Monday, March 30, 2015

"Oh, Welcome War"

This Saudi paper reports about a new hit in Saudi Arabia: a song called "Oh, Welcome War". Enjoy.

By brilliant Sudanese cartoonist, Khalid Albaih

When House of Saud supported the Iranian regime

This front page of Al-Jazirah paper from the days of the Shah in the 1970s features an interview with then Crown Prince Fahd.  In the interview he said: "Kingdom declares support for the regime of Shah of Iran."  

Pakistani army for hire

Pakistani Army has been hired for internal repression in Arab countries before.  Don't forget that the tyrant Zia Ul-Haq served in Jordan during Black September alongside Jordanian regime troops in the massacres of Palestinians.

How Anne Barnard justifies attacks on civilians by "rebels" (i.e., terrorists of Al-Qa`idah)

"Insurgents could take revenge on pro-government residents".  Pro-government residents? And how do they determine that? Do they have markings on their foreheads?

The same people who had predicted to you that Bashshar would fall next week are now statoing that Huthis have been defeated already

It is over after two days only:  "“I think they’re losing this battle,” Khatib said of the Houthis". Mark your calender. 

This passes as necessary qualifications in the US

"She offers few bold or risky ideas. On foreign policy, for example, she says little beyond noting that Israel is a close ally."

Land of Israel?

From a well-known US correspondent who does not wish to be identified: ""These vessels belonged to Egyptians who lived in the land of Israel in 3100 BC." The land of Israel? In 3100 BC? Abraham wasn't born until 1800 BC. There was no Israel in 3100 BC."

AIPAC is the last refuge of Congressional scoundrels

"Mr. Menendez received enthusiastic applause addressing Aipac, the prominent Israel advocacy group, this month; it has contributed to his legal defense fund and has privately pressed other Israel-oriented donors to do the same.

By the end of 2014, Mr. Menendez had raised more than $200,000 for his legal fund — nearly a quarter of all its receipts — from political donors who have also given to pro-Israel political action committees, according to an examination of financial documents filed by the Robert Menendez Legal Expense Trust."

Tell Anne Barnad and Liz Sly: what moderate Syrian rebels?

Nusrah terrorists ban Syrian National coalition from Idlib.

Regimes and social media

"Non-democratic regimes have only recently begun to realize the full potential of co-opting social media for their own purposes. This trend, therefore, is likely to intensify in the near future, with profound consequences for the future of democratization and state-society relations. Government involvement in internet technology has continuously evolved from early strategies of brute-force denial to more sophisticated strategies of control and contestation.75 Here I have focused on the latest phase of this evolution what I call the shift from contestation to co-optation. This strategy incorporates elements of censorship and control, but also builds on them to actively subvert the reach and power of online
technology in order to strengthen the regime ’s grip on political life."

Anne Barnard needs to know more about Ahrar Ash-Sham (again, Western media promoting Bin Ladenite terrorists)

"Ahmad Kara Ali, a spokesman for Ahrar Al-Sham, said in an interview that his group would not allow any other group to “monopolize power” in Idlib. “We are counting on the awareness of the Syrians and the rebels not to let any of the parties to repeat the experience of Daesh,” he said."  In fact, Ahrar Ash-Sham, as  this writer of As-Safir explains, is still under the direct sponsorship of none other than Ayman Adh-Dhawahiri.  And one of its leader, Abu Hafs, is an old friend of Dhawahiri, and some mentions him as one of the founders of Al-Qa`idah in 1998

PS What is hilarious is that Barnard refers to Ahrar Ash-Sham as "ultra-conservative" as if we are talking about a political party seeking representation in the Swedish parliament.

Liz Sly and the Washington Post now refer to Al-Qa`idah as "Syrian rebels"

You can see her cheering the the Bin Ladenites: "The rebel force, led by the al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra".

Al-Qaeda took over Idlib thanks to U.S. weapons & Turkish anti-air missiles against Syrian planes

"The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria, has released another video showing its fighters using American-made TOW missiles. As The Long War Journal reported earlier this week, Al Nusrah released a video featuring a TOW missile attack in the early hours of the jihadists’ newly-launched offensive against Syrian regime forces in the city of Idlib."

Turkey welcomes fall of Idlib to al-Qaeda with Turkish help

"Turkish officials have expressed their satisfaction at the seizure of the northern Syrian city of Idlib by opposition forces, stressing that the Ankara-supported Free Syrian Army (FSA) was part of the winning side. The coalition that seized Idlib city on March 28 was composed of the al-Nusra Front, the official Syrian affiliate of al-Qaeda, as well as several Islamist factions."

U.S. secretly built biological & chemical weapons for Saddam

"As Alan Friedman wrote in The Spider Web: The Secret History of How the White House Illegally Armed Iraq, the Reagan and Bush administrations, which backed Iraq in its 1980-1988 war with Iran, approved of U.S. companies selling chemical agents and equipment to Iraq, including “a huge petrochemicals complex called PC2. Western intelligence also knew that PC2 was capable of generating chemical compounds to make mustard and nerve gas.” Donald Riegle, a Democratic U.S. Senator from Michigan, held hearings about the veterans illnesses in 1993 and 1994. He told me the decision by Reagan and Bush “to secretly help Saddam Hussein build his biological and chemical weapons was a monstrous strategic error that eventually led to the tragedy of Gulf War Syndrome, which killed and disabled so many unprotected American troops.” " (thanks Amir)

Arab legitimacy

"The backing of the West gives Saudi’s position legitimacy."  Yes, there is nothing that accords legitimacy to an Arab party or regime than Western support. IT does it. Also, can we do away with importing Western media cliches about "the region's policeman" especially when the regime in question is in fact supporting the criminals and terrorists of the region? That is no policeperson by my book.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Socialist Sweden bows down to Saudi royal family

From David: "After the FM criticized Saudi Arabia,  here is what the response has been:
"Saudi Arabia withdrew its ambassador and stopped issuing visas to Swedish businessmen. The United Arab Emirates joined it. The Organisation of Islamic Co-operation, which represents 56 Muslim-majority states, accused Sweden of failing to respect the world’s ‘rich and varied ethical standards’ — standards so rich and varied, apparently, they include the flogging of bloggers and encouragement of paedophiles. Meanwhile, the Gulf Co-operation Council condemned her ‘unaccept-able interference in the internal affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia"

Yemeni demographics and the Birmingham 'Scientific Institute'

From Nu`man: "On Yemeni demographics: Its said that Zaydis (otherwise referred to as Shi'ah in the media) are 30-40% of Yemen. Obviously this was not always the case. I remember reading many, many years ago that Zaydis were about 60% of Yemen (or of the old North Yemen). The rest was made of up (shafa'i) Sunni muslims. The split is along geographical lines. Anyone south of Ta'iz and stretching to the east into Hadramout was assumed to be Sunni while everyone to the North of Ta'iz was assumed to be Zaydi.

Now one of the reasons the that Zaydi numbers have decreased is because from the mid-1970's North Yemen (before unification in 1990) ran two parallel education systems: Firstly there was the State education system; Secondly, there was the Islamist education system (run by people who later were to form the Yemen's Muslim Brotherhood, Islah Party). The Islah schools were known as Ma'had al-Elmi (Scientific Institute).

These 'Scientific Institutes' were originally funded by Saudi Arabia and had a two fold target. In the 70's & 80's, secular left politics was still strong in the Yemen so by Islamically brainwashing children in Yemen, the Saudis (British?) thought less and less people would join left-wing movements when they become adults. The other purpose of the Scientific Institutes was clearly to turn Zaydi children into Sunnis. By the time the Scientific Institutes were disbanded in the mid-1990's there were well over 1,100 of them operating in Yemen.

Also, one of these 'Scientific Institutes' was drafted into Birmingham, UK in the mid 1980's which was clearly targeted at Yemenis who had come from the provinces of Ta'iz and in the south Yemen. I wrote about many years ago well before the so-called "Arab Spring". It needs touching up but its here:

US-Saudi coordinated bombing of Yemen

"The Saudi ambassador in Washington, Adel al-Jubeir, said Friday that the U.S. has been "very supportive" of the operation politically and logistically. He said the kingdom is "very pleased" with the level of coordination with the U.S., which has established a joint planning cell with Saudi Arabia to coordinate U.S. and military and intelligence support."

By the talented Sudanese artist, Khalid Albaih

"Rice", which also denotes fortune or wealth.

War in class terms

Basically, the richest Arab countries, supported by the richest countries of the world, are launching a war on the poorest Arab country--oh, and in the name of democracy for sure.

Yemeni people and House of Saud

Yemeni people have bitter feelings about House of Saud: not only for their role in supporting the reactionary monarchy and in their role in prolonging the civil war, but also for expelling hundreds of thousands of Yemeni workers from Saudi Arabia in 1990 because Salih stood against the US-Saudi-Syrian war on Iraq.

How come Western countries never count their victims in the millions? At least 1.3 million lives lost to US-led War on Terror

"How do you calculate the human costs of the U.S.-led War on Terror?" "with at least 1.3 million lives lost in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan alone since the onset of the war following September 11, 2001." "A politically useful option for U.S. political elites has been to attribute the on-going violence to internecine conflicts of various types, including historical religious animosities, as if the resurgence and brutality of such conflicts is unrelated to the destabilization cause by decades of outside military intervention," they write. "As such, under-reporting of the human toll attributed to ongoing Western interventions, whether deliberate of through self-censorship, has been key to removing the 'fingerprints' of responsibility." "

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

Union membership

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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)