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200,000 Zio-Nazi expected in “Kurdistan” once independence is declared

200,000 Israelis expected in “Kurdistan” once independence is declared

Voltaire Network 

According to the magazine Israel-Kurd based in Erbil, the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu and Massoud Barzani, the self-appointed President of the future independent Kurdistan, have reached a secret agreement.

Tel-Aviv is committed to installing 200,000 Israelis of Kurdish origin in Kurdistan.

The announcement has been widely repeated in the Turkish, Iranian and Arab press. The plan to create a South Sudan and a Kurdistan has been an Israeli military objective following missile development at the end of the nineties. These territories, largely administered by the Israelis, have enabled a rear attack on Egypt and Syria.

Out of the 8.5 million Israelis living in Israel, around 200,000 are of Kurdish origin. In March 1951, “Operation Ezra and Nehemiah” (named after the biblical persons that organized the flight of the Jewish people from Babylon) permitted 11,000 Jewish Kurds to emigrate from Iraq to Israel. The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee of New York funded this operation. The planes used for this air lift were made available by the Cuban dictator, Fulgencio Batista.

The Barzani family that governs the Iraqi Kurdistan with an iron fist, is historically connected to Israel. Mullah Mustafa Barzani, father of the current president Massoud Barzani, was one of Mossad’s high official.

The Israeli Prime Minister is the only head of government to have publicly declared his support of the creation of an independent Kurdistan outside the historic Kurdish territory (which would also be to the detriment of the indigenous populations).

Despite the prohibition declared by the Iraqi Constitutional Court, a referendum will take place on 25 September 2017 with a view to declaring this new State.

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U.S. government a friend to the far right around the world


U.S. government a friend to the far right around the world

The following is an edited version of a talk given by PSL member Satya Vatti at an August 25th Liberation Forum in Albuquerque, N.M.

The significance of the events in Charlottesville is that it brought to light the emergence of an ideological fascist movement, which is armed and confident, and no longer in hiding. However, it is important to be clear that Trump is not the cause, but rather he is a horrible symptom of the system we live under. White supremacy didn’t begin with Trump, nor did it not exist under the first Black president of the United States.

We must place the growth of the “alt-right,” neo-Nazi white supremacist movement and its organized terror in the context of the international situation. There is a connection between what is happening here at home and the situation abroad.

Since at least the economic crisis in 2008, also known as the housing market crash, U.S. imperialism has been in protracted decline. While the economies of the most powerful capitalist countries have stagnated, the insatiable thirst of the ruling class for more profits remains. Progressive and anti-imperialist governments – in fact any government that does not fully submit to the dictates of Washington – across the world pose a threat to the aims of the U.S. capitalist class because they will not allow imperialists to unconditionally extract or loot raw materials, dominate their markets, and exploit their people for cheap labor.

So how will the U.S. capitalist class acquire higher profits? In a desperate effort to preserve its status as an imperialist hegemon, the United States is allying with right-wing governments and supporting far-right fascist forces in many parts of the world. It establishes these working relationships using its intelligence, military and international institutions, such as the CIA, Pentagon and NATO.

Due to the reckless and unpredictable nature of far-right forces, the United States tends to prefer more moderate bourgeois elements to lead the charge. However, whenever desperate or when the opportunity is too good to pass up, the United States will shamelessly rely on far-right, fascist forces. Right-wing governments work hand in hand with U.S. imperialism to super-exploit the workers of their nations by driving down wages, destroying workplace protections, rolling back civil rights, slashing public spending for social welfare programs, etc.


It is for this reason that Libya, which had the highest Human Development Index in all of Africa at the time, was invaded and destroyed by a multistate NATO coalition in 2011. An African nation was bombed to shreds by the Obama administration, with Hillary Clinton at the head of the campaign, all under the guise of  “humanitarian intervention”. What was once a flourishing country with free higher education, free healthcare and free housing has turned into a base area for extremist right-wing religious forces that ideologically align with a ultra-sectarian branch of Islam called Wahhabism.

Today, African migrants are being openly sold in what are termed “Libyan slave markets” for as little as $200. The real agenda of the imperialist NATO coalition was one of regime-change, by any means necessary, regardless of the consequences of their actions, to replace the anti-imperialist Gaddafi government with a puppet government that would dance to the tunes of the U.S ruling class.


In 2014, again under Obama, the U.S. helped Ukraine’s neo-Nazi elements carry out a coup, and installed a coalition government in power. Today, in Ukraine, Svaboda and Right Sector, the two main fascist parties, have significant power within the armed forces, the police, and the justice system.

The goal of the United States was to bring to power a right-wing government that would sell out to the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, and incorporate Ukraine into a pro-European Union and pro-U.S. alliance, and ultimately isolate Russia from Ukraine.


Then there is Syria, where the United States, along with its allies in the Middle East, directly and indirectly armed reactionary armed groups to destabilize the country and overthrow the democratically elected government. The corporate media, in the service of the imperialist state, conveniently labeled these terrorists as “moderate rebels,” and falsely portrayed them as progressive forces.

The war on Syria is built on lies. This is not a war for democracy. You cannot bomb a people into democracy. This is not a “humanitarian intervention,” there is no such thing as a humanitarian war. One only has to look to the fact that Syria has massive oil reserves, no IMF debt and an independent foreign policy orientation to understand why it is of such interest to the imperialists!

Moreover, if anyone needs a dose of democracy in the Middle East, it would be the United States’ closest ally and friend in the region, Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is an absolute, theocratic monarchy, where no real elections are held at all!


Since the year 2000, the U.S. government has sent over $100 million of taxpayer money to Venezuela to fund the right-wing elites who are hell-bent on overthrowing the Bolivarian Revolution. Over the past few months, the violent, racist, fascistic Venezuelan opposition (which our media falsely paints as pro-democracy forces) has set 19 Black and Indigenous Venezuelans on fire for being Chavistas and supporting the Bolivarian Revolution that was initiated by Hugo Chavez.

The right-wing opposition Venezuelan opposition is white supremacist in character, but has the support of the U.S government and the international corporate media. Perhaps, U.S. interest in Venezuela might have something (or everything) to do with Venezuela being home to the world’s largest oil reserves which are managed by the PDVSA national oil company and its revenue used for public spending and social projects. The overthrow of the Bolivarian government would mean the privatization of the oil industry and racists coming back into power, which is precisely what the U.S. government wants!

The United States was instrumental in backing the right-wing coup in Brazil to undemocratically bring the Temer government into power, and is also allied with the far right-wing Modi government of India.

So from Libya to Ukraine to Syria to Venezuela to Charlottesville: The capitalist U.S. government upholds fascists, white-supremacists, sectarians, Nazis and other right-wing forces for so long as they serve the interests of U.S. imperialism at the expense of the working class both here at home and abroad. This is the connection between domestic terrorism and international terrorism.

The hypocritical actions and lies of the imperialist ruling-classes endanger the lives of working-class people within imperialist countries. For example, the same terrorist groups that the imperialist governments indirectly fund and uphold as progressive forces in Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, and Iraq, carried out the terror attacks in Europe in the past year.

To fight white supremacy, we must fight U.S. imperialism

The point I want to drive home is that white supremacy isn’t only the overt display of Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan marching the streets with impunity and protection from the police. It is also the United States dropping 26,000 bombs on seven third-world countries last year. It is the international corporate-media launching mass campaigns in the service of imperialism to demonize leaders of the targeted nations, and infantilize the populations of these nations oppressed by U.S. imperialism.

To fight at the roots of white supremacy, we don’t have a choice but to fight U.S. imperialism and its endless wars. We have no choice but to fight colonialism and national oppression. We must stand in solidarity with those fighting U.S. imperialism and fascism outside our borders just as we would at home.

We can strike a blow to white supremacy by fighting for the self-determination and sovereignty of the nations being oppressed by U.S. imperialism. To win the battle against white supremacy, we must uphold the right of oppressed nations to economic and political independence, and to develop and trade as they choose. The biggest blow to white supremacy would be oppressed people controlling their own destinies. To defeat white supremacy, we must fight for a socialist world.

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Protest demands UN body address US colonization of Puerto Rico


On Sept. 19, a multinational group of 100 activists gathered across the street from the United Nations in midtown Manhattan to demand that the 72nd General Assembly address the colonial status of Puerto Rico.

In June, the UN Special Committee on Decolonization passed a resolution calling for the independence of Puerto Rico and an end to US colonization of the island. The resolution brought some attention to the crisis in Puerto Rico, but no further action can be taken until the General Assembly, which began its session this month, includes it on their agenda.

Most recently, the devastation of Puerto Rico by hurricane Maria has deepened the economic and political crisis in this US colony.

‘The UN has a job to do’

“The United Nations has an obligation to uphold its own resolution…there have been 36 resolutions passed so far by the Decolonization Committee on Puerto Rico, but those resolutions haven’t been brought to General
Assembly,” said Camilo Matos, a member of the New York chapter of the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party and a convener of the People’s Congress of Resistance. “Of course the most important struggle is on us, the Puerto Rican people. The people will liberate themselves, but we need to let the United Nations know they have a job to do,” said Matos.

Organizers from groups including the Patrido Nacionalista de Puerto Rico, the Oscar-Mandela Committee, Acción Nacional Boricua, COMBO, and the People’s Congress of Resistance endured the wind and rain from the early hours of the afternoon until sunset to get their message heard. The Boricuas were joined by a large group of Palestinian activists in an inspiring show of anti-colonialist solidarity. A small group of from the reactionary Jewish Defense League and some Trump supporters heckled the crowd with racist and anti-immigrant chants and signs, but their voices were quickly drowned out.

The multinational crowd began a march to Trump Towers, chanting, “From Puerto Rico to Palestine, occupation is a crime!” and “Que viva Puerto Rico y Palestina libre!” As usual, the New York Police Department was out in full force with upwards of a 100 cops with motorcycles, and police vans lining the street. The heavy police presence inhibited the dwindling march
from reaching Trump Tower, but the message of internationalist solidarity and anti-colonialism was loud and clear.

Puerto Rico drained of its wealth

The United State’s exploitative economic policies and centuries of colonialism has drained the island of it’s wealth. Currently, 45 percent of Boricuas live below the poverty line and 40 percent of households with minors rely on food stamps.

Last year the U.S. Congress passed the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act. This thinly veiled act of old school colonial rule created a fiscal control board to manage Puerto Rico’s budget, laws and finances without being accountable to the island’s government. This board imposed on Puerto Rico is managing payment of the $72 billion debt
Puerto Rico owed to banks and hedge funds through major cuts to public goods, welfare and pensions, by shutting down services, and by lowering the minimum wage to those under 24 to a mere $4.25 an hour.

The economic crisis in Puerto Rico has been further exacerbated by the destruction caused by Hurricane Maria. The government there was astonishingly underprepared to handle the devastation brought on by a category 5 hurricane. As of this writing, the entire island is without electricity, and it will take up to 4-6 months to restore power in many areas. Cell phones are useless, most of the water is undrinkable, and roads are blocked with debris.

Many feel that, with or without a UN resolution, the struggle to end U.S. colonialism in Puerto Rico has reached a tipping point.

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Why Trump’s Foreign Policy May Result in 25 ‘Chernobyls’ in Asia-Pacific


Nuclear explosion

The US’ foreign policy may lead to a nuclear nightmare in Asia Pacific, compared to which the Fukushima disaster is a “firecracker,” an expert told Sputnik, adding that in his UN speech Donald Trump had repeatedly contradicted himself by calling upon nations to maintain their sovereignty while at the same time threatening to destroy North Korea.

US President Donald Trump’s threat to “totally destroy” North Korea in case the US is “forced to defend itself or its allies” means a potential atomic Armageddon for the Korean Peninsula, Konstantin Sivkov, a Russian military analyst and president of the Academy for Geopolitical Problems, told Sputnik China.

“We must keep in mind what a strike on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) may result in,” Sivkov said. “If the US decides to begin an all-out war against North Korea it will mean only one thing: 25 nuclear reactors in South Korea will be destroyed by a retaliatory attack from the DPRK. This equates to 25 Chernobyl disasters on the Korean Peninsula.”

It’s easy to guess what the consequences would be, the expert noted: the Korean Peninsula, considerable parts of China and Russia, let alone most of the territory of Japan will turn into a “dead zone.”

“In comparison with this, the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe would look like a firecracker,” Sivkov pointed out. “In fact, Trump is pushing [the peninsula] toward a nuclear collision, and it must be realized that if a nuclear strike is launched against North Korea, it is unlikely that China and Russia will stand idly by.”

In this context the US president’s call for tackling threats to national sovereignty sounds rather hypocritical, the expert said, referring to Trump saying: “We must reject threats to sovereignty from Ukraine to the South China Sea.”However, Trump didn’t specify who exactly poses a threat to the sovereignty of Ukraine and waters of the South China Sea, leaving the question open. In the eyes of Beijing the threat to its sovereign rights in the maritime region comes from the US. Therefore Trump’s comment could be interpreted as a call to protect China’s sovereignty from the US itself, the expert remarked.

According to Sivkov, while delivering his speech at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, Trump contradicted himself.

The expert drew attention to the fact that Washington doesn’t have a clear position on its foreign policy: On the one hand, Trump proclaims the inviolability of sovereignty, while on the other hand he declares his determination to interfere in the internal affairs of other nations.

Sivkov noted that the US president’s tough stance toward China has only accelerated further Sino-Russian rapprochement and military-strategic cooperation. According to the expert, the decision of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) to focus more on the issues of military-political cooperation and fight against terrorism has come as a response to Washington’s “political games.”The expert stressed that the fight against “hybrid wars” also remains high on the agenda of the SCO and with good reason: “A hybrid war is the US’ main way of conducting operations against other countries.”

The Astana declaration of the Heads of State of the SCO signed on June 9, 2017, calls upon its members to team up in order “to counter common security challenges and threats, deepen dialogue and cooperation to ensure comprehensive security,  primarily  in  fighting  terrorism,  including  cyber-terrorism,  separatism, extremism, cross-border organized crime, illicit drug trafficking.”

According to Sivkov, the adoption of the declaration indicates that SCO member-states have united against potential aggression from the West and the US in particular.

Speaking to Sputnik, Zhou Yongsheng, a research fellow with the Center for International Relations Studies of the Diplomatic Academy of China, shared Sivkov’s stance that Trump’s speech was contradictory from the very beginning until the end.On the one hand, the US president called on the international community to respect the principle of state sovereignty, and on the other he threatened some countries with decisive actions, including total destruction, the Chinese academic noted referring to Trump’s threat to destroy North Korea.

According to Zhou, “Trump’s speech… demonstrates a lack of political culture.”

On Tuesday US President Trump delivered his first ever speech at the United Nations General Assembly issuing threats to a number of countries, including North Korea, Iran, Venezuela and Cuba and called upon UN member states to “confront together those who threat us with chaos, turmoil and terror.”

The delegation from North Korea left the conference room before Trump addressed the meeting and didn’t hear him calling the DPRK leader a “Rocket Man.” However, afterwards DPRK Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho compared the US president’s speech to “dog barking.”

For his part, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Alberto Arreaza stated that Trump is by no means the president of the world, adding that each country has its sovereign right to maintain the system it chooses.

“This is return to the cold world, for a moment, we didn’t know if we were listening to President Reagan in 1982 or to President Trump in 2017,” Arreaza noted.

China stood up for Caracas: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi signaled to his Venezuelan counterpart that Beijing believes that the Venezuelan government and people will manage to resolve their problems within a legal framework, Reuters reported.

Commenting on Trump’s first speech at the UN General Assembly, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called it “ignorant, absurd and hateful rhetoric.”

“By violating its international commitments, the new US administration only destroys its own credibility and undermines international confidence in negotiating with it or accepting its word or promise,” Rouhani emphasized addressing the UN General Assembly.


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Six Points in Myanmar Leader’s Rohingya Speech That Fail Fact-Checking

Myanmar's National League for Democracy party leader Suu Kyi looks at supporters after speaking about the general elections in Yangon
Criminal Aung San Suu Kyi

On Tuesday, Myanmar’s state counselor and de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, broke silence on the ongoing Rohingya crisis in a televised address. But the speech required reasonable fact-checking and was even described as a “a mix of untruths and victim blaming” by Amnesty International.

Suu Kyi called on the international community to assist the country’s authorities in resolving the ongoing Rohingya Muslim minority crisis. She added that the government intends to carefully examine the situation and listen to all incoming arguments and counterarguments. Nevertheless, there were some dubious claims by the country’s leader that need to be scrutinized.

1. “We want to find out why this exodus is happening.” 

This claim directly contradicts the Final Report of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State, chaired by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. The document was submitted to national authorities on August 23 and puts forward recommendations to end the crisis in Rakhine. In particular, the report details the reasons behind the ongoing Rohingya crisis, including the lack of citizenship for Rohingya Muslims and military and police actions in the region.

“Unless concerted action – led by the government and aided by all sectors of the government and society – is taken soon, we risk the return of another cycle of violence and radicalization, which will further deepen the chronic poverty that afflicts Rakhine State,” Annan said in a statement.

Other rights groups, such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, have also issued reports on the causes of the crisis, blaming the Myanmar government of “ethnic cleansings” against the Rohingya minority.

The UN human rights chief, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, said last week that the situation in Myanmar seems like a “textbook case of ethnic cleansing.”

2. “Since September 5, there have been no armed clashed and there have been no clearance operations.”

This point is disputed by rights groups as well as by those who have fled the violence in Rakhine. For example, Amnesty International reported September 14 that it had detected at least 80 massive fires in inhabited areas across northern Rakhine since August 25 when the crisis broke out. The organization also cited eyewitnesses who said that soldiers burned houses and then randomly shot fleeing people.

In turn, Human Rights Watch said that 62 villages were set ablaze between August 25 and September 14.

3. “More than 50 percent of the villages of Muslims are intact.”

This claim is very hard to verify since there is no free access for journalists and international observers to Rakhine. Human Rights Watch reported, citing satellite images, that 214 villages have been almost completely destroyed. At the same time, the government said last week that 176 out of the 471 (37.4 percent) Rohingya villages targeted by the army were empty. Moreover, not all Muslims living in Rakhine are ethnically Rohingya.

4. “I’m aware of the fact that the world’s attention is focused on the situation in Rakhine. As a responsible member of the community of nations Myanmar does not fear international scrutiny.”

In fact, international organizations have repeatedly criticized Myanmar’s authorities for its reluctance to cooperate with aid groups and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).

For example, Amnesty International has accused the government of denying aid workers access to the region. In December, Kofi Annan also criticized the government’s denial of access to Rakhine for aid workers.

5. “It is not the intention of the Myanmar government to apportion blame or to abnegate responsibility. We condemn all human rights violations and unlawful violence.” 

In fact, the government and state-controlled media have repeatedly blamed the crisis on “extremist terrorists.” At the same time, they have ignored reported human rights violations by the military and security forces.

6. “All people (in Rakhine State) have access to education and health care services.”

In reality, most Rohingya people are denied citizenship and access to the majority of government services in Myanmar, according to the report by Annan’s commission.

“Movement restrictions have a wide range of detrimental effects, including reduced access to education, health and services, strengthened communal segregation, and reduced economic interaction,” the report read.

It also added that Muslims are often prevented from accessing medical services across the region.The recent operation by Myanmar’s military and security forces was launched following an attack by Muslim insurgents of Rohingya origin on security posts in Rakhine State in late August. The attacks prompted a harsh response from the authorities. Hundreds of people have died in the continued clashes, while thousands have been forced to flee.

The conflict originally started about a century ago. The latest upsurge has gradually escalated since 2011, hitting its peak in 2012 when thousands of Muslims sought asylum in special refugee camps on the country’s territory or fled to Bangladesh. Another escalation took place in 2016. According to the UN, up to 412,000 people from Myanmar’s Rakhine State have fled into Bangladesh since August 25.


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S Korean Ruling Party Slams N Korean Foreign Minister’s UN Speech


A passerby looks at a TV screen reporting news about North Korea's missile launch in Tokyo, Japan September 15, 2017

On Sunday, South Korea’s ruling Democratic Party criticized the speech North Korea’s Foreign Minister made at the UN General Assembly meeting.

(Sputnik) — South Korea’s ruling Democratic Party criticized on Sunday the speech made by North Korea’s Foreign Minister at the UN General Assembly in New York and called for responsibility.

“North Korea tried to justify its nuclear programs… But the international community will only regard the North’s claims as groundless sophistry… North Korea must also keep in mind that the only way to achieve the realization of international justice isn’t by carrying out reckless provocations but by taking action responsibly as a member of the international community,” the party’s spokeswoman said, as quoted by Yonhap News Agency.

On Saturday, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said, addressing the UN General Assembly, that Pyongyang would prevent any US attacks which used “merciless preemptive action.” The statement was a response to US President Donald Trump’s threat to “totally destroy” North Korea if forced to defend the United States or its allies, voiced on Tuesday.


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Why Jihadism Won’t Be Allowed to Die


Flag of the Islamic State in the conflict zone in Latakia, Syria

A serious working hypothesis is being discussed for a while now among independent geopolitical analysts. Here it is, in a nutshell.

Daesh may be dying – but the world is still encumbered with its walking corpse. Plan B of Daesh’s masters may have been to indoctrinate repeated waves of misguided youth across the EU and “seduce” them into D.I. Y. jihadi terror, creating fear and insecurity in Europe. I’ve just been to Barcelona — and that’s not happening. No Fear.

Daesh can also manipulate its brand name to stake a claim into what we may call the New War Belt in Southwest Asia. That’s also not happening, because the “4+1” – Russia, Syria, Iran, Iraq, plus Hezbollah – with the addition of Turkey, and with China in a “leading from behind” role, are all working together.

The unfinished war across “Syraq” coupled with spasms of jihadism in Europe could certainly still metastasize into a massive Eurasian cancer, spreading like a plague from Afghanistan to Germany and vice-versa, and from the South China Sea to Brussels via Pakistan and vice-versa.

What would happen under this cataclysmic scenario is the complete derailment of the Chinese-driven New Silk Roads, a.k.a. Belt and Road Initiative (BRI); its integration with the Russia-driven Eurasia Economic Union (EAEC); and a massive security threat to the domestic stability of the Russia-China strategic partnership, with uncontrollable bellicose scenarios developing very close to their borders.It’s no secret which elements and institutions would very much cherish internal political chaos in both Russia and China.

Charlie gets stronger

Dr. Zbig “Grand Chessboard” Brzezinski may be dead, but geopolitics is still encumbered with his corpse. Brzezinski’s life obsession is that no peer competitor to the US should be allowed to emerge. Imagine as he lay dying contemplating the ongoing, ultimate nightmare; a Russia-China pan-Eurasian alliance.

The less disastrous scenario in this case would be to seduce either Moscow or Beijing into becoming a US partner, based on which one would pose a lesser “threat” in the future. Brzezinski focused on Russia as the immediate threat and China as the long game threat.

Thus the obsession of the US deep state and the Clinton machine in demonizing all things Russia – like an infantile neo-McCarthyism on steroids. Inevitably, what this geopolitical back hole has precipitated is China’s even more rapid advance on all fronts.Not to mention that the Russia-China strategic partnership kept getting stronger every day – an eerie echo of Capt. Willard’s line in Coppola’s Apocalypse Now; “Every minute I stay in this room I get weaker, every minute Charlie squats in the bush, he gets stronger”.

And yet Charlie is not squatting; he’s conquering via trade and investment. And he’s not in the bush; he’s all over the Eurasian plains.

A basket of Hobbesian flare-ups

The other American dalang, Henry Kissinger, is still alive, at 94. Advising President Trump before the January inauguration, and posing as the supreme gray eminence on China matters, he suggested Russia should be courted.

But then came the clincher. Clearly identifying that the Russia-China-Iran alliance holds the key to Eurasia integration, Kissinger revealed his true colors; it’s the weakest link – Iran – that should be neutralized.Thus his recent proclamation/warning about an “Iranian radical empire” developing/stretching from Tehran to Beirut as the “vacuum” left by Daesh is filled by the Persians.

And here we have Kissinger once again as the unreconstructed Cold Warrior that he is; exit Communism, enter Khomeinism as the supreme “evil.” And may the Lord bask in praise of the Wahhabi matrix of jihadism enablers; the House of Saud.

The Kissingerian recipe sounds like music to the US deep state; Daesh should not be routed, it should be “realigned” as a tool against Iran.

Who cares that the notion of an “Iranian radical empire” per se does not even qualify as a joke? Lebanon is multicultural. Syria will continue to be ruled by the secular Baath Party. Iraq rejects Khomeinism – with tremendously influential Ayatollah Sistani privileging the parliamentary system.

The “4+1” – backed by China — have forged a serious alliance in the fire of the Syrian war. None of this will change by a Kissinger decree. As for “filling the vacuum”, the alternative is Daesh and Jabhat al-Nusra, a.k.a. al-Qaeda in Syria. “But wait!” — say the neocons/neoliberalcons of the War Party. “We like that!”

And that brings us full circle to the initial working hypothesis. Daesh won’t be allowed to die – as much as the geopolitical re-engineering of what Dr. Zbig used to call the “Eurasian Balkans” refuses to die.ISIS-Khorasan, or ISIS-K – that regroup in Afghanistan – can be so handy to wreak havoc in the intersection of Central Asia and South Asia, so close to key BRI development corridors.

Moscow and Beijing though, know exactly what’s goin’ on. The phony Caliphate was useful in an attempt to break off BRI across “Syraq”, as much as Maidan in Ukraine was useful to break off the EAEU. Other war fronts will follow – from the Philippines to Venezuela, all bent on disrupting regional integration projects under a Divide and Rule strategy of US satraps manipulated into Hobbesian asymmetrical flare-ups.

Sixteen years after 9/11, the name of the game is not GWOT (Global War on Terror) anymore; is how, under the cover of GWOT, to disturb geostrategic expansion by the people who matter; “peer competitors” Russia and China.

The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of Sputnik.


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UK: Terrified Shoppers Flee London Mall After Teens Go on Acid Attack Rampage


Emergency services at Stratford Centre in east London, following a suspected noxious substance attack where six people have been reported injured, Saturday Sept. 23, 2017

Saturday shopping in a busy London mall took a terrifying turn after groups of youths flung a “noxious substance,” police said.

Six people were injured in an acid attack at Westfield Shopping Center in Stratford, east London, on Saturday.

Panicked victims were heard screaming in pain and shouting, “I can’t see,” after the attack, eyewitnesses said.

Staff at a nearby Burger King said that one victim ran into the restaurant for help to wash the substance off his face.

“There were cuts around his eyes and he was trying to chuck water into them,” the restaurant’s assistant manager Hossen said.

The London ambulance service treated six males at the scene for their injuries and took three of them to a nearby hospital.A 15-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm. The Metropolitan Police confirmed that a group had attacked people with a “noxious substance,” but clarified that this was not a random attack.

“I would like to be very clear concerning this incident,” Chief Superintendent Ade Adelekan, Newham borough commander, said.

“What initially may have been perceived as a number of random attacks has, on closer inspection, been found to be one incident involving two groups of males.”

Emergency services arriving at the scene

​The attack comes amid an alarming rise in the number of incidents involving acid in London, where more than 460 attacks involving corrosive substances took place in 2016.

In the first four months of 2017, London’s Metropolitan Police recorded more than 100 attacks, many in East London.

​The spate of attacks has been linked to a crackdown on other kinds of weapons such as knives and guns. A report sent to the Home Office last year by Conservative MP James Berry suggested preventative measures that would make it harder to obtain corrosive substances.

The report suggested restricting their sale to credit-card only purchases, or forcing manufacturers to reduce the corrosive content of household substances such as bleach.


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Why Iraqi Kurdistan Has Little Chance of Becoming Independent


On September 25,  Iraqi Kurdistan is set to hold a long-scheduled referendum on its independence from Baghdad.

As the day of the Iraqi Kurdistan independence referendum draws nearer, debates intensify whether to hold the scheduled vote. Commetning on the upcoming occasion, Turkish expert Dogacan Basaran explained to Sputnik Turkiye why the region has very little chance of becoming, autonomous even if the voting does take place.

Commenting on the upcoming occasion and all the buzz it is surrounded with, Dogacan Basaran, a Turkish expert at the Ankara Center for Crisis and Policy Studies (ANKASAM) explained to Sputnik Turkiye why the region has very slim chances of becoming autonomous, even if the voting does take place.

He noted that Turkey and Iran have openly objected the voting.

On September 25,  Iraqi Kurdistan is set to hold a long-scheduled referendum on its independence from Baghdad.
On September 25, Iraqi Kurdistan is set to hold a long-scheduled referendum on its independence from Baghdad.

“On Monday, Iraq’s Supreme Court issued an order to suspend the holding of the referendum set for September 25… until it examines the complaints it has received over this plebiscite being unconstitutional. Thus it is still unclear whether it will take place at all,” the expert explained.

He further added that even if the voting does take place and Iraqi Kurds do vote for their independence, it won’t be enough for Kurdistan set up autonomy from Baghdad, as it is going to face serious opposition among regional players. It will face a difficult struggle obtaining recognition for the state, defining its borders and setting up state structures.  It is practically impossible to pursue any initiative or process if statehood is objected to by both Iran and Turkey, he said.

“The historic experience demonstrates that in the periods when Turkey and Iran consolidate their positions on a certain issue, any attempts by external forces to impose their initiatives on these two countries do fail. Judging by this experience, we can assume that Iraq Kurdistan won’t get any independence because it is opposed by both Ankara and Tehran,” Dogacan Basaran told Sputnik.

“The American project of Iraq Kurdistan under the leadership of President of Iraqi Kurdistan Masoud Barzani, which had been set up as part of The Greater Middle East, will most likely fail in its attempt to gain independence. It will apparently become a failure of the Barzani administration, which, in turn, will affect Turkish and Iranian Kurds, by cutting their separatist  ambitions to a minimum,” he further said.On September 25,  Iraqi Kurdistan is set to hold a long-scheduled referendum on its independence from Baghdad.

On Friday, President of Iraqi Kurdistan Masoud Barzani announced his refusal to postpone the voting despite all the pressure. A day before, some officials from Iraqi Kurdistan had expressed their readiness to delay it if Iraq, the US and UN confirm a set of demanded guarantees.

The expert noted that last week, Iran threatened to close all borders with Iraqi Kurdistan should the semi-autonomous region proceed with the planned referendum.

Ali Shamkhani, a secretary-general of the Iranian national security council, said that Kurdistan’s separation from Iraq will “draw an end to security and military agreements with that region, and is considered a declaration of the closure of all border routes with Iran.”Meanwhile on Saturday, Turkey’s parliament voted to extend by a year a mandate authorizing the deployment of Turkish troops in Iraq and Syria, stepping up pressure against an independence referendum in northern Iraq’s Kurdish region in two days’ time.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Turkey would take security measures as well as economic and political steps in response to the referendum, which President Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman described as a “terrible mistake” that would trigger new regional crises.

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Iran checkmates US, I$raHell


Iran checkmates US, Israel
By M K Bhadrakumar | Indian Punchline 

The announcement in Tehran on Saturday regarding the successful test of a ballistic missile with a range of 2000 kilometers and capable of carrying multiple warheads to hit different targets phenomenally shifts the military balance in the Middle East.

Israel and the roughly 45,000 US troops deployed to the Middle East – Jordan (1500 troops), Iraq (5200), Kuwait (15000), Bahrain (7000), Qatar (10000), UAE (5000), Oman (200) – fall within the range of the latest Iranian missile. Iran has demonstrated a deterrent capability that deprives the US and Israel of a military option.

The missile test signals Tehran’s strategic defiance of the US, after President Donald Trump’s outrageous remarks against Iran in his address to the UN GA. From this point, Trump has to be very careful about tearing up the Iran nuclear deal. Any such rash act by Trump or the lawmakers in the Congress (imposing new sanctions) can be seized by Tehran to resume its previous nuclear program, which would have far-reaching implications, given its missile capabilities.

President Hassan Rouhani took a tough line after returning to Tehran from New York. He warned that if Trump violated the nuclear deal, “we will be firm and all options will be before us.” Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif told New York Times tauntingly that if the US wanted to re-negotiate the nuclear deal, Tehran too will insist on re-negotiating every single concession it made – “Are you prepared to return to us 10 tons of enriched uranium?”

Rouhani made a strident speech at a military parade on Friday in Tehran underscoring that Iran did not need any country’s permission to bolster its missile capability. He added, “The Iranian nation has always been after peace and security in the region and the world and we will defend the oppressed Yemeni, Syrian and Palestinian people whether you like it or not.”

“As long as some speak in the language of threats, the strengthening of the country’s defense capabilities will continue and Iran will not seek permission from any country for producing various kinds of missile,” Defence Minister Amir Hatami said in a statement Saturday.

What emerges is Iran’s determination to consolidate its influence in Syria. The US will have to carefully weigh the repercussions before making any intervention (which Israel is pressing for.) Again, Iran may establish a long-term presence in Syria. The Iran-supported battle-hardened Shiite militia fighting in Iraq and Syria is a veritable 100,000-strong army and Iran is in a position to force the eviction of US forces from Iraq and Syria.

The Trump administration must take with the utmost seriousness the thinly veiled threat by the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari on Wednesday (while reacting to Trump’s UN speech) – “The time has come for correcting the US’ miscalculations. Now that the US has fully displayed its nature, the government should use all its options to defend the Iranian nation’s interests. Taking a decisive position against Trump is just the start and what is strategically important is that the US should witness more painful responses in the actions, behavior and decisions that Iran will take in the next few months.”

The ballistic missile test followed within 3 days of Gen. Jafari’s threat. Equally, the timing of the missile test can be seen against the backdrop of the referendum being planned for September 25 by the Kurds of northern Iraq, seeking an independent Kurdistan. Tehran is in no doubt that the Kurdistan project is a US-Israeli enterprise to create a permanent base in the highly strategic region with the objective of destabilizing Iran and undermining its regional surge in Syria and Iraq.

Unsurprisingly, Israel is furious about Iran’s missile test. Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman called it a “a provocation and a slap in the face for the United States and its allies — and an attempt to test them.” Clearly, Israel is in panic that Iran is steadily, inexorably outstripping it as the number one regional power in the Middle East. However, beyond rhetoric, Israel cannot do much about Iran’s surge.

Israel foolishly instigated Trump to provoke Tehran just at this juncture when he is barely coping with the crisis in Northeast Asia. A containment strategy against Iran is no longer feasible. Wisdom lies in the Trump administration engaging Iran in a constructive spirit to influence its regional policies. Threats never worked against Iran. Time and again they’ve proved to be counterproductive.

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