Syrian troops kill 40 rebels in clashes in southern province:
15 militants of "takfiri and terrorist groups" were killed when the Syrian troops targeted their positions in the strategic town of Sheikh Miskin in the southern province of Daraa, said SANA, adding that the troops also destroyed a weapon depot and vehicles outfitted with machineguns there.
3,000 "Moderate Rebels" Defect to ISIS - US Preparing 5,000 More
By Tony Cartalucci
Harbinger of what's to become of US "rebel army" it plans to stand up in spring.
Porter is wrong- it is NOT a Syrian civil war, but an Israeli created terrorist War against Syria, using Foreign and some Arab Mercenaries and their Governments to commit acts of War crimes against the civilian population. Some of the Syrians who have been used by Zionists are TRAITORS to their country, working with the Evil that has been unleashed against the Arab and Islamic nations. Bashar al Assad may not be an angel, but he is by far the lesser of 2 evils whose own people/citizenry must decide their country’s fate and leadership- not other so called phoney ‘Muslim’ Arab countries and their Zionist and Western Controllers/Handlers
NO- this is NOT a Civil War, contrary to what this Jew wants us to believe
Can Obama Untangle from Syria's Civil War?
By Gareth Porter
President Obama remains tangled in the demand from Israel, Saudi Arabia and other U.S. allies for "regime change" in Damascus.
The Unmourned:Another Mass Killing by the Peace Prize Prez
By Chris Floyd
News arrives today of yet another clutch of unimportant, unmournable deaths at the hands of extremist violence.
US Plans to Train 5000 Syrian Militants Despite Europe Attacks:
Two of the three suspects in the Charlie Hebdo shooting in France last week had returned from Syria, where they had fought among anti-government rebels
36 IS militants killed in clashes, airstrikes across Iraq;
In Iraq's province of Anbar, US-led coalition warplanes pounded a school building used as IS headquarters, leaving 13 militants killed and six others wounded along with four vehicles destroyed, a security source told Xinhua.
Iraq authorities find 16 bodies in mass grave:
Iraqi authorities say a mass grave containing the bodies of 16 men, each shot in the head, has been found northeast of Baghdad in an area once controlled by the Islamic State group.
Anbari tribes declare ISIL their 'common enemy';
The Anbar tribal council on Tuesday (January 13th) held a tribal conference in Ramadi attended by the tribes of Fallujah, Ramadi and the Upper Euphrates along with government officials, security and military commanders.
Vicious attacks by Saudi, Alkhalifa regimes on people confirm state terrorism
The attack on Awwamiya Town in Eastern Province of Arabia on Saturday 10th January has caused enormous damage to property and peace of the citizens in that area. It was both unprovoked and un-necessary and was meant to create fear in the hearts of the people. Live ammunition was used piercing screens and bodies of stationary and moving cars. The Saudi regime is now intent on punishing anyone calling for real reforms in the political system. The decision to flog Raif Badawi 1000 lashes and imprison him for ten years has been condemned by human rights bodies. He will receive the first 50 lashes on Friday. Opponents of the sentence said that “Badawi is ‘being used as an example’ in crackdown on reform calls”.
The call by the most senior religious figure in Bahrain to consolidate the peaceful protests against the Alkhalifa dictatorship has been welcomed by the revolutionary groups. Sheikh Isa Ahmad Qassim, considered the detention of the people’s leaders a futile aggression by the regime which will only lead to more tension and protests. He urged the people to continue their political action until their rights are fulfilled. He said the people are ready to puruse their political goals despite the intensive repression by the Alkhalifa dictatorship. However there are fears for the safety of Sheikh Isa Qassim who had been repeatedly attacked and threatened by the regime’s press and its Death Squads.
On 10th January Amnesty International issued an Urgent Action with regards to the detention of Sheikh Ali Salman. It called on the Bahraini authorities to drop the charges against a leading opposition figure and to release him without delay after his detention was renewed for 15 days. The organization “considers the detention and prosecution of Sheikh ‘Ali Salman a flagrant violation of his right to freedom of expression, association and assembly, and urges the Bahraini authorities to release him immediately and unconditionally”. It further added: “If convicted, the organization would consider him a prisoner of conscience.”
The defence team of Sheikh Ali Salman has accused the regime’s prosecutors of withholding vital papers containing information of the Sheikh’s interrogation for fear of uprooting the regime’s fabrication against the Sheikh. Meanwhile the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Defenders, Michel Corus has called for the immediate release of Sheikh Salman.
Demonstrations have continued throughout the country, fuelled by the continued detention of AlWefaq’s leader. Most areas witnessed increased protests against the Alkhalifa dictatorship, but were attached mercilessly by the riot police and Death Squads. The protesters expressed solidarity with the native Bahrainis who had been sentenced to death for their anti-regime activism. From Sitra to Karzakkn to Karrana, Daih and Musalla native Bahrainis called for fundamental change of the political system. One native Bahraini from Saar Town was seriously injured. Three days ago a woman from Daih was hit by police in her leg. The protesters were also outraged by the Alkhalifa decision to put Sheikh Ali ibn Ahmad AlJidhafsi, an elderly cleric and fromer prisoner, on trial for taking part in anti-regime protests.
On 12th January at least seven youths from the town of Buri were arrested. Their homes were raided and searched for three hours to find or plant incriminating evidence. In Sitra mercenary forces attacked schools whose youth were sitting the finals exams. At least three boys were arrested at a time when they were sitting the end of term exams: Mahmood Jaffar Khalil, 15, Abbas Hassan AlNakal, 15, and Hussain Ali Isa, 14. The regime’s attacks on the peaceful protests have caused many casualties. On Saturday 10th January 45 native Bahrainis were injured.
In Tunisia human rights activists participating in a seminar hailed the Bahraini Revolution and called for the immediate release of Sheikh Ali Salman. Zuhair Makhloof, of the Truth and Dignity Commission said that Bahrain is still in the hearts of the Tunisians; especially those working with civil society institutions. In the first week of January there were 45 arbitrary arrests, 119 peaceful protests and 46 cases of collective punishment. At least eleven native Bahrainis were injured with shotgun pellets.
Bahrain Freedom Movement
NO the WALL is NOT to keep IS/ISIS out but to protect the House of SAUD TRIBE and ENSURE their RULE; all the weapons they have from the USA/UK/Israel to guarantee the perpetual reign of the British created Wahhabi Saudi Tribe
What a hypocrisy to claim the wall is to keep ISIS out especially when the Wahhabis FUND these Mercenary Killers who are murdering Arab Muslims and Christians throughout the Middle East whilst these killers are trained and armed by Israel/USA/UK/France etc
It is a Fortress to keep the Wahhabis within their tyrannical domain just as Israel has done throughout occupied Palestine
13th January 2015
The Great Wall of Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia and Bahrain:
UK arms sales trump human rights: In one of the most brazen displays of hypocrisy in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks, ministers from Bahrain and Saudi Arabia were among those who marched in support of freedom of expression in Paris last week.
lecture where the Sheikh discusses Islamic eschatology showing the ties to the prediction of the impending world war as a result of the fight by super powers for control of the monetary system of the world, exposing ISIS as a bogus CIA/Mossad/MI5 organization serving Israel's interest and against Muslims, calling on Muslims to resist the divide between Shia and Sunni and unite, pointing out the real reasons behind the recent Charlie Hebdo false flag event that took place in Paris and much, much more...
Four years after the revolution he helped lead, Basem Kamel has noticeably scaled back his ambitions. The regime he and his friends thought they overthrew after storming Tahrir Square has returned. In the face of relentless pressure and violence from the authorities, most of the revolutionary movements have been sidelined or snuffed out.
Egypt’s new strongman, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, has injected new zeal and energy into the military establishment. He has established his rule using unprecedented amounts of force, including mass arrests and death sentences, and the elimination of freedoms that existed even under previous dictatorships.
CORRECTION- WAHHABISM IS NOT A MUSLIM ‘SECT’ BUT a CULT ALIEN TO ISLAM AND ITS RELIGIOUS PRINCIPLES.
for Communism, there is nothing idealistic or good about it as it is a jewish construct, an offshoot of early zionism whose members were extremely violent [59 dead Christian russians by the bolsheviks can atteSt to that and an equal number brutally killed under stalin and his jewish generals]
The West is Manufacturing Muslim Monsters
Who Should be Blamed for Muslim Terrorism?
by ANDRE VLTCHEK
A hundred years ago, it would have been unimaginable to have a pair of Muslim men enter a cafe or a public transportation vehicle, and then blow themselves up, killing dozens. Or to massacre the staff of a satirical magazine in Paris! Things like that were simply not done.
When you read the memoirs of Edward Said, or talk to old men and women in East Jerusalem, it becomes clear that the great part of Palestinian society used to be absolutely secular and moderate. It cared about life, culture, and even fashion, more than about religious dogmas.
The same could be said about many other Muslim societies, including those of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Egypt and Indonesia. Old photos speak for themselves. That is why it is so important to study old images again and again, carefully.
Islam is not only a religion; it is also an enormous culture, one of the greatest on Earth, which has enriched our humanity with some of the paramount scientific and architectural achievements, and with countless discoveries in the field of medicine. Muslims have written stunning poetry, and composed beautiful music. But above all, they developed some of the earliest social structures in the world, including enormous public hospitals and the first universities on earth, like The University of al-Qarawiyyin in Fez, Morocco.
The idea of ‘social’ was natural to many Muslim politicians, and had the West not brutally interfered, by overthrowing left-wing governments and putting on the throne fascist allies of London, Washington and Paris; almost all Muslim countries, including Iran, Egypt and Indonesia, would now most likely be socialist, under a group of very moderate and mostly secular leaders.
In the past, countless Muslim leaders stood up against the Western control of the world, and enormous figures like the Indonesian President, Ahmet Sukarno, were close to Communist Parties and ideologies. Sukarno even forged a global anti-imperialist movement, the Non-Allied movement, which was clearly defined during the Bandung Conference in Indonesia, in 1955.
That was in striking contrast to the conservative, elites-oriented Christianity, which mostly felt at home with the fascist rulers and colonialists, with the kings, traders and big business oligarchs.
For the Empire, the existence and popularity of progressive, Marxist, Muslim rulers governing the Middle East or resource-rich Indonesia, was something clearly unacceptable. If they were to use the natural wealth to improve the lives of their people, what was to be left for the Empire and its corporations? It had to be stopped by all means. Islam had to be divided, and infiltrated with radicals and anti-Communist cadres, and by those who couldn’t care less about the welfare of their people.
Almost all radical movements in today’s Islam, anywhere in the world, are tied to Wahhabism, an ultra-conservative, reactionary sect of Islam, which is in control of the political life of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other staunch allies of the West in the Gulf.
To quote Dr. Abdullah Mohammad Sindi:
“It is very clear from the historical record that without British help neither Wahhabism nor the House of Saud would be in existence today. Wahhabism is a British-inspired fundamentalist movement in Islam. Through its defense of the House of Saud, the US also supports Wahhabism directly and indirectly regardless of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Wahhabism is violent, right wing, ultra-conservative, rigid, extremist, reactionary, sexist, and intolerant…”
The West gave full support to the Wahhabis in the 1980s. They were employed, financed and armed, after the Soviet Union was dragged into Afghanistan and into a bitter war that lasted from 1979 to 1989. As a result of this war, the Soviet Union collapsed, exhausted both economically and psychologically.
The Mujahedeen, who were fighting the Soviets as well as the left-leaning government in Kabul, were encouraged and financed by the West and its allies…………….’
‘……….“I would argue that western imperialism has not so much forged an alliance with radical factions, as created them”, I was told, in London, by my friend, and leading progressive Muslim intellectual, Ziauddin Sardar.
And Mr. Sardar continued:
“We need to realize that colonialism did much more than simply damage Muslim nations and cultures. It played a major part in the suppression and eventual disappearance of knowledge and learning, thought and creativity, from Muslim cultures. Colonial encounter began by appropriating the knowledge and learning of Islam, which became the basis of the ‘European Renaissance’ and ‘the Enlightenment’ and ended by eradicating this knowledge and learning from both Muslim societies and from history itself. It did that both by physical elimination – destroying and closing down institutions of learning, banning certain types of indigenous knowledge, killing off local thinkers and scholars – and by rewriting History as the history of western civilization into which all minor histories of other civilization are subsumed.”
From the hopes of those post-WWII years, to the total gloom of the present days – what a long and terrible journey it has been!
The Muslim world is now injured, humiliated and confused, almost always on the defensive.
It is misunderstood by the outsiders, and often even by its own people who are frequently forced to rely on Western and Christian views of the world.
What used to make the culture of Islam so attractive – tolerance, learning, concern for the wellbeing of the people – has been amputated from the Muslim realm, destroyed from abroad. What was left was only religion.
Now most of the Muslim countries are ruled by despots, by the military or corrupt cliques. All of them closely linked with the West and its global regime and interests.
As they did in several great nations and Empires of South and Central America, as well as Africa, Western invaders and colonizers managed to totally annihilate great Muslim cultures.
What forcefully replaced them were greed, corruption and brutality.
It appears that everything that is based on different, non-Christian foundations is being reduced to dust by the Empire. Only the biggest and toughest cultures are still surviving.
Anytime a Muslim country tries to go back to its essence, to march its own, socialist or socially-oriented way – be it Iran, Egypt, Indonesia, or much more recently Iraq, Libya or Syria – it gets savagely tortured and destroyed.
The will of its people is unceremoniously broken, and democratically expressed choices overthrown.
For decades, Palestine has been denied freedom, as well as its basic human rights. Both Israel and the Empire spit at its right to self-determination. Palestinian people are locked in a ghetto, humiliated, and murdered. Religion is all that some of them have left.
The ‘Arab Spring’ was derailed and terminated almost everywhere, from Egypt to Bahrain, and the old regimes and military are back in power.
Like African people, Muslims are paying terrible price for being born in countries rich in natural resources. But they are also brutalized for having, together with China, the greatest civilization in history, one that outshone all the cultures of the West.
Christianity looted and brutalized the world. Islam, with its great Sultans such as Saladin, stood against invaders, defending the great cities of Aleppo and Damascus, Cairo and Jerusalem. But overall, it was more interested in building a great civilization, than in pillaging and wars.
Now hardly anyone in the West knows about Saladin or about the great scientific, artistic or social achievements of the Muslim world. But everybody is ‘well informed’ about ISIS. Of course they know ISIS only as an ‘Islamic extremist group’, not as one of the main Western tools used to destabilize the Middle East.
As ‘France is mourning’ the deaths of the journalists at the offices of the satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo (undeniably a terrible crime!), all over Europe it is again Islam which is being depicted as brutal and militant, not the West with its post-Crusade, Christian fundamentalist doctrines that keeps overthrowing and slaughtering all moderate, secular and progressive governments and systems in the Muslim world, leaving Muslim people at the mercy of deranged fanatics.
In the last five decades, around 10 million Muslims have been murdered because their countries did not serve the Empire, or did not serve it full-heartedly, or just were in the way. The victims were Indonesians, Iraqis, Algerians, Afghanis, Pakistanis, Iranians, Yemenis, Syrians, Lebanese, Egyptians, and the citizens of Mali, Somalia, Bahrain and many other countries.
The West identified the most horrible monsters, threw billions of dollars at them, armed them, gave them advanced military training, and then let them loose.
The countries that are breeding terrorism, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, are some of the closest allies of the West, and have never been punished for exporting horror all over the Muslim world.
Great social Muslim movements like Hezbollah, which is presently engaged in mortal combat against the ISIS, but which also used to galvanize Lebanon during its fight against the Israeli invasion, are on the “terrorist lists” compiled by the West. It explains a lot, if anybody is willing to pay attention.
Seen from the Middle East, it appears that the West, just as during the crusades, is aiming at the absolute destruction of Muslim countries and the Muslim culture.
As for the Muslim religion, the Empire only accepts the sheepish brands – those that accept extreme capitalism and the dominant global position of the West. The only other tolerable type of Islam is that which is manufactured by the West itself, and by its allies in the Gulf – designated to fight against progress and social justice; the one that is devouring its own people.
Andre Vltchek is a novelist, filmmaker and investigative journalist. He covered wars and conflicts in dozens of countries. The result is his latest book: “Fighting Against Western Imperialism”. ‘Pluto’ published his discussion with Noam Chomsky: On Western Terrorism. His critically acclaimed political novel Point of No Return is re-edited and available. Oceania is his book on Western imperialism in the South Pacific. His provocative book about post-Suharto Indonesia and the market-fundamentalist model is called “Indonesia – The Archipelago of Fear”. His feature documentary, “Rwanda Gambit” is about Rwandan history and the plunder of DR Congo. After living for many years in Latin America and Oceania, Vltchek presently resides and works in East Asia and Africa. He can be reached through his website or his Twitter.
CIA asset testifies about Iran mission at CIA leak trial:
Jurors on Friday at the leak trial of ex-CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling heard Merlin testify for nearly three hours about his life as a CIA asset and his key role in the classified operation to give deliberately flawed nuclear blueprints to Iran.