Friday, 25 May 2018

North Korea Warns US of ’Nuclear Showdown’


24-05-2018 | 09:17

North Korea cast doubt on the planned summit between its leader, Kim Jong-un, and US President Donald Trump, warning that Pyongyang could make the US “taste an appalling tragedy”.
 
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The summit’s fate is “entirely” up to the US, North Korea’s vice foreign minister Choe Son-hui said in a statement on Thursday. If the talks are cancelled, Choe suggested the two countries could engage in a “nuclear-to-nuclear showdown”.

“Whether the US will meet us at a meeting room or encounter us at nuclear-to-nuclear showdown is entirely dependent upon the decision … of the US,” she said.

“We will neither beg the US for dialogue nor take the trouble to persuade them if they do not want to sit together with us.”

The comments come after Trump earlier this week said there was a “very substantial chance” the summit could be delayed.

They also follow a week of heated rhetoric in Washington, with some US officials threatening a fate similar to Libya if the North does not relinquish its nuclear weapons program. Libya dictator Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown and killed in a NATO-backed uprising against his rule.

“In view of the remarks of the US high-ranking politicians who have not yet woken up to this stark reality and compare the DPRK to Libya that met a tragic fate, I come to think that they know too little about us,” Choe said, referring to the North’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. “To borrow their words, we can also make the US taste an appalling tragedy it has neither experienced nor even imagined up to now.”

In an interview on Fox News, US vice president Mike Pence said: “This will only end like the Libyan model ended if Kim Jong-un doesn’t make a deal”.

His words echoed earlier comments by national security advisor John Bolton that the US was studying Libya’s unilateral disarmament as a blueprint for negotiations with Pyongyang.

“As a person involved in the US affairs, I cannot suppress my surprise at such ignorant and stupid remarks gushing out from the mouth of the US vice-president,” Choe said.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

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Syria: Withdrawal of Iran, Hezbollah ‘Not on Agenda’

Syria Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Al-Mikdad
Syria’s deputy foreign minister, Faisal Mekdad, said Wednesday that the withdrawal of Iran and Hezbollah resistance from the Arab country was not up for discussion.
“This topic is not even on the agenda of discussion, since it concerns the sovereignty of Syria. We cannot let anyone even raise this issue,” he told Russia’s Sputnik news agency on Wednesday.
“All these forces oppose terrorism. They are not making an attempt to violate the sovereignty and territory of Syria,” he said in comments translated into Russian.
He also said that those who demanded the pullout of the Iranian military advisers and Hezbollah forces from Syria “are considering the possibility of intervention in all parts of Syria, including the support of terrorists in Syria and elsewhere in the region.”
Mekdad said he “highly appreciates” the help of Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah in Syria’s battle against terrorism.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Mekdad touched on a recent US statement on the withdrawal of American troops from Syria, saying, “The main goal of such statements is to pump the money out of the Arab countries [by scaring them with a prospect of a US pullout].”
The Syrian official also accused Washington of financing and supplying terrorists with arms.
He said the US-led coalition operating in Syria unauthorized had deliberately bombed oil wells in the Arab country to render them useless for the Damascus government.
“I believe that the oxygen for terrorist groups comes from the United States,” Mekdad said, urging Washington to “stop supporting terrorists and respect Syria’s sovereignty and choice of the Syrian people.”
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad met Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Thursday, with the Russian leader saying “foreign armed forces will withdraw from Syrian territory” although he gave few details.
But Russia’s chief Syria negotiator Alexander Lavrentyev later told journalists that the withdrawal of foreign troops should be done “as a whole”.
Mekdad, however, suggested Russia had not meant to say this.
“I don’t think that our Russian friends meant the forces that entered Syria in agreement with the Syrian government,” he said.
“Russia demanded the withdrawal of forces that are here without agreement: that is the forces of the US, France, Turkey and other forces that are here illegitimately.”
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Thursday, 24 May 2018

US Warplanes Strike Syrian Army Bases In Deir Ez-Zor


24-05-2018 | 09:31

So-called US-led coalition warplanes targeted several Syrian military positions in the country’s eastern province of Deir Ez-Zor.

US Warplanes

“Some of our military positions between Albu Kamal and Hmeimeh were hit this morning in an aggression by American coalition warplanes,” according to a report by Syria’s official news agency, SANA, quoting a military source.

The early Thursday comments further included that no casualties were caused by the attacks but only resulted in “material damage.”

The US-led coalition has been conducting airstrikes against what are it claims[the Arabic acronym for terrorist ‘ISIS/ISIL’ group] to be Daesh targets inside Syria since September 2014 without any authorization from the Damascus government or a UN mandate. 

The military alliance, however, was repeatedly accused of targeting and killing civilians. It has also been largely incapable of achieving its declared goal of destroying the terrorist group.

Earlier in the day, Syrian army and allied forces repelled Daesh terrorist attacks on a number of military sites in Deir Ez-Zor near the Iraqi border.

Daesh militants sought to attack army outposts on the outskirts of al-Mayadeen town, some 44 kilometers southeast of the provincial capital city of Deir Ez-Zor, but they were confronted by the Syrian army and allied forces.

Meanwhile, it was not identified how many terrorists were killed and wounded in the process, and how much of their munitions were destroyed.

The attacks came in parallel with the full liberation of neighborhoods south of the Syrian capital Damascus from the clutches of Daesh.

The anti-Daesh battle has been ongoing since April 19 to recapture the area covering Yarmouk camp and the adjacent districts of Qadam, Tadamun and al-Hajar al-Aswad.
Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

US-led Coalition Aircraft Carry Out Strikes On Syrian Government Forces Simultaneously With ISIS Attacks - Reports
24.05.2018
US-led coalition aircraft carried out strikes on Syrian pro-government government forces in the Homs-Deir Ezzor desert area last night, the Syrian state-run media and the Hezbollah media wing in Syria reported.
According to reports, the strikes targeted pro-government forces positions near al-Bukamal, al-Mayadin and the T2 pumping station.
The Syrian state-run media emphasized that the strikes had taken place amid the continued attacks by ISIS on government positions near the desert area.
Captain Bill Urban, a spokesman for US Central Command, denied any knowledge about these strikes, according to Reuters.
“We have no operational reporting of a US-led coalition strike against pro-Syrian regime targets or forces,” Captain Urban said.

Russian military source denies US bombed Syrian Army troops in Deir Ezzor: RT

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 A.M.) – A Russian military source told Russia Today this morning that the reports alleging the U.S. bombed the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in Deir Ezzor are inaccurate.
According to the RT source, the reports of the U.S. attack are not “consistent with the reality.”
The RT military source did not give anymore details.
Shortly after the reported bombing, a Pentagon spokesperson told RIA Novosti that they had “no information” regarding the alleged bombing.
The Syrian military claimed the U.S. Coalition bombed their positions near the T-2 Pumping Station at approximately 1:00 A.M. (Damascus Time).

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نبيه بري رئيس مجلس لبنان



مايو 23, 2018

ناصر قنديل

– هذا العام بلغ ثمانينه ومعها أربعينية قيادته مسيرته السياسية المنتظمة منذ غياب الإمام السيد موسى الصدر. وهي أربعينية صداقتنا، وهو الآتي من عروبة عتيقة عريقة جعلته نصيراً للقائد العربي الراحل جمال عبد الناصر، ومعجباً فصديقاً للقائد الراحل حافظ الأسد، ورفيق درب ودود لدود للزعيم الفلسطيني الراحل ياسر عرفات، وقد دخل السياسة بخطواته الأولى قائداً طالبياً في أواخر الخسمينيات ومطلع الستينيات، مناضلاً لأجل الجامعة اللبنانية الوطنية.
– عام 1982 ومع بدء الاجتياح الإسرائيلي لبيروت تلاقينا وكان الغضب يُطلق الشرر من عينيه، ويستقرّ على قرار المواجهة، بلا تردّد، وصاغ بياناً من موقعه كرئيس لحركة أمل يدعو فيه للجهاد بكلّ سلاح مُتاح. وكانت الترجمة الأولى أن نذهب مجموعة من مقاتلي وقادة حركة أمل ومقاتلي وقادة من تنظيمنا اليساري آنذاك «رابطة الشغيلة» إلى إقليم التفاح وإقليم الخروب، حيث لم نكد نصل إلا وتبلغنا أنّ العدو صار على ساحل الدامور، لنقرّر ملاقاته إلى خلدة. وكانت المعركة التي قاتل فيها شباب أمل ومنهم مَن صاروا لاحقاً قادة في حزب الله، وكانت أولى الهزائم المدوّية لجيش الاحتلال.
– مع رحيل المنظمات الفلسطينية عن بيروت، كان من الذين استشعروا بؤس الزمن العربي، ونعاه يومها بكلمات عن سقوط مقبل للعاصمة العربية النبيلة بيروت، واستعداد للقتال ليسجّل التاريخ بطولة المدينة التي تُستشهَد واقفة ولا ترفع الراية البيضاء، لأنّ أخوة يوسف قرّروا أن يرموه في الجب ليتخلّصوا من إحراج جماله وفطنته. واستقبل أبي عمار مودّعاً، بحضور قيادات لبنانية وفلسطينية، وبعد الرحيل وانتشار القوات المتعدّدة الجنسيات، تيقن من أنّ بيروت تمّ تسليمها بقرار دولي عربي للاحتلال، فحزم الأمر لقتال لا أملَ بنصر محقّق فيه، لكنه شهادة للتاريخ.
– كنتُ إلى جانبه ساعة تبلّغه دخول وحدات من جيش الاحتلال ووحدات تابعة للعميل سعد حداد إلى مناطق في الضاحية، وصولاً إلى ساحة الغبيري فكانت تعليماته لمرافقيه الذين كان أغلبهم من شباب الحركة في الشياح بالذهاب وترتيب عمليات مواجهة مهما كلّف الثمن. فلا يجوز أن يشعر المحتلّ وعملاؤه أنهم في نزهة، وكانت سلسلة عمليات أخرج معها المحتلّ والعملاء من الضاحية وتمركزوا على مستديرة المطار، وعندما جاء نبأ انتشار مشاة الاحتلال في كورنيش المزرعة القريب من منزله، وكنّا على باب المبنى طلب بندقية مرافقه، ووقف كما يقف أيّ حارس متأهّب للقتال.
– منذ تلك اللحظة جمع سعيه لتزخيم المقاومة، مع تمسكه بكلّ ما يستثمر على الوحدة الوطنية. وكانت هذه حكمته للمشاركة في هيئة الإنقاذ التي شكلها الرئيس الياس سركيس وضمّت إليه رئيس الحزب التقدمي الاشتراكي وليد جنبلاط وقائد القوات اللبنانية بشير الجميّل والوزير فؤاد بطرس، ورغم اختلافنا حولها بقينا معاً تحضيراً للانتفاضة التي غيّرت في السادس من شباط عام 1984 وجه لبنان والمنطقة، فرحل المارينز، وسقط اتفاق السابع عشر من أيار، وتمهّدت الطريق لولادة أوّل حكومة وحدة وطنية برئاسة الشهيد رشيد كرامي.
– كوزير لشؤون الجنوب في هذه الحكومة رعى شؤون الأسرى والجرحى والإعلام المقاوم، وكقيادي وطني جعل شغله الشاغل كيف يستردّ للبنان وحدته، فكان من الذين ساندوا بقوة ترشيح العميد ميشال عون يومها لمنصب قائد الجيش، لما بلغه عن ترفّعه فوق العصبيات الطائفية وعن وطنيته. ومع اقتراب نهاية ولاية الرئيس أمين الجميّل كان من الذين سعوا للانفتاح على فرصة ترشيح العماد عون لرئاسة الجمهورية، قبل أن تذهب البلاد إلى حكومة أمر واقع تكرّس الانقسام.
– في مسيرته المعلومة جداً بعد ذلك، ومنذ تبوّأ منصب رئيس مجلس النواب حرص على أن يكون رئيساً لمجلس لبنان، وكان موفداه الدائمان نائبه إيلي الفرزلي والوزير جان عبيد رسل وفاق مع القيادات المسيحية الكنسية والسياسية، في زمن المقاطعة وزمن الغياب، وما يسمّيه البعض بزمن الوصاية، وأغلب هذا البعض كانوا من رموز ذاك الزمن، وكانوا يومها يأخذون على برّي وفاقيته «المبالغ بها»، تطلعاً لتقاسم مغانم ومناصب ومكاسب على حساب الغياب المسيحي.
– يُنتخَب اليوم بري لولاية جديدة رئيساً لمجلس النواب، مكرّساً مكانته كرئيس لمجلس لبنان، لا يزيد ولا ينتقص منها ثلاثون، ولبنان الرابح الأكبر، وقد استعاد إلى جانبه وتحت قبة المجلس معاونيه عبيد والفرزلي… وخسر تحت القبة شريكه اللدود لأربعين عاماً وليد جنبلاط… «مبروك» دولة الرئيس.
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Wednesday, 23 May 2018

US Envoy Holds Image of Al-Quds without Al-Aqsa Mosque, Dome of the Rock!

Friedman Quds image
US Ambassador to the Zionist entity David Friedman was photographed Tuesday holding an aerial image of Al-Quds (Jerusalem) bearing a simulation of the so-called “Third Temple” instead of the Al-Aqsa holy mosque and the Dome of the Rock.
First reported on the ultra-Orthodox news site Kikar Hashabat, the photo of Friedman holding the poster was taken during a tour of Bnei Brak held by the Achiya organization, which aids Israeli children who suffer from learning disabilities, Israeli Haaretz newspaper reported.
A statement issued by the embassy later claimed that Friedman “received the photo from one of the organization’s employees and “was not aware of the image thrust in front of him when the photo was taken.”
According to the statement, Friedmen was “deeply disappointed that anyone would take advantage of his visit to Bnei Brak to create controversy.”
The embassy which has been recently relocated from Tel Aviv to Al-Quds in a provocative move by Washington, said that the US policy “is absolutely clear: we support the status quo on the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount.”
For its part, Achiya has issued an apology to Friedman and the embassy, saying a staff member on its behalf presented the picture to the ambassador, who “was unaware of its content,” the Israeli daily reported.
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President Trump to Unveil New Middle East Peace Plan


President Trump to Unveil New Middle East Peace Plan
ALEX GORKA | 22.05.2018 | WORLD / MIDDLE EAST

President Trump to Unveil New Middle East Peace Plan

At the very start of his presidential term, Donald Trump promised to do what no other US president had done despite all their efforts. He said he would find a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian problem and close “the ultimate deal.”
Donald Trump will unveil his new Middle East (ME) peace plan in mid-to-late June after the end of Ramadan. The exact date for its publication is yet to be announced. Select allies are already being briefed on the elements of the plan. US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has confirmed that the initiative is being finalized.
The details are not yet known, but it is generally believed that the proposal will suggest recognizing Israel as the Jewish people’s homeland. The Palestinian Authority (PA) will be given limited sovereignty. Its territory will include about half of the West Bank, including the Arab neighborhoods of East Jerusalem and the entire Gaza Strip, provided that Hamas agrees to disarm. The Jordan Valley will go to Israel, preserving its security presence along the Jordan River. The Old City will also become a part of Israel. Palestine and Jordan will share religious jurisdiction over Jerusalem’s mosques. Abu Dis, located in the eastern part of Jerusalem, will become the capital of the PA. Israel will be responsible for the West Bank and the security of the border crossings. A system for compensating Palestinian refugees will be established and managed by the international community. Their right to return will not be recognized.
The plan will not be presented as a definitive document, but rather as the springboard for generating the momentum to rush into broader negotiations with the leading Arab actors, such as the Persian Gulf states and Egypt. The expectation is that certain mutually acceptable ideas will be discovered that will get the ball rolling.
So the proposal is not a two-state solution, but rather a blueprint offering a smorgasbord of options for further talks.
The plan is expected to be rebuffed by the PA amid signs that the US may slash funding for the West Bank and Gaza. The funds are likely to be reallocated elsewhere. Washington and its allies are looking for prominent Palestinians who would agree to back this plan that is certain to face rejection from the president of the PA. Mahmoud Abbas.
Progress on the Israeli-Palestinian track is a must; otherwise it’ll be a tall order to establish an anti-Iranian coalition that includes the leading Arab states. Saudi Arabia and other potential members of such a group cannot openly cooperate with Israel. The Palestinian problem is an obstacle. The US needs to marshal regional support for this plan. We’re going to start seeing some very intensive diplomatic efforts, including behind-the-scenes meetings. The plan will be inevitably rolled out at an international conference, probably hosted by a large Arab nation, such as Egypt for instance.
As mentioned above, many US presidents have tried to find a solution to the ME conflict. Trump’s plan stands out as an initiative not aimed at bringing the two sides to the negotiating table but rather one that exerts pressure to make them accept it. Resolving the Palestinian issue paves the way for uniting a powerful coalition under the US banner. Another hallmark of the plan is the attempt to find an alternative to the current Palestinian leadership. Finding the right people is part of the effort.
The US position in the region was weakened as a result of the decision to move the embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Leading the peace process will get the US back onto the field as the leading player and an indispensable nation in the region.
With an anti-Iranian coalition in place and moves underway to roll back Tehran, China will suffer and find itself growing weaker. The rise in global oil prices will make Chinese commodities more expensive and thus its exports will become less competitive. The growth of its GDP could slow as a result.
Russia has the reputation of being an “honest broker” in the ME and its regional influence is on the rise. Keeping Moscow out of the Israeli-Palestinian negotiation process is one way to contain it.
And in the end, the Palestinians will actually gain nothing. The proposal appears to be highly favorable toward Israel and dismissive of the PA. With Israel retaining control over security almost throughout the Palestinian territory, no full sovereignty is possible. The PA’s borders would not be based on the pre-1967 demarcations as the UN resolutions demand. But Sunni Arab states and others would provide enough economic assistance to the Palestinians to make them pliable.
Donald Trump likes to make “deals.” Perhaps he views the Palestinian problem as essentially an economic issue, not a political one. Because of this perspective he has adopted a “you make concessions to get economic benefits in return” approach. The problem is with the PA’s leadership, which is headed by Mahmoud Abbas, its people, and also the Arab leaders who want a real political settlement instead of a trade deal, because they aren’t going anywhere. It’s really hard to imagine the Palestinians taking any offer of “limited sovereignty” seriously.
The Israeli-PA conflict is not a problem to be tackled by a club of the chosen. Any peace effort requires broad international representation. The Palestinian leadership insists that Russia and a number of other states and organizations take on the role of mediating such a multilateral peace process.
President Trump’ proposal hasn’t even been made public yet. Nothing official has been heard from Washington so far. But some experts believe that the plan is dead on arrival. Perhaps they have a good reason to think so.

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BLOODBATH! — israel Embarks On New War Crimes

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By LASHA DARKMOON
I didn’t expect this as I picked up my groceries in the supermarket. “BLOODBATH!” the headline screamed, churning up the hysteria that was now clawing at my throat: “SCORES DEAD, THOUSANDS WOUNDED AS ISRAEL FIRES ON PALESTINIANS PROTESTING OVER TRUMP’S NEW EMBASSY!”
Yes, it was that dreadful Daily Mail again, stirring up trouble against the noble occupiers of Palestine, nice peaceful folk doing their best to defend their stolen land from evil Hamas and the Arab scum in Gaza trying to suggest they had a right to live in their own country.
Israeli troops, I was to learn to my horror and dismay — how could such a noble racebehave like this? — had killed at least 55 Palestinians in cold blood and wounded almost 2,000 more during protests in Gaza on Monday. The violence had erupted as Donald Trump’s delectable daughter Ivanka opened the new American embassy in Jerusalem — a move that was calculated to case a global outcry.
Trump had known this in advance, but went ahead anyway, anxious to curry favour with his Zionist masters — to bring a smile to the face of his Jewish son-in-law Jared Kushner, to please his Jewish ambassador to Israel David Friedman, and, above all, to increase the smirk on the face of that Olympic Smirker of Smirkers, Benjamin Netanyahu, whose smirks only equal the exquisite facial contortions brought to perfection by America’s Zionist Puppet president Donald Trump.
“Every country has the right to defend its borders,” Trump barked, without bothering to mention that Israel has no borders and feels it has the right to expand its territories, with remarkable flexibility, into whatever corner of the Middle East it happens to covet.
But we were talking about Trump and his penchant for silly smirks.
THE  ULTIMATE  SMIRKER   
“This is a great day for Israel!” he babbled moronically,
referring to the opening of the new US embassy in Jerusalem,
an act deliberately calculated to produce global outrage and bloodshed. 
Meanwhile, Amnesty International responded to the carnage caused by this hideous parody of a human being, America’s resident psychopath in the White House. These were Amnesty’s words of condemnation: “We are witnessing an abhorrent violation of international law and human rights. This horror must end now.”
Will the horror end any time soon? Of course not! The horror movie has just begun.
Again.
It began long ago when the Chosen People decided they had a right to relocate themselves from Europe to the Middle East and live on stolen land. Yes, some of them will even claim that this was the land of their forefathers, given to them by Yahweh, aka Tetragrammaton, in the dim dawn of history. But Israeli president Ben Gurion knew better. He knew that the Jewish people had no real right to Palestine, except the right of the strong to oppress the weak, the right to pillage and plunder.
And here are the words of Moshe Dayan, one of the Israel’s Founding Fathers, who took his cue from Ben Gurion and echoed his sentiments as early as 1956:
“What cause have we to complain about their [the Arabs] fierce hatred to us? For eight years now, they sit in their refugee camps in Gaza, and before their eyes we turn into our homestead the land and villages in which they and their forefathers have lived.”
He went on:
“We are a generation of settlers, and without the steel helmet and gun barrel, we shall not be able to plant a tree or build a house. . . . Let us not be afraid to see the hatred that accompanies and consumes the lives of hundreds of thousands of Arabs who sit all around us and wait for the moment when their hands will be able to reach our blood.”  
Thanks, Moshe! You’re one helluva guy. But don’t expect your brilliant quote to be splashed across the New York Times in the next few days!
I did a bit of media checking and came across this. Craig Murray, former British ambassador to Uzbekistan, said on his blog that he did a Google News search for the word “massacre” and found NOT ONE REFERENCE TO GAZA. Wow, you’d think a smart media outlet like the New York Times would recognize a massacre when it saw one!
But no, massacres cannot be possibly be instigated by the IDF, the “most humane and bravest army in the world” and — wait for it — an army noted for its “unimaginable restraint🙂
New York Times headline on Monday said: “Dozens of Palestinians have died in protests as the U.S. prepares to open its Jerusalem Embassy.” Journalist Glenn Greenwald responded: “Most western media outlets have become quite skilled – through years of practice – at writing headlines and describing Israeli massacres using the passive tense so as to hide the culprit. But the all-time champion has long been, and remains, the New York Times.. ” (See here)
A disgusting CNN headline simply read: “Dozens die in Gaza.” To this journalist Max Blumenthal responded: “Maybe they were old. Perhaps they were very sick. They just up and died! Who will solve the mystery behind these deaths?” Blumenthal later suggested, tongue in cheek, that the Palestinian protestors might have walked into Israeli bullets by sheer  accident — shame on these peaceful terrorists for not looking where they were going!
—   §   —

A PALESTINIAN WOMAN
crying for her dead children

What can one say?  It is positively obscene even writing about these atrocities and affecting to be moved and outraged from a safe distance.
Theirs is the carnage, ours is the emoting.
Let’s hear  what Mark Almond, Daily Mail correspondent, has to say:
The shocking images of slaughter at the Gaza border are a public relations disaster for Israel. At the very moment the Jewish state is marking the 70th anniversary of its foundation, its government finds itself the target of global outrage.
The creation of the state of Israel is a source of profound grievance to many Palestinians, who believe that their people were driven off their own land and displaced into Lebanon, the West Bank and the Gaza strip.
In this narrative of despair, they feel they were robbed of their livelihoods and their nationhood through the event known as the ‘Nakba’ or the ‘Catastrophe’ whose anniversary falls today.
Tensions were always bound to be high at this period, particularly as Palestinian demonstrators gathered on the border with Israel to demand the right of return to the home of their forebears.
But what has really ignited the powder keg is the decision by the White House to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to the divided city of Jerusalem, which the state of Israel regards as its capital. It is a step that has inflamed discord with the Palestinians, who lay claim to the eastern party of the city and whose Muslim faith has a number of sacred sites within its walls, as of course do Jews.
It was the fear of inflaming tensions that prevented a succession of US presidents, including Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, from implementing a pledge to shift the American embassy to Jerusalem.
But Donald Trump, never a man to follow political precedent, has ignored such doubts. 
He adopted his stance partly because he has always been a big admirer of Israel, and is deeply suspicious of Muslim fundamentalism in the region, as he demonstrated in his decision last week to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal, a policy that was eagerly welcomed by the Israeli government of Benjamin Netanyahu
Trump also has close personal ties to Israel, for his daughter Ivanka is married to Jared Kushner, whose family has donated money to Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

“He has always been a great admirer of Israel.”

Mark Almond, who then blots his copybook by making a few lame excuses for Israel’s appalling behavior — the Jewish state has a right to defend itself from evil Hamas and protect its elastic borders for the nicest people on earth — nevertheless ends his otherwise fair report with these sombre words:
“Certainly, there is little doubt that the region will descend into further strife. For those who hoped that Palestinian protests would bring harmony, this is another bitter disappointment in a region scarred by decades of lost opportunities for peace.”
The word “disappointment”, when applied to a massacre claiming dozens of lives and the wounding of thousands of innocent protestors, is a cruel and obscene understatement

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Trump’s Plan for Iran: Put MEK Terrorists in Charge

Back in the 2008 presidential race, I explained to then-candidate Rudy Giuliani the concept of “blowback.” Years of US meddling and military occupation of parts of the Middle East motivated a group of terrorists to carry out attacks against the United States on 9/11. They didn’t do it because we are so rich and so free, as the neocons would have us believe. They came over here because we had been killing Muslims “over there” for decades.
How do we know this? Well, they told us. Osama bin Laden made it clear why al-Qaeda sought to attack the US. They didn’t like the US taking sides in the Israel-Palestine conflict and they didn’t like US troops on their holy land.
Why believe a terrorist, some responded. As I explained to Giuliani ten years ago, the concept of “blowback” is well-known in the US intelligence community and particularly by the CIA.
Unfortunately, it is clear that Giuliani never really understood what I was trying to tell him. Like the rest of the neocons, he either doesn’t get it or doesn’t want to get it. In a recent speech to the MeK – a violent Islamist-Marxist cult that spent two decades on the US terror watch list – Giuliani promised that the Trump Administration had made “regime change” a priority for Iran. He even told the members of that organization – an organization that has killed dozens of Americans – that Trump would put them in charge of Iran!
Giuliani shares with numerous other neocons like John Bolton a strong relationship with this group. In fact, both Giuliani and Bolton have been on the payroll of the MeKand have received tens of thousands of dollars to speak to their followers. This is another example of how foreign lobbies and special interest groups maintain an iron grip on our foreign policy.
Does anyone really think Iran will be better off if Trump puts a bunch of “former” terrorists in charge of the country? How did that work in Libya?
It’s easy to dismiss the bombastic Giuliani as he speaks to his financial benefactors in the MeK. Unfortunately, however, Giuliani’s claims were confirmed late last week, when the Washington Free Beacon published a three-page policy paper being circulated among National Security Council officials containing plans to spark regime change in Iran.
The paper suggests that the US focus on Iran’s many ethnic minority groups to spark unrest and an eventual overthrow of the government. This is virtually the same road map that the US has followed in Iraq, Libya, Syria, and so on. The results have been unmitigated disaster after disaster.
Unleashing terrorists on Iran to overthrow its government is not only illegal and immoral: it’s also incredibly stupid. We know from 9/11 that blowback is real, even if Giuliani and the neocons refuse to understand it. Iran does not threaten the United States. Unlike Washington’s Arab allies in the region, Iran actually holds reasonably democratic elections and has a Western-oriented, educated, and very young population.
Why not open up to Iran with massive amounts of trade and other contacts? Does anyone (except for the neocons) really believe it is better to unleash terrorists on a population than to engage them in trade and travel? We need to worry about blowback from President Trump’s fully-neoconized Middle East policy! That’s the real threat!

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Trump’s nomination for Peace Prize farce at risk, The ‘Bolton Effect’: From Breakthrough To Breakdown With North Korea

If President Trump is serious in his desire to seal an historic deal with North Korea then his employees are actively working against him. Based on National Security Advisor John Bolton’s bombastic CNN appearance over the weekend, the North Koreans have cancelled a high-level inter-Korea meeting scheduled for today and have suggested that the Trump/Kim summit scheduled for next month might be cancelled. Will warmongering Bolton trump Trump on Korea? Tune in to today’s Liberty Report:


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بعد لقاء الاسد وبوتين في سوتشي .. هل نستعد للأخبار العاجلة ؟؟


 بقلم نارام سرجون

لم تعد السياسة علما ولافنا منذ ان بدأ الربيع العربي ورأينا مارأيناه .. السياسة كانت نوعا من الاحجيات والمعادلات الصعبة والمركبات التي يجب تفكيكها .. وأحيانا كانت شكلا من اشكال التنجيم الصعب ..

ولكن أمتلك الثقة الكاملة لاقول ان أبسط مواطن عربي صار يعرف تماما كيف يمكن ان يستنتج اتجاه الحدث السياسي لبلاده وللمنطقة ويستطيع كل مواطن عربي ان يكون خبيرا استراتيجيا ولديه مركز دراسات عن بلده يغنيه عن الخبراء الاستراتيجيين للجزيرة والعربية الذين لم يتوقعوا شيئا الا وحدث نقيضه .. فمثلا كلما ظهر الرئيس الاميريكي في خطاب عن الشرق الأوسط يتنبه المنعكس الشرطي السعودي أو السلماني عند المواطن السعودي .. حيث ومن غير تفكير لايجد السعوديون أنفسهم الا وهم يمدون ايديهم الى جيوبهم لافراغها مما فيها من أموال وقطع نقود حتى من القروش والملاليم .. لأنه بعد كل خطاب عن الشرق الأوسط يعرف السعوديون جميعا كبيرهم وصغيرهم ان الملك السعودي سيدفع المعلوم والجزية على داير مليم .. وسيشاهد بن سلمان في واشنطن يجلس مذعنا وهو يعرض للنسويق ويضع عليه ترامب لوحة المشتريات والاسعار فيما بن سلمان يهز رأسه كالابله ضاحكا لاحول له ولاقوة ..

وكلما خرج اردوغان بخطاب ناري عن القدس يعرف المقدسيون أن مصيبة قادمة في القدس .. لأن هذا الكذاب والممثل لايفعل شيئا سوى الثرثرة والاستعراض وهو سبب مصائب القدس لأنه كان قائد الربيع العربي الذي استهلك شباب العرب ومدنهم ومالهم .. فعقب كل خطاب يخفق قلب فلسطين هلعا ويتسرع لأنه صار معتادا ان كل خطاب أردوغاني سيتلوه تصفيق اسلامي وتكبير ولكن لاشيء آخر الا ان نتنياهو سيغرز انيابه في لحم قلبها وينهشه وهي تتألم .. والحقيقة هي ان اردوغان الثرثار هو من أضعف القدس وأوصل ترامب ونتنياهو الى مرحلة اللااكتراث لأنه طحن العالم الاسلامي بحروب الاخوان المسلمين وشغل دول الطوق ومحور مقاومة اسرائيل بحروبه العثمانية المجنونة واسلامييه الذين سهلوا لاسرائيل وترامب قرار نقل السفارة الاميريكية الى القدس لأنهم استهلكوا أشرس المقاتلين الاسلاميين في تدمير أنفسهم وأموالهم وامكاناتهم وتدمير كل الشعوب المحيطة باسرائيل واشغال كل أعداء اسرايل عنها ..

فهل نسأل المواطن العربي عن توقعاته السياسية كلما ذهب ملك الاردن الى أميريكا مثلا؟؟ طبعا سيعرف المواطنون العرب من المحيط الى الخليج ان الملك سيجول على صالات القمار أولا ثم سيذهب الى البيت الابيض ليتلقى تعليمات بشأن مؤامرة جديدة وعن هلال طائفي جديد أو قمر عرقي أو شمس مذهبية .. وهل يجهل المواطن العربي ماالذي يتوقعه اذا شاهد امير قطر او ملك البحرين يستقبلان وزير الدفاع الاميركي .. المنطق يقول ان القواعد الاميريكية ستشتغل في قصف بلد عربي ..

وعلى العكس من تلك البدهيات الواضحة .. يستطيع كل مواطن سوري وعربي ان يعرف ماذا سيعني لقاء الرئيسين بوتين والاسد .. في كل لقاء بين الرئيس الأسد وبوتين ترتعش التنظيمات الارهابية ويتحسس كل ارهابي رأسه .. بينما تلتفت عيون المجرمين الى السماء بحثا عن السوخوي .. ويجد نتنياهو نفسه يزداد قلقا على طائراته .. كل لقاء بين الأسد وبوتين يعتبر فاصلة عسكرية كبيرة تسبب الرعب للكثيرين .. فترتعد الرياض وتبول في ثيابها وتهتز الدوحة وتقبل انقرة بقضاء الله وقدره .. وبعد كل لقاء تستعد قطعة كبيرة من الجغرافيا السورية لخلع ثياب الاعدام لارتداء ثياب الحرية .. صارت هناك معادلات بوتين والاسد السياسية .. فكل لقاء بين بوتين والاسد يعني للرئيس الاميركي انه سيخسر قطعة جديدة من سورية التي يحتلها بشكل غير مباشر بالارهابيين .. منذ اول لقاء والذي كان لقاء السوخوي .. ثم تلته لقاءات حلب وغيرها .. هذه المرة ربما اقترب الأسد وبوتين كثيرا من ترامب في الشرق السوري .. ورغم كل مؤشرات السلام ونهاية الحرب السورية فان الاميريكيين يعلمون ان وجودهم في المنطقة الشرقية صار على كف عفريت .. فهناك عبارة اهتزت لها واشنطن قالها بوتين وهي ان القوات الاجنبية يجب ان تحزم حقائبها .. وهي عبارة لايقولها شخص وزعيم عالمي مثل بوتين اعتباطا فهو اتخذ قرارا بشأنها أو أنه تبلغ عبر قناة ما أن الأميريكيين يريدون أن يفتحوا مفاوضات الخروج والانسحاب .. فكل كلمة يقولها بوتين يجب ان تترجم خاصة انها تقال في لقاء مع الأسد الذي يملك الارض بالجيش والشرعية والذي يحارب بوتين الى جانبه .. واذا حاول البعض تفسير الكلام على انه موجه لايران وحزب الله .. وانها في سياق تفاهم اميركي اسرائيلي روسي فهي محاولة تفسير غير موفقة .. لأن الروس والسوريين ليسوا اغبياء لاخراج حلفائهم قبل اتمام الحرب وترك الاميريكيين في الشرق ينعمون بالراحة والاستقرار كي يغيروا الاتفاق ويطلقوا داعش او اي تنظيم جديد .. ومن المعلوم أن لحلفاء سورية من الايرانيين وحزب الله دورا هاما في المعارك البرية ضد الارهاب الذي مثل القوات البرية الاميريكية .. واذا خرج حلفاء سورية من الجغرافيا فاننا سنعود الى نقطة الصفر ولكن اذا خرج الاميريكيون فليس هناك حاجة لبقاء القوات الحليفة بذات الكثافة والدور .. ويمكنها ان تعود الى حالة استشارات فنية وصاروخية كما كانت قبل الحرب .. فالجيش السوري عاد قويا وتمرس على أشرس المعارك .. وتطور .. وأضاف عامل الثقة بالنفس الى رصيده .. والمواجهة مع اسرايل ستكون مواجهة تقنية وصاروخية .. الا اذا تغيرت معطيات المعارك ..

هذان الرجلان لايلتقيان اعتباطا ولاتعنيهما الاحتفالات الاعلامية والكرنفالات التي تقام لملوك الخليج الذين يذهبون لدفع الجزية في الغرب .. فمما لاشك فيه أنهما اجتمعا من أجل أمر هام جدا قادم .. لايسر من سمي (أصدقاء الشعب السوري) .. ولايسر المعارضين الذين ينتظرون منذ 8 سنوات بطاقة الدعوة لاستلام السلطة واعلان نهاية عصر الأسد .. وربما ساجرح مشاعرهم كثيرا وستغوض كلماتي كالسكين في أحشائهم للقول انها بداية عصر الأسد كزعيم عالمي .. بدأت منذ هذه اللحظة التي أعلن فيها لأول مرة بشكل ديبلوماسي ان الوجود الاميريكي في شرق سورية قد انتهت صلاحيته .. وهذا التهذيب الديبلوماسي .. فيه انذار ديبلوماسي .. ولاشك أن على الاميريكيين ان يردوا التحية الروسية بأحسن منها .. والا ..

هذا الحدس والاستقراء في علم السياسة له مماثل فيزيولوجي .. هو ظاهرة بافلوف .. فعندما يرى الناس ملكا سعوديا في واشنطن او أي عاصمة غربية ترتسم ابتسامة عربية عفوية لاارادية فيها مرارة .. فيما يسيل لعاب الاوروبيين والاميريكيين كما كلب بافلوف عندما يسمع جرس الطعام .. جرس الاميريكيين اليوم هو بن سلمان .. حيث يفيض لعابهم ولعاب اوروبة كلما لمحوه كما لو كانوا يلعقون الليمون الحامض ..

ولكن عندما يرى العالم الأسد وبوتين معا .. ترتفع درجة حرارة الأرض .. ويخفق قلب السماء الأزرق للقاء السوخوي .. ويسيل لعاب الدبابات .. وترقص البنادق .. وتجف الحلوق في الغرب والشرق .. فيما تتبلل عروق المدن الحزينة الظمأى بالأخبار السارة .. وتتهيأ الدنيا للأخبار العاجلة ..

   ( الثلاثاء 2018/05/22 SyriaNow)

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