Sunday, March 29, 2015

Zia-ul-Haq once even commanded a unit of troops in Jordan tasked with combating Palestinian fighters

" “The meeting concluded that any threat to Saudi Arabia’s territorial integrity would evoke a strong response from Pakistan.” (Nevermind that in this instance, it appears Saudi Arabia is leading an intervention into the territory of another state.)" "The former Pakistani President Zia-ul-Haq once even commanded a unit of troops in Jordan tasked with combating Palestinian fighters."

Another Western government joins the Arab club of democracy headed by Saudi Arabia

"Britain will support the Saudi-led assault on Yemeni rebels “in every practical way short of engaging in combat”, the Philip Hammond, the Foreign Secretary, said on Friday. In a briefing while on a visit to Washington, Mr Hammond confirmed that British-built aircraft were being used in the campaign, in which Saudi Arabia and its Sunni Arab allies have bombed targets throughout the country."

BBC: the world news service--by sect

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He tells them, I am left and I don't want the left and yet Western media keeps calling him and his party left

"“I moved my party to the center and I will continue forcefully to stage my party to the center. The only way to win in Israel is by being in the center.”"

Max Blumenthal at his best: expose of Ayaan Hirsi Ali

"Exposing Anti-Islam Author Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Latest Deception"

A new terrorist danger

Are you aware that Gen. Sisi described the internet the other day as "the new terrorist danger"?

Obama: "for the first time in nine years, there are no Americans fighting in Iraq... ...four years ago I promised to end the war in Iraq, we did"

Make no mistake about it: US alliances are always based on twin principles of human rights and democracy

"The Arab-led, American-supported coalition seeking to rout Houthi rebels in Yemen includes a man indicted on charges of war crimes and vilified by Washington for more than a decade: President Omar Hassan al-Bashir of Sudan."

U.S. shipped thousands of cluster bombs to Saudis, despite global ban

"The irony of the U.S. selling one authoritarian Middle East country 1,300 cluster bombs while criticising the use of indiscriminate weapons by another isn’t lost on the Cluster Munition Coalition, an international group dedicated to ending the use of such weapons." "The cluster bomb sale is just the latest in a string ongoing arms deals between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia that include dozens of F-15SA Strike Eagle fighter jets, AH-64 Apache attack helicopters, H-60 Blackhawk helicopters and AH-6 Little Bird choppers as well as radars, anti-ship missiles, guided bombs, anti-radar missiles, surface to air missiles and even cyber defenses for those brand new Strike Eagles." (thanks Amir)

This senior Saudi kooky cleric is followed by over a million

أ.د.ناصر العمر (@naseralomar)

3/29/15, 6:13 AM
‏"ضربت عليهم الذلة أينما ثقفوا إلا بحبل من اللّه وحبل من الناس"الرافضة أشبه الناس باليهود فلم ينتصروا في معركة إلا بحبل من الناس
‏‏‫#عاصفة_الحزم‬‏ He manages to spew hate against Jews and Shi`ites in one sentence.  PS He is now considered "pro-Western" and "moderate" by US media standards. Hell, I won't be surprised if he is invited to address US Congress for his anti-Iranian efforts.

The new variable in this Yemeni war

Unfortunately for House of Saud, this Yemeni war--unlike the 1960s--is not managed by Field Marshal `Abdul-Hakim `Amir.

How Reuters become a mere vehicle for Gulf propaganda

"The official said Houthi forces were being trained and supported on the ground by about 5,000 experts from Iran and its regional allies, the Hezbollah group in Lebanon and Iraqi Shi'ite militias." This article basically opens space for GCC propaganda to be vomited to readers of Western papers.  No rebuttal and no refutation or correction allowed.

Israeli cluster bomb injures 6 boys in south Lebanon

"An Israeli cluster bomb has injured six boys in Lebanon’s southern village of Zibqine, according to Lebanon’s state-run National News Agency.

Local media reports say the children were taken to the Lebanese-Italian Hospital in Tyre after approaching a cluster bomb left behind from the the 2006 war.

The children were reportedly finishing their picnic in a valley between the villages of Zibqine and Ezziyeh, when the bomb detonated.

Security sources say the victims were between six and eight years old.

“We were having a picnic next to a river in Zebqin and on the way back, my friend stepped on a device that exploded, and we were all hit,” six-year-old Hussein Bazzi said, according to Agence France-Presse.

According to the United Nations mine center, more than 30 Lebanese civilians have died in cluster bomb blasts in Lebanon since the war ended. The UN adds that Israel dropped 4 million cluster bombs during the 34-day conflict."

The displaced Yemeni president

We discovered yesterday a secret of his affinity with House of Saud. Like them he is an illiterate who can't read.

The Youths of the "Arab Spring"

John Burns retires

What the paper does not say is that he was the biggest cheerleader for Bush and his war among the press corps in Iraq.

And now the other paper: Anne Barnard distorts and fabricates the words of Hasan Nasrallah: not the first time, of course

"Hezbollah’s leader, Hassan Nasrallah, denounced the Saudi-led operation Friday, accusing the kingdom of unleashing Sunni extremists like Al Qaeda against Shiites elsewhere."  This is a total fabrication, of course. He never speaks in such sectarian terms.  He only made one sectarian reference in the speech when he said that Iran supports Hamas and other Palestinian groups who are Sunnis, and he prefaced his remarks by apologizing to the audience for using the sectarian language that he consistently avoids. Barnard, who had studied Russian in college, and who knows not one word of Arabic, relies on supporters of Hariri movement and of Free Syrian Army to report to her about the Arabic speeches.  They made that part of the speech up. He never said that they send Sunnis against Shi`ites.  In every reference that Nasrallah makes about Takfiri group he goes out of his way to say that they pose a greatest dangers to Sunni Muslims.   He did accuse the Kingdom of sending terrorists to Iraq but he didn't speak in the sectarian language that was fabricated in this piece.

How Liz Sly distorted the words and speech of Hasan Nasrallah

You see all those Western journalists don't speak Arabic and can't follow a speech in Arabic. They have a clear political agenda on Syria and Lebanon (in alliance with the allies and clients of Saudi Arabia) and their staff (translators, chefs, cooks, servants, fixers, free lancers are all part of March 14 of Syria and Lebanon because that is where the jobs are) have a political agenda and they rely on the Hariri media to cover what is happening in Lebanon and Syria. Look at this blatant distortion of Nasrallah speech on Yemen: "In a lengthy speech Friday night, the Hezbollah leader Hasan Nasrallah poured scorn on Saudi Arabia’s attempt to influence the outcome of the Yemeni conflict, saying that it is doomed to fail “because these are the laws of God.”"  This was part of a humorous section of the speech when he mocked the Saudi regime and said that they follow the religion of Bush.  This is a total fabrication.  This sentence was taken out of context. In fact, he said that they will fail because conquerors and occupiers will fail.  They don't care if they lie and fabricate because no readers will dare to write and tell them that they lied in their coverage of Nasrallah speech. If the distortion affected an Israeli or Zionist leaders, there would be demonstration in front of the buildings of those papers.  Journalism, my potato.

Gen. Dr. Engineer Painter Plumber Journalist, Salim Idriss is back: he is a big fan of Bin Laden and his followers

 Gen. Salim Idriss (@Gen_Idriss)

3/28/15, 11:08 AM
‏كان هناك خطأ من قبلي باتهامي جبهة النصرة بأنها طرف بعيد عن اهدافنا, إنها جزء أساسي يعمل لتحقيق تطلعات الشعب السوري الثائر ‏‫#سوريا‬‏
Translation:  "There was a mistake on my part with my accusation that Nusrah Front was far from our goals.  It is a major part working to fulfill the aspirations of the rebel Syrian people".  Do you want to bet that none of the Western journalists who wrote laudatory profiles of this Idriss guy will cover this recent statement?

A Hizbullah "commander" (it must be the same Abu Potato who always speaks to Nicholas Blanford) confies to the Economist correspondent

And notice that those Hizbullah "commanders" who don't confide in ARAB media that are sympathetic to them decide to exclusively confide to Western media that are hostile to them and really say the most damning and damaging things about themselves.  Is this like the guy who paid some locals in the Southern Suburbs to play paintball or pinball with him and then wrote an article about how he played paintball with Nasrallah or something like that?  Here the Economist correspondent (a cheerleader for Free Syrian Army, of course): "That may be fanciful. Hizbullah fighters are contemptuous of their Shia comrades elsewhere. “Hizbullah follows the Koran; our men have a role, tactics and a plan,” says the brigade commander. He calls some Iraqi militias “extremists” and criticises their brutality.

Distrust between Shia militias and some of their allies is rife, partly because of sectarian differences. Hizbullah says that, in some cases, Mr Assad’s Sunni pilots have bombed the positions of their Shia allies. Western governments have generally viewed Shia militias as less of a worry than their Sunni counterparts, though they are often as bloody. One reason is that they do not yet target Westerners." (thanks Laure)

The "liberation" of Idlib

Western journalists and other supporters of the Syrian "revolution" have been celebrating in the last two days what they call "the liberation of Idlib".  It is left unmentioned that the city was "liberated" by the followers of Bin Laden (allies of US and its allies in the region these days--if only the US public knows).  Do you know that Anne Barnard, jubilant about the victory by the followers of Bin Laden, decided to call the terrorists of Nusrah yesterday "insurgents"?  She promises that she will call them freedom fighters if they liberate more towns. But look how Barnard made seem that Nusrah terrorists were merely one element of the fighters when they were the dominant force by all accounts: "A coalition of Islamist insurgents, including a branch of Al Qaeda".

The Yemeni war continues: sectarian differences

Do you know that the Saudi regime supported the "Shi`ite" side (i.e. Zaydis according to the silly terminology of present-day Western media) in the 1960s, while Nasser supported the Republican side?  The conflation (on theological and terminological grounds) of Zaydis and Shi`ite twelvers is silly and ignorant when there are deep differences between them (as there are between `Alawites and Shi`ite twelvers (do you know that in the 1980s and early 1990s, during the conflict between Hizbullah and the Syrian regime there were articles in Western media which tried to explain the conflict in references to sectarian differences between `Alawites and Shi`ites)? Zaydis disagree, for example, with the hostility of Shi`ite twelvers toward the first three rightly-guided caliphs.   Sectarianism is only relevant in that the Saudi regime and its allies have been invoking sectarian hatred in the last decade in order to undermine the stance of Iran and its allies in the region. 

60 billion is the fortune of `Ali `Abdullah Salih

Do you notice this trend? Whenever a pro-Western dictator is forced to leave office, Western media SUDDENLY discovers his corruption and suddenly unearths "evidence" that he has amassed billions upon billions of dollars. Which raises the questions: how come you didn't write about the corruption of Mubarak, Bin Ali, and Salih when they were in the pockets of the US?  And in all cases the figures that are bandied about are highly inflated.  Finally, did you notice that there are no Western reports about amassed fortunes by Bashshar Al-Asad? I noticed that. I wonder why.

How `Abd-Rabbu Mansur Hadi became president of Yemen

This is the ballot that was designed by Saudi Arabia and the US to install this former deputy to `Ali `Abdullah Salih as president of Yemen. There was not even a choice.  (Of course, Hadi resigned and his term expired according to the very agreement by US and Saudi Arabia).

Tawakkul Karman: thus spoke the Qatari regime

Tawakkul Karman wrote bitter against the Saudi regime and in praise of the Qatari regime. In the last few weeks, she has been tweeting fawning praises for the Saudi regime. Now we know why the US Department of State and the Nobel Committee rewarded here.

The great George Habash talks about the reactionary regimes

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Palestine, this way

The armed Arab is heading towards Yemen while the boy is saying: Palestine, this way.

Every one them

I am still repeating to myself the immortal words of Nasser from his 1962 speech (see link from yesterday): "The boot of every one them (his soldiers in Yemen) is more noble than the crown of King Saud and King Husayn".

House of Saud and their war

Is it not noteworthy that not a single member of the House of Saud dares to address the Saudi people or the Arab people?  They left it to their ambassador in Washington, DC to address the...American people.

Lies of Fu'ad Sanyurah

The Hariri kangaroo court in the Hague is really not worth commenting on but the lies have accumulated in the last week. Sanyurah was testifying as a "witness" (to what, I am not sure) and he went on to describe his acquaintance with Rafiq Hariri and that the two met while being active in the Movement of Arab Nationalists. He defined the movement to the court thus: "A pacifist party that believed in Lebanonism and Arabism".  I kid you not.  So George Habash and Wadi` Haddad were leading a pacifist party? The movement called for the dissolution of all Arab countries in one all-encompassing entity and yet he said that it believed in Lebanon.  Of course, the lousy defense team there didn't even contradict him or expose his lies.

Pain and suffering of Fu'ad Sanyurah

My weekly article in Al-Akhbar: "The pain and suffering of Fu'ad Sanyurah during the years of the Syrian epoch".

Friday, March 27, 2015

The Obama administration is clearly lying in order to protect itself in the event this becomes a major bebacle

"Although the Saudis spoke with top U.S. officials as they debated an air assault in support of embattled Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, U.S. officials acknowledged gaps in their knowledge of the kingdom’s battle plans and objectives. Asked when he was told by Saudi Arabia that it would take military action in Yemen, General Lloyd Austin, the head of the U.S. military’s Central Command, told a Senate hearing on Thursday he spoke with Saudi Arabia’s chief of defense "right before they took action." " (thanks Basim)

"Israel killed more Palestinians in 2014 than in any other year since 1967"

"Israel killed more Palestinian civilians in 2014 than any in other year since the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip began in 1967, a UN report has said.
Israel’s activities in the Gaza Strip, West Bank and East Jerusalem resulted in the deaths of 2,314 Palestinians and 17,125 injuries last year, compared with 39 deaths and 3,964 injuries in 2013, according to the annual report by the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)." (thanks Regan)
PS I think the report is wrong. Israel killed more in 1982. 

For history: Nasser on Saudi plots in Yemen

The moderate regime of Jordan: your baby. What the mosques are blasting today

Rami Udwan (the son of Fath leader, Kamal `Udwan, who was killed by Israeli terrorists in 1973) wrote on his Facebook page today the following:  "The Friday sermon [in a mosque in `Abdun, west of Amman, as he told me] today explained how the Shi`ites are our enemies and that they are more a priority to fight than the Jews, and that they are people of conspiracies, and false doctrines, and that they have been allies of the Jews all their lives, and that they hate companions of the prophet".  US media and government talk about hate in mosques and not realize (or not care to admit) that the mosques are run and controlled by the pro-US clients themselves.

"أوضحت خطبة الجمعة اليوم كيف ان الشيعة أعداؤنا وأولى بان نحاربهم قبل اليهود، فهم اهل الدسائس والعقائد الباطلة وشابكين مع اليهود طول عمرهم وكمان بيكرهوا الصحابة ....
الحمدلله اللي يسرلنا امام جمعة عميق ومطلع ومصلح وعرفنا انو في ناس مش أنقياء واطهار مثل اهل السنة ..."

Obama is a Shi`ite

Syrian pro-Saudi opposition figure (and "intellectual) Muhy Ad-Din Ladqani (who used to write for Ash-Sharq Al-Awsat (mouthpiece of Prince Salman) that he was able to obtain proof that Obama is Shi`ite and that this explains his pacifism toward Saudi Arabia's enemies in the region. He said that he verified the information in Kenya.

Hizbullah protects the Saudi embassy in Lebanon

So a group of Lebanese leftists activists wanted to organize a protest in front of the Saudi embassy in Lebanon.  They went around asking parties if they are interested in joining. Hizbullah, typically, refused and said that it won't participate.  Don't be surprised if Hasan Nasrallah today in his speech says that he wants "the best relations" with the Saudi government.

Israeli night raids on sleeping Palestinian children

"After forcing the children – at least one as young as four – out of their beds, the video shows the soldiers in full combat gear, armed with rifles and hand grenades, photographing and interrogating them."

oil supplies

"In a sign of the broadening scope of Barack Obama’s intervention across the region, officials in Washington said the US was establishing a “joint planning cell” with Saudi Arabia to co-ordinate the air strikes on the Houthi forces seeking to overthrow the Yemeni government." "A widening Yemen conflict could pose risks for global oil supplies,"

Israeli nuclear test (Vela Incident)

"Israel conducted one “secret” (unacknowledged) nuclear test in 1979 in a remote area of the Indian Ocean in conjunction with the apartheid regime of South Africa, which helped both countries develop the bomb."

The US and Al-Qa`idah

So basically the US governments supports the GCC operation which aims at reestabishing bases of support for Al-Qa`idah and its affiliates and to defeat the foes of Al-Qa`idah in Yemen.

U.S. ambassador quits Twitter after Libyans complained to her about U.S. intervention in their country

"But Jones’ role as a spokesperson for U.S. policy made her an outsized target for ire, both in the form of sincere criticism and outlandish trolling." (thanks Amir)

US State Secrets

"Imagine that someone has wronged you, and you sue them. Then the government magically appears in court and asks that your suit be dismissed because, for reasons it won't tell you, state secrets might be dredged up in the course of the litigation. You have no idea what they're talking about. But after secret discussions with the judge from which both you and the defendant are excluded, the court dismisses your suit.

This Kafkaesque scenario couldn’t happen in the U.S., right? Not until Monday, it couldn’t. But a federal judge in the Southern District of New York just did exactly this, dismissing a defamation suit by Greek shipping magnate Victor Restis against a shady advocacy group called United Against Nuclear Iran.

This is the first time a U.S. court has dismissed a lawsuit on the basis of state secrets when the case didn't involve either the government or a defense contractor deeply enmeshed with classified government contracts. It's also a marvelous example of how secrecy fundamentally distorts the legal process and subverts the rule of law.

Usually when I write about a case, I begin by describing the facts. Here the facts are so secret I can barely say anything. United Against was founded in 2008 by a former CIA director and a group of retired diplomats to advocate against the nuclear Iran. Its board includes former directors of foreign intelligence services including the U.K.'s MI-6, Germany's BND -- and Israel's Mossad.

One of the strategies pursued by United Against is a campaign to “name and shame” entities that trade with Iran. The organization named Restis, who in turn sued United Against for falsely claiming his companies were “frontmen for the illicit activities of the Iranian regime.”

The Department of Justice intervened in September, asserting the state secrets privilege. That so-called privilege doesn't come from the Constitution or from statute. It’s an unwritten judicial rule that allows the government to block discovery of information through ordinary litigation “when disclosure would be inimical to national security,” as the district court described it."

"USA supports democratically elected govt in Yemen, therefore supports Saudi bombing."

From Nu`man: "So the White House says that it “strongly condemns ongoing military actions taken by the Houthis against the elected government of Yemen,” so therefore it supports the bombing of Yemen by the democrats of Saudi Arabia and the other despots. Who do they think they are fooling?:"