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Les drones américains qui tuent, la Chine puissance mondiale, dossiers économiques chauds et acte de guerre israélien contre la Syrie


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L'Autre Monde 4 février 2013 : Les drones américains qui tuent, la Chine puissance mondiale, dossiers économiques chauds et acte de guerre israélien contre la Syrie
 
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L'Autre Monde 4 février 2013

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Au programme cette semaine:

ll est question de l'or allemand, d'économie mondiale, fraude fiscale sans précédent du Libor, de la guerre des monnaie ainsi que la Chine qui se positionne pour faire du Yuan la prochaine monnaie de réserve et d'échange mondial, du Mali et le néo-colonialisme en Afrique, des meurtres extrajudiciaires engendrés par le programme de drones américains,des enfants tués par Obama par dizaines à l'étranger, des provocations et actes de guerre perpétrés contre l'Iran et la Syrie par Israël et les É-U. Une autre émission chargées d'informations cruciales que les grands médias corporatifs refusent de vous rapporter, mais que vous trouvez à chaque semaine lors de votre émission de radio préférée!! 

C'est en rendez-vous le lundi dès 15h pour l'émission la plus écoutée de CHOQ FM, la radio officielle de l'Université du Québec à Montréal ! 
 



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Physicists create world’s first multiverse of universes in the lab


Researchers at the University of Maryland, College Park and Towson University are reporting that they have created multiple universes inside a laboratory-created multiverse — a world first.
To be exact, the researchers created a metamaterial — like those used to fashion invisibility cloaks — that, when light passes through it, multiple universes are formed within it. These universes, called Minkowski spacetimes, are similar to our own, except they more neatly tie up Einstein’s theory of special relativity by including time as a fourth dimension.
Research paper: arXiv:1301.6055 – “Experimental demonstration of metamaterial multiverse in a ferrofluid” [via Physics arXiv]

 

 

Économie:

 

Major Indicators Flash Recession Warning: Savings Deposits Inflows, Capital Spending, And Household Debt Just Hit Recessionary Level While Derivative Markets Starting to Crack

 

Iceland wins legal battle over failed bank


Iceland has won a legal battle over its reponsibilities to British and Dutch savers who lost money when an online savings bank collapsed.
The European Free Trade Association court said Iceland did not have to guarantee minimum levels of compensation when Icesave went bust.
The legal precedent is set; the people of a nation do not have to pay when a private bank goes bust!

Inflation unchained: US dollar down 23 percent from 2000, Tuition up 72 percent, and home values up 44 percent. Incomes adjusting for inflation are back to 1990s levels.


It is hard to believe that people in the US are still denying the obvious impact of inflation. The slow erosion of purchasing power has occurred for many decades now. What people tend to forget in a completely fiat based system is that the Fed can print as much money as it likes. And they have in digital format but also monetizing debt via mortgage backed security purchases. When the crisis hit in 2007 debt was being destroyed via foreclosures and bankruptcies. Debt in a fiat system is money. That is why the Federal Reserve injected trillions back into the system to revive it. Yet this money did not trickle down to most people. However, today, we are seeing where debt is present prices will soar. Just look at student debt and housing prices again. How is it that college costs and housing prices are moving back up a nice pace when actual household wages are stagnant? Because inflation is hitting the system and more debt is accessible to these sectors.

Sacrebleu! Damage control after France’s job czar claims the country is ‘bankrupt’


France’s job czar embarrassed Socialist Party President Francois Hollande with weekend claims the country is “totally bankrupt,” according to various media.
But now French politicos are fighting back, calling Labor Minister Michel Sapin’s depiction of the nation’s fiscal health as inappropriate, and untrue.
“France is a truly solvent country, France is a truly credible country,” said Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici, in a BBC report.
Mr. Sapin made his bankruptcy remarks during a Jan. 27 radio address, during which he spoke of the need for an austerity plan.
“It is a totally bankrupt state,” Mr. Sapin said then, according to a report in The Independent. “That is why we had to put a deficit reduction plan in place, and nothing should make us turn away from that objective.”
His statements reportedly sent shockwaves through the business community.
And on Tuesday, government officials were scrambling to give the public assurance of a solvent national economy.
Austerity is what is enforced upon a country when governments and banks make horrendous errors in fiscal judgement, then demand that the people of that country to pay for the banks' and government's mistakes.
Iceland had the right idea; they rejected the odious debts put upon them by their bankers, even threw some of the scoundrels into jail, and now their economy has rebounded to a very healthy state.

Central Bankers Inflate Fiat While Plans for One World Currency Are Finalized


...and why secession from the eurozone is not an option by member countries any less than the American southern states could not secede from Washington's tyranny.
Retention of national sovereignties with sovereign currencies are not allowed, and will be crushed in any attempt to secede. One political dictatorship with one world currency is your only fate as it is right now. Your own political leaders have sold you out. Change it, or live with it.

Report: Water Prices Rise Sharply Across America; Double and Triple in Some Locales


It’s often overlooked and taken for granted, but it’s the most essential of all human resources.
Water.
We’re paying 75% more for it today than we were in the year 2000.
According to a recent study by USA Today, which looked at 100 large municipalities across the country, the price increases over the last decade are so significant that many Americans are having to cut other expenses just to keep up:

Violent Anti-Austerity Protests Hit Spain, Portugal


While Americans have been largely dismissive of protest movements here at home and demonstrations in the Middle East have taken the spotlight, the Iberian peninsula is now feeling the effects of austerity measures being pushed in Spain and Portugal.
On Saturday, protests erupted in Madrid over the various measures being pushed by the Spanish government, with demonstrations also sprouting up in neighboring Portugal.
Thousands showed up to have their voices heard when it came to the financial measures proposed by the two nations at the behest of the European Union. About 5,000 turned out in Madrid, with reports of roughly twice as many turning out in Lisbon.

15 Signs That You Better Get Prepared For The Obama Recession Of 2013


You better get ready, because there are a whole host of signs that economic trouble is on the horizon.
U.S. economic growth slipped into negative territory during the fourth quarter of 2012. That was the first time that has happened in more than three years.
Several important measures of manufacturing activity have also contracted in recent weeks, and consumer confidence is way down.
There is a tremendous amount of economic pessimism in the air right now, and Americans are pulling enormous amounts of money out of our banks and they are buying up precious metals at unprecedented rates.
The following are 15 signs that you better get prepared for the Obama recession of 2013…
#1 The mainstream media was absolutely shocked when it was announced that U.S. GDP actually contracted at an annual rate of 0.1 percent during the fourth quarter of 2012.  This was the first contraction that the official numbers have shown in more than three years.  But of course the truth is that the official numbers always make things appear better than they really are.  According to John Williams of shadowstats.com, U.S. GDP growth has actually been continuously negative all the way back to 2005 once you account “for distortions in government inflation usage and methodological changes that have resulted in a built-in upside bias to official reporting.”
#2 For the entire year of 2012, official U.S. GDP growth was only about 1.5%.  According to Art Cashin, every time economic growth has fallen that low (below 2 percent annually) the U.S. economy has always ended up going into a recession.
#3 According to the Conference Board, consumer confidence in the United States has hit its lowest level in more than a year.
#4 For the week ending January 26th, initial claims for unemployment rose to 368,000.  In future weeks, watch to see if it goes above 400,000.  If we hit that level, that will be a sign of real trouble for the economy.
#5 During the first full week of January, an astounding $114 billion was pulled out of U.S. banks.  That is the largest amount that we have seen moved out of U.S. banks in one week since 2001.
#6 The U.S. Mint was on pace to sell more silver eagles during the first month of 2013 than it did during the entire year of 2007.  Why is so much silver being sold all of a sudden?
#7 The payroll tax hike that went into effect in January has reduced the paychecks of average American workers by about $100 a month.

Libor Lies Revealed in Rigging of $300 Trillion Benchmark


For years, traders at Deutsche Bank AG, UBS AG, Barclays, RBS and other banks colluded with colleagues responsible for setting the benchmark and their counterparts at other firms to rig the price of money, according to documents obtained by Bloomberg and interviews with two dozen current and former traders, lawyers and regulators. UBS traders went as far as offering bribes to brokers to persuade others to make favorable submissions on their behalf, regulatory filings show.
Members of the close-knit group of traders knew each other from working at the same firms or going on trips organized by interdealer brokers, which line up buyers and sellers of securities, to French ski resort Chamonix and the Monaco Grand Prix. The manipulation flourished for years, even after bank supervisors were made aware of the system’s flaws.

 

Libor Lies Revealed in Rigging of $300 Trillion Benchmark


Events like those that took place on RBS’s trading floor, across the road from Bishopsgate police station and Dirty Dicks, a 267-year-old pub, are at the heart of what is emerging as the biggest and longest-running scandal in banking history. Even in an era of financial deception -- of firms peddling bad mortgages, hedge-fund managers trading on inside information and banks laundering money for drug cartels and terrorists -- the manipulation of Libor stands out for its breadth and audacity.
Details are only now revealing just how far-reaching the scam was.

 

5 top economic advisers forecast world war


Kyle Bass, Larry Edelson, Charles Nenner, Jim Rogers and Marc Faber predict widespread war

 

New U.S. Sanctions To End "Turkey's Game Of Gold For Natural Gas"


Currency wars are set to intensify as the US Senate is considering new sanctions against Iran that would prevent Iran getting paid for its natural resource exports in gold bullion.
The new sanctions aimed at reducing global trade with Iran in the energy, shipping and precious metals sectors may soon be considered by the U.S. Senate as part of an annual defense policy bill, senators and aides said on Tuesday, according to Reuters.
The sanctions would end "Turkey's game of gold for natural gas," Reuters reported a senior Senate aide as saying, referring to reports that Turkey has been paying for natural gas with gold due to sanctions rules.
"Look, dammit; you sell your oil for dollars. ONLY for dollars. You use OUR banking system so we get a piece of the action! Why do you think we invaded all these countries, so our soldiers could bring home cool souvenir skulls or something! Only dollars are allowed in oil deals. Get with the program!" -- Official White Horse Souse

 

IMF Confirms Chinese Yuan/Renminbi Set to Become a Global Reserve Currency


The IMF has confirmed the Yuan/Renminbi is set to become a Global Reserve Currency at an Economic Forum in Hong Kong.
With China's economy gaining global strength, the renminbi is set to become a global reserve currency, Zhu Min, deputy managing director of the International Monetary Fund, said Tuesday at an economic forum in Hong Kong.

All that pivots is gold

Beijing is carefully following the current shenanigans of the New York Federal Reserve, which, asked by the German Bundesbank to return the German gold it is holding, replied it would take at least seven years.

German financial journalist Lars Schall has been following the story
since the beginning, and virtually alone has made the crucial connection between gold, paper money, energy resources and the abyss facing the petrodollar.

Whenever Beijing says it needs more gold, this is justified as a hedge "against risks in foreign reserves" - aka US dollar fluctuation - but especially to "promote yuan globalization". As in, suavely, having the yuan compete with the US dollar and the euro "
fairly" in the "international market".

And here's the (elusive) heart of the matter. What Beijing actually wants is to get rid of the US dollar peg. For that to happen, it needs vast gold reserves. So here's Beijing pivoting from the US dollar to the yuan - and trying to sway vast swathes of the global economy to follow the path.

Rush To Safety: Americans Buy Nearly Half a Billion Dollars Of Gold and Silver In January


While public officials may be ignoring the continued deterioration of our economy, job losses to the tune of hundreds of thousands of people weekly, and the unprecedented demand for government emergency support services like unemployment insurance and food assistance, Americans who sense uncertainty in the air are flocking to the safety of physical resources.
Our first point of interest is a recent report from the Federal Reserve that indicates some $114 billion dollars in cash was withdrawn from the nation’s largest banks in the last thirty days. Those holding their money at bailed out financial institutions are understandably concerned because the government’s $250,000 deposit insurance guarantee program, originally implemented to restore confidence in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, expired at the end of 2012. That and the US fiscal situation has never been worse, with one Obama official recently having said the solution to the country’s woes is to simply kill the dollar.
This suggests investors and cash savers are no longer confident in the purported safety of the country’s “too-big-to-fail” institutions.
The next obvious question then is, “where did this money go?”
Part of the mystery may have been unraveled when the US Mint released its latest sales and inventory report.
According to the mint, investors purchased nearly half a billion dollars in gold and silver in the last 30 days. There was, in fact, so much money shifting into physical precious metals in January that the mint was actually forced to cease operations because they couldn’t meet demand.
massive 7.4 million Silver Eagles were purchased from the U.S. Mint in January, considerably higher than the previous record from early 2011.
After halting Silver coin production/sales for over a week, the Mint re-opened yesterday and demand once again surged.
Having almost doubled from the first week in January, there remains two more days before the book is closed on January’s sales.
At 140,000 ounces, the Mint has also sold the most ounces of gold in January in almost three years, suggesting the rising ‘currency wars’ are stoking people’s ongoing rotation from paper-to-physical assets as their ‘wealth’ slowing loses its value.
With a Silver Eagle trading at around $31 per ounce and the gold spot price at near all time highs of $1650, the US Mint saw some $460 million dollars shift into precious metals in the month of January alone.
What’s equally as interesting, and perhaps a harbinger of the coming chaos, is that the People’s Republic of China is also shifting a large amount of its cash reserves into physical resource based investments that include agriculture, energy, and precious metals, a move that has caused confusion among experts at the United Nations.
With the political situation in this country rapidly dwindling because of government interference on all levels, a recession for 2013 already baked into the cake, and a global economy on the brink of collapse, there is one primary motivating factor driving money into gold and silver.
Uncertainty.
As we’ve seen recently with shortages in emergency food rations and supplies, firearms and magazines, and now gold and silver, Americans are no longer confident in the stability of the system as a whole, and they are diversifying their assets into physical resources that will retain value should the global financial, economic, monetary, and geo-political systems come unhinged.

UPDATE - Rumors Swirling On Germany's Gold Grab


If you own gold, don't skip the last 5 seconds.

Chinese News Article: Crossborder Yuan Loans - "Before it becomes a Global RESERVE Currency."

Lenders provide 2 billion yuan in cross-border funding to Qianhai area
The first batch of cross-border yuan loans agreements were signed on Monday after the central government approved the Qianhai area in Shenzhen to test a freer yuan before it becomes a global reserve currency.
It is the first time I am seeing the words from China that comes right out and says what the plans for the Yuan is. The Chinese News is now using those words.
They have never said "Global Reserve Currency" before. They have said "Convertible currency" and other words previously.
China holds things very close to their chest in information and they don't put information out normally until deals are done. So with them allowing "Global Reserve Currency" words out, what deals have been done already and how fast will it all go down and the dollar with it?

China Just Threatened a Currency War if the Fed Doesn't Stop Printing


The tension between Central Banks that we noted yesterday continues to worsen. This time it was China and the EU, not just Germany, that fired warning shots at the US Fed.
A senior Chinese official said on Friday that the United States should cut back on printing money to stimulate its economy if the world is to have confidence in the dollar.
Asked whether he was worried about the dollar, the chairman of China's sovereign wealth fund, the China Investment Corporation, Jin Liqun, told the World Economic Forum in Davos: "I am a little bit worried."
"There will be no winners in currency wars. But it is important for a central bank that the money goes to the right place," Li said.
Speaking at the same session, French Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici voiced concern that the euro was becoming overvalued as a result of quantitative easing and other stimulus actions taken by other nations' central banks.

 

The Complete World Currency War Heatmap


A regular feature back in 2010 when we had our first taste of global currency warfare as Brazil's finance minister accurately summarized when he said "a currency war has broken out" (and yes: currency war existed then, and especially in the 1930s which led to the Great Depression, long before the recent eponymous book came out desperate to take credit for this simplistic concept) were the global FX heatmaps which showed how any given currency is doing on any given day. Since currency warfare is now back and more violent than at any time in the past 80 years, it only makes sense to bring back a long-time reader favorite: the currency warfare heatmaps which show who, on any given day, is winning and losing, the global race to debase and in the process beggar all globalized and SWIFT-interlinked neighbors. But don't forget: in a relativistic fiat world, nobody can actually win the global race to debase.

House Of Jacob Rothschild Hoarding Gold In Face Of Coming Collapse?


A recent appointment of Rothschild as “financial advisor” by the Board of Directors of gold exploration company Spanish Mountain Gold is yet another unmistakable indication that the ancient family is moving the world’s gold supply to both “emerging markets” and Central Banks worldwide, strengthening the family’s monopoly position when the fiat-based house of cards comes crashing down in the West.

Who Runs The World? Solid Proof That A Core Group Of Wealthy Elitists Is Pulling The Strings


Does a shadowy group of obscenely wealthy elitists control the world?
Do men and women with enormous amounts of money really run the world from behind the scenes?
The answer might surprise you. Most of us tend to think of money as a convenient way to conduct transactions, but the truth is that it also represents power and control. And today we live in a neo-fuedalist system in which the super rich pull all the strings.
The ultra-wealthy don’t run down and put their money in the local bank like you and I do.  Instead, they tend to stash their assets in places where they won’t be taxed such as the Cayman Islands.
According to a report that was released last summer, the global elite have up to 32 TRILLION dollars stashed in offshore banks around the globe.
U.S. GDP for 2011 was about 15 trillion dollars, and the U.S. national debt is sitting at about 16 trillion dollars, so you could add them both together and you still wouldn’t hit 32 trillion dollars.
The global elite have really hoarded an incredible amount of wealth in these troubled times.  The following is from an article on the Huffington Post website
Rich individuals and their families have as much as $32 trillion of hidden financial assets in offshore tax havens, representing up to $280 billion in lost income tax revenues, according to research published on Sunday.
The study estimating the extent of global private financial wealth held in offshore accounts – excluding non-financial assets such as real estate, gold, yachts and racehorses – puts the sum at between $21 and $32 trillion.
The research was carried out for pressure group Tax Justice Network, which campaigns against tax havens, by James Henry, former chief economist at consultants McKinsey & Co.
He used data from the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, United Nations and central banks.

According to an outstanding NewScientist article, a study of more than 40,000 transnational corporations conducted by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich discovered that a very small core group of huge banks and giant predator corporations dominate the entire global economic system…
An analysis of the relationships between 43,000 transnational corporations has identified a relatively small group of companies, mainly banks, with disproportionate power over the global economy.
The researchers found that this core group consists of just 147 very tightly knit companies…
When the team further untangled the web of ownership, it found much of it tracked back to a “super-entity” of 147 even more tightly knit companies – all of their ownership was held by other members of the super-entity – that controlled 40 per cent of the total wealth in the network. “In effect, less than 1 per cent of the companies were able to control 40 per cent of the entire network,” says Glattfelder. Most were financial institutions. The top 20 included Barclays Bank, JPMorgan Chase & Co, and The Goldman Sachs Group.
The following are the top 25 banks and corporations at the heart of this “super-entity”.  You will recognize many of the names on the list…
1. Barclays plc
2. Capital Group Companies Inc
3. FMR Corporation
4. AXA
5. State Street Corporation
6. JP Morgan Chase & Co
7. Legal & General Group plc
8. Vanguard Group Inc
9. UBS AG
10. Merrill Lynch & Co Inc
11. Wellington Management Co LLP
12. Deutsche Bank AG
13. Franklin Resources Inc
14. Credit Suisse Group
15. Walton Enterprises LLC
16. Bank of New York Mellon Corp
17. Natixis
18. Goldman Sachs Group Inc
19. T Rowe Price Group Inc
20. Legg Mason Inc
21. Morgan Stanley
22. Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc
23. Northern Trust Corporation
24. Société Générale
25. Bank of America Corporation
The ultra-wealthy elite often hide behind layers and layers of ownership, but the truth is that thanks to interlocking corporate relationships, the elite basically control almost every Fortune 500 corporation.
The amount of power and control that this gives them is hard to describe.
Unfortunately, this same group of people have been running things for a very long time.  For example, New York City Mayor John F. Hylan said the following during a speech all the way back in 1922
The real menace of our Republic is the invisible government, which like a giant octopus sprawls its slimy legs over our cities, states and nation. To depart from mere generalizations, let me say that at the head of this octopus are the Rockefeller-Standard Oil interests and a small group of powerful banking houses generally referred to as the international bankers. The little coterie of powerful international bankers virtually run the United States government for their own selfish purposes.
They practically control both parties, write political platforms, make catspaws of party leaders, use the leading men of private organizations, and resort to every device to place in nomination for high public office only such candidates as will be amenable to the dictates of corrupt big business.

 

 

 

Moyen-Orient/Afrique:

 

The Secret War Between China and the US for Africa's Oil Riches


In the struggle to secure energy resources, the great powers consider all states to be fair game. Indeed, this is precisely what characterizes American foreign policy in the modern era. When it comes to economic and geopolitical interests, Washington seldom differentiates between democratic leaders and despots, especially when those interests involve oil. Currently, the stakes are high in the rush to secure oil resources and nowhere is this more evident than in the Sino-American rivalry in Africa. Both states are competing to secure their share of oil supplies in order to quench their addiction to the coveted ‘black gold.’
This oil is the reason AFRICOM exists.

 

Triggering Political Chaos: U.S., NATO to Destabilize Iraq Through Qatar, Turkey


Qatar and Turkey receive orders from the United States and NATO to create insecurity in Iraq, says an Iranian lawmaker.
Nozar Shafiei, a member of Iran’s Majlis Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy, said on Saturday that Doha and Ankara play a major role in creating chaos in Iraq at the behest of Washington and the alliance of NATO. The same thing happens in Syria, the Iranian lawmaker added.
Shafiei pointed out that Iran has no intention to interfere in the internal affairs of other countries. However, the Islamic Republic should monitor the developments in Syria and Iraq in view of the spillover effects of the events in those countries.
"How DARE you not stay conquered!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Iraq finds extra billion barrels of oil: ministry


Iraq said on Sunday it has discovered deposits of crude equivalent to one billion barrels of oil after the first exploration work by state-owned firms in almost 30 years.

Peshmerga Commander Warns Battle Could Erupt With Iraqi Troops ‘Any Minute’


The long-standing rivalry between the Iraqi military and the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) paramilitary Peshmerga forces may be coming to a head, with the faction’s commander Mahmoud Sankawi warning that a major clash with Iraq could erupt “any minute.”
The immediate dispute centers around the central government’s deployment of tanks to the area around Kirkuk, which the KRG has provisionally claimed as its own. Sankawi said the Peshmerga would not allow the Iraqi military to threaten Kurdish interests in the area.
This will be nasty for the Middle East as a whole if war breaks out here, placing additional geopolitical pressure on Turkey, Syria, and Iran.

$20 trillion oil basin discovered in Australia set to turn the country from importer to mass exporter


SOUTH Australia is sitting on oil potentially worth more than $20 trillion, independent reports claim - enough to turn Australia into a self-sufficient fuel producer.


Yémen:

Top Al Qaeda commander killed for the THIRD time: U.S air strike 'finally' gets terror boss in Yemen

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2266869/Said-al-Shihri-killed-THIRD-time-U-S-air-strike-finally-gets-terror-boss-Yemen.html
A senior jihadist believed to be behind a deadly bombing at the U.S. embassy in Yemen has been reported killed, the third time his death has been announced.
Said al-Shihri, the second in command of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), was reportedly killed in an airstrike in Yemen in December, according to a news report by Arabic television network Al Arabiya.
According to the report, the Saudi-born militant died after sustaining severe injuries from a joint U.S.-Yemeni airstrike that targeted his convoy.
"And this time we really mean it!" - Official White Horse Souce

Drone Strike Kills Four Last Week in Yemen


Tuesday, January 22, 2013 a drone strike killed four suspected Al Quaeda members traveling in a truck in the deserts of Yemen according to this Reuters report:
”The strike targeted a gathering of al Qaeda members who had made the area a center for training. One of the cars was hit and everyone inside was killed … the others fled,” a local official told Reuters, also declining to be identified.”
Four more insurgents were killed Monday, January 21st, and another six over the past weekend in Maarib. Apparently the U.S. never comments on drone strikes and Yemen tolerates them as best as they can, but one Yemeni cabinet member has recently suggested a move to ground operations instead to avoid civilian casualties.


Yemeni President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi has for the first time admitted that he personally approves every US assassination drone attack in Yemen.




Mali:

Here Come The Drones, Or The True Reason For The Mali Incursion


And so it would appear we can draw a big red circle over northwest Africa in the map above which is where the US will literally have a bird’s eye view of all the resources that China is sequestering, and all the infrastructure that the world’s most populous nation is setting up.
Next we need a little dose of the perpetual “Al-Qaeda” bogeyman in Central, Eastern, and finally South Africa and the US will have military control over a continent that China is rapidly doing all it cen to colonize from the ground up.
This is all about African resources, and who controls them, folks.

Back to le future in Mali: French neo-colonialism looms over Africa?

Gold, uranium and oil....hmmmm!
Direct military intervention serves as a way to secure the long-term profit for the French government, and French troops have intervened in Africa 50 times since the official decolonization.
“They’re attempting to militarize huge sections of Africa so they’re able to monopolize the access to the resources which are there,” Ceasefire magazine associate editor Adam Elliott-Cooper told RT.
Not only is Mali the third-largest gold producer, it also possesses untapped oil and mineral reserves, which have stirred foreign interest. But especially attractive are the country’s potential uranium deposits.

Civilian casualties from French air strikes mounting in Mali


In Mali, Forces Backed by UN, France, and Obama Slaughter Civilians


Summary executions and mass human rights abuses targeting innocent civilians in Mali are being perpetrated by soldiers loyal to the dubious Malian regime in a campaign supported by the United Nations, the new socialist French government, and the Obama administration. According to human rights groups and witnesses on the ground, the atrocities are increasing as the number of murdered victims continues to rise — eerily reminiscent of similar tragic interventions in Libya, Syria, and the Ivory Coast.
This is all about Mali's gold production; who controls it, and who can buy it, period, end of discussion!!

Greeks intercept Turkish ship loaded with weapons


The ship was flying under the flag of St. Vincent and was registered as a cement bulk cargo ship. In reality, it was a Turkish ship loaded with weapons and bound for Libya, which a Greek paper speculated may have been on their way to the jihadists in Mali.

US considering new drone base in Africa - report


Mean while back in Washington......
The US is planning to consolidate its position in Africa with a new drone outpost in Niger, with the stated purpose of providing unarmed surveillance support to French efforts in Mali and keeping tabs on al-Qaeda elements on the continent.
The robotic unmanned aircraft would likely be based in Niger, on the eastern border of Mali, where French forces are currently waging a campaign against Al-Qaeda, AFP reported, quoting an anonymous official.
If the plan is approved, up to 300 US military servicemembers and contractors could be sent to the base to operate the drone aircraft, the New York Times reported. US Africa Command is also considering another location as an alternative to the base in Burkina Faso, the official said.

US Official: Mali Intervention ‘Could Take Several Years’


A US official at the State Department told The Associated Press on Monday that the US-backed French military intervention in Mali will last for years.
“This is only the first phase. It is going to take time. I think people should not be into the illusion that it is going to be quick,” said Don Yamamoto, the principal deputy assistant secretary of state for African affairs.
Memo to Don Yamamoto: was it not the French Minister of Defense, Minister Fabius, who stated very publicly on the 14th of this month that his country's military would be finished with the Mali operation "...in a matter of weeks"?!?!?
"French Troops To End Mali Operation In Weeks"
"Minister Fabius said on Sunday that the French troops will speed up the mission that will help liberate the part of the country under the rebels.
He said that French troops have no intention of staying in Mali and will end the operation in a matter of weeks before coming as backup later in the operation.
"Later on, we can come as back-up, but we have no intention of staying forever," said Minister Fabius."
Uh, Don?!? Your PR department and Minister Fabius' PR department need to get together over croissants and tea, and figure out how you are going to "sell" the world on yet another "long war" in Africa over the control of Mali's gold.


Drone made in USA:

The Children Killed by America’s Drones. “Crimes Against Humanity” committed by Barack H. Obama.


This is a list of names of innocent children killed by America’s drones
But behind each name there is the face of a child with a family history in a village in a far away country, with a mom and a dad, with brothers and sisters and friends.
Among the list, are infants of 1, 2, 3 and 4 years old.
In some cases brothers and sisters of an entire family are killed.
These children were killed on the orders of the US President and Commander in Chief  Barack H. Obama.
The commander in chief sets the military agenda and authorizes these killings to proceed.
The killings were quite deliberate. They are categorized as “crimes against humanity” under international law.
Those who ordered these drone killings, including  the president of the United States, are war criminals under international law and must be indicted and prosecuted
It should be noted that the drone attacks on civilians have increased dramatically during the Obama presidency (see below).
Michel Chossudovsky, January 26, 2012




The List of Names was compiled by The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

CIA Drone Strikes in Pakistan 2004–2013

Total US strikes: 362
Obama strikes: 310
Total reported killed: 2,629-3,461
Civilians reported killed: 475-891
Children reported killed: 176
Total reported injured: 1,267-1,431

US Covert Action in Yemen 2002–2013

Total confirmed US operations (all): 54-64
Total confirmed US drone strikes: 42-52
Possible extra US operations: 135-157
Possible extra US drone strikes: 77-93
Total reported killed (all): 374-1,112
Total civilians killed (all): 72-177
Children killed (all): 27-37

US Covert Action in Somalia 2007–2013

Total US strikes: 10-23
Total US drone strikes: 3-9
Total reported killed: 58-170
Civilians reported killed: 11-57
Children reported killed: 1-3

Drone Infographics

Interactive map
This map details the locations of CIA drone strikes in the remote Pakistani tribal areas.
 Partial List of Children Killed
PAKISTAN
Name | Age | Gender
Noor Aziz | 8 | male
Abdul Wasit | 17 | male
Noor Syed | 8 | male
Wajid Noor | 9 | male
Syed Wali Shah | 7 | male
Ayeesha | 3 | female
Qari Alamzeb | 14| male
Shoaib | 8 | male
Hayatullah KhaMohammad | 16 | male
Tariq Aziz | 16 | male
Sanaullah Jan | 17 | male
Maezol Khan | 8 | female
Nasir Khan | male
Naeem Khan | male
Naeemullah | male
Mohammad Tahir | 16 | male
Azizul Wahab | 15 | male
Fazal Wahab | 16 | male
Ziauddin | 16 | male
Mohammad Yunus | 16 | male
Fazal Hakim | 19 | male
Ilyas | 13 | male
Sohail | 7 | male
Asadullah | 9 | male
khalilullah | 9 | male
Noor Mohammad | 8 | male
Khalid | 12 | male
Saifullah | 9 | male
Mashooq Jan | 15 | male
Nawab | 17 | male
Sultanat Khan | 16 | male
Ziaur Rahman | 13 | male
Noor Mohammad | 15 | male
Mohammad Yaas Khan | 16 | male
Qari Alamzeb | 14 | male
Ziaur Rahman | 17 | male
Abdullah | 18 | male
Ikramullah Zada | 17 | male
Inayatur Rehman | 16 | male
Shahbuddin | 15 | male
Yahya Khan | 16 |male
Rahatullah |17 | male
Mohammad Salim | 11 | male
Shahjehan | 15 | male
Gul Sher Khan | 15 | male
Bakht Muneer | 14 | male
Numair | 14 | male
Mashooq Khan | 16 | male
Ihsanullah | 16 | male
Luqman | 12 | male
Jannatullah | 13 | male
Ismail | 12 | male
Taseel Khan | 18 | male
Zaheeruddin | 16 | male
Qari Ishaq | 19 | male
Jamshed Khan | 14 | male
Alam Nabi | 11 | male
Qari Abdul Karim | 19 | male
Rahmatullah | 14 | male
Abdus Samad | 17 | male
Siraj | 16 | male
Saeedullah | 17 | male
Abdul Waris | 16 | male
Darvesh | 13 | male
Ameer Said | 15 | male
Shaukat | 14 | male
Inayatur Rahman | 17 | male
Salman | 12 | male
Fazal Wahab | 18 | male
Baacha Rahman | 13 | male
Wali-ur-Rahman | 17 | male
Iftikhar | 17 | male
Inayatullah | 15 | male
Mashooq Khan | 16 | male
Ihsanullah | 16 | male
Luqman | 12 | male
Jannatullah | 13 | male
Ismail | 12 | male
Abdul Waris | 16 | male
Darvesh | 13 | male
Ameer Said | 15 | male
Shaukat | 14 | male
Inayatur Rahman | 17 | male
Adnan | 16 | male
Najibullah | 13 | male
Naeemullah | 17 | male
Hizbullah | 10 | male
Kitab Gul | 12 | male
Wilayat Khan | 11 | male
Zabihullah | 16 | male
Shehzad Gul | 11 | male
Shabir | 15 | male
Qari Sharifullah | 17 | male
Shafiullah | 16 | male
Nimatullah | 14 | male
Shakirullah | 16 | male
Talha | 8 | male
YEMEN
Afrah Ali Mohammed Nasser | 9 | female
Zayda Ali Mohammed Nasser | 7 | female
Hoda Ali Mohammed Nasser | 5 | female
Sheikha Ali Mohammed Nasser | 4 | female
Ibrahim Abdullah Mokbel Salem Louqye | 13 | male
Asmaa Abdullah Mokbel Salem Louqye | 9 | male
Salma Abdullah Mokbel Salem Louqye | 4 | female
Fatima Abdullah Mokbel Salem Louqye | 3 | female
Khadije Ali Mokbel Louqye | 1 | female
Hanaa Ali Mokbel Louqye | 6 | female
Mohammed Ali Mokbel Salem Louqye | 4 | male
Jawass Mokbel Salem Louqye | 15 | female
Maryam Hussein Abdullah Awad | 2 | female
Shafiq Hussein Abdullah Awad | 1 | female
Sheikha Nasser Mahdi Ahmad Bouh | 3 | female
Maha Mohammed Saleh Mohammed | 12 | male
Soumaya Mohammed Saleh Mohammed | 9 | female
Shafika Mohammed Saleh Mohammed | 4 | female
Shafiq Mohammed Saleh Mohammed | 2 | male
Mabrook Mouqbal Al Qadari | 13 | male
Daolah Nasser 10 years | 10 | female
AbedalGhani Mohammed Mabkhout | 12 | male
Abdel- Rahman Anwar al Awlaki | 16 | male
Abdel-Rahman al-Awlaki | 17 | male
Nasser Salim | 19

Obama Will Again Thwart UN Investigations of Drone War


Micah Zenko is betting that the latest UN investigation into drone killings by the United States “is unlikely to compel increased transparency from the Obama administration.” Essentially, this is because similar investigations have been going on for about ten years and the Bush and Obama administrations have had the same response to them: “Screw off.”
Kick the US out of the United Nations, right alongside Israel.

Drone strikes in Pakistan have killed many civilians, study says
September 24, 2012, Los Angeles Times
http://articles.latimes.com/2012/sep/24/world/la-fg-drone-study-20120925
Far more civilians have been killed by U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan's tribal areas than U.S. counter-terrorism officials have acknowledged, a new study by human rights researchers at Stanford University and New York University contends. The report, "Living Under Drones," also concludes that the classified CIA program has ... turned the Pakistani public against U.S. policy in the volatile region. "Real people are suffering real harm" but are largely ignored in government or news media discussions of drone attacks, said James Cavallaro of Stanford, one of the study's authors. Cavallaro said the study was intended to challenge official accounts of the drones as precise instruments of high-tech warfare with few adverse consequences. The study concludes that only about 2% of drone casualties are top militant leaders. The study authors did not estimate overall civilian casualties because of limited data, Cavallaro said. But it cites estimates by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, which has reported extensively on drone strikes, of 474 to 884 civilian deaths since 2004, including 176 children. In April, Obama's top counter-terrorism advisor, John Brennan, described civilian casualties from drone strikes as "exceedingly rare." The study challenges official versions of three attacks between 2009 and 2011, including a drone strike on March 17, 2011, that killed an estimated 42 people.
Note: Imagine the uproar if another country killed innocent civilians in the US while using drones to kill terrorists in the country. Visit the Living Under Drones website here. For a Democracy Now! report on the results of this study click here. For more analysis click here and here.




Drone strikes kill, maim and traumatize many civilians, U.S. study says
September 25, 2012, CNN
http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/25/world/asia/pakistan-us-drone-strikes/index.html
U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan have killed far more people than the United States has acknowledged, have traumatized innocent residents and largely been ineffective, according to a new study released [on September 25]. The study by Stanford Law School and New York University's School of Law calls for a re-evaluation of the practice, saying the number of "high-level" targets killed as a percentage of total casualties is extremely low -- about 2%. In contrast to more conservative U.S. statements, the Stanford/NYU report -- titled "Living Under Drones" -- offers starker figures published by The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, an independent organization based at City University in London. Based on interviews with witnesses, victims and experts, the report accuses the CIA of "double-striking" a target, moments after the initial hit, thereby killing first responders. It also highlights harm "beyond death and physical injury," publishing accounts of psychological trauma experienced by people living in Pakistan's tribal northwest region, who it says hear drones hover 24 hours a day. "Before this we were all very happy," the report quotes an anonymous resident as saying. "But after these drones attacks a lot of people are victims and have lost members of their family. A lot of them, they have mental illnesses." People have to live with the fear that a strike could come down on them at any moment of the day or night, leaving behind dead whose "bodies are shattered to pieces," and survivors who must be desperately sped to a hospital.
Note: Visit the Living Under Drones website here. For a Democracy Now! report on the results of this study click here. For more analysis click here and here.



Iran:

AP: IAEA inspectors at Iranian nuclear facility say no explosion -Source


CNBC: Large Explosion At Iranian Underground Nuclear Facility Believe To Be Israeli Attack


UN agency dismisses reports of explosion at an Iranian nuclear facility


The U.N. nuclear agency is dismissing reports of a major explosion at Iran's fortified underground nuclear facility.
International Atomic Energy Agency spokeswoman Gill Tudor told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Iran's denial of "an incident" at the Fordo uranium enrichment plant is "consistent with our observations."
Some news organizations have cited Israeli intelligence reports of a blast at Fordo.
Well, someone is lying; that's for sure!

Netanyahu hints Israel can’t destroy Iran nuke program


Israel can inflict ‘significant damage’ to Iranian facilities, but the US military is ‘perfectly’ capable of destroying them, PM says
So of course your kids should go get killed and crippled in Israel's war against Iran! Makes perfect sense!

Netanyahu Tells America It's Now Or Never


Netanyahu has drawn a line in the sand, only this time, it's for the U.S.
According to a Maariv report, when speaking to a visiting delegation from the American Jewish Committee, Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel was simply not strong enough to force a halt to Iran's nuclear enrichment program. In order to halt the program, Bibi said, the U.S. would have to strike, and they must do so this year.
Netanyahu:
"The sanctions are only likely to stop Iran if there is a credible (military) threat over their head ... and in order for it to be a credible threat, you need to mean it, meaning that if the sanctions don't work – and they haven't until now – you will use it," he said.
Memo to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu:to your call to President Obama to wage war against Iran, the American people say, NEVER, sir. The days of Israeli politicians calling the shots on US foreign policy are close to ending.
To date, as you are well-aware, no IAEA inspection has revealed that Iran is diverting any nuclear materials from its nuclear energy to a nuclear weapons program; therefore, you want the US government to go to war against Iran over a weapons program which cannot be proven to exist.
Thinking Americans, particularly those who have lost family and friends in these wars, ultimately to elevate Israel in the Middle East, understand, painfully clearly, that the US has already sacrificed far too much blood and money spent upon the altar of potential Israeli hegemony in the region, and they want that stopped, and now.
As the holder of the world's 6th largest nuclear arsenal in the world, Israel is perfectly capable of attacking Iran on its own, then ducking the Russian and Chinese missiles which will inevitably follow, because the leadership of both countries has gone public in stating that should Iran be attacked, they will support it militarily.

And also, I would remind you, because Israel is a nuclear-armed country which refuses to become a signatory to the NNPT, or have its nuclear sites inspected, all US aid to Israel is illegal under the Symington Amendment.

So, sir, good luck, and good hunting!!

US warns Pakistan of sanctions over Iran gas pipeline deal


US Consul General Michael Dodman has said that the US State Department will impose sanctions on Pakistan if it carries on work on the Pak-Iran Gas Pipeline Project. He added it was a clear policy of the US because Iran had violated the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty and was continuing nuclear proliferation.
He stated this while talking to selected journalists here at a local hotel on Monday. When asked that Pakistan as an independent country can chalk out a policy which suits it to address the energy crisis, he said that the Pak-Iran Gas Pipeline Project was against the US laws so they will not support Pakistan in this regard.
He said that the US wanted to see a stronger Pakistan as well as democracy. He said that Pakistan and Afghanistan have to talk about Pakistani and Afghan Taliban, which create problems between the two countries.
Talking about business and trade ties, he said that the US respects the Pakistani laws and gives free trade access to Islamabad without any duty.
Memo to the Pakistani leadership, both civilian and military: the US government is absolutely not your "friend", and innocent civilians are continuing to pay the price, through extrajudicial assassinations performed by US drones.
Yes, I understand that those in power are being paid a hefty "bribe" for looking the other way as this continues to happen, and the US Ambassador to Pakistan has made it very clear that these drone assassinations will continue indefinitely.
But sacrificing your sovereignty by acquiescing to US demands is not at all moving Pakistan, or its people, forward in any way.

Ron Paul - War with Iran has already been decided by the Financial Elite



Ray McGovern knows how to lay it on, and he does it extremely well. Bravo! There are just so many fools who do not want to be set free of their comforting lies, pretenses, pretexts, fallacies and fancies. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this weekend made a fool of himself at the UN by turning when and where to set a “red line” for attacking Iran’s nuclear program into a farce. As McGovern says his attempts to corner the White House into endorsing Israel’s red lines before November elections has failed.
The main takeaway from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s U.N. speech was the inference that he has been forced to relent on the possibility of military action against Iran, with his threats deferred past the U.S. election on Nov. 6 and off into next spring and beyond.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Is NetanBombYou a 'Toon?

In the wake of "Bibi" NetanBombYou's bizarre speech to the UN, questions have been raised about the Israeli Prime Minister's political acumen, and even his mental health.
 


As he glowered and pointed at a cartoon figure of a bomb, the Likudnik leader looked like Wile E. Coyote devising a plot to blow up the Road Runner.



During a Friday meeting with Netanyahu, Harper refused to comment on the Israeli premier’s call for setting a “redline” and instead said Canada hoped to resolve the issue peacefully.


Note by the webmaster: YouTube says that Ryan Dawson removed his own video. I find that difficult to believe and have sent an email to Ryan to confirm that he himself removed the video. If it turns out that he did not, then we known that YouTube is taking down videos and hiding their censorship behind "Removed by user."
UPDATE: As you probably saw above, YouTube took down Ryan's video, supposedly over a music copyright violation, and did indeed falsely label it as "Removed by user." So from now on, when you see "Removed by user" on a YouTube video, it probably was NOT removed by the user!

Netanyahu defends controversial bomb graphic


While some bloggers and critics skewered Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for his “Looney Tunes” bomb graphic at the UN on Thursday, Netanyahu said over the weekend his goal was achieved: to get the world talking about red lines for Iran.
Memo to Prime Minister Netanyahu; actually, both in Israel and around the world, the issue of "red lines" has more to do with your current state of mental competency and sanity than Iran.
It is unfortunate that, after over 60 years of existence, Israel has no Constitution. Because if it did, there might have been a provision somewhat similar to the 25th Amendment to the US Constitution, enabling the government to remove high officials for physical or mental incompetency.
I would be willing to bet real money that there are those in the Knesset, as well as individual Israelis, who are very worried about your current state of mind, and very concerned that there is nothing they can do, short of a new election, and THAT appears to be pushed off until next year due to the inability of the current coalition to pass a budget.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told his coalition partners he will have to call an early election if they do not back a "responsible" budget he must present by the end of the year. Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem July 30, 2012. REUTERS/Sebastian Scheiner/Pool Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem July 30, 2012. REUTERS/Sebastian Scheiner/Pool Netanyahu said he would start meeting coalition partners after he returns home from New York on Sunday. Failure to pass the budget by December 31 would mean bringing forward a national ballot currently scheduled for October 2013. "I'm sorry to say that it depends on each and every (coalition member)," Netanyahu told Israel's Channel 1 television in an interview recorded in New York on Friday and aired in Israel on Saturday night.
Could it possibly be that your irrational push for war against Iran was simply a smokescreen over financial difficulties Israel is experiencing right now, Mr. Prime Minister?
Just checking, sir.

When you say something that isn’t true knowing that it isn’t true it is called lying!


Breathless predictions that the Islamic Republic will soon be at the brink of nuclear capability, or – worse – acquire an actual nuclear bomb, are not new.
For more than quarter of a century Western officials have claimed repeatedly that Iran is close to joining the nuclear club. Such a result is always declared “unacceptable” and a possible reason for military action, with “all options on the table” to prevent upsetting the Mideast strategic balance dominated by the US and Israel.
And yet, those predictions have time and again come and gone. This chronicle of past predictions lends historical perspective to today’s rhetoric about Iran.


KEEPING THIS AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE. MORE NEW STORIES BELOW.
Netanyahu didn't get any traction at the UN today. Indeed his bomb chart has become an object of ridicule in the alternative media. By now he is throwing a huge tantrum. He wants his war and Netanyahu is a man used to always getting what he wants.
There are only three things Netanyahu can do now to get the war with Iran going before the Israeli elections next month.
The first is to simply go ahead and attack Iran, expecting that the United States will protect Israel from the counter-attack even if Israel struck the first blow.
The second option is a false-flag attack somewhere in the world to be blamed on Iran, but that is a very chancy option given the video of WIMEA lobbyist Clawson actually selling the idea that a false flag to start the war with Iran is a great idea.
The third and final option, and the one I am starting to think is the most likely, relates to the sudden flurry of media stories and statements by people like Joseph Lieberman about how Iranian hackers are attacking the US financial system computers. (Senator Lieberman has also been pressuring Obama to sign an executive order to take over the internet.) Of course, the common sense approach still applies. Why would Iran, which wishes to avoid a war, do something that provocative.
But we know that the US and Israel are behind the cyber-weapons like STUXNET, DUQU, FLAME, etc., taht these cyber-weapons were directed against Iran, and that one variant specifically targeted banks in Lebanon and Iran. We also know that the US financial system is stretched to the breaking point, and we know that if the government of either Greece of Spain is driven from office by angry protests, credit default swaps sold by Wall Street against those debts come due, and there is no money to pay the claims. The Euro might even collapse, and that would trigger even more Credit Default Swaps. So the final option, one that strikes me as very likely, is that Israel will take down the US financial computers, and blame it on Iran. This also gets Wall Street and Washington DC off the hook, because now the financial melt-down is an act of war, rather than the result of decades of Wall Street crime and corruption and the predations of Private Central Banks. US banks have already been hit with cyber attacks over the last two weeks, to set the stage. And this would also explain why the US corporate media has paid scant attention to the riots in Spain and Greece so that Americans still dependent on ABCNNBBCBS will remain oblivious to the fact that the Euro is falling apart.
This scenario also explains the testing of means to interfere with DNS to silence websites that may offer opposing interpretations of events (this too will be blamed on Iran).
Such a cyber false-flag also gives the US Government the excuse to take total control of the internet so that those pesky truth-seeking bloggers don't give the slaves uppity ideas that this is just another war-starting hoax like the attack on the USS Liberty or 9-11.

I hate being right all the time.


The financial and banking industries are on high alert tonight as a massive cyberattack continues, with potentially millions of customers of Bank of America, PNC and Wells Fargo finding themselves blocked from banking online.
“There is an elevated level of threat,” said Doug Johnson, a vice president and senior adviser of the American Bankers Association. “The threat level is now high.”


The U.N. summit this week featured two fiery speeches, one by Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the other by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu’s speech received full media coverage on several networks in the U.S. that included photos of his cartoon-quality bomb drawing prop, while Ahmadinejad’s was cut short on CNN before the section where he said that countries and religions should have no problems with each other.
That is just the tip of the iceberg regarding what the U.S. corporate-owned media fails to report about Ahmadinejad, Iran, and its nuclear program. The deception has been going on for years.


With Netanyahu's cratering at the United nations last week, it is clear that war with Iran is not going to happen before either the Israeli or US elections. But how will Obama (or if lightning strikes, Romney) sell a war with Iran to the American people?
Between Netanyahu jumping the shark and the whopper told about Iraq's nuclear weapons, convincing anyone that Iran (which has not initiated a war in over 200) is a danger, nuclear or otherwise, is impossible. Claiming that the US needs to invade to save the Iranian people from their elected government is also a tough sell, mostly because we heard that same cover story with regard to Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and Syria, and because most people recall that is what the CIA did back in 1953, which led to the Iranian revolution of 1979. Plus, the US tried another Coup in Iran a few years back under the guise of a popular uprising and that did not work out at all.
Certainly the President cannot go on TV and ask Americans to sacrifice the lives of their children in Iran to prop up the petro-dollar, because placating Israel aside, it is the need to conquer and force all of the oil-producing nations to only use the dollar that is the most important agenda for the United States. So even without Israel in the equation, the US government still needs to sell the American people a war with Iran.
Short of a false-flag attack, there really is no way to motivate already war-weary Americans to launch yet another war of conquest.
It is only a question of when it will happen.


Even After Mea Culpas For Horrible Iraq War Coverage, American Media Does the Same Thing With Iran.

World powers to meet in Brussels to map out Iran plans


r a possible new round of talks with Iran, the latest effort to resolve a decade-long stand-off over its nuclear programme and avert the threat of a military conflict.
The re-election of U.S. President Barack Obama this month has cleared the way for new talks and Western diplomats are eager to start soon as signs grow that Iran is still building up its nuclear capacity.
But the window of opportunity for a negotiated solution is narrowing because of growing alarm over Tehran's nuclear course in Israel, which has threatened to bomb Iranian installations.
Any Israeli strike, which would spark more fighting in the Middle East, is unlikely before the country's Jan. 22 election, experts say, giving the six powers some room for manoeuvre.
I very much disagree with these experts' assessment of the timing of an Israeli military strike on Iran, particularly if, by some miracle, the Israeli-Gazan truce holds.
Netanyahu may believe that it will be easier to strike before Israel's elections (giving him a 60 day window before the January 22nd election, than after, because the the make-up of the Knesset may change dramatically after that election.
Doing this now, just after President Obama's re-election, would also be an industrial-strength slap in the face to Obama, no matter what the geopolitical consequences of such an attack would be; Netanyahu's temper and vindictiveness are well-known.



US embassy donates five trucks to Ghana Armed Forces


Mr. Cretz said Ghana had used the funds judiciously by purchasing items such as trucks, a helicopter, boat engines, field kitchen, medical equipment, supplies, anti-piracy equipment, hardware and software required for an up-to –date computer network.
And I did tell you Ghana was next. Ghana and Mali together account for 7% of world gold production.

North Korea imposes martial law, orders troops to ‘be ready for war’ - report


North Korea has allegedly been placed under martial law and its ruler Kim Jong-un has ordered the army to “prepare for war”, a South Korean daily claims.
­The North Korean leader issued a series of orders to his top defense and security officials on Saturday to conclude preparations for a new nuclear test, the Seoul based Korea JoongAng Daily alleges citing an unnamed source.
The source reportedly said that Kim Jong-un issued a secret order to “complete preparations for a nuclear weapons test <…>and carry it out soon”.
According to the source, Kim Jong-un also said, “The country will be under martial law starting from midnight January 29th and all the frontline and central units should be ready for war.”
Usually, RT is pretty spot-on with its coverage, although I have not seen any independent confirmation of this report.
However, IF, in fact, this is true, however, it is a very disturbing development.
North Korea is a client-state of China; South Korea is a client-state of the US. If there is a military confrontation, this will drag China and the US into a war.

U.S. concerned about Bahrain violence, weak follow-up on reforms


U.S. officials voiced concern on Tuesday that Bahrain's failure to implement key reforms outlined in an independent 2011 report is making political dialogue more difficult and widening fissures in society in ways that would benefit Iran.
Bahrain, where the U.S. Fifth Fleet is based, has been under Western pressure to implement recommendations for police, judicial, media and education reforms made by the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI), an independent commission of international legal experts.
"We are worried that this society is moving apart rather than coming together in a way that would ensure both human rights and stability," said a senior U.S. official, speaking to reporters on condition he not be identified by name.
"It's absolutely clear that if society breaks apart, Iran will be the big winner and beneficiary," added the official.
Memo to the US State Department, Congress, White House, and Pentagon: "concern" has to translate into something infinitely more substantial,and positive, and soon.
The Shiite Bahraini people have lost their patience with the sclerotic, best-the-18th-century-could-have-offered, Al Khalifa monarchy.
If these protests turn violent, and become universal, The US government will have itself to blame for, yet again, supporting a tinpot dictator who absolutely does not any attention to the legitimate needs and concerns of his people. And ultimately, even that 53 million dollars' worth of arms you sold the Bahraini government last May will not be enough to silence the public demonstrations and outcries against it.
A decision by the Obama administration to resume a large arms deal to Bahrain has incensed opposition activists in the tiny Gulf kingdom who see the deal as a signal that the US supports Bahrain’s repression of opposition protests. In another blow to the opposition, Gulf Arab leaders are meeting in Saudi Arabia today to discuss greater integration of their Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), a move that could solidify the security cooperation between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. Last year, Saudi Arabia sent 1,500 Gulf troops into Bahrain to help quell the uprising that began in February 2011. The US froze the $53 million deal to sell military equipment to Bahrain in September, months after security forces there violently suppressed protests calling for reform in a crackdown that has killed more than 50 people. The move to resume the sale – minus some equipment that could be used against protesters – is read by the opposition as the US ending any pressure for reform. “It's a direct message [from the US] that we support the authorities and we don't support democracy in Bahrain, we don't support protesters in Bahrain,” says Mohammed Al Maskati, a Bahraini rights activist, of the arms sale.
Foreign aid, intelligently practiced, uses both the carrot and stick approach. But with the Bahraini government, so far, on the part of the US, it's only been the carrot approach.
Unfortunately, should there be a revolution here, the US government can surely expect to see a virulently anti-US government replace that of the Al-Khalifa monarchy, which will align with Shiite Iran.





Syrie:


A group of Syrian rebels from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) defected and joined pro-government forces on Wednesday. The troops’ commander announced that “the road is open,” and called on to other rebels to abandon their uprising.
Eleven rebel troops – three officers, two warrant officers and six civilians – defected from the FSA and now support President Bashar al-Assad, AFP reported.

Syrian army defeats rebels in Aleppo


After three days of street fights, the armed gangs have retreated failing to break the government forces’ defence lines.
Members of an al-Qaeda-linked radical organization who took part in the offensive were surrounded and crushed. According to the SANA news agency, over 100 mercenaries and terrorists have been killed.
Syrian Air Force helicopters attacked the convoy of trucks moving to Aleppo from the Turkish border.

Media Source.. Jabhat al-Nusra Terrorists Perpetrate Mass Execution in Aleppo


A media source underlined that terrorist groups of Jabhat al-Nusra in Aleppo carried out a mass execution against tens of abducted persons, throwing their bodies in Queiq river at Bustan al-Qasr area in Aleppo.
"The families have identified a number of the killed, stressing that Jabhat al-Nusra abducted them because of their rejection to cooperate with this terrorist group," the source said in a statement on Tuesday.
It added that the competent authorities along with the families are following evidence on this new massacre which adds to a series of brutal massacres perpetrated by the terrorist groups against unarmed civilians.
SANA reporter in Aleppo said that clashes between the Syrian armed forces and terrorists in Bustan al-Qasr are taking place in the surroundings of the region, adding "there are no presence for the army on the banks of Queiq river."

New York Times Concedes that It Is Unknown Whether Syrian Artillery Came from Rebels or Government It was unknown whether the mortar shells were fired by Syrian government forces or rebels fighting to topple the government of President Bashar al-Assad. The Turkish response seemed to assume that the Syrian government was responsible.

La chute d’Al-Assad : "un coup énorme porté à l’Iran"


A mortar bomb fired from Syria hit southeastern Turkey on Friday, damaging homes and workplaces in the Akcakale border area, the private Dogan news agency said.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told reporters in New York that Ankara had reported the incident to the United Nations and NATO, in comments broadcast by CNN Turk.
"I would like the public to know that if such breaches towards our borders continue we are reserving our rights and we are exercising our rights," Davutoglu said overnight on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly, without going into greater detail.
With it appearing that any attack against Iran may well be off the table until after both the US and Israeli elections, I would be willing to bet that this attack was done by some of the foreign mercs in Syria, to instigate a Turkish military response against Syria, and get the war against it cranked up.


Alexey Plotnikov, an expert at the Security Committee of the Russian Duma, considered on Saturday that the Syrian Government is in control of the situation while the operations perpetrated by the opposition's gangs against Syrian civilians prove to the local and international community that these gangs are mercenaries and are not seeking to defend the Syrian people.


U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told a meeting of foreign ministers in New York that the United States would provide an additional $45 million in non-lethal and humanitarian aid to the Syrian opposition.
And if you believe that $45 million will actually be spent on 'non-lethal and humanitarian aid' I have some of Saddam's nuclear bombs to sell you!

Obama announces new aid for Syrian rebels


Under fire for not doing more to help Syria’s rebels, President Barack Obama announced on Tuesday that he’s sending opponents of strongman Bashar al-Assad another $155 million in humanitarian aid and defended his handling of the bloody conflict. Obama said the aid sends a message to the world.
“The relief we send doesn’t say ‘Made in America,’ but make no mistake—our aid reflects the commitment of the American people,” he said in a video posted on the White House website. The message includes Arabic subtitles.

Israel conducts overnight airstrike on Syria


A little coverage from ChicoER.com out of Chico California. I just about needed a microscope to find the story!

Israel conducts overnight airstrike on Syria

Associated Press
Posted:   01/30/2013 08:35:12 AM PST
BEIRUT — Regional security officials say Israel conducted an airstrike inside Syria overnight near the border with Lebanon.
The two officials did not say what the target was. But they said today that Israel had been making plans in the days leading up to the airstrike to hit a shipment of weapons bound for the anti-Israel militant group Hezbollah in Lebanon.
They said the shipment included sophisticated, Russian-made SA-17 anti-aircraft missiles, which would be strategically "game-changing" in the hands of Hezbollah.

Israeli warplane 'struck target on Syria-Lebanon border' amid weapons fears


Israeli warplanes have attacked a target on the Syrian-Lebanese border, according to unconfirmed reports, after several days of heightened warnings from government officials over Syria's stockpiles of chemical weapons.
The Reuters news agency cited a western diplomat and a security source as saying there had been "a hit" in the border area. The Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) said it had no comment on the report.
This is a provocation by Israel.

Israel conducts rare airstrike on Syria


The statement said the center was responsible for "raising the level of resistance and self-defense" of Syria's military. It said the strike destroyed the center and a nearby building, killing two workers and wounding five others.
The Syrian army statement denied that the strike had targeted a convoy headed from Syria to Lebanon, instead portraying the strike as linked to the civil war pitting Assad's forces against rebels seeking to push him from power.
"This proves that Israel is the instigator, beneficiary and sometimes executor of the terrorist acts targeting Syria and its people," the statement said.

Israeli warplanes bombed military site near Damascus - Syrian state news agency

Jan 30, 2013 23:30 Moscow Time
Israeli warplanes attacked a military research center in Damascus province at dawn on Wednesday, Syria's military command said, denying reports that the planes had struck a convoy carrying weapons from Syria to Lebanon.
Two people were killed and five wounded in the attack on the site in Jamraya, which it described as one of a number of "scientific research centers aimed at raising the level of resistance and self-defense".
"Israeli military aircraft violated our airspace at dawn and carried out precision attacks targeting the scientific research facility," – the agency quotes a statement of the supreme command of the Syrian armed forces.
The building was destroyed, the military command said in a statement carried by state media.
It said the planes crossed into Syria below the radar level, just north of Mount Hermon, and returned the same way.
Sources told Reuters earlier that Israeli jets had bombed a convoy on Syria's border with Lebanon on Wednesday, apparently targeting weapons destined for Hezbollah.
The air attack carried out by Israel on a Syrian target has been confirmed by the United States. According to Washington, the strike did not target the research institute, but a convoy of trucks, allegedly carrying weapons.
Tel Aviv fears that Damascus may hand over chemical weapons or sophisticated anti-aircraft missiles to the Islamist movement Hezbollah.
On the same day it became known that citizens of the Jewish state were stocking up on gas masks. The demand for them tripled at the end of January. Many Israelis believe that their country could face an assault with Syrian chemical weapons, RBC reports. 
Voice of Russia, Reuters, RBC

Syria confirms Israeli airstrike


The Syrian army has said that Israeli jets crossed into Syria below the radar level at dawn and hit a military research centre in Jamraya, near Damascus.
"Israeli fighter jets violated our airspace at dawn today and carried out a direct strike on a scientific research centre in charge of raising our level of resistance and self-defence," the army's general command said in a statement carried by state news agency SANA on Wednesday evening.
The strike came "after terrorist groups made several failed attempts in the past months to take control of the site," the statement added of rebel groups fighting the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
Israeli warplanes entered Syrian airspace via Mount Hermon, or Jabal el-Sheikh in Arabic, the army said.
"They... carried out an act of aggression, bombarding the site, causing large-scale material damage and destroying the building," state television quoted the military as saying.

BREAKING: US Troops prep to attack Aleppo!! Israeli Army goes on Alert for Syrian Invasion - US gives Green Light!


The Hebrew radio quoted security sources as saying that the army “may be forced” to respond to any attempt to transfer weapons from Syria to “Hezbollah” in Lebanon, would “constitute a violation of the balance of power in the region.”
As reported Radio “Voice of Israel” on its website, that “the IDF and the security services put on alert, in the light of regional tension resulting from what deployment on a raid fighter air force in Syria, and the subsequent threats issued by Syria, Iran, and Hezbollah Hezbollah in Lebanon. ”
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Sources: Israeli preparedness on the borders with Syria and Lebanon

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – Israeli army put its forces in the “alert” in the north of the Jewish state, along the border with Syria and Lebanon, according to Israeli sources confirmed Saturday, amid rising tensions witnessed in the region, following the government’s announcement of Syrian been a military research centers, near Damascus, an aerial bombardment by Israeli warplanes Wednesday.
The Israeli radio reported that the Northern Command conducts assessments of the situation on the border with Syria and Lebanon, and pointed out that it has not yet made any special instructions for the residents of border areas.
The Hebrew radio quoted security sources as saying that the army “may be forced” to respond to any attempt to transfer weapons from Syria to “Hezbollah” in Lebanon, would “constitute a violation of the balance of power in the region.”
As reported Radio “Voice of Israel” on its website, that “the IDF and the security services put on alert, in the light of regional tension resulting from what deployment on a raid fighter air force in Syria, and the subsequent threats issued by Syria, Iran, and Hezbollah Hezbollah in Lebanon. ”
Furthermore, according to Lebanese security sources that Israeli aircraft carried out several ” mock raids “Throughout last night, in the atmosphere of southern Lebanon, also increased the frequency of movements mechanisms and military elements in the border areas opposite the Blue Line.
http://arabic.cnn.com/2013/middle_east/2/2/israel.syriaLebanon/index.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
US “green light” for further Israel strikes on Syria says @TIME. Claims “other targets” not reported also struck Tue!
http://world.time.com/2013/02/01/the-fallout-from-the-air-raid-on-syria-why-israel-is-concerned/
https://twitter.com/WilliamsJon
Israel is said to be considering further attacks in Syria and Lebanon following the air strikes on a weapons convoy this week, and on Friday claimed “the entire axis of evil is coming apart”.
Obama ‘Green-Lit’ Israeli Attack on Syria
http://news.antiwar.com/2013/02/01/obama-green-lit-israeli-attack-on-syria/
US ready to carry out raids in Aleppo, according to TIME, if it sees danger of WMD falling into rebel hands
http://www.timesofisrael.com/extra-targets-hit-during-israels-strike-on-syria-western-sources-tell-time/
A Western intelligence official indicated to TIME that at least one to two additional targets were hit the same night, without offering details. Officials also said that Israel had a “green light” from Washington to launch yet more such strikes.

Obama ‘Green-Lit’ Israeli Attack on Syria


Reports surrounding Wednesday’s Israeli attack on Syria were full of conflicting stories about what was hit, and it turns out they were both right, as officials now confirm that “several targets” were hit by Israeli warplanes in the attack.
The reports go on to explain the ambivalent US reaction to the attack by noting, citing US intelligence sources, that President Obama had given Israel a “green light” to launch the attack ahead of time.
Like he could have stopped them?
Seriously, while it is true the United States wants Syria's Assad replaced with a more pliant puppet, the only reason for the White House to say they have their permission is to prop up what's left of the petro-dollar deal, in which the United States promised to restrain Israel from attacking any oil nation that sells their oil only for dollars.
But the truth is, Israel is calling the shots, and may well strike Syria again Sunday while Americans are watching the Superbowl, just like they attacked Gaza in 2008 on the US election day.

UK: Israeli raid on Syria is justified


British Foreign Secretary William Hague claims the Israeli regime’s violation of Syria’s airspace in the air raid on a Syrian army research center is a “reaction” to the Syrian crisis rather than a breach of the country's sovereignty.

Syria files UN complaint over Israeli airstrike, Iran warns of ‘serious consequences’


The Syrians are building a case under international law for retaliation.
Syria has filed an official complaint to the United Nations over an Israeli airstrike on a military research center near Damascus. The move followed a threat from Iran that Israel would face “serious consequences” for the attack.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said Tel Aviv would face repercussions for the Israeli airstrike against a military research center in Jamraya, rural Damascus, the semi-official Fars news quotes him as saying.
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi condemned what he characterized as “brutal aggression” against Syria.

No signs Syria’s al-Assad will be overthrown, France says


France said on Thursday there were no signs that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is about to be overthrown, something Paris has been saying for months was just over the horizon.
The uprising against Mr. al-Assad’s rule is now almost two years old – 60,000 Syrians have been killed and another 650,000 are now refugees abroad, according to the United Nations.
This is why Israel just attacked, bombing a facility near Damascus. The hope is that Syria will respond, thereby giving the US an excuse to directly invade and do the job their hired mercenaries could not.

BREAKING: ‘Israeli airstrike intended to stop Syrian scientific military research’


It is not altogether clear just yet exactly what the Israeli target was in Syria, but it is possible that it could have something to do with advanced airspace defensive technology which was given to Syria from Iran (which is said to be the very same technology by which Iran pulled down a US drone in perfect condition), but mainstream talking points will likely be revolving around ‘chemical weapons and Russian-made anti-aircraft missiles intended for Hezbollah in Lebanon’.
It is clear that this attack should be viewed as an escalation of war in the Middle East – and no doubt it has been coordinated behind closed doors between Washington DC and Tel Aviv. It is a signal of a new phase whereby Western NATO allies and Israel will disregard any international law and decorum to advance their own neo-colonial and imperial agenda. Watch this space…
I think Israel is hoping Syria will respond to the attack, to give the US justification to directly invade Syria.

International and Arab Condemnations of Israeli Aggression on Syria


Russia expressed deep concern over the Israeli warplanes' violation of the Syrian airspace and shelling a scientific research center in Syria, describing this act as 'an unacceptable violation of the UN Charter".
"Moscow received with deep concern reports on an Israeli air raid against sites in Syria near Damascus," Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Thursday.
"If these reports are true, then we are facing unjustified assaults on the territories of an independent and sovereign country, which constitutes a blatant violation of the UN Charter whatever the justifications," the statement added.
The Russian Foreign Ministry highlighted the need for taking "prompt measures to clarify the situation in all details," reiterating call for halting to all forms of violence in Syria and foreign interference in it and starting the Syrian national dialogue on the basis of Geneva Statement.

Israels Brazen Act Of War On Syria - Morris


Israeli Attack: Desperate Bid to Save Failed Syrian Campaign

Tony Cartalucci, Contributor
Activist Post

Israel has conducted airstrikes in Syria based on "suspicions" of chemical weapon transfers, in a flagrant violation of the UN Charter, international law, and in direct violation of Syria's sovereignty. The Guardian in its report titled, "
Israel carries out air strike on Syria," claims:
Israeli warplanes have attacked a target close to the Syrian-Lebanese border following several days of heightened warnings from government officials over Syria's stockpiles of weapons.
It also stated:
Israel has publicly warned that it would take military action to prevent the Syrian regime's chemical weapons falling into the hands of Hezbollah in Lebanon or "global jihadists" fighting inside Syria. Israeli military intelligence is said to be monitoring the area round the clock via satellite for possible convoys carrying weapons.
In reality, these "global jihaidists" are in fact armed and funded by the US, Saudi Arabia, and Israel since at least as early as 2007. They are also in fact the direct beneficiaries of Israel's recent aggression. The Israeli "suspicions" of "weapon transfers" of course, remain unconfirmed, because the purpose of the attack was not to prevent the transfer of "chemical weapons" to Hezbollah in Lebanon, but to provoke a wider conflict aimed not at Israel's defense, but at salvaging the West's floundering proxy terrorist forces inside Syria attempting to subvert and overthrow the Syrian nation.

The silence from the United Nations is deafening. While Turkey openly harbors foreign terrorists,
arming and funding them with Western, Saudi, and Qatari cash as they conduct raids on neighboring Syria, any Syrian attack on Turkish territory would immediately result in the United Nations mobilizing. Conversely, Turkey is allowed, for years, to conduct air strikes and even partial ground invasions of neighboring Iraq to attack Kurdish groups accused of undermining Turkish security. It is clear the same double standard has long applied to Israel.

Israel, along with the US & Saudi Arabia, are Al Qaeda's chief sponsors. 

It must be remembered that as far back as 2007, it was admitted by US, Saudi and Lebanese officials that the US, Israel, and Saudi Arabia were intentionally arming, funding, and organizing these "global jihadists" with direct ties to Al Qaeda for the explicit purpose of overthrowing the governments of Syria and Iran.

Reported by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh in his New Yorker article, "
The Redirection," it was stated (emphasis added):

To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush Administration has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in the Middle East. In Lebanon, the Administration has cooperated with Saudi Arabia’s government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran. The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda.
Of Israel it specifically stated:
The policy shift has brought Saudi Arabia and Israel into a new strategic embrace, largely because both countries see Iran as an existential threat. They have been involved in direct talks, and the Saudis, who believe that greater stability in Israel and Palestine will give Iran less leverage in the region, have become more involved in Arab-Israeli negotiations.
Additionally, Saudi Arabian officials mentioned the careful balancing act their nation must play in order to conceal its role in supporting US-Israeli ambitions across the region:
The Saudi said that, in his country’s view, it was taking a political risk by joining the U.S. in challenging Iran: Bandar is already seen in the Arab world as being too close to the Bush Administration. “We have two nightmares,” the former diplomat told me. “For Iran to acquire the bomb and for the United States to attack Iran. I’d rather the Israelis bomb the Iranians, so we can blame them. If America does it, we will be blamed.”
It may interest readers to know that while France invades and occupies large swaths of Mali in Africa, accusing the Qataris of funding and arming Al Qaeda-linked terrorist groups in the region, France, the US, and Israel are working in tandem with the Qataris to fund and arm these very same groups in Syria.
In fact, the US-based think-tank, the Brookings Institution literally has a "Doha Center" based in Qatar while US-Israeli citizen Haim Saban's Brookings "Saban Center" conducts meetings and has many of its board of directors based likewise in Doha, Qatar.

Doha also served
as the venue for the creation of the West's most recent "Syrian Coalition," headed by an unabashed supporter of Al Qaeda, Moaz al-Khatib.

These are part of the brick and mortar manifestation of the conspiracy documented by Seymour Hersh in 2007.

The Wall Street Journal, also in 2007, reported on the US Bush Administration's plans of creating a partnership with Syria's Muslim Brotherhood, noting the group is the ideological inspiration for linked terror organizations including Al Qaeda itself. In the article titled, ""
To Check Syria, U.S. Explores Bond With Muslim Brothers," it states:

Iran and Syria threaten to retaliate for Israeli air strike


The Syrian ambassador said he could not predict when Damascus would retaliate. He told Hezbollah's al-Ahd news website that it was up to the relevant authorities to prepare the retaliation and choose the time and place.
Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi condemned the air strike on state television, calling it a clear violation of Syria's sovereignty. Iran is Syria's strongest ally in the Middle East, and has provided President Bashar al-Assad's government with military and political backing for years.
Russia, Syria's strongest international ally, said Moscow is taking "urgent measures to clarify the situation in all its details."
"If this information is confirmed, we have a case of unprovoked attacks on targets in the territory of a sovereign state, which grossly violates the UN Charter and is unacceptable," Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement. "Whatever the motives, this is not justified."

Syria warns of "surprise" response to Israel attack


Syria warned on Thursday of a possible "surprise" response to Israel's attack on its territory and Russia condemned the air strike as an unprovoked violation of international law.
Damascus could take "a surprise decision to respond to the aggression of the Israeli warplanes", Syrian ambassador to Lebanon Ali Abdul-Karim Ali said a day after Israel struck against Syria.
"Syria is engaged in defending its sovereignty and its land," Ali told a website of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. Syria and Israel have fought several wars and in 2007 Israeli jets bombed a suspected Syrian nuclear site, without a military response from Damascus.
Diplomats, Syrian rebels and regional security sources said on Wednesday that Israeli jets had bombed a convoy near the Lebanese border, apparently hitting weapons destined for Hezbollah. Syria denied the reports, saying the target had been a military research center northwest of Damascus.
Memo to the Syrian government: a military counter-response to this attack is precisely what the Israeli government wants to see happen as a pretext to an outright invasion. Please don't do this.

High Military Alert Across Middle East Following Israeli Attack Inside Syria


Military forces in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan have raised their alert levels following an Israeli attack inside Syria on Wednesday.
The Arabic-language daily Lebanese newspaper Addiyar reports that Syria has moved troops to the Israel-occupied Golan Heights, the Lebanese Army has reinforced its southern outposts and Jordan has positioned troops on the Jordan River border with Israel, according to The Voice of Russia.

US could attack Syria with chemical weapons, reveals an E-mail leak


Through an e-mail which has now surfaced in the public domain, White House’s plans of attacking Syria with chemical weapons has come to light. A report that came out Monday highlighted the exchange of e-mails where two senior officials talked about future plan against Syria.
Washington had approved the policy discussed according to which Qatar would financially aid the rebellious army.
According to reports, the e-mail was hacked by a hacker in Malaysia. US has refused a comment on this matter.

NATO Intensifies Missile Buildup On Syrian Border

http://www.globalresearch.ca/nato-intensifies-missile-buildup-on-syrian-border/5321122
Voice of Russia, RIA
Two Patriot complexes put on combat duty in TurkeyTwo NATO’s surface-to-air missile complexes Patriot have been put on combat duty not far from the Syrian border, Reuters reported Tuesday citing German sources.
These two complexes which were delivered from Germany have been deployed near the Turkish city of Kahramanmarash.
In total NATO has sent six Patriot complexes to Turkey – two from the US, two from Germany and two from the Netherlands.
The missile complexes supplied from the Netherlands were out into combat duty on January 26.
The two complexes from the US will be delivered on Wednesday.


 

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