for help against US

By: Sammi Ibrahem,Sr

On 30 June 2020 during a videoconference devoted to the reconstruction of Syria, Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab appealed to the United Nations and the European Union for their help in respect to the Caesar bill.

The Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act, which entered into force on 17 June, is a US piece of legislation meant to punish Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, guilty of still being there after years of braving threats, an embargo, false charges, a rigged trial and war.

It imposes US sanctions on any person or entity that extends assistance to the Syrian “regime”.

However, the sanctions can be dodged by Syria since it can deal through the Kurdish mercenaries sponsored by the Pentagon, but not by Lebanon, whose population is already starting to go hungry.

“I call on the United Nations, the European Union and friendly countries to protect Lebanon from the negative repercussions of any sanctions which could be imposed on the Syrians, in particular within the framework of the Caesar Act, and to ensure that such repercussions do not disrupt our commercial and economic activities abroad, thus jeopardizing our ongoing efforts to overcome the crisis that our country is going through,” said Hassan Diab.

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Turkey: French spies detained

By: Sammi Ibrahem,Sr

The Turkish police arrested four members of a cell spying for France.

According to the police, the spy cell had been operating in Turkey since 2013. It was headed by Metin Özdemir, a former Turkish military, who underwent intelligence training in France and was attached to the French Consulate General in Istanbul. He was in charge of overseeing the Turkish far right and associations linked to Fettullah Gülen (banned after the 2015 coup).

The spies were in possession of fake MIT (Turkish Secret Service) cards and reported to two DGSE (French Secret Service) officers. They received a salary of 600 euros per month.

The Franco-Turkish dispute is getting worse, as France continues to support the PKK (Kurdish organisation); backs Greece in its oil claims and was recently involved in a collision with the Turkish navy off Libya. She requested NATO to open an investigation into the incident.

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Austerity Britain: where the homeless seek shelter in bins

Report reveals shocking rise of bin sleepers as one waste worker recounts finding children as young as nine or ten.

Proletarian writers

What are we to make of the ‘values’ and priorities of a rich country in which human beings are forced to take shelter in wheelie bins?

Dave Pyne, 65-year-old HGV driver recently reported to North Wales Live that, two years ago, he had been tasked with emptying a recycling bin into a crusher in Wrexham.

However, feeling that “something didn’t feel right”, he recalled: “My sixth sense said to check it, so I opened the lid, and as I started to move pieces around, I couldn’t believe what I saw.

“Inside were two young kids sleeping – a boy and a girl. They must have only been nine or 10.

“I woke them up, and they were so scared, they jumped out and ran off. I reported it to social services, but I never heard anything back.” (Two kids found asleep in wheelie bin by stunned worker about to put it in crusher, The Mirror, 2 March 2020)

Mr Payne reported this harrowing scenario to his local radio station in a discussion following a report released by waste management company Biffa, which claimed that there has been a ‘shocking surge’ in homeless people seeking refuge in bins.

The Mirror article also makes clear that Mr Pyne’s experience was by no means a one-off freak incident.

“At least seven people are known to have been killed in the last five years because they were sleeping in bins, according to a health and safety executive.

“From April to December 2019, Biffa employees recorded 109 ‘near misses’ or encounters with people either sleeping in or near its bins.

“The increase in rough sleepers discovered in wheelie bins is being linked to the rise of homelessness across the UK.”

Five years ago, another story was published in the same paper about a 44-year-old rough sleeper who survived two compact cycles by the crushing blade after he was dumped from a wheelie bin into a rubbish truck. (Homeless man survives bin lorry compactor in miracle escape – twice, The Mirror, 9 December 2015)

David Payne concluded his comments on the air with some hard-hitting advice to waste management workers:

“I encourage everyone I work with to always check the bin. You would never forgive yourself if you didn’t, and there was a person inside.

“Once that bin is emptied into the truck, it’s too late. There is a blade inside that cuts through the rubbish. A person would be crushed.”

That this is the state of affairs we have reached in the world’s sixth-richest country is truly shocking – and a damning indictment of the system of monopoly capitalism that even in its heartlands it is incapable of providing the basic necessities for all its people.

It has been interesting to note how quickly since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic – an illness that can affect the rich as well as the poor (although it affects the poor disproportionately) – local council leaders who previously wrung their hands over the ‘insoluble’ problem of homelessness have all of a sudden found that it is possible after all to find shelter and food for all those sleeping on the streets of Britain’s biggest cities.

What happens to all those people when the lockdown ends remains to be seen. One thing is for sure: the only way to ensure secure homes for all in the long term – along with guaranteed jobs, pensionshealthcare and education – is for workers to take over the running of society and use Britain’s massive productive forces to meet their needs.

If we take one lesson from the current pandemic, it is that a system in which the majority slave for peanuts (if they can find work at all) so that a handful of parasitic billionaires can amass ever more wealth from the work done by others is unfit for purpose and must be abolished.

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The Nazi regime bombs Arab Syrian Army

By: Sammi Ibrahem,Sr

During the night of 23-24 June, the Nazi regime carried out air strikes against the Syrian Arab Army.

The Nazi bombers approached the Nazi occupied Syrian Golan Heights to hit Soueida and flew over Jordan to reach Deir Ez-zor, the largest city in eastern Syria.

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Nazi thugs attack Palestinian man in the occupied Hebron

Dutton and Turnbull are Nazi enablers

A group of Nazi thugs from the Nazi Jewish illegal settlement of Dabouyia in the Nazi occupied section of the southern West Bank city of Hebron attacked last night a Palestinian man in Shuhada Street, as shown in a video of the incident.

A lone Nazi soldier in the heavily protected area attempted to intervene but the thugs kept coming back after the Palestinian man, who was not identified, and attack him.

Palestinians who attempt to defend themselves against settlers are often shot and killed under the pretext of attacking Nazi Jewish settler , while the settlers who attack Palestinians and vandalize their property often get away with and are never prosecuted for their actions.

Nazi Jewish from the illegal settlement of Kiryat Arba in Hebron also attacked last night Palestinian homes and vehicles nearby causing heavy damage to property, according to local sources.

Nazi Jewish settler attacks against Palestinian civilians in the Nazi occupied section of Hebron have increased since the departure of the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH) in February 2019 after Nazi PM Naziyahu has terminated its mandate as an observer force established by a United Nations Security Council resolution in 1994 and composed of 180 members of several European countries with a mission to monitor and report on such attacks by Jewish settlers against the vulnerable and defenseless civilian Palestinian population in the Nazi occupied Hebron.

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Second spike looms: Boris opts for ‘whack-a-mole’ over having a good plan

On every level, the performance of socialist countries in dealing with Covid-19 is putting the profiteering, anti-worker ethos of capitalism to shame.

Proletarian writers

North Korea’s strict precautions, taken on the principle of ‘better safe than sorry’ have ensured that the country has so far been completely free of Covid-19.

The soothing mood music emanating from Downing Street is aimed at giving workers the impression that the health crisis is calming down and the government, guided by sober science, is now judiciously engaged in fine-tuning the gradual easing of the lockdown. The reality is quite other, however: the illness is not going away any time soon.

Every day, a further 8,000 people are getting infected by Covid-19, and there is every possibility of the illness building to a lethal second spike, thanks to the disorderly stampede back to work, the precipitate reopening of schools and the loosening of restrictions on social contact – a loosening driven not by science but by a desire to court cheap popularity and to reduce losses to big business and costs to the Treasury.

The reality is that Britain has so far notched up the second-highest death rate in Europe, narrowly pipped at the post by Spain, as measured by excess mortality figures. The Financial Times explains: “Excess mortality is calculated by counting everyone who has died in a country and subtracting the average number of people who passed away over the same period in the past five years,” and notes that “Chris Whitty, the UK’s chief medical officer, called excess deaths ‘the key metric’.”

By this internationally recognised measure, Britain “has registered 59,537 more deaths than usual since the week ending 20 March, indicating that the virus has directly or indirectly killed 891 people per million”.

And unlike other countries, which have managed to contain the worst of the virus mostly to within one or two geographical areas, in Britain the excess death rate rose sharply across the whole country. Given the tardiness of the government in imposing lockdown in the first place, and the precipitate way in which restrictions are now being eased, the conclusion drawn by the FT article makes sobering reading:

“Examining the cause of the high death rates in certain countries, the strongest link appears at this stage to be between the date of a country’s lockdown and the probable number of infections that already existed when restrictions were applied.” (UK suffers second-highest death rate from coronavirus by John Burn-Murdoch and Chris Giles, 28 May 2020)

Guided by the science?

The scientific establishment, until now tending to keep any concerns it may have had about public policy under wraps, is starting to show signs of discomfort at being asked to lend its professional credibility to help fill the government’s own gaping credibility gap.

No less than three of the government’s scientific advisors have started vigorously blowing their whistles over the latest batch of mixed signals issuing from Number Ten.

“Professor John Edmunds OBE sits on the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) – advising ministers on its response to the pandemic. The professor has warned Covid-19 incidents remain ‘really quite high’ in England, warning on the easing of restrictions: ‘We can’t lift things very much at all.’

“Prof Edmunds’ concerns join a growing list of expert advisers to the government expressing apprehension about England’s easing of lockdown. Prof Edmunds was joined by Professor Peter Horby, of the University of Oxford, and Sir Jeremy Farrar to warn that ministers are taking risks. All three are members of the Sage committee.

“Speaking to ITV News, Prof Edmunds said: ‘I think we are taking a bit of a risk at the moment, there’s a couple of things. One, the reproduction number is only just below one at the moment, so we don’t have a lot of headroom, we can’t lift things very much at all.

“‘Secondly, the incidents are really quite high, so [according to] the ONS survey we are getting 8,000 new infections every day in England, in just the community, that’s not counting cases that may occur in hospitals and care homes, and even other settings such as prisons. That’s quite a lot of cases, 8,000 every day.’” (Easing lockdown is ‘taking a bit of a risk’ warns top scientific adviser to government, ITV, 30 May 2020)

Another expert to speak out was a former director of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Professor Anthony Costello. He warned that the country could face a “resurgence” of the disease.

Ever since news of the pandemic hit the headlines, the government has been inconsistent in its handling of the situation. It delayed implementing a lockdown in the first place, allowing major crowd events like the Cheltenham races to claim their crop of victims. Once the lockdown was in place, the official advice came out in piecemeal form with many mixed signals, with even the police struggling to make sense of the rules.

And now that the government has begun to relax the rules in fits and starts, it is suddenly getting enthused about test, track and trace as the panacea that will fix everything – having dragged its feet for months on testing, and having as yet only got so far as launching eleven track-and-trace pilot experiments.

Boris Johnson’s ‘whack-a-mole tactics’

Boris Johnson’s reaction to the recent Covid outbreak in Weston hospital neatly sums up the chaotic opportunism which takes the place of any real planning.

When news broke that 40 percent of the staff who had been tested for the virus came out as positive (many of them asymptomatic) and more than 60 patients were infected, necessitating the closure of the hospital to new patients, the prime minister seized on this disaster to blow his own trumpet, claiming that it demonstrated the efficacy of government policy.

Rather than ponder about what such an occurrence might warn us about encouraging day trippers to head en masse to seaside locations like Weston, he claimed that the decision to close the hospital was in accordance with a grand plan to enforce more localised measures in a bid to stop the spread of the virus.

Johnson claimed: “We will be working with the local outbreak committees, and those responsible for dealing with whatever happens locally, and we will go through the local resilience forums which are leading on this.

“The Joint Biodiversity Centre will be looking at, for instance, the other day you saw there was an outbreak in Weston-super-Mare. We moved very quickly to close things down there to try to sort it out. That is the kind of whack-a-mole tactics that we are going to use as we keep driving the virus down and keep reducing the incidents.” (‘Whack-a-mole’ closure of Somerset hospital is first example of new localised lockdown tactics to curb coronavirus spread – Boris Johnson by Tomas Malloy, Somerset Live, 27 May 2020)

Or, in other words, keep on reacting to events, keep on fighting individual brush fires, and muddle through with no real plan.

Meanwhile, the stick needed to enable this ‘whack-a-mole’ strategy to be implemented – testing, tracking and tracing – is noticeably absent. Test results still routinely take 48 hours to arrive, despite the fact that effective contact tracing needs to be done within two days of a person becoming symptomatic.
Moreover, although some 2,000 people a day are presently being tested positive for coronavirus, the contact tracing that is supposed to follow diagnosis is not actually in place.

In the first four days of the tracing system going live, many of the 3,000 clinical caseworkers and 15,000 non-clinical ‘tier 3’ tracers who have been employed to do this vital job reported being unable to log into the system in order to carry out training modules, or unable to see any cases when they had logged on.

As one tracer put it, there is “an awful lot of money being poured into people to sit around not doing the job they were hired to do”. Despite all the evidence from other countries that this infrastructure would be our only route to contain the virus and first prevent and then come out of lockdown, the government only began seriously to discuss it in late April. (Contact tracers claim they have no work in ‘shambolic’ system by Billy Kenber, The Times, 1 June 2020)

Capitalism serves profit, not the people

Only a national plan driven by the welfare of the population, not by the capitalist market, would deal with the pandemic in the most humane and sane way, and only socialism can deliver that, as demonstrated in ChinaCuba and the DPRK.

In a recent article in the Guardian, George Monbiot pointed to what he describes as “the pernicious role of corporate power in public policy”, and how that hampers efforts to deal with health crises like the current pandemic.

A case in point has been the tragic farce over getting hold of the right personal protective equipment (PPE). Monbiot notes that some lucky manufacturing companies “have mysteriously been granted monopolies on the supply of essential equipment. These private monopolies have either failed to meet their contracts, or provided defective gear to the entire NHS, like the 15m protective goggles and the planeload of useless surgical gowns that had to be recalled.

“Instead of stockpiling supplies, as emergency preparedness demands, companies in these chains have been using just-in-time production systems, whose purpose is to cut their costs by minimising stocks. Their minimised systems could not be scaled up fast enough to meet the shortfall.”

An approach to inventory control like this may be superb for generating profits but has proved a disaster when it’s a question of protecting the health of key workers.

Again, speaking of the wholesale privatisation of the care sector, Monbiot notes: “Even before the pandemic, the system was falling apart, as many care companies, unable to balance the needs of their patients with the demands of their shareholders, collapsed, often with disastrous consequences.

“Now we discover just how dangerous their commercial imperatives have become, as the drive to make care profitable has created a fragmented, incoherent system, answerable sometimes to offshore owners, that fails to meet basic standards, and employs harassed workers on zero-hour contracts.”

And if the moneybags fear that emergency steps taken by a national government to deal with a national crisis may harm a hair on the head of their profit-taking, they will not hesitate to go to a (bourgeois) court to defend the rights of private property against the people’s health and welfare.

Monbiot cites a report by the Corporate Europe Observatory, which “shows how law firms are exploring the possibility of suing governments for the measures they have taken to stop the pandemic. Many trade treaties contain a provision called ‘investor state dispute settlement’. This enables corporations to sue governments in opaque offshore tribunals, for any policies that might affect their ‘future anticipated profits’.

“So when governments, in response to coronavirus, have imposed travel restrictions, or requisitioned hotels, or instructed companies to produce medical equipment or limit the price of drugs, the companies could sue them for the loss of the money they might otherwise have made.” (Tory privatisation is at the heart of the UK’s disastrous coronavirus response by George Monbiot, The Guardian, 27 May 2020)

Socialist planning serves the people

Such is the morality of the degenerate capitalists, shaping the morality of the societies they dominate. It is past time for it to be seen off by the revolutionary morality of the working class.

When apologists for capitalism furrow their brows and tell us how complicated it is to plan to meet the needs of society, we should invite them to take a look at how China and Cuba have been dealing with the pandemic. Or have a look at how the DPRK has been coping, despite the imposition of US sanctions, which seek to punish the Korean people for choosing the socialist path.

In a recent interview, Russian ambassador to Pyongyang Alexander Matsegora paid tribute to the vigorous measures that the north Korean government has taken to protect the health of its people.

“I must say that the leadership of the DPRK has taken the most resolute and strict measures to prevent this infection from entering the country. And it did so before anyone else. Even China still kept its borders open, but here entry/exit restrictions were introduced at the end of January, and since the beginning of February, the outer borders were tightly closed with an iron lock.

“Since then, it has become absolutely impossible to come here, even for north Korean citizens who are abroad – all of them still cannot get to their homeland (as you know, it is the compatriots returning from abroad who are the main distributors of infection for any country). The border provinces that have the most advanced ties with China were isolated from the rest of the country, as, by the way, was Pyongyang, where Chinese tourists came back in January.

“As for those who entered here after the outbreak of the epidemic in China, all of them, including foreigners, were placed in an unconditional 30-day quarantine, followed by daily checks by visiting teams of doctors for another month.

“Already in February, everyone here wore masks, and in every institution, in every entrance to residential buildings, their temperature was measured at the entrance and their hands and shoes were disinfected. School children and students were placed in complete isolation in mid-February, which began to weaken only in early May.

“Now there has been further easing of the measures. We are able to visit the market and all major shopping centres and the country has gradually begun to import goods again, but there is no international passenger traffic, and masks and widespread disinfections remain.”

Countering those who dismiss the DPRK’s efforts to combat the pandemic and accuse the government of secrecy about the virus, Matsegora pointed out: “Pyongyang does not hesitate to give World Health Organisation (WHO) and international humanitarian organisations comprehensive information about such diseases as tuberculosis or dysentery (and receives substantial assistance for their treatment).” (Russia unhappy at dialogue deep freeze between Pyongyang and Washington, The Communists, 31 May 2020)

It is the imperialist media in the west that try to conceal the successful efforts of the socialist countries in dealing with the virus, eager to hide their success, fearing that the world’s peoples might learn from their example.

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US-Assad negotiations

By: Sammi Ibrahem,Sr

On 23 June 2020, Syrian Foreign Affairs Minister Walid Moallem gave a press conference to denounce the burning of vast areas of farmland by the United States and the jihadists and the repercussions of the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act.

Asked about the existence of SECRET negotiations between the Presidential Palace and the White House, he briefly confirmed that they had started irrespective of the above developments.

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Americans starve so that ‘Israelis’ kill! Everything you need to know about US taxpayers’ money in ‘Israel’

Will the US continue to fund and support Israel if the latter starts to implement its annexation plan, grabbing more land and displacing more Palestinians, as Palestinian lives apparently do not matter?!

 By: Nour Dawood  

Many concerns are being expressed among pro-Israel groups and inside Israel about cutting the U.S. financial aid to Israel if it starts to implement Netanyahu’s annexation plan.

A joint Israeli-Arab rally against Israeli plans to annex the West Bank took place in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square on Saturday evening. Senator Bernie Sanders addressed the rally in a video from the US. He expressed his support to the protestors, stating that “any plans to annex any parts of the West Bank must be stopped.”

Last month, AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and the most powerful pro-Israel group in the country, said it would be a mistake to allow Israel’s annexation of parts of the West Bank to weaken US-Israel ties.

“Some have proposed reducing our ties with Israel because they object to the potential decision by Israel’s leaders to extend Israeli sovereignty to parts of the West Bank,” AIPAC statement said.

“Some have proposed reducing our ties with Israel because they object to the potential decision by Israel’s leaders to extend Israeli sovereignty to parts of the West Bank,” AIPAC statement said.

18 Democratic senators, including Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, have warned of the impacts of Israeli annexation to Israel’s bilateral and bipartisan relationship with the United States.

The letter, which the senators have sent to Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and the new alternate PM Benny Gantz, said that Israel’s annexation “would have a clear impact on both Israel’s future and our vital bilateral and bipartisan relationship.”

The letter also stated that the annexation “would betray our shared democratic values by denying Palestinians’ right to self-determination in a viable, sovereign, independent and contiguous state.”

While speaking at an online event organized by JDCA, the Jewish Democratic Council of America, Speaker of the US House Nancy Pelosi has warned that the Israeli annexation would undermine U.S. national security and would harm bipartisan support for Israel.

U.S. Military Aid to Israel

Almost all the US aid to Israel is sent as military assistance. Over the past years, the U.S. has spent millions to provide Israel with a strong military arsenal.

Under the 10-year Memorandum of Understanding between the US and Israel, signed in 2016, the US will set funding for Israel at levels of $3.3 billion in foreign military financing and $500 million for cooperative programs for missile defense over each of the next ten years.

In October 2018, State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a press release, “The United States unconditionally affirms Israel’s right to self-defense, and this MOU is a concrete demonstration of our commitment to Israel’s capacity to defend itself with a qualitative military edge over all potential regional adversaries.”

From 1946 to 2017, the US had spent 94,790.100 in military aid to Israel and 5,705.609 in Israel’s missile defense. In 2018, Israel received 3,100.000 for the military and 705.800 for its missile defense.

For the year 2020, the Trump Administration requested $3.3 billion in foreign military financing for Israel and $500 million in missile defense aid to mark the second year of the MOU.

Also, the US has spent $1.559 billion for Israel’s Iron Dome batteries, interceptors and co-production costs. In 2014, the US and Israel signed a co-production agreement to enable the manufacture of components of the Iron Dome system in the US while providing the U.S. Missile Defense Agency with full access to what had been proprietary Iron Dome technology.

Neighboring developing countries at Israel’s gunpoint

Israel is a high-technology superpower, and it’s ranked 18 of 138 out of the countries considered for the annual GFP review for 2020. It has 259 fighters, 2760 tanks, and 10,257 armored vehicles. Its defense budget equals $20,000,000,000.

In 2000, the Israeli air force received its first operational Arrow missile battery, which is partially funded by the US to intercept long-range ballistic missiles, making Israel the first country in the world with an operational system that could shoot down incoming enemy missiles.

If we compare Israel’s military strength with the Palestinians’, it would appear that Israel has an airforce, navy, tanks, and even nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons, as well as ballistic missiles, while Palestinians have none of this.

The Palestinians don’t have an army, however, they have resistance factions. Those factions, which serve as the backbone of the future Palestinian defense forces, are mostly listed on the US lists of terrorist organizations, which means that they are sanctioned and prevented from getting any military aid to defend the Palestinian people.

This leads us to the fact that most of the Palestinian factions depend on simple locally manufactured weapons. Hamas’ arsenal, which has been spearheading the Palestinian resistance, mostly consists of locally manufactured missiles and drones according to a recent report by the Associated Press. A very modest arsenal compared to the Israeli nuclear capabilities.

Regarding Lebanon, Lebanon has been ranked this year 118 out of 138 in the annual GFP review. Lebanon has 366 tanks and 2228 armored vehicles, and its defense budget equals $2,500,000,000, which is nothing comparing to Israel’s defense budget, i.e $20,000,000,000.

For Syria, which is ranked 55 out of 138 in the annual GFP review, it has 199 fighters 5370 and armored vehicles, and its defense budget equals $1,800,000,000.

All of this reiterates that the occupation state is posing a serious threat to its neighboring Arab countries, especially with the colonial nature of Zionism and Israel’s rejection to limit its borders.

Huge potential into the wrong hands

Israel uses its military power in its occupation of Palestine and in committing human rights violations against Palestinians, including but not limited to home demolitions and unlawful killings.

With armored bulldozers, Israel demolished and continues to demolish Palestinians’ homes. From 2006 until 30 April 2020, Israel demolished at least 1,552 Palestinian residential units in the West Bank, causing 6,780 people to lose their homes. In 2019 only, Israel demolished 265 structures in East Jerusalem and 256 structures in the West Bank.

Also, Israeli occupation forces conducted hundreds of raids throughout the West Bank to arrest Palestinians, usually at their homes at night, violating international humanitarian law, which prohibits the transfer of detainees into the territory of the Occupying Power. Nearly 4,638 Palestinians, including 458 administrative detainees, were held in Israeli prisons as of November 2019, according to the Israel Prison Service. At the end of April 2020, there were 4,331 Palestinian detainees and prisoners being held in Israeli prisons, including 274 from Gaza Strip.

Furthermore, Israeli crimes are not limited to the demolitions and raids. In 2014, Israel launched one of its deadliest military aggressions against Gaza. In this aggression which lasted for 51 days, Israeli airstrikes and shelling killed at least 2,251 Palestinians, including 578 children and 489 women. Also, between March and November 2019, Israeli forces killed 189 Palestinian demonstrators in the Great Return March, including 31 children and 3 medical workers, and wounded more than 5,800 with live fire. With the same bulldozers that it uses in the demolishing of Palestinians’ homes, Israel murdered a Palestinian young man in Gaza before sending the bulldozer to drag his body.

Israel also uses its military power against its neighboring countries, Syria and Lebanon, by launching missiles and attacking targets. Since 2011, when the Syrian conflict began, Israel has launched hundreds of attacks in Syria targeting the government troops and allied Iranian forces. It had also used Lebanon’s airspace to launch attacks on Syria. There have been almost routine attacks in the form of rocket fire as well as assassinations and air raids carried out exclusively by Israel. In 2006, Israel waged war on Hezbollah positions in southern Lebanon and the Lebanese capital Beirut, by land, air, and sea. This 34-day war killed 1,109 Lebanese, the majority of whom were civilians.

It will not be surprising to say that Israel is one of the world’s top weapons exporters with approximately $6.5 billion in annual arms sales. About 4.5 percent of its GDP, Gross domestic product, is spent on research and development, of that amount, about 30 percent goes to products of a military nature. By contrast, only 2 percent of German research and development and 17 percent of US research and development is for the military.

Taxes on Americans to pay for more war crimes

It would be interesting to know that the US gives 3.1 billion dollars of the US taxpayers money to Israel every year. American taxpayers have given more money to Israel than to any other nation, despite the fact that Israel commits daily human rights violations.

On May 21st, the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations passed a bill, footing by the US taxpayers, to give Israel a minimum of $38 billion over the next ten years, over $7,000 per minute, despite the ongoing devastation to the US economy.

There are no reasons for this except maintaining the military occupation and committing what the UN has called “war crimes”.

Last year, a UN report released found that Israeli occupation forces used live ammunition against unarmed protesters, killing at least 189 Palestinians during protests near the separation fence between Israel and Gaza in 2018, stating that those violations “may constitute war crimes.”

“The Israeli Security Forces committed violations of international human rights and humanitarian law. Some of those violations may constitute war crimes or crimes against humanity, and must be immediately investigated by Israel,” said UN Commissioner Kaari Betty Murungi.

The UN is not the only one who has called Israel’s human rights violations against Palestinians as war crimes, but also the ICC. In 2019, ICC’s prosecutor Fatou Bensouda decided to open an investigation in Israel’s war crimes in Palestine,

“I am satisfied that there is a reasonable basis to proceed with an investigation into the situation in Palestine, pursuant to Article 53(1) of the Statute. In brief, I am satisfied that war crimes have been or are being committed in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip,” stated the prosecutor.

What’s next? Will the US continue to fund and support Israel if the latter starts to implement its annexation plan, grabbing more land and displacing more Palestinians, as Palestinian lives apparently do not matter?!

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