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?:"

Syrian National Coalition

It declared its support for the GCC invasion of Yemen and stated that it wants for Syria what Saudis have in Saudi Arabia.

The tyrant of Sudan

Just a few years ago, the Saudi regime banned his plane form flying over its airspace due to its commitment to ICC ruling.  Yesterday, he was received with open arms and he praised the human rights record in Saudi Arabia. Kid you not.

Lies of the US government


Hannah Allam (@HannahAllam)

3/26/15, 10:09 AM
[US Department of] State also cites concern over threats from extremist groups as part of justification for US support of Saudi-led intervention in #Yemen".  In fact, the extremist groups that the US government is talking about are sponsored and armed by the same GCC countries that launched the invasion.

If you want to read about Arab public opinion, the Israeli press can inform you

From Rashid: "“Hussein from Riyadh” supports Saudi efforts in Yemen." 

Ashraf Ghani gets good press

"Mr. Ghani’s government hired the Podesta Group for $50,000 a month to lobby on behalf of Afghanistan and help with public relations"

Oh, no. The US launches a propaganda campaign against ISIS

Worse than US bombs are the propaganda schemes of the US.  They dropped flyers over Syria with cartoons against ISIS. It is so lame.  And why do the men appear with odd expressions? Also, the meat grinder is an American idiomatic expressions.  Don't they have local native experts?  It is such a failure.

PS Also, not showing in this particular version of this cartoon is a sign on top that says: "now serving" in Arabic. Didn't they know that this is ALSO an American expression and does not read in Arabic even if translated?  What a mess.

That lousy Syrian regime

The Syrian regime yesterday said that it is following closely developments in Yemen.  Why don't you first follow closely developments in Syria. Did you know that the lousy Syrian regime had supported the Saudi military intervention in Bahrain?

Did Saudi Arabia intervene in Yemen to foil a Huthi operation against Al-Qa`idah in South Yemen?

This is an excellent article by comrade Amer about the Saudi war of aggression on Yemen.  He explains the sequence of events. How the ISIS-affiliates and Al-Qa`idah in Yemen were sending car bombs to Shi`ite (or Zaydi) mosques in Yemen.  And the leader of the Huthis explained that they would not let Al-Qa`idah grow as was the case in Iraq and that there is a need to root them out.  The operation began and it succeeded in taking over areas in the South when the Saudi regime intervened. It is evident now that the Bin Ladenites were following Saudi orders in Yemen.

The Israeli lobby's research arm speaks about Zaydis and Shi`ites

Don't tell anyone, please. This is top secret. This writer unocvered a very discreet Shi`ite dissmulation plot in Yemen: "Today, many Yemeni Twelvers still dissemble about their adherence to that school, following the doctrine of taqiyya, or religiously permissible dissemblance."

"Colombian Report on US Military’s Child Rapes Not Newsworthy to US News Outlets"

""Yet here we are, over 72 hours since the Colombian and foreign press first reported on the allegations, and there’s a virtual media blackout in America over the case.  Nothing on CNN, nothing on MSNBC, nothing in the New York Times or Miami Herald. Nothing in Huffington Post. Nothing in Fusion or Vice. Why?
As UK authorities and NATO officials stress the importance of clamping down on “false Russian” narratives in the media, perhaps our own media could stop providing a shining example as to why such anti-Western narratives are so often the only outlet for certain ugly truths."" (thanks Ben)

This military target received direct hit from Saudi fighter jets in Yemen

(Reuters)

STATEMENT BY SENATORS JOHN McCAIN AND LINDSEY GRAHAM ON SAUDI ARABIA LEADING AIR STRIKES IN YEMEN

"“We understand why our Saudi and other Arab partners felt compelled to take action. The prospect of radical groups like Al-Qaeda, as well as Iranian-backed militants, finding safe haven on the border of Saudi Arabia was more than our Arab partners could withstand."  Someone need to expose this lie by McCain. In fact, the Huthis are sworn enemies of Al-Qa`idah and Saudi regime intervened in Yemen when the Huthis were in the middle of a campaign to root out Al-Qa`idah in South Yemen. By all accounts, the Saudis have been supporting and funding and arming the Al-Qa`idah and ISIS affiliates in Yemen.  That is missing from the US coverage of this silly statement.

A Family Affair

Prince Khalid bin Salman (a pilot, allegedly which in Saudi royal circles means that he is really good at flying games on playstation) kisses the hand of his brother, Prince Muhammad bin Salman.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Second phase of this Yemeni war

The Saudi didn't know what they have started. The second phase of this war is likely to be a long-range missile war of cities.

Saudi airforce

Saudi air force is known for its accuracy of hits.  If it aims at Sanaa, it hits Taez. If it aims at Aden, it hits Riyadh.

Saudi regime and US media insists that the conflict in Yemen is sectarian: it is not

"That, of course, was not a wholly successful strategy. Over the past decade, there have been at least half a dozen military campaigns with the Houthis, a secessionist movement in the South, the relocation of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) from Saudi Arabia to Yemen, a popular uprising that lasted 11 months, a fracturing of the armed forces, an externally-brokered transitional agreement, a dramatic escalation in U.S. drone attacks in different parts of the country, and a National Dialogue Conference theoretically designed to put all the pieces back together. So, why think of this as sectarian war? The Houthi’s march on Sanaa in September cannot be easily glossed as “sectarian” just because they are Zaydi Shiites, and most (though not all) Islahis are Sunnis. The existence of nominal difference is not by itself a compelling causal story.

The fact that the Houthis are Zaydis does not mean that their movement is aimed exclusively or even primarily at establishing a Zaydi political order, reinstituting the kind of imamate that ruled Northern Yemen for hundreds of years (though some critics will tell you so). Similarly, the fact that Islah’s membership is predominantly Sunni doesn’t mean it is working to reestablish the caliphate, or even that it is willing to cooperate with those transnational movements that would, though its detractors may allege this. Instead, the conflict that pits the Houthis against Islah is one several decades in the making, and rests as much in the structure of the Yemeni North, the hierarchies of power and privilege among Zaydis themselves, and a state apparatus that sought to manipulate them."

Sudan and Egypt and the war on Yemen

It his hilarious that the Saudi regime bought off the Sudanese tyrant to ensure Sudanese participation in the Saudi-led war on Yemen. I am sure that his participation reinforced the democratic credentials of this war.  Egypt yesterday denied any intention of military participation in a war in Yemen. Today, it participated.  Dollars happened between yesterday and today.

If only the American public knows: Al-Qa`idah is an ally of the US in the Middle East

Whether in Syria or in Yemen, the US is an ally in the same trench with Al-Qa`idah.

The German plane

Will US media now call for racial profiling of German people? Will German-American now be scrutinized as they board planes or try to join flight schools? Will there be calls for the revision of the German school curricula? Will there be calls for the reform German Christianity? Will German churches in the US be called upon to denounce this German crime? Will this German co-pilot be declared a terrorist?

The War on Yemen: how to read it

It is fair to say that it will be more fun to watch the second generation of House of Saud as they find their way in regional and international politics.  King Faysal believed that the stability of the regime and its preservation requires resort to secrecy and caution in pursuing Saudi regime interests around the world. That is why the royal family perfected the art of dissimulation especially in Arab-Israeli issues (it supported Sadat behind the scene while funding the anti-Sadat coalition at some points).  This war is also an American war: it is a gift from the US to the GCC countries who didn't like US policies in Egypt, Syria, and Yemen.  The Saudi regime is now pursuing the Israeli option: that it will now be more clearly aligned with the Israeli interests in the region and that it will also be aggressive and violent in pursuing regime interests.  Qatar and UAE were the first to openly and officially participate in an open war in Libya, and Saudi royal family didn't enjoy watching the Qatari prime minister lead the Arab League from 2010 to 2012.  The Saudi regime took matters in its own hands and decided to pursue an alternative policies in Egypt.  On every issue in Arab politics, the Saudi regime is aligned with Israel. Make no mistake about it: Israel is the secret member of the GCC coalition bombing Yemen.  In the 1960s, the Saudi regime ignited the war of Yemen to thwart a progressive and republican alternative to the reactionary immate regime (and Israel supplied weapons to the Saudi side in that war).  In this war, the GCC countries are supporting a corrupt and reactionary puppet regime created by Saudi Arabia and the US.  Saudi Arabia never allowed Yemen to enjoy independence. It saw in itself the legitimate heir to the British imperial power in peninsula.  The Huthis (with whom I share absolutely nothing) are a bunch of reactionaries but who were created due to the very policies and war pursued by the Saudi regime in Yemen and their then puppet, `Ali `Abdullah Salih.   South Yemen had the only Marxist state in the Arab wold and the experiment was sabotaged by the reactionary House of Saud.  There is an entertainment value to this war as the Saudi regime actively and openly launches war on another Arab country.  Who does not want to see, yet again, the Huthis humiliating the Saudi army on the battle field (look up the last battle with the Huthis on Youtube when Saudi soldiers ran for their lives).  And who does not want to see a Saudi royal brat leading his army to yet another humiliation on the battle field.  In all the Yemeni war, the Saudi regime always sponsored the option that guaranteed more longevity for war and destruction. This is no exception. I have never thought that the demise of the Saudi regime would be expedited by the 2nd generation of Saudi princes.  I never thought that there could be a more corrupt and more incompetent prince than Khalid bin Sultan: but think again. Muhammad bin Sultan (seen above leading the battle from his office) is your man, o US and Israel.  Enjoy him.

Thomas Friedman thinks that the Taliban are Arab

""A second argument is that Iran is a real country and civilization, with competitive (if restricted) elections, educated women and a powerful military. Patching up the U.S.-Iran relationship could enable America to better manage and balance the Sunni Arab Taliban in Afghanistan"" (thanks David)

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

How China used more cement in 3 years than the U.S. did in the entire 20th Century


W. M. Watt: US Support for Israel "Root of this Trouble"

From Nikolai: "An interview from 1999/2000:

"I therefore certainly don’t think the West is locked into Jihad with Islam, though I suppose if the fundamentalists go too far they’ll have to be opposed. Iran’s comments about the “Great Satan” were aimed mostly at the United States: they were not made because the West was Christian. I think the West should try to overcome these strains between different religious groups. I do, however, think that the US is following a very dangerous policy in relation to the Middle East. The root of this trouble is that the US gives too much support to Israel. They allow them to have nuclear weapons and to do all sorts of things, some of which are contrary even to Jewish law. Jewish families occupy Arab houses without payment. That is stealing. I think that the US should be much firmer with Israel and put a lot of pressure on them, though this is difficult because of the strong Jewish lobby. Unless something is done there’ll be dangerous conflict in the Middle East. Such danger would be less likely to arise if all three Abrahamic faiths - Jews, Christians and Muslims - paid greater respect to what God teaches us about living together."

Thank you Ashraf Ghani

The man the US supported for president in Afghanistan has graciously asked the US to keep troops in Afghanistan forever.  I never thought that a puppet of occupation can be more loyal to the occupation than Hamid Karzai until I heard of this man, Ghani.

No need for alarm: this terrorist is not a Muslim

From H.: "
"Did you hear about the man who entered New Orleans’ airport with explosives and a machete? No? Well, you would have if he’d been Muslim.
A Muslim American man carrying a duffel bag that holds six homemade explosives, a machete, and poison spray travels to a major U.S. airport. The man enters the airport, approaches the TSA security checkpoint, and then sprays two TSA officers with the poison. He then grabs his machete and chases another TSA officer with it.
This Muslim man is then shot and killed by the police. After the incident, a search of the attacker’s car by the police reveals it contained acetylene and oxygen tanks, two substances that, when mixed together, will yield a powerful explosive.
If this scenario occurred, there’s zero doubt that this would be called a terrorist attack. Zero. It would make headlines across the country and world, and we would see wall-to-wall cable news coverage for days. And, of course, certain right-wing media outlets, many conservative politicians, and Bill Maher would use this event as another excuse to stoke the flames of hate toward Muslims.
Well, last Friday night, this exact event took place at the New Orleans airport—that is, except for one factual difference: The attacker was not Muslim. Consequently, you might be reading about this brazen assault for the first time here, although this incident did receive a smattering of media coverage over the weekend."

On Palestinians who travled

From Alfred: "I do know a person who calls himself a Palestinian whose grandfather came from Mardin, Turkey in 1915 when Syriac Christians were being slaughtered in Turkey.  During WWI thousands of Armenians and Assyrians fled from Turkey to Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt, and the smallest number came to Palestine because you have the smallest number of Armenians and Assyrian Christians in Palestine . Also, I do know of a person from the Saade family from Amioun, Lebanon who went to live in Palestine in the early 20th century who stayed in Palestine and married a local. But, we do not hear of the many thousands of Palestinians who emigrated to countries like Chile and El Salvador, which today number over 900,000 people during the same period. I know of many Syrians and Lebanese in Lebanon, Syria, and around the world who came from Palestine "a few decades earlier" and if you would look at the immigration numbers you would find out that many more times more Palestinians traveled to lands outside Palestine than "those Arabs who had traveled to those lands only a few decades earlier"."

Even the Zionist Brookings is admitting the obvious: that Al-Qai`dah is a major force in the Syrian "insurgency"

"In fact, while rarely acknowledged explicitly in public, the vast majority of the Syrian insurgency has coordinated closely with Al-Qaeda since mid-2012"