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false flag shelling on the golan!

In Letter To UN, Syria Blames Israel For Faking Attack To ‘Justify Own Aggression’
Yasser Okbi, Maariv Weekly via JPost, Oct 21 2017

The Syrian Foreign Ministry sent two letters to UN Sec-Gen Guterres on Saturday accusing Israel of faking an attack on its own territory following the IDF’s aerial attack on Syrian military positions in Quneitra on Saturday morning. The IDF struck the Syrian targets (supposedly) in retaliation after five projectiles were launched at Israel from Syria, with three landing in an open area on the Golan Heights. The letters to Guterres reportedly charged:

Israel asked terrorists to launch projectiles at its own territory, so it could justify its own attack. This new Israeli aggression against the outskirts of Quneitra is a new chapter in the connection between the Israeli occupation and the armed terrorist organizations, and a desperate attempt to support those organizations. Syria repeatedly warns of the grave repercussions to the repeated aggressive actions that cannot be explained as anything but support of terror and criminal terror organizations, against UNSCRs. Syria is surprised by the lack of reaction from the UNSC, to stop (Israel’s) aggression and isn’t condemning it, seeing as it hurts basic UN principles as well as international law.

The SAA made similar accusations earlier on Saturday. SANA quoted the SAA statement as follows:

The Israeli enemy attacked one of the posts on the outskirts of Quneitra, after asking terrorists to send projectiles to an empty area within the occupied land. The Israeli enemy attacked this morning one of our posts and caused damages. This aggression comes as part of the coordination between the Israeli enemy and terror organization in Syria, which it supports. Dozens of times Syrian army units caught Israeli weapons and ammunition inside the lairs of the terror organizations, the last of them being in the city of Mayadin on the outskirts of Deir ez-Zor last week. There will be grave repercussions to this aggression of the Israeli occupation, which bears full responsibility for any result, regardless of its weak excuses that have been revealed to everyone.

Israel has yet to respond officially to this latest accusation, but a statement the IDF released shortly after the exchange on Saturday morning said:

The Syrian regime is responsible for all that is happening on its territory. The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to harm the sovereignty of the State of Israel and its citizens.

Syria warns UN of grave consequences to Israeli fire
Roi Kais, Ynet, Oct 21 2017

The Syrian Foreign Ministry sent two letters on Saturday, one each to the UN Sec-Gen and UNSC president, following the (purported) Israeli retaliation on Quneitra to rocket spillover from Syrian infighting. The letter stated that “Syria warns again of the the grave consequences of such repeated aggressive acts” and demanded the UN rebuke Israel’s actions. Syria’s Foreign Ministry called the Israeli response “a new chapter in the Israeli occupation of the Golan Heights, and another attempt to support rebel factions in Syria.” In addition, Syria claimed that Israel’s retaliation was a challenge to the UNSC itself, saying: “It constitutes a violation of the principles and objectives of the UN Charter and the rules of international law and all relevant UNSCRs.”

81006870100084640360noIDF sapper holding rocket spillover from Syria (Photo: Avihu Shapira)

The IDF announced early Saturday:

Five rockets were fired at Israel by Syrian artillery cannons. The IDF pinpointed the landings of four of them to open areas in the northern Golan Heights, causing no damage to people or property. The cannons who shot at Israel were then destroyed by the IDF in a retaliatory strike, which was carried out using Tamuz missiles. Even if this is spillover, it is an unusual event, and the continuation of such events will be met with a tougher Israeli response. The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to undermine the sovereignty of the State of Israel and the security of its citizens. The IDF views the Syrian regime as responsible to what is happening on the ground.

8100689099286640360noRocket fired from Syria and landing in Israel recovered (Photo: Avihu Shapira)

The initial alarm sounded a little after 5am in several Golan Heights towns, prompting their denizens to enter shelters. Some 30 minutes after the alarm, residents were allowed to return to their homes.

81009580100099640360noIranian army chief of staff visits Syria on Saturday

The SAA issued a statement regarding the IDF shelling, saying:

Syrian opposition fighters fired mortar rounds that hit an open area in the Israeli-occupied Golan giving the Jewish state a pretext to bomb the army. The shelling caused material damage. The SAA holds Israel fully responsible for the consequent results.

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On Saturday, Iranian Army CoS Maj-Gen Mohammad Bagheri conducted a rare visit to Syria, during which he met with top civilian and military officials, among them Pres Assad. During his visit to Syria, the two countries signed an MoU in which they agreed to upgrade the cooperation and coordination between their two armies. SAA CoS Gen Ayyoub signed the memorandum on behalf of his country. Reportedly:

The Iranian-Syrian collaboration will focus mostly on training drills, an exchange of combat-centric know-how, intelligence, military technology and anything to do with the two countries’ ability to combat terrorism and standing against Zio-American schemes.

81009570990100640360noSyrian and Iranian Army staffs with journalists

 

goldfein talks to weisgerber

Pindostan To Put Nuclear Bombers On 24-Hour Alert
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, Oct 22 2017

The unexpected decision by Pres Trump to amend an emergency 9/11 order signed by Bush 43 allowing the USAF to recall up to 1,000 retired pilots to address what the Pentagon has decribed as “an acute shortage of pilots” caught us by surprise. After all, this was the first time we have heard of this particular labor shortage. Perhaps there was more to this executive order than meets the eye. Indeed, a just released report may help explain the reasoning behind this presidential decision. According to Slimeball One, the USAF is preparing to put nuclear-armed bombers back on 24-hour ready alert, a status not seen since the Cold War ended in 1991.

That means the long-dormant concrete pads at the ends of Barksdale AFB’s 11,000 ft runway, dubbed the “Xmas tree” for their angular markings, could once again find several B-52s parked on them, laden with nuclear weapons and set to take off at a moment’s notice.

USAF CoS Gen D Goldfein gave Slimeball Marcus Weisgherber an interview during his six-day tour of Barksdale and other USAF bases that support the nuclear mission, in which he preached the Jewish gospel of annihilation as follows:

This is yet one more step in ensuring that we’re prepared. I look at it more as not planning for any specific event, but more for the reality of the global situation we find ourselves in and how we ensure we’re prepared going forward.

According to Slimeball One, Goldfein and other senior military boxtops stressed that the alert order had not been given, but that preparations were under way in anticipation that it might come. That decision would be made by Gen J Hyten of STRATCOM or Gen L Robinson of NORTHCOM. Goldfein is asking his force to think about new ways that nuclear weapons could be used for deterrence, or even combat. During his trip across the country last week, Goldfein encouraged airmen to think beyond Cold War uses for ICBMs, bombers and nuclear cruise missiles. According to Slimeball One, he said:

The world is a dangerous place and we’ve got folks that are talking openly about use of nuclear weapons. It’s no longer a bipolar world where it’s just us and the Soviet Union. We’ve got other players out there who have nuclear capability. It’s never been more important to make sure that we get this mission right. I’ve challenged USAF Global Strike Command to help lead the dialog, help with this discussion. What does conventional conflict look like with a nuclear element? Do we respond as a global force if that were to occur, and what are the options? How do we think about it? How do we think about deterrence in that environment? As for whether placing B-52s back on alert will help with deterrence, it’s hard to say. Really it depends on who or what kind of behavior are we talking about and whether they’re paying attention to our readiness status.

Meanwhile, various improvements have already been made to prepare Barksdale, home to the Second Bomb Wing and Global Strike Command, which oversees the service’s nuclear forces, to return B-52s to an alert posture. Near the alert pads, an old concrete building is being renovated where B-52 crews during the Cold War would sleep, ready to run to their aircraft and take off at a moment’s notice. Slimeball perves and slobbers on:

Inside, beds are being installed for more than 100 crew members, more than enough room for the crews that would man bombers positioned on the nine alert pads outside. There’s a recreation room with a pool table, TVs and a shuffleboard table. Large paintings of the patches for each squadron at Barksdale adorn the walls of a large stairway. One painting depicts a silhouette of a B-52 with the words “Peace The Old Fashioned Way” written underneath. At the bottom of the stairwell, there is a SAC logo, yet another reminder of the Cold War days when B-52s sat at the ready on the runway outside. Those long-empty B-52 parking spaces will soon get visits by two nuclear command planes, the E-4B Nightwatch and E-6B Mercury, both which will occasionally sit alert there. During a nuclear war, the planes would become the flying command posts of the Sec Def and STRATCOM chief respectively. If a strike order is given by the president, the planes would be used to transmit launch codes to bombers, ICBMs and submarines. At least one of the four nuclear-hardened E-4Bs, formally called the National Airborne Operations Center, is always on 24-hour alert.

Barksdale and other bases with nuclear bombers are preparing to build storage facilities for a new nuclear cruise missile that is under development. During his trip, Goldfein received updates on the preliminary work for a proposed replacement for the 400-plus Minuteman III ICBMs and the new long-range cruise missile. Goldfein told Slimeball’s Weisgerber:

Our job is options. We provide best military advice and options for the CinC and the Sec Def. Should the STRATCOM commander require or the NORTHCOM commander require us to maintain a higher state of readiness to defend the homeland, then we have to have a place to put those forces.

And now that Pindostan is preparing for immediate nuclear war readiness, all it needs is a provocation, one which a world which has never been more on edge over a stray tweet, may have little difficulty in finding.

the failure of the kurdish project has created a power vacuum in northern iraq into which iran has purportedly stepped

Tillerson Demands Iran Militias Leave Iraq
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, Oct 22 2017

One week after we reported that Brig-Gen Qassem Soleimani of IRGC Quds Force was observed in Erbil last Sunday where he met with KRG Pres Barzani to “discuss” the growing crisis, the latest indication of Iran’s surging influence in the region, and just days before Iraq sent in troops assisted by Iranian militia into Iraq’s Kurdish region, which promptly regained control over the oil-rich Kirkuk region, on Sunday Rex Tillerson said that Iranian “militias” need to leave Iraq. Tillerson said hopefully to a presser in Riyadh, quoted by NRT:

Certainly Iranian militias that are in Iraq, now that the fighting against Daesh is coming to a close, those militias need to go home! All foreign fighters need to go home!

Tillerson’s Gulf visit came as part of concerted efforts to curb Iran’s rapidly expanding influence in the region, including boosting the clout of the Toads in Iraq, where Iran backs Shia militias fighting in the north, as part of a wider regional battle for influence that extends from Syria to Yemen, even as there was scant hope of a breakthrough in attempts to reconcile Toads & Thanis (of Qatar). Tillerson’s visit took place just one week after Pres Trump refused to certify the JCPoA with Iran, leaving its fate to Congress, and laid out an aggressive new strategy against Tehran in a bellicose speech.  In further attempts to limit Iranian influence, Tillerson called on European governments to join a pindo-led sanctions regime against the IRGC (as a whole, not just Quds Force – RB), saying that countries doing business with the IRGC do so at their own risk. According to Bloomberg, Tillerson told the presser in Riyadh on Sunday:

The IRGC foment instability in the region and create destruction in the region. European countries and companies that do business with the IRGC really do so at great risk.

The Toads and Gulf Emirs are engaged in their own efforts to roll back Iran’s expanding sway in the region, including in Iraq. In a reference to certain undefined Shiite militias in Iraq, Tillerson said:

Those fighters need to go home! Any foreign fighters need to go home!

Toad King Salman said:

We are facing serious challenges in our region in the form of extremism, terrorism as well as attempts to destabilize our countries! These attempts require our full attention!

As well as talks with senior Toads including King Salman, Tillerson attended the first meeting of the Joint Toad-Iraqi Coordination Council, where he said:

This event highlights the strength and breadth as well as the great potential of the relations between your countries.

Iraqi PM Abadi hailed the meeting as an “important step toward enhancing relations,” while King Salman warned of the dangers of “extremism, terrorism, as well as attempts to destabilise our countries.” Tillerson is also seeking more money for reconstruction in Iraq. Meanwhile, the question of growing Iranian influence, underscored by Iran’s strong diplomatic relations with Russia and Turkey, has also been at the heart of the diplomatic conflict between Toads & Thanis (of Qatar), with Tillerson headed to Doha later Sunday for talks. After initially appearing to support the effort to isolate Qatar, Trump called for mediation and recently predicted a rapid end to the crisis. But before he arrived at Riyadh’s King Salman air base on Saturday, Tillerson indicated there had been little progress, saying in an interview with Bloomberg:

I do not have a lot of expectations for it being resolved anytime soon. There seems to be a real unwillingness on the part of some of the parties to want to engage.

Aside from the Gulf dispute and Iran, the conflict in Yemen and counter-terrorism will also figure in his talks, the State Dept said. On the Gulf crisis, the goal will be to try to persuade the two sides to at least open a dialogue. Kuwait has tried to serve as a mediator, but the parties have yet to sit down face-to-face. Tillerson will also visit Pakistan & India, then return home via Switzerland.

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Soros’ Prague lobbyists direct their fire at RT guests
Bryan MacDonald, Russia Today, Oct 21 2017

What do Harrison Ford, Evander Holyfield, Mr T, Will.I.Am, Oliver Stone, Stephen Fry and Vivienne Westwood all have in common? Aside from being really famous, they are also united by the fact they’ve appeared on Russia Today. And Monika Richter, an obsessive at a Czech-based pressure group calling itself the European Values Think-Tank purports to have compiled a list of all the leading western celebrities, journalists, commentators, academics and politicians who have featured on this network’s programmes in recent years. Something which you might think would come in handy, going forward, for new RT producers looking for potential guests, as it contains 2,327 names. It’s not really very accurate. The haphazard, careless and shoddy compilation makes some bizarre mistakes, such as confusing British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson for an actor impersonating him, and even more bizarrely, mistaking the legendary Larry King for the equally illustrious Larry David. Not once, but dozens of times. Badly implemented smear campaigns from various anti-Russia lobbyists are nothing new. But this attempt is especially inept. It’s so pockmarked with mistakes that it looks like it was knocked out in a weekend. Which makes its opening suggestion on how “politicians and media organisations should publiclly (sic) commit to a higher degree of fact-checking rigour” all the more remarkable in its speciousness. Before going further, let’s be clear about who pays for the activities of European Values and whose interests this faux-academic concern serves. In 2015, its biggest single source of private funding was the veteran billionaire vulture-capitalist George Soros (around 25% in total via two Open Society Foundation agencies). In Russia, the organization is considered so toxic that it has been banned as a security threat. Furthermore, this viewpoint is not restricted to Moscow, as the government of his homeland, Hungary, has singled Soros out as an “enemy of the state.” Indeed, even Israel concurs with this view, with its Foreign Ministry saying:

Mr Soros continuously undermines Israel’s democratically elected governments.

So we know Soros is no friend of democracy. Instead, he uses his vast fortune to interfere in sovereign states and undermine administrations he dislikes, which ironically is what Richter accuses RT of doing when she writes:

RT’s raison d’être is to denigrate the West at all costs and undermine public confidence in the viability of liberal democracy.

Something which is completely untrue, given that the actual rationale behind RT is to present Russia’s point of view. Also, as it happens, Moscow has excellent relations with many other democracies including SK, India and Israel and is also on friendly terms with numerous individual EU states, even if under pro-Pindo leaders in Berlin and Paris, the collective has effectively outsourced its foreign policy to Pindostan in recent years, rendering it automatically anti-Russian. Incidentally, aside from Soros, the other big donors to the European Values lobby group are the European Commission and Parliament and the embassies of Pindostan and Britain. Richter is connected to the Atlantic Council, which is bankrolled by the Ukrainian World Congress, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and the State Dept, all of which benefit from strained relations between Russia and the west. Most of Richter’s key claims make little sense. She keeps accusing RT of “disinformation” but provides no evidence of it being deliberate, merely highlighting a few factual mistakes over the years which are no more extraordinary than those of rival outlets. She cites “the pindo intelligence report on Russian electoral interference,” dismissed by every credible western Russian expert. She continuously refers to guests as “useful idiots,” which is an incredible insult to fling at giants such as Kofi Annan, Mikhail Gorbachev, Peter Sutherland, Jeremy Corbyn and Wolfgang Ischinger. European Values’ other “big reveal” is this:

RT uses guest appearances by Western politicians, journalists and writers, academics, and other influential public personalities to boost its credibility.

Which is actually not strictly true. In reality, like all other TV stations, RT mainly does it to boost ratings, because quite obviously, viewers would rather watch, say, Noam Chomsky (listed as ‘Noah’ here in yet another error) opine on world affairs than some nobody who thinks the government is beyond criticism. Additionally, Richter accuses RT of anti-Westernism, and particularly anti-Pindosiananism, which makes one wonder how she’d describe pindo media coverage of Russia if she were being truly honest. Then she makes an astounding statement:

RT never reports about Russia, only about the failings and hypocrisies of Western society.

Which is a complete lie, and if you doubt that, click here and you will see that the vast majority of my own writing on here is Russia-centric.
Richter contradicts herself all over the shop. For instance, she claims RT’s impact on western audiences is “minimal to modest,” yet a few lines later she warns how RT’s “specific effects” on its viewers “should be a research priority for all organizations and governments interested in countering the Kremlin’s disinformation campaign.” And later she thunders that Russia’s “disinformation campaign,” which allegedly includes RT’s journalism, presents a “security hazard” that “should not be taken lightly,” but then says it’s “imperative” not to “overinflate” the threat of RT. The real agenda behind the 52-page slander fest is exposed by what they omit. On Saturday, the Prague-based journalist Michael Colborne, who himself has written for Soros-backed blogs, pointed out:

It’s full of qualifiers and also some arbitrariness, with only persons deemed of sufficient public significance and repute included. This might explain why there’s a few names missing, including two friends of European Values, who themselves have been on RT! This is just intellectually dishonest horseshit. Framing every single person ever on RT as an idiot … except your friends, conveniently.

Colborne was referring to Julia Davis and Eric Garland, who are today known as particularly determined anti-Russia activists prominent on social media, with perspectives which conveniently mirror the lobby groups’ agenda.

let’s watch little israel creep in here too

Juncker’s State of the EU speech: Europe readies for war with the world
Alex Lantier, WSWS, Sep 14 2017

In his State of the EU speech yesterday in Brussels, EU Commission Pres J-C Juncker outlined an aggressive military and commercial agenda for the post-Brexit EU. Juncker, the leader of an institution despised by workers for its austerity and police-state measures, constantly invoked “European values” as the basis of his policy. Stripped of these empty and misleading phrases, however, his address sent a clear message: amid the collapse of the EU’s relations to long-standing allies, above all Faschingstein and London, it must prepare for global trade war and pursue a military policy independent of Pindostan. Juncker began by congratulating the EU for “an economic recovery that finally reaches every single member state,” nearly a decade after the 2008 Wall Street crash. Despite touting this so-called recovery, the fruits of which have overwhelmingly gone to the wealthiest layers of society, Juncker nevertheless sounded a worried note:

We now have a window of opportunity, but it will not stay open forever. Let us make the most of the momentum, catch the wind in our sails.

While raising EU free trade deals with Canada and Japan, and plans for such deals with Mexico, South America and New Zealand, Juncker made clear that they go hand-in-hand with plans for commercial measures against Europe’s trading partners and a major military build-up. Juncker said:

Let me say once and for all, we are not naïve free traders. Europe must always defend its strategic interests. This is why today we are proposing a new EU framework for investment screening. If a foreign, state-owned company wants to purchase a European harbour, part of our energy infrastructure or a defence technology firm, this should only happen in transparency, with scrutiny and debate. (This will) protect our security if needed.

A year after TTIP talks broke down under French and German objections, Juncker did not mention Pindostan as a key trading partner, or as a country with which the EU seeks a free-trade deal. Juncker went on to call for the accelerated formation of what would be an EU army, three years after Berlin announced the remilitarization of German foreign policy. Juncker said:

(We have) to become a stronger global actor. In order to have more weight in the world, we must be able to take foreign policy decisions quicker. This is why I want member states to look at which foreign policy decisions could be moved from unanimity to qualified majority voting. … And I want us to dedicate further efforts to defence matters. A new European Defence Fund is in the offing, as is a permanent structured cooperation in the area of defence. By 2025 we need a fully-fledged European Defence Union. We need it, and NATO wants it.

Juncker’s claim that NATO, including Faschingstein and London, want the formation of an EU defense union is nothing more than an attempt to downplay the rapid rise of pindo/euro conflict. Amid an escalating drive to war internationally, military tensions are rising rapidly between Faschingstein and the EU, and particularly the Berlin-Paris axis. While Faschingstein has repeatedly pressed Europe to increase its military spending in recent years, hoping to receive more European aid in its own wars, it has also relied on London to veto plans for an EU army, as long as Britain was in the EU. Given Britain’s exit from the EU, Germany and France have rapidly revived plans for an aggressive EU military policy independent of Pindostan. Tensions among the major NATO powers are bringing the alliance to the verge of collapse. The bases of the Trans-Atlantic Alliance have been shattered. Since his election, Trump has repeatedly indicated that his administration could target Euro car and steel exports with punitive tariffs, which could spark an all-out Pindo-Euro trade war. These commercial tensions reflect explosive strategic conflicts that are building inside NATO, as Pindo targeting of Russia and China places the world on the verge of all-out war. As Trump threatens NK with war, which is the subject of today’s EU foreign ministers’ meeting, it is ever more unlikely that the EU powers would support Faschingstein in a war that could escalate into war with China. Remarkably, Juncker’s speech did not mention Russia. Berlin and Paris in 2015 cut across a pindo policy of arming far-right militias in Ukraine. With the Trump administration threatening to arm the Ukrainian regime, these conflicts are reaching explosive levels. The EU is emerging as the vehicle for a brutal, competing assertion of European imperialist interests around the world that threatens to provoke new and bloodier conflicts. The EU policy is not a peace policy, as reflected by its support for wars in Libya and Syria and its ruthless imposition of police-state measures at home, like the French state of emergency. It represents the interests of a rival bloc of imperialist powers competing with Faschingstein. Juncker spent much of his speech indicating a vast list of countries that have fallen afoul of the EU. In response to the Turkish regime’s brutal crackdown on domestic opposition after a failed Pindo/German-backed coup attempt in Turkey last year, Juncker ruled out Turkey joining the EU, saying:

The rule of law, justice and fundamental values have a top priority in the negotiations, and that rules out EU membership for Turkey in the foreseeable future. For some considerable time, Turkey has been moving away from the EU in leaps and bounds.

Juncker also addressed a stern warning to Britain. In response to cheers from EU parliament members from the pro-Brexit UK Independence Party, Juncker warned them:

I think you will regret it as well soon, as I might say!

Juncker’s call for monitoring foreign investment in Europe and foreign state ownership of European ports was a veiled threat against China, which is investing heavily in European companies and has acquired a majority stake in the major Piraeus port in Athens. Moreover, while Juncker’s speech aims to lay out an agenda to be pursued under the leadership of Berlin and Paris, after the election of Macron in May and upcoming German general elections on Sep 24, there are deep divisions inside the EU itself. Visiting Athens last week, Macron called for a major shake-up of the EU institutions, including the creation of a common parliament and budget of the eurozone. He also included calls for Greek debt forgiveness and expelling the IMF from the Greek debt program. which have long been opposed by Berlin. Juncker’s speech was a targeted rebuke to Macron, refusing to endorse these proposals. Instead, he called for a European finance ministry and the formation of an EMF to replace the IMF. Le Monde commented:

Mr Juncker is preparing for the compromise that could emerge from the negotiations on the future of the eurozone that could begin this autumn between Mr Macron and Mrs Merkel, who will in all likelihood win a fourth term.

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Please Stop Using The Same Stock Photos for Every Article About Iran
Adam Johnson, FAIR, Oct 21 2017

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The general mindlessness in choosing a stock photo is what makes them so pernicious. Editors reach for an image that captures the overall theme of the article while drawing the eye of distracted media consumers, typically as an afterthought, something that accents a piece rather than defines it. It’s not an easy task, but it’s one that left unexamined, can become a form of propaganda independent of any written text. One of the most overused and toxic stock photos, and one that highlights perfectly this genre of image-making, is the “Woman in Chador Walks by anti-Pindosi Mural” image accompanying countless stories about Pindo-Iranian relations. In several variants, the photo shows one or two Iranian women clad in black chadors, faces usually barely visible, walking past a mural of the Statute of Liberty with a skull face.

Here it is in the NYT (9/13/15):
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In the WaPo (11/4/14):
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And the Chicago Trib (10/14/13):
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In The Atlantic (11/5/15):
Atlantic-Iran-MuralAnd CNN (1/20/17):

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And on and on. These photos have been used constantly for years, in dozens of articles. The point of the image is to lazily tie together pindo-bashing and perceived subjugation of women, reinforcing the image of Iran as a country defined by misogyny and seething hate for the West. This isn’t to say that Iran does not have popular and common displays of anti-pindo rhetoric, or that such rhetoric doesn’t have much historical basis. Such murals do exist. The one pictured most frequently adorns the former pindo embassy in Tehran. But their existence is only 0.01% of a broader picture of Iran, and the fact that they’re used non-stop to define a country of 80,000,000 tells us how much of the media’s Iran coverage is on ideological autopilot. They hate us, and here’s an image that conveys this, while pandering to orientalist stereotypes. How about next time an article on Iran or its relationship with Pindostan needs an image, we try any of these (royalty-free!) photos depicting Iranians as humans, and not cartoon anti-pindosi boogiemen. Totally wild idea, but maybe give it a try. How we visualize the news is just as important as the written content. By reflexively relying on the most sinister and bias-reinforcing images to depict Iran, even if unconsciously, we help to perpetuate the idea that Iran is an anti-pindo hellscape.

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Indonesian military chief denied entry to Mighty Pindostan
Agustinus Beo Da Costa, Reuters, Oct 22 2017

Screen Shot 2017-10-22 at 14.28.27Gen Nurmantyo in Jakarta, Jan 5 2017. (Photo: Beawiharta/Reuters)

JAKARTA – Indonesia intends to send a diplomatic note to the Pindo Sec State and summon Faschingstein’s deputy ambassador in Jakarta to explain why the head of its military was denied entry to God-Almighty Pindostan, Indonesian boxtops said on Sunday. Armed Forces Commander General Gatot Nurmantyo was about to board a flight on Saturday when the airline informed him that the Pindosi Customs and Border Protection had denied him entry, military spox Wuryanto told a news conference in Jakarta. Nurmantyo was going at the invitation of Pindo CoS Dunford to attend a Chiefs of Defense Conference on Countering Violent Extremism being held in Faschingstein on Oct 23-24, Wuryanto said. It was not clear why he was stopped from entering Pindostan, and he did not have any problem visiting Pindostan in Feb 2016. Indonesia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi told Reuters:

We’ve asked for clarification to Pindostan, to the Dept of State as well as the embassy in Jakarta, and until now we’re still waiting for that clarification.

The ministry spox Arrmanatha Nasir earlier said Indonesia’s embassy in Faschingstein was to send a diplomatic note to the Pindo Sec State demanding explanation for the incident. The ministry will also summon the deputy pindo ambassador in Jakarta on Monday, since the ambassador is presently not in Indonesia. The Pindo embassy in Jakarta said in a statement it was in touch with Nurmantyo’s staff to facilitate his travel, but did not explain further. The embassy wrote:

Ambassador Joseph Donovan has apologised to Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi for any inconvenience to General Gatot. We remain committed to our Strategic Partnership with Indonesia as a way to deliver security and prosperity to both our nations and peoples.

Nurmantyo has frequently courted controversy in Indonesia because of his actions and what analysts perceive as his political ambitions. The general promotes the notion that Indonesia is besieged by “proxy wars” involving foreign states and even a renewed communist threat. Indonesian Pres Joko Widodo said this month that the armed forces should stay out of politics and ensure their loyalty is only to the state and the government.

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Above All
Moon of Alabama, Mar 13 2008

The USAF has a new advertising campaign to recruit the next generation of airmen as well as better inform people about the USAF mission: “Above All.” To me it seems like the design and slogan were stolen from this:

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Germany Above All
On the meaning and becoming of the German people’s hymn
Heinrich Gerstenberg
Munich, German Empire, 1933

The Junta Expands Its Claim To Power
Moon of Alabama, Oct 21 2017

In an advertising campaign in 2008, the USAF declared itself to be “Above All.” The slogan and symbol of the campaign was similar to the German “Deutschland Über Alles” campaign of 1933. It was a sign of things to come. On Thursday, Masha Gessen watched the press briefing of White House CoS Gen J Kelly and concluded:

The press briefing could serve as a preview of what a military coup in this country would look like, for it was in the logic of such a coup that Kelly advanced his four arguments.

  1. Those who criticize the President don’t know what they’re talking about because they haven’t served in the military.
  2. The President did the right thing because he did exactly what his general told him to do.
  3. Communication between the President and a military widow is no one’s business but theirs.
  4. Citizens are ranked based on their proximity to dying for their country.

Gessen is late. The coup happened months ago. A military junta is in strong control of White House polices. It is now widening its claim to power. All along Trump has been the candidate of the military. The other two power centers of the power triangle, the corporate and the executive government (CIA), had gone for Clinton. The Pentagon’s proxy defeated the CIA proxy. Last months’ fight over Raqqa was similar, and had a similar outcome. On Jan 20, the first day of the Not-Hillary presidency, I warned:

The military will demand its due beyond the three generals now in Trump’s cabinet.

With the help of the media the generals in the White House defeated their civilian adversary. In August the Trump ship dropped its ideological pilot. Steve Bannon went from board. Bannon’s militarist enemy, H R McMaster, had won. I stated:

A military junta is now ruling Pindostan.

and later explained:

Trump’s success as the “Not-Hillary” candidate was based on an anti-establishment insurgency. Representatives of that insurgency, Flynn, Bannon and the MAGA voters, drove him through his first months in office. An intense media campaign was launched to counter them and the military took control of the White House. The anti-establishment insurgents were fired. Trump is now reduced to public figure head of a stratocracy, a military junta which nominally follows the rule of law.

The military took full control of White House processes and policies:

Everything of importance now passes through the Junta’s hands. To control Trump, the Junta filters his information input and eliminates any potentially alternative view. The Junta members dictate their policies to Trump by only proposing certain alternatives to him. The one that is most preferable to them, will be presented as the only desirable one. “There are no alternatives,” Trump will be told again and again.

With the power center captured the Junta starts to implement its ideology and to suppress any and all criticism against itself. On Oct 19, Kelly criticized Frederica Wilson for listening in (invited) on a phone call Trump had with the wife of a dead soldier:

Kelly then continued his criticism of Wilson, mentioning the 2015 dedication of the Miramar FBI building, saying she focused in her speech that she “got the money” for the building.

The video of the Wilson’s speech (above link) proves that Kelly’s claim was a fabrication, but one is no longer allowed to point such things out! The Junta, by definition, does not lie! When journalists asked the White House Press Secretary the next day about Kelly’s unjustified attack, she responded:

If you want to go after General Kelly, that’s up to you. But I think that, that, if you want to get into a debate with a four-star marine general, I think that that’s something highly inappropriate.

It is now “highly inappropriate” to even question the Junta that rules the empire. Pindosi soldiers, and especially commanding officers, have a well pampered and safe life. Many civilian jobs pay less and are more dangerous. A myth is build around the pindo military with the help of hundreds of millions in PR and marketing expenditures. The pindo military does not win wars, but its soldiers are depicted as being better humans than the general population. The soldiers themselves drink that Kool-Aid. At the end of his press briefing, Kelly belittled everyone who never signed up for the military, or took a swig. Before walking off the stage, Kelly told Pindos who haven’t served in the military that he pities them. He said:

 We don’t look down upon those of you who haven’t served. In fact, in a way we are a little bit sorry (for you) because you’ll have never have experienced the wonderful joy you get in your heart when you do the kinds of things our servicemen and women do, not for any other reason than that they love this country.

‘We do not look down on you. We think of you as a pitiable minor creature.’ What an asshole! If the soldiers do not work “for any other reason than that they love this country,” why do they ask to be paid? Why is the public asked to finance 200 military golf courses? Because the soldiers “love the country”? Only a few tens of thousands of the two-million-strong pindo military will ever see an active front line. And imagine the “wonderful joy” Kelly “got in his heart” when he commanded the illegal torture camp of Guantanamo Bay:

Presiding over a population of detainees not charged or convicted of crimes, over whom he had maximum custodial control, Kelly treated them with brutality. His response to the detainees’ peaceful hunger strike in 2013 was punitive force-feeding, solitary confinement and rubber bullets. Furthermore, he sabotaged efforts by the Obama administration to resettle detainees, consistently undermining the will of his commander-in-chief.

DCI Pompeo was educated at West Point and achieved the Army rank of Captain. He is part of the Junta circle, installed to control the competition. Pompeo also wants to feel the “wonderful joy” again. On Friday he promised that the CIA would become a “much more vicious agency.” Instead of merely waterboarding “terrorists” and drone-bombing brown families, Pompeo’s more vicious CIA will rape the kids of the “terrorists” and nuke whole villages. Pompeo’s remark was made at a get-together of the Junta and neocon warmongers. On Oct 19, Mad Dog Mattis was asked in Congress about the recent incident in Niger during which several Pindo soldiers were killed, along with others. Mattis set a curious new metric for deploying troops (05:29 pm):

Any time we commit our troops anywhere, it is based on a simple first question, and that is: Is the well-being of the pindo sheeple sufficiently enhanced by putting our troops there, by putting our troops in a position to die?

In his Oct 20 press briefing, Kelly also tried to explain why pindo soldiers are in Niger:

So why were they there? They’re there working with partners, local, all across Africa, in this case, Niger, working with partners, teaching them how to be better soldiers, teaching them how to respect human rights …

Is the pindo military really qualified to teach anyone how to respect human rights? Did it learn how to do that from committing mass atrocities in just about every campaign it ever fought? One of the soldiers who were killed in Niger while “teaching how to respect human rights” was a 39-year-old CBRN specialist with “more than a dozen awards and decorations.” The Pindosi military sent a highly qualified WMD specialist on a “routine patrol” in Niger to teach local soldiers how “to respect human rights,” due to which presumably “the well-being of the Pindo sheeple” would be “sufficiently enhanced”? Will anyone really buy that bridge? But who would dare to ask more about this? It is”highly inappropriate” to doubt anything the military says. Soon that will change into “verboten.” Any doubt, any question, will be declared “fake news” and a sign of devious foreign influence. Whoever spreads such things will be blocked from communicating. The military is now indeed “Above All.” That USAF slogan was a remake of a 1933 “Über Alles” campaign in Germany. One wonders what other historic similarities will develop from it.

this destiny does not tire

Pindo media worship of the pindo military
As’ad AbuKhalil, Angry Arab (Blog), Oct 21 2017

The WaPo and other media have no problem in referring to lies by Trump. But when it came to lies uttered by Gen Kelly, the WaPo among others only dared to say that he was “not accurate.”

Fadlo (AUB president) blocked me
As’ad AbuKhalil, Angry Arab (Blog), Oct 21 2017

I never once communicated with him and never directed a message to him but he blocked me on Twitter. Having said that, there is a really long list of people (politicians and singers for some reason) who block me on Twitter without me communicating with them: former president Michel Sulayman, Ashraf Rifi, Joumana Haddad, Salem Zahran, Faris S’ayd, Majda al-Roumi, UN ambassador in Lebanon Ms Sigrid Kaag, NYT correspondent in Jerusalem Diaa Hadid and Syrian opposition figure Bassam Ja`aaah among others. But the block by Fadlo was the worst: it hurts really. I am inconsolable.

If a Muslim is accused of rape, what does this have to do with Islam?
As’ad AbuKhalil, Angry Arab (Blog), Oct 21 2017

This is by far the most Islamophobic disgusting thing the NYT ever published! What does this have to do with Islam? We know that if an individual Muslim commits a terrorist act, his act is blamed on Islam, the religion, but now has it got to the point that if an individual Muslim commits a crime of any kind, it will also be blamed on Islam, the religion? David Duke and other Nazi anti-Semites used the Harvey Weinstein scandal to spew their anti-Semitic trash, but the NYT is doing the same! If someone were to relate the Harvey Weinstein scandal to Judaism, it would be seen rightly as anti-Semitism, and the NYT would be outraged, but with its long history of bigotry and racism against Arabs and Muslims, the NYT found no problem in publishing this headline? I don’t know the person in question, and the crime of rape should be investigated, but why relate it to:

  1. Harvey Weinstein?
  2. Islam?

This is a new low for the NYT! So if an individual Muslim were to steal, the NYT will publish a headline about “Theft in Islam”?

Realism and Democracy: the case of Elliott Abrams
As’ad AbuKhalil, Angry Arab (Blog), Oct 21 2017

My weekly article in al-Akhbar: “Realism and Democracy in US foreign policy: The Case of Elliott Abrams.”

Pindostan actively supported massacres
As’ad AbuKhalil, Angry Arab (Blog), Oct 20 2017

From FAIR:

“Standing by,” however, is not what Pindostan did during the Indonesian genocide of 1965–66. Rather, it actively supported the massacres, which were applauded at the time by the NYT.

Neo-Nazi leader praised apartheid Israel as a model for white supremacists
As’ad AbuKhalil, Angry Arab (Blog), Oct 20 2017

From the NYT (thanks Amir):

White nationalist leader Richard Spencer gave Israel as an example of an “ethno-state” he aspires to create in Pindostan during a controversial speech at the University of Florida on Thursday.

How the claim by Syrian director, Muhammad Bayazid, that he survived an assassination attempt fell apart
As’ad AbuKhalil, Angry Arab (Blog), Oct 20 2017

A long expose by a pro-Syrian opposition paper debunks his claim.

A provocateur tried to convince refugees and Islamists to commit assassinations in Germany
As’ad AbuKhalil, Angry Arab (Blog), Oct 20 2017

From Joerg in Berlin: Yesterday there were interesting revelations about last years Jihadi attack on a Xmas market in Berlin. A radio station and a newspaper said that before a provocateur tried to convince refugees and islamists to commit assassinations in Germany, particularly by using trucks as a weapon:

Eine wichtige Bezugsperson des Terroristen Anis Amri in der militanten Islamistenszene war ein V-Mann des Landeskriminalamts Nordrhein-Westfalen. Recherchen des rbb und der “Berliner Morgenpost” belegen nun, dass die sogenannte Vertrauensperson VP-01 frühzeitig Islamisten zu Anschlägen in Deutschland angestachelt haben soll. Laut eines Zeugens war dabei auch von einem Anschlag mit einem Lkw die Rede.

megadodo publications themselves

Billionaire Megadodo Launches Campaign To Impeach “Mentally Unstable” Trump
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, Oct 21 2017

Demagog megadodo and ‘enlightened plutocrat’ Tom Steyer can no longer sit idly by and watch as Pres Trump sullies the dignity of the Oval Office by lashing at anybody who criticizes him and issuing Twitter rants directed at enemies both real and perceived, so he’s decided to do something about it by releasing a laughably sanctimonious new video framed as a call to arms for Thug Congress critturs to “do what’s right” and “demand that members of Congress take a stand on impeachment” of Pres Trump. In the hilarious video, Steyer accuses Trump of being “mentally unstable” while simultaneously alleging that he’s brought Pindostan to the brink of nuclear war to indulge his own ego. Steyer’s litany of distorted accusations, from accepting bribes from foreign governments to deliberately obstructing justice, combined with saccharinely somber background music makes for an obliviously un-self aware attempt at emphasizing the ‘gravity’ of the situation.

A Thug Congress once impeached a president for far less, yet today people in this Congress know that the president is a clear and present danger armed with nuclear weapons … and they do nothing.

In what’s perhaps the coup de grâce, Steyer bills himself as an “Pindostani Citizen.” Of course, we can think of a few more appropriate labels, given the context. Steyer is the founder of investment firm Farallon Capital and the NextGen America environmental political action committee, which opposes the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. While Steyer’s push will likely fall on deaf ears given the Thug majorities in both houses of Congress, impeachment is hardly the biggest threat to Trump’s presidency. Bannon once reportedly informed a surprised Trump that a clause of the 25th Amendment allows his cabinet to vote to strip him of his office, which is much more concerning, particularly given the Thug establishment’s embrace of VP Pence. Predictit shows the odds of a Trump impeachment have been relatively stable in recent months at around 30%, though low trading volume raises questions about the validity of this number. In either case, Steyer has joined a handful of wealthy Pindos who are actively campaigning against Pres Trump. As Russia Today points out, ‘porn king’ Larry Flynt earlier this month offered $10m for any information that would help to remove Trump, whom he referred to as “a moron” from the White House. Steyer and Flynt’s denunciations of the Trump administration are indicative of a glaring inconsistency in the so-called resistance’s criticisms of the president, to wit that he is both a calculating and dangerous autocrat and a doddering incompetent moron. So which is it?