Dec 16

- It’s Not Just Russia: Middle East In Freefall, Biggest Plunge In 6 Years (ZeroHedge, Dec 16, 2014):

Dubai’s Financial Market General Index is now down 40% since the peak in oil prices in June this year. For now, only Qatar is clinging to gains year-to-date as the rest of the Middle Eastern equity markets give up 30-60% gains from mid-year and tumble to negative. Dubai and Abu Dhabi alone are down over 8% since Friday. Saudi Arabia is down 7.3% today – the biggest drop in 6 years.

Saudi Arabia’s worst day in 6 years

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Dec 10

- Defeat is Victory (Club Orlov, Dec 9, 2014):

On the wall of George Orwell’s Ministry of Truth from his novel 1984 there were three slogans:

WAR IS PEACE

FREEDOM IS SLAVERY

IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

It occurred to me that these apply just a little bit too well to the way the Washington, DC establishment operates.

War certainly is peace: just look at how peaceful Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Libya, Syria and the Ukraine have become thanks to their peacemaking efforts. The only departures from absolute peacefulness which might be taking place there have to do with the fact that there are some people still alive there. This should resolve itself on its own, especially in the Ukraine, where the people now face the prospect of surviving a cold winter without heat or electricity.

Freedom is indeed slavery: to enjoy their “freedom,” Americans spend most of their lives working off debt, be it a mortgage, medical debt incurred due to an illness, or student loans. Alternatively, they can also enjoy it by rotting in jail. They also work longer hours with less time off and worse benefits than in any other developed country, and their wages haven’t increased in two generations.

And what keeps it all happening is the fact that ignorance is indeed strength; if it wasn’t for the Americans’ overwhelming, willful ignorance of both their own affairs and the world at large, they would have rebelled by now, and the whole house of cards would have come tumbling down.

But there is a fourth slogan they need to add to the wall of Washington’s Ministry of Truth.

It is this: Continue reading »

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Dec 08

More info on ISIS/ISIL down below.


- Mossad training ISIL terrorists: Putin aide (PressTV, Dec 7, 2014):

A senior aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused Israel’s spy agency, Mossad, of training ISIL terrorists operating in Iraq and Syria, Press TV reports.

Alexander Prokhanov told Press TV that Mossad is also likely to have transferred some of its spying experiences to the ISIL leadership, adding that Israel’s military advisors could be assisting the Takfiri terrorists.

Prokhanov said ISIL is a byproduct of US policies in the Middle East.

“ISIL is a tool at the hands of the United States. They tell the Europeans that if we (the Americans) do not intervene, ISIL will cause you harm,” he said, adding that Iran and Russia are the prime targets of the ISIL. Continue reading »

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Nov 17

Gladiator

- ‘Syrian hero boy’ is a FAKE: Norwegian director admits that footage of youngster dodging sniper fire to rescue girl was actually shot on Gladiator film set using professional actors (Daily Mail, Nov 15, 2014):

  • Video appeared to show boy dodging bullets in streets of countryside town
  • One-minute clip was viewed more than 3.6 million times in just five days
  • But Norwegian director has revealed that it was shot in Malta this summer
  • Explained he wanted to spark a debate about children living in war zones 
  • Lars Klevberg said he did not feel uncomfortable about deceiving viewers 

A video that appeared to show a young Syrian boy running through sniper fire to rescue a young girl is a fake, it has emerged.

The boy was hailed a hero after the one-minute clip, thought to be filmed in Yabroud, a countryside town 50 miles from Damascus, was posted online earlier this week.

But a group of Norwegian filmmakers have today revealed that the footage was in fact shot on location in Malta using professional actors. Continue reading »

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Nov 17

- Why the US, UK, EU & Israel hate Syria (RT, Sep 9, 2013):

Adrian Salbuchi is a political analyst, author, speaker and radio/TV commentator in Argentina.

A young, soft-spoken girl living the Syrian tragedy spells it out with far more common sense, truth and honesty than powerful Western governments and their money-controlled mass media puppets.

Identifying herself only as “Syrian, Patriot, anti-Neocon, anti-NWO, anti-Zionist”, early last year she set up her own YouTube Channel (YouTube/User/SyrianGirlpartisan).

In a short (nine-minute) video she explains “eight reasons why the NWO (New World Order) hates Syria.”  We would all do well to listen in… Continue reading »

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Nov 14

- ISIS, Al-Qaeda Join The M&A Bubble, Agree To Fight “Common Foes” Together In Syria (ZeroHedge, Nov 13, 2014):

Following al-Baghdadi’s threats this morning, and General Dempsey’s warnings, it appears things are escalating once again in The Middle East:

  • *ISIS, AL-QAEDA AFFILIATE AGREE TO FIGHT TOGETHER IN SYRIA: AP

As AP reports, the deal could be a heavy blow to Washington’s strategy against the
Islamic State group
, relying on arming moderate rebel factions to push
back extremists in Syria. It appears The West is “gonna need a bigger coalition.”

As AP reports,

Two Syrian opposition figures say the Islamic State group and al-Qaida’s branch met last week and agreed to stop fighting each other and work together against their opponents. Continue reading »

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Nov 09

33 people? Hmmh.


- Saudi Arabia Foils ISIS Terrorist Attack, Arrests 33 (ZeroHedge, Nov 8, 2014):

Two days ago we quoted an ex-CIA officer who warned that the “Saudis Have Good Reason To Be Concerned” as a result of what appears to be a redirection of ISIS tactics, and attacks, toward the one country which has, at least for public consumption purposes, been – together with the US – at the forefront of the anti-ISIS campaign in the middle east.

Recall that according to Bloomberg, a Saudi citizen suspected of organizing the attack on Shiite worshipers in the oil-rich Eastern Province returned from fighting in Iraq and Syria, according to Saudi-owned newspapers. Or, as suggested, ISIS has arrived in the world’s largest oil exporter. The citizen organized a cell that carried out the attack that killed seven people in the Shiite village of al-Dalwah after sneaking across the border into the kingdom. Continue reading »

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Nov 04

If you threaten US interests, you may be destroyed – ex-London mayor Livingstone (RT, Nov 3, 2014):

It’s time for the UK to have an independent foreign policy and stop being a cheerleader for Washington, says former London mayor, Ken Livingstone. But politicians know that posing a threat to US interests may end badly for you, he told RT.

Livingstone, a vocal critic of Britain’s military involvement in Iraq, believes that since as far back as the First World War, the United States, with Britain’s help, has intervened on numerous occasions all over the Middle East just to control the flow of oil.

“If you read what now is published in people’s diaries and official documents, immediately after 9/11 when Tony Blair arrived at the White House he was shocked because everyone around George Bush was not talking about Afghanistan and Al-Qaeda, they were talking about Iraq and Saddam Hussein.”

So, it was always a cover, adds Livingstone. Continue reading »

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Oct 30

MUST-SEE: Former Head Of Pentagon’s Depleted Uranium Project Dr. Doug Rokke On Depleted Uranium (Video)

More info down below.


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- U.S. Sends Planes Armed with Depleted Uranium to Middle East (War Is A Crime/Al Jazeera, Oct 28, 2014):

There’s a version of this story at Al Jazeera.

The U.S. Air Force says it is not halting its use of Depleted Uranium weapons, has recently sent them to the Middle East, and is prepared to use them.

A type of airplane, the A-10, deployed this month to the Middle East by the U.S. Air National Guard’s 122nd Fighter Wing, is responsible for more Depleted Uranium (DU) contamination than any other platform, according to the International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons (ICBUW). “Weight for weight and by number of rounds more 30mm PGU-14B ammo has been used than any other round,” said ICBUW coordinator Doug Weir, referring to ammunition used by A-10s, as compared to DU ammunition used by tanks. Continue reading »

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Oct 24

- Migrant workers in UAE abused, exploited under ‘kafala’ system – HRW (RT, Oct 23, 2014):

Domestic workers across the UAE have been subjected to horrendous physical, verbal and sexual abuse or passport confiscation in the abuse of the kafala, or sponsorship, system according to a new report by Humans Right Watch.

HRW estimates that some 146,000 domestic female workers have arrived to the UAE from countries such as the Philippines, Indonesia, India or Bangladesh. They come on promises of good working conditions, higher wages, and a chance to escape the poverty of their home countries.

However, the NGO heard complaints that workers are forced to labor excessive hours, or are even being subjected to physical violence or sexual abuse – while they cannot leave as employers confiscate their passports. Continue reading »

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Oct 13

- Why Is Syria The Most Important Country In The World Right Now? (ZeroHedge, Oct 12, 2014):

As President Obama’s attention has now drifted from the ‘humanitarian’ mission in Iraq (which initially saw major initial inflows of Jihadists from around the world) to his real goal, we thought the following, somewhat disturbing, map of foreign fighter inflows to Syria would serve to provide context for just what local ‘moderate’ terrorists will be fighting (for the US) against. Welcome to The New Normal Crusades…

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Oct 12

- Why Oil Is Plunging: The Other Part Of The “Secret Deal” Between The US And Saudi Arabia (ZeroHedge, Oct 11, 2014):

Two weeks ago, we revealed one part of the “Secret Deal” between the US and Saudi Arabia: namely what the US ‘brought to the table’ as part of its grand alliance strategy in the middle east, which proudly revealed Saudi Arabia to be “aligned” with the US against ISIS, when in reality John Kerry was merely doing Saudi Arabia’s will when the WSJ reported that “the process gave the Saudis leverage to extract a fresh U.S. commitment to beef up training for rebels fighting Mr. Assad, whose demise the Saudis still see as a top priority.”

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What was not clear is what was the other part: what did the Saudis bring to the table, or said otherwise, how exactly it was that Saudi Arabia would compensate the US for bombing the Assad infrastructure until the hated Syrian leader was toppled, creating a power vacuum in his wake that would allow Syria, Qatar, Jordan and/or Turkey to divide the spoils of war as they saw fit. Continue reading »

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Oct 05

… exactly as planned.


- America’s Anti-ISIS Strategy Is In Tatters (ZeroHedge, Oct 12, 2014):

A week ago we noted how critical the seige in Kobani was (and why it suggested President Obama’s strategy was a fiasco given a lack of commitment from supposed allies such as Turkey). 7 days later.. and America’s plans to fight Islamic State are in ruins as the militant group’s fighters come close to capturing Kobani and have inflicted a heavy defeat on the Iraqi army west of Baghdad. While John Kerry has today stated, “Kobani does not define strategy against Islamic State,” the ‘loss’ is symbolic as The Independent’s Patrick Cockburn notes, in both Syria and Iraq, ISIS is expanding its control rather than contracting.

The Siege Of Kobani - Obama's Syrian Fiasco In Motion

Authored by Patrick Cockburn via The Independent,

The US-led air attacks launched against Islamic State (also known as Isis) on 8 August in Iraq and 23 September in Syria have not worked. President Obama’s plan to “degrade and destroy” Islamic State has not even begun to achieve success. In both Syria and Iraq, Isis is expanding its control rather than contracting. Continue reading »

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Sep 25

H/t reader M.G.:

“Excellent article written by the man I wanted as president, but the corporate media gave him no coverage, except to try and show him as a buffoon. His interest in UFO’s was covered once.
The only decent man in congress. The powers that be managed to get rid of him by eliminating his district……
This is indeed why we are in Syria.
Where the hell is Putin?”

He is probably busy, preparing for WW III.


Dar Al-Shifa hospital in Aleppo, Syria after a bombing
Dar Al-Shifa hospital in Aleppo, Syria after a bombing

Dennis Kucinich is former US Congressman and two-time presidential candidate from Ohio who served 16 years in the U.S. House of Representatives.

- The Real Reason We Are Bombing Syria (Common Dreams, Sep 24, 2014):

By Dennis Kucinich

The administration’s response to the conjunction of this weekend’s People’s Climate March and the International Day of Peace?

1) Bomb Syria the following day, to wrest control of the oil from ISIS which gained its foothold directly in the region through the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey and Jordan funding and arming ISIS’ predecessors in Syria.

2) Send the president to UN General Assembly, where he will inevitably give a rousing speech about climate and peace, while the destruction of the environment and the shattering of world peace is on full display 5,000 miles away.

Nothing better illustrates the bankruptcy of the Obama administration’s foreign policy than funding groups that turn on the U.S. again and again, a neo-con fueled cycle of profits for war makers and destruction of ever-shifting “enemies.”

The fact can’t be refuted: ISIS was born of Western intervention in Iraq and covert action in Syria. Continue reading »

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Sep 25


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Is the U.S. bombardment of Syria really just about targeting ISIS?

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Sep 24

Middle East Explained

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Sep 24

Related info:

- Syria Is 7th (Muslim) Country Bombed By 2009 Nobel Peace Prize Winner Obama

- Putin Responds: Russia Holds Massive Military Drill: 155,000 Troops, 4,000 Tanks, 632 Aircraft, 84 Ships


Making Up For Lost Time: US Drops ‘A Month Of Bombs’ On Syria In One Night (ZeroHedge, Sep 24, 2014):

Never one to miss out on some heavy “shock and awe”, Bloomberg reports that the U.S. dropped almost as many bombs and missiles on Islamic State positions in Syria in its first night of airstrikes there as it did in the first month of attacks on the extremist group in Iraq. It appears American foreign policy comes down to this, “it’s better to ask for forgiveness than permission,” as the offensive unleashed 200 precision-guided munitions including 47 Tomahawk cruise missiles, and also got to play with its new F-22 toy in its first combat mission. The first night of airstrikes was “only the beginning,” Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon’s spokesman, told reporters.

The “allied” airbases…

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As Bloomberg reports, the U.S. dropped almost as many bombs and missiles on Islamic State positions in Syria in its first night of airstrikes there as it did in the first month of attacks on the extremist group in Iraq.

The offensive two nights ago, joined by five Arab nations, used about 200 munitions, most of them precision-guided, as well as some of 47 Tomahawk cruise missiles that were launched from two warships, according to U.S. Central Command. That rivals the 253 bombs and missiles aimed at the Sunni terrorist group’s positions in neighboring Iraq from Aug. 8 to Sept. 10. Continue reading »

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Sep 24

Related info:

- Syria Is 7th (Muslim) Country Bombed By 2009 Nobel Peace Prize Winner Obama

- Israel Joins The Fighting, Shoots Down Syrian Warplane Which Acted In ‘Threatening Manner’

Flashback:

- Putin: ‘Will We Help Syria? We Will’ – ‘I Do Not Want To Think That Any Other Country Will Be Subjected To Any External Aggression’

- Putin Warns U.S. Not To Launch Attack In Syria

- ‘We Have Our Plans’: Vladimir Putin Warns U.S. Against Syria Military Action

- Putin Again Warns Netanyahu Hands Off Syria

- Putin: Russia Will Not Tolerate Another Israeli Attack On Syria And Would Respond


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- Russia Holds Massive Military Drill: 155,000 Troops, 4,000 Tanks, 632 Aircraft, 84 Ships (ZeroHedge, Sep 23, 2014):

At what point is a drill more than just a drill? Maybe when it is so massive it could be confused for an invasion force, involving a mindblowing 155,000 troops, more than the armies of most sovereign nations, 4,000 armoured vehicles, 632 planes and helicopters and 84 vessels. Those are the staggering numbers taking part in the Vostok-2014 strategic exercises, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, and whose main priority is ti “demonstrate that the degree of combat preparedness in Russian troops has risen.” One almost wonders why…

Photos via Itar-Tass:

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Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu praised the troops’ combat readiness. Official results, however, will be summed up later Continue reading »

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Sep 24

Obama-White House

- O, bomber! Obama bombs 7th country in 6 years (RT, Sep 24, 2014):

American jets hit targets in Syria on Tuesday in the US-led fight against Islamic State. Although the US has not declared war since 1942, this is the seventh country that Barack Obama, the holder of the Nobel Peace Prize, has bombed in as many years.

Syria has become the latest country to have been openly targeted by the US, with Washington predictably not seeking the approval of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

The US and NATO started a bombing campaign in the north of the country on Tuesday against Islamic State militants, who have taken over parts of the north and east of the country. The death toll from Tuesday’s campaign was put at 120, though this figure could rise, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, who also said that eight civilians had lost their lives. Continue reading »

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Sep 23

Flashback:

- Putin: ‘Will We Help Syria? We Will’ – ‘I Do Not Want To Think That Any Other Country Will Be Subjected To Any External Aggression’

- Putin Warns U.S. Not To Launch Attack In Syria

- ‘We Have Our Plans’: Vladimir Putin Warns U.S. Against Syria Military Action

- Putin Again Warns Netanyahu Hands Off Syria

- Putin: Russia Will Not Tolerate Another Israeli Attack On Syria And Would Respond


- Israel Joins The Fighting, Shoots Down Syrian Warplane Which Acted In “Threatening Manner” (Zerohedge, Sep 23, 2014):

Whether as a result of recent icy to quite icy diplomatic relations between the two nations, or just because it has other motives, Israel had clearly abstained from joining the US effort to contain the CIA-created ISIS terrorist juggernaut. However, overnight, with the US finally doing what Israel has hoped it would do for so long, namely being engaged in a bombing campaign of Syria (recall that it was Israel which was one of the biggest supporters of a US-led military intervention in Syria in the summer of 2013), it decided “hell, why not” and joined the fray, when shortly before 3 am Eastern time, this hit:

  • ISRAELI SAYS IT DOWNED SYRIAN AIRCRAFT IN ISRAELI AIRSPACE
  • ISRAELI ARMY SAYS DOWNED SYRIAN AIRCRAFT WAS FIGHTER JET

Quite notable because it was the first time in three decades that Israel had downed a Syrian warplane, so Israel needed a strong pretext for such aggression. An aggression, incidentally, not against ISIS, but Assad’s regime itself, which clearly is what Obama’s latest operation is all about – to take down a sovereign while doing the bidding of Qatar and Saudi Arabia, just like in 2013.

And then Israel, oddly, revised the story:

  • ISRAEL SHOOTS DOWN SYRIAN WARPLANE NEAR BORDER: ISRAEL ARMY

So… it may not have been in Israel airspace. But then, why? Oh, here’s why:

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