i can promise you that all these parties will be wiped out by the new law, because they’re paid by israel not to overcome their ideological and personal differences
Tibi’s own party is an alliance, not a merger, between ‘UAL’ and ‘Ta’al’, otherwise its name would be improved – RB
Tibi predicts record 15 Arab MKs due to electoral reform
Gil Hoffmann, JPost. Mar 9 2014
A united Arab party will bring about a record 15 MKs in the next Knesset following Tuesday’s expected passage of the government’s electoral reform plan, MK Ahmed Tibi predicted Sunday. For many years Tibi (UAL-Ta’al) has been trying to get Arab MKs to unite in one party, in order to maximize the potential of the sector’s voting bloc. The three Arab parties currently have 11 seats, but none of the factions have more than four MKs. The electoral bill, which has been pushed by Israel Beiteinu leader Avigdor Liberman, would raise the electoral threshold from 2% to 3.25%, which would likely result in the Knesset’s smallest faction going up from two to four MKs. Hadash leader Muhammad Barakei said:
It is wrong to unite because of Liberman. He wants to paint our three different parties with one brush.
Barakei backed off from his threat to have all the MKs in Hadash, Balad and UAL-Ta’al resign to protest the passage of the electoral reforms. But said that he would not let Arab MKs be mere “decorations” in the Knesset. According to the bill, the number of ministers would be limited to 19, none of whom will be ministers without portfolios, and there will be no more than four deputy ministers. But due to a loophole in the bill, a coalition with 70 MKs could vote to add additional ministers. Ministers will be in charge of only one ministry. Instead of weekly motions of no confidence in the government, they will be monthly, and the prime minister will have to be present. Factions will continue to be able to be split if a third of its MKs want to leave. But a law that required only 7 MKs to split factions with more than 21 legislators will be repealed.
Irish student union joins boycott Israel campaign
Press TV, Mar 9 2014
An Irish student union has joined the global boycott campaign against the Israeli regime. Students of the National University of Ireland have passed a motion supporting the anti-Israel boycott. Nearly 65% of 3,013 participants have voted in favor of the campaign. The motion says “NUI Galway Students’ Union actively supports the campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions” against Israel. More than 120 Irish academics have also signed a pledge to join a boycott of Israeli institutions. In Apr 2013, the Teachers’ Union of Ireland became the first educational union in Europe to adopt a boycott of Israeli academia. The BDS movement is gaining momentum as Israel continues its aggressive policies against Plastelinans. On Mar 4, students at the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada, also passed a resolution supporting the campaign. Under the resolution, the university’s Student Alliance would cut ties with companies that do business with Israel. Last month, Norway’s combined YMCA-YWCA also joined the growing international boycott campaign. The group said in a statement published on its Norwegian-language website that it “encourages broad economic boycott of goods and services from Israel and Israeli settlements.”
maliki obviously does not have the dignity of assad; also, he is not perceived as a resistance leader
Maliki: Saudi and Qatar at war against Iraq
Al-Jazeera, Mar 9 2014
Iraqi PM Maliki has accused Saudi Arabia and Qatar of supporting fighters in Iraq and effectively declaring war on the country. The rare direct attack on the Sunni Gulf powers, comes with Iraq embroiled in its worst prolonged period of bloodshed since 2008, with more than 1,800 people killed already this year, ahead of parliamentary elections due next month. The bloodletting in the country, which shares a long border with Saudi Arabia, has been driven principally by widespread discontent among the country’s Sunni Arab minority and by the civil war in neighbouring Syria. Maliki, a Shi’a, has in the past blamed unnamed regional countries and neighbours for destabilising Iraq, AFP reported. But in an interview with France 24 broadcast on Saturday, the Iraqi premier said allegations he was marginalising Sunnis were being pushed by sectarians with ties to foreign agendas, with Saudi and Qatari incitement. He said:
They are attacking Iraq, through Syria and in a direct way, and they announced war on Iraq, as they announced it on Syria, and unfortunately it is on a sectarian and political basis. These two countries are primarily responsible for the sectarian and terrorist and security crisis of Iraq.
Saudi Arabia and Qatar have emerged as regional rivals because, while both have provided support to fighters opposed to embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the two countries have also sparred in recent weeks over Doha’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi. Saudi Arabia, along with Bahrain and the UAE, withdrew its ambassador to Qatar this month. Baghdad has long complained that support for groups fighting in Syria’s civil war finds its way through to Iraq with weapons in particular ending up in the hands of armed groups. Maliki said in the interview that Riyadh and Doha were providing political, financial and media support to fighters and accused them of buying weapons for the benefit of these organisations.
Maliki accuses Qatar and Saudi of waging war on Iraq
Russia Today, Mar 9 2014
Iraqi PM Maliki has accused Saudi Arabia and Qatar of declaring war on Iraq and supporting global terrorism. The Iraqi leader blamed the two countries for orchestrating the latest wave of bloody violence to hit Iraq this year. In a heated attack on Iraq’s Sunni Gulf neighbors, Maliki leveled a number of accusations at Qatar and Saudi Arabia in an interview with France 24. He said both countries are supporting extreme sectarian groups within Iraq, with a view to destabilizing the country and are “attacking” Iraq through Syria. Maliki told France 24:
I accuse them of inciting and encouraging the terrorist movements. I accuse them of supporting them politically and in the media, of supporting them with money and by buying weapons for the benefit of these terrorist organizations. I accuse them of leading an open war against the Iraqi government. Saudi Arabia and Qatar not only support terrorism in Iraq, but also sponsor terrorism worldwide. Their support of global terrorism will turn against them. Iraq does not intend to retaliate because it does not wish to widen the arena of confrontation.
Addressing allegations he is marginalizing Iraq’s Sunni population, Maliki said such accusations come from sectarians with foreign agendas spurred on by Saudi and Qatari support. Iraq has been hit by a wave of bloodshed over the past year, with January registering as the most deadly month in the country since Apr 2008. Suicide bombings and sectarian conflicts across the country claimed the lives of over 1,000 people in January and over 700 in February. On Saturday violence left 15 people dead, including a parliamentary election candidate and four children, security and medical sources report. Iraq will hold elections this year on Apr 30 and Maliki has been pushing security forces to bring violence in the country to heel in the run-up. One of the main conflict areas in the country is the province of Anbar, where anti-government militants seized control of the city of Fallujah in December. Since then government forces have been unable to get the city back from the rebel fighters. In connection with its ongoing fight against insurgency, Iraq will hold an international counter-terrorism conference this Wednesday in Baghdad. Attendees will discuss issues of arming, supporting, funding terrorist groups and training camps in some countries.
Maliki says Saudi, Qatar openly funding violence in Anbar
Ned Parker, Reuters, Mar 9 2014
BAGHDAD – Iraqi PM Maliki has accused Saudi Arabia and Qatar of openly funding the Sunni Muslim insurgents his troops are battling in western Anbar province, in his strongest such statement since fighting started there early this year. Security forces have been fighting insurgents from ISIS in Anbar’s two main cities, Fallujah and Ramadi, since January after the arrest of a Sunni lawmaker and the clearing of an anti-government protest camp prompted a tribal revolt and allowed ISIS to set up fighting positions in the cities. Maliki’s remarks play to Iraqi fears of the Sunni Arab states as he tries to burnish his standing as a defender of the mainly Shi’a country before elections at the end of April (this is a slimy way of saying he’s lying – RB). Maliki said in a mid-February speech that Saudi Arabia and Qatar were offering money to recruit fighters in Fallujah. More than 700 people died in violence in Iraq in February, not including nearly 300 reported deaths in western Anbar province and last year was the deadliest year since 2008 with nearly 8,000 being killed.He told France 24 television late on Saturday:
I accuse them of inciting and encouraging the terrorist movements. I accuse them of supporting them politically and in the media, of supporting them with money and by buying weapons for them. I accuse them of leading an open war against the Iraqi government. I accuse them of openly hosting leaders of al Qaeda and Takfiris.
Maliki has long had chilly relations with the Gulf states, who view him as too close to Iran, and has long suspected them of funding AQ-linked groups in order to bring down his Shi’a-led government. He accused the Saudi government of allowing “commissions” there “to attract Jihadis, to lure them, to get them fighting in Iraq.” He also blamed both countries for launching Syria’s three-year civil war through AQ-linked groups that now operate on both sides of the Iraqi-Syrian border, next to Anbar, saying:
They are attacking Iraq through Syria indirectly. They absolutely started the war in Iraq, they started the war in Syria. Saudi Arabia supports terrorism against the world, Syria, Iraq, Egypt and Libya.
Both Saudi Arabia and Qatar have played an activist role in the Syria war, supporting armed groups fighting
President Bashar Assad the government there. They both deny supporting AQ. Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain withdrew their ambassadors from Qatar on Wednesday in an unprecedented public split between Gulf Arab allies who have fallen out over the role of Islamists in a region in turmoil the MBs.
Pepe Escobar talks Ukraine on ANC report
Ry Dawson, YouTube, Mar 7 2014
obama certainly has no intention of interfering with gulen, who is central to a major CIA subversion campaign
White House says Erdogan misrepresenting his phone call with Obama
Roy Gutman, McClatchy, Mar 7 2014
WASHINGTON – In an unusual rebuke, the White House said Friday that Turkish PM Erdogan had misrepresented a telephone conversation with Obama last month. A White House official said Erdogan’s version of the Feb 19 conversation, which he’s now repeated twice, is not accurate. The statement came after Erdogan, in a television interview Thursday, said he’d gotten a sympathetic response from Obama to his complaint about a Turkish Islamic scholar living in self-imposed exile in rural Pennsylvania. Cleric Fetullah Gulen leads a movement that is said to have enormous influence in the Turkish judiciary and police. After a graft and corruption scandal erupted in mid-December, Erdogan reassigned the prosecutors and thousands of police and charged Gulen with creating a state within a state. Erdogan has fired four ministers in the scandal, but a series of purported wiretaps leaked on YouTube last week implicated him and members of his family in the scandal. Erdogan has charged Gulen and his supporters with responsibility for the eavesdropping and with leaking phone intercepts. The official Anadolu Agency quoted Erdogan as saying:
I told Obama that the person who is responsible for the unrest in Turkey lives in your country, in Pennsylvania. I told him this clearly. I said, ‘I expect what’s necessary. You have to take the necessary stance if someone threatens my country’s security.’ Obama looked at it positively. ‘We got the message,’ he said.
The White House said Friday:
The response attributed to President Obama with regard to Mr Gulen is not accurate. The President noted the importance of sound policies rooted in the rule of law and mutually respectful relations between our two countries. The US commitment to working together with Turkey, particularly on a variety of regional issues of mutual interest, continues.
Turkey is a vital NATO ally, and its geographical location, its history as a Eurasian empire, its thriving economy and its democratic system give it a critical role in the region. Not only is Turkey at the front line in the war in Syria, but as a Black Sea nation, which once dominated the Crimea and views itself as the protector of the Crimean Tatars, it also could be come a player in the Ukraine crisis.
Israeli teens to Netanyahu: As conscientious objectors, we won’t serve in IDF
JPost, Mar 8 2014
Dozens of Israeli teenagers soon to be eligible for conscription into the IDF signed a letter addressed to Netanyahu on Saturday declaring their intention to refuse military service on the basis of conscientious objection. The organizers of the letter said in a press release on Saturday:
Their refusal is designed to protest the continuing occupation and the intrusion of the military into civilian life, something which further entrenches chauvinism, militarism, violence, inequality, and racism.
Mandy Kartner, a Tel Aviv native and one of the letter’s signatories, said:
The military’s operations move us further away from finding a solution and reaching peace, justice, and security. My refusal is a way to express opposition to injustices committed by us and in our name every day.
Shaked Harari of Bat Yam, another signatory, said:
The army is an instrument of society’s powerful and not of its citizens, who are just tools. My friends and me refuse to be cannon fodder.
The youths said the letter was written in solidarity with ultra-Orthodox and Arab youngsters who refuse to perform military service “and have no wish to take part in the cycle of killing and violence.” The letter read:
We call on all Israeli youths to carefully examine the significance of serving in the IDF.
Iraq, Mar 8
Margaret Griffis, AntiWar.com, Mar 8 2014
At least 44 people were killed and 60 more were wounded across Iraq in today’s attacks. A number of people were harmed in the ongoing situation in Anbar province. Also, a candidate was assassinated in northern Iraq. In Ramadi, a suicide bomber used a stolen police Humvee to cross a checkpoint and then wounded 14 people when he detonated his explosives. A car bomb killed 9 soldiers and wounded 10 more. A bomb wounded 5 civilians. Gunmen killed 4 soldiers. Gunmen in Haswa killed 3 soldiers and wounded 4 more; 3 insurgents were also wounded. Two gunmen were killed in Falluja. Two soldiers were killed and four more were wounded in clashes. Shelling left 2 dead and 4 wounded, all women or children. Gunmen in Shirqat killed a candidate with the Iraqiya party and wounded 2 policemen with him. A blast targeting a Sahwa member wounded him, but also killed 2 children. In Baghdad, a blast on a commercial street left 6 dead and 14 wounded in Qahira. A shoot-out in Samarra killed a policeman, 2 gunmen and 2 children; 3 policemen were also wounded. 2 gunmen were killed. A roadside bomb in Baquba killed an army commander and 2 others, while also wounding 6 more. Bombs wounded 3 people across Tikrit. In Mosul, gunmen killed a Shabak civilian. A dumped body was found. A policeman was shot and wounded.