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The Saudi Finger-Pointing at Iran
June 13, 2015 by Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett, Antiwar.com

Riyadh’s increasingly destructive war in Yemen has sparked overripe discussion in Western capitals about Iran’s use of “proxies” to subvert otherwise “legitimate” Middle Eastern governments. Driving such discussion is a self-serving narrative, promoted by Israel as well as by Saudi Arabia, about Tehran’s purported quest to “destabilize” and, ultimately, “take over” the region.

Assessments of this sort have, of course, been invoked to justify – and elicit Western support for – Saudi intervention in Yemen. More broadly, the Israeli-Saudi narrative about Iranian ambitions is framed to prevent the United States from concluding a nuclear deal with Tehran – or, failing that, to keep Washington from using a deal as a springboard for comprehensively realigning U.S.-Iranian relations.

Determination to forestall Iran’s international normalization by hyping its “hegemonic” regional agenda was on lurid display in Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s much-watched March 3, 2015 address to the U.S. Congress. As Netanyahu warned his audience, “Backed by Iran, Shiite militias are rampaging through Iraq. Backed by Iran, Houthis are seizing Yemen, threatening the strategic straits at the mouth of the Red Sea. … Iran is busy gobbling up the Middle East.”

Two days after Netanyahu spoke in Washington, then-Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal offered Riyadh’s version of this narrative, stressing Iran’s “interference in affairs of Arab countries.” With U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry beside him, Saud recapitulated a reading of Tehran’s regional strategy regularly expounded by Saudi elites:
“We are, of course, worried about atomic energy and atomic bombs. But we’re equally concerned about nature of action and hegemonistic tendencies that Iran has in the region. These elements are the elements of instability in the region. We see Iran involved in Syria and Lebanon and Yemen and Iraq. … Iran is taking over [Iraq]. … It promotes terrorism and occupies lands. These are not the features of countries which want peace and seek to improve relations with neighboring countries.”

Given all that is at stake in the Middle East, it is important to look soberly at claims by Israel, Saudi Arabia and their surrogates about Iran “gobbling up” the region. Sober evaluation starts by thinking through, in a fact-based way, how Iranian strategy – including its “proxy” component – actually works. It also entails dispassionate examination of what really concerns Saudi Arabia and some other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states about Iran’s regional role.

Playing Defense

Since the 1979 revolution that ended monarchical rule in Iran and created the Islamic Republic, Iranian strategy has been fundamentally defensive. Unlike other Middle Eastern powers – or the United States, for that matter – the Islamic Republic has never attacked another state or even threatened to do so.

The revolutionaries who ousted the last shah promised to restore Iran’s real sovereignty after a century and a half of rule by puppet regimes beholden to external powers. From the Islamic Republic’s founding, its leaders have viewed the United States – the world’s superpower, whose ambitions to consolidate a highly militarized, pro-American political and security order in the Middle East condition it to oppose independent power centers there – as the biggest threat to fulfilling this revolutionary commitment.

After the United States, Iranian policymakers have seen Israel – a U.S. ally with aspirations to military dominance in its neighborhood – as a serious threat to the Islamic Republic’s security and strategic position.

Tehran has also been deeply concerned about Saudi Arabia leveraging its ties to Washington to advance its intensely anti-Iranian agenda – including the arming and funding of violently anti-Shi’a groups like al-Qa’ida and the Taliban.

The Islamic Republic’s leaders have designed its foreign policy and national security strategy to preserve Iran’s territorial and political integrity in the face of these threats. The aim is not to establish Iran’s regional hegemony; it is to prevent any other regional or extra-regional power from attaining hegemony over Iran’s strategic environment.

Even the U.S. Defense Department acknowledges the defensive character of Iranian strategy; as a recent Pentagon report puts it, “Iran’s military doctrine is defensive. It is designed to deter an attack, survive an initial strike, retaliate against an aggressor, and force a diplomatic solution to hostilities while avoiding any concessions that challenge its core interests.”

Leaving aside intentions, there is the more objective matter of the Islamic Republic’s capabilities to perpetrate aggression in its regional neighborhood. Simply put, Iran today has effectively no capacity to project significant conventional military power beyond its borders.

To be sure, the revolutionaries who took power in 1979 inherited the last shah’s U.S.-built military. But Washington cut off logistical and technical support shortly after the revolution – a debilitating measure exacerbated by an embargo on military transfers from most other countries as the fledgling Islamic Republic fought off, from 1980 to 1988, a (U.S.-and Saudi-backed) war of aggression by Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.

After the war, Iran shifted resources from the military into reconstruction and development, reducing its conventional military capabilities to marginal levels. Today, the United States spends almost 70 times more on its military than Iran does. Saudi Arabia, with one-quarter Iran’s population, spends over five times as much; the GCC collectively spends eight times as much.

Cultivating “Proxies”

Given these realities, assertions that the Islamic Republic poses an offensive threat to its neighbors are baseless; to borrow a phrase from the U.S. Army, Iran won’t be parking its tanks in anybody’s front yard anytime soon.

To protect Iran’s territorial and political integrity, the Islamic Republic has developed increasingly robust capabilities for asymmetric defense and deterrence that it can credibly threaten to use in response to aggression against it. Among these capabilities are ballistic missiles armed with conventional explosives and a range of interrelated systems – anti-ship missiles, submarines, mine-laying systems, and large numbers of small “fast attack” boats – to disrupt Persian Gulf shipping, including both U.S. warships and vessels transporting oil.

Even with such capabilities, threats to the Islamic Republic’s security and independence are magnified by what military planners call “lack of strategic depth.” Iran today has land, maritime and littoral borders with 15 states. None is a natural ally; most have been hostile to the idea of an Islamic republic in Iran.

Many of the Islamic Republic’s neighbors and other states in its regional environment are also susceptible to co-optation as anti-Iranian platforms by America, Israel and/or Saudi Arabia. To compensate, Tehran has cultivated ties to sympathetic constituencies in other states open to cooperation with the Islamic Republic.

The Islamic Republic has made a point of aligning with constituencies systematically marginalized by their countries’ existing power structures: Shi’a majorities in Iraq and Bahrain; Lebanon’s Shi’a plurality; Shi’a and anti-Taliban Sunnis in Afghanistan; Zaidis in Yemen; Iraqi Kurds; occupied Palestinians.

By helping such communities organize to press their grievances more effectively, Tehran creates options for influencing on-the-ground developments in contested venues across the Islamic Republic’s strategic environment.

For more than three decades, Tehran’s proxy partnerships have helped it push back against hostile initiatives – e.g., U.S. military intervention in Lebanon, Israel’s occupation of southern Lebanon, Saudi-backed expansion of Taliban control in Afghanistan, Saddam’s antagonism toward the Islamic Republic, U.S. occupation of Iraq – that threatened Iran’s strategic position.

They have also enabled Tehran to reduce the chances that nearby states – Lebanon, Afghanistan, post-Saddam Iraq, Bahrain (where America’s Fifth Fleet is based) – will again be used as platforms to attack the Islamic Republic or otherwise undermine its security and independence.

Over time, these payoffs from the proxy component of the Islamic Republic’s regional strategy are amplified by Iranian allies’ political gains. Given the chance, Iran’s partners have repeatedly shown themselves capable of winning elections in their local settings, and winning them for the right reasons: because they represent unavoidable constituencies with legitimate grievances.

Tehran doesn’t manufacture its partners by paying people as mercenaries. It didn’t create Iraq’s Shi’a majority, or Bahrain’s; it didn’t create Lebanon’s Shi’a plurality, occupied Palestinians, or the Zaidis in Yemen. But Iranian support for these communities means that any expansion in political participation in their countries empowers Tehran’s allies.

A New Middle Eastern “Cold War”

It is this aspect of Iranian strategy that most alarms Saudi Arabia, some other GCC states, and Israel. Today, neither Saudi Arabia nor Israel truly represents most of those it governs. Neither can endorse more participatory politics in the region; neither can endorse proliferation of regional states genuinely committed to foreign policy independence.

This also means that neither can exercise positive political influence to facilitate conflict resolution in contested regional arenas; on their own, Israel and Saudi Arabia can only make things worse.

This is why, when U.S. forces invaded Iraq and overthrew Saddam in 2003, Saudi Arabia played a critical role in funding and organizing Sunni insurgents there, in an ultimately unsuccessful effort to forestall a more representative political order which Iraq’s Shi’a majority would inevitably dominate.

This is also why Riyadh viewed the outbreak of the Arab Awakening in late 2010 – which Tehran welcomed – as a mortal threat. The Saudi response has been:

–to undermine Sunni movements, like the Muslim Brotherhood, prepared to compete for power in elections;

–to build up violent jihadi groups, including groups that have aligned with al-Qa’ida and coalesced into the Islamic State, as alternatives to the Brotherhood; and

–to co-opt popular demands for reform by coercively intervening – including through jihadi proxies – in Libya, Syria, and now Yemen, with disastrous humanitarian and political consequences.

As it has done these things, Riyadh has reframed political struggles around the region in starkly sectarian, anti-Iranian/anti-Shi’a terms. This is especially striking vis-à-vis the Syrian conflict. Saudi intervention in Syria ensured that jihadis – many non-Syrian – dominate opposition ranks, killing any potential Brotherhood role in leading anti-Assad forces.

It also turned what began as indigenous protests over particular grievances into a heavily militarized (and illegal) campaign against a UN member state’s recognized government – but with a popular base too small either to bring down that government or to negotiate a settlement with it.

In the process, Saudi Arabia has exploited Tehran’s support for Syria’s government to swing the balance of opinion in Sunni publics – which had increasingly seen the Islamic Republic as championing more participatory politics and resistance to U.S. and Israeli hegemony – against Iran.

The turn in Sunni attitudes gives Riyadh political cover to double down on supporting violent jihadis – as with Saudi backing for a new “Conflict Army,” organized around the al-Qa’ida-affiliated Jabhat an-Nusra, that recently captured a major Syrian city.

Deconstructing the Yemen War

These dynamics are fueling a new Saudi-Iranian/Sunni-Shi’a “Cold War” in the Middle East; Saudi military action has made Yemen an important battleground in this wider contest.

In Yemen, Tehran has followed its established strategic template of helping an unavoidable constituency with legitimate grievances – the Houthis and Ansar Allah, based in the country’s non-Sunni Zaidi community – organize to press for a meaningful share of power. And the roots of Riyadh’s current campaign against the Houthis go back to the Arab Awakening’s early days.

Following the ouster of Tunisian’s Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in January 2011, peaceful mass protests calling for the removal of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh broke out in Sana’a and other Yemeni cities. Ansar Allah – which had been prosecuting a relatively successful revolt in north Yemen against Saleh’s rule before agreeing to a ceasefire in 2010 – endorsed the demonstrations; it also joined other anti-Saleh groups in a so-called National Dialogue, set up to lay the foundations for a more representative and regionally federalized political order.

As pressure for change mounted, Saudi Arabia – determined to perpetuate the Zaidis’ marginalization – set out to thwart Yemenis’ manifest desire to replace Saleh’s autocracy with more representative and participatory political structures.

In particular, Riyadh worked to block implementation of the National Dialogue agenda by engineering Saleh’s replacement by his then-vice president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi. To this end, the Saudis upped financial support to intensely sectarian Sunni salafi groups while undercutting the more moderate, Muslim Brotherhood-related Islah party – including by designating Islah as a terrorist group.

These steps ensured that no Sunni party was empowered to work with Ansar Allah and the Houthis to stand up a new, more representative political order; in the end, Hadi was the only candidate on the ballot for Yemen’s February 2012 presidential election. Riyadh also worked to exclude Iran from the group of regional states ostensibly set up to help Yemen chart its political future.

Faced with these provocations, Ansar Allah and the Houthis renewed their military campaign against the central government in late 2011; their military gains accelerated over the next two-and-a-half years. Hadi’s provisional term expired in 2014, two years after his February 2012 election.

By that point, support for Hadi had crumbled – in no small part because of popular perceptions that he was a U.S. puppet collaborating with America’s ongoing “counter-terrorism” campaign in Yemen, including high-profile drone strikes killing large numbers of civilians.

In early 2015, Hadi fled to Saudi Arabia. Left with no political options for imposing its preferences on Yemen, Riyadh launched military operations in March 2015, appealing not only to its Western backers for support but also to Sunni publics to back its leadership of a millennial holy war against infidel Shi’a.

Defusing Crises

Ansar Allah says it wants to realize the vision of the National Dialogue, but lacks sufficient support across Yemen to do this on its own. Tehran, for its part, has long recognized that there ultimately has to be a political solution in Yemen, based on a negotiated settlement among the country’s disparate regional, tribal, and sectarian elements.

Since the start of the Saudi military campaign, the Islamic Republic has stressed the need for a negotiated resolution to the conflict – just as it has consistently held that a political settlement is the only way to end the conflict in Syria. It is Riyadh that rejects negotiation – regarding Yemen or Syria – unless it can, in effect, dictate outcomes in advance. In Yemen, as in Syria, Saudi actions are now enabling al-Qa’ida to make territorial gains.

Looking ahead, creating a genuinely more stable Middle East will require wider recognition of how dangerous the Saudi-stoked “Cold War” really is, and how much more damage it could do to an already severely stressed region. It will also require deeper appreciation of Iran’s regional importance, and of the indispensability of its influence to putting the Middle East on a more positive long-term trajectory.

Antiwar.com http://original.antiwar.com/leveretts/2015/06/12/the-saudi-finger-pointing-at-iran/

clothcapclothcap on June 13th, 2015 09:35 am (UTC)
The coup in Kiev was done by the hands of Nazi thugs
Russian Foreign Ministry to Washington: it's time to see the coup in Kiev was done by the hands of Nazi thugs
Azov Battalion http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-C6R4kNyEnWg/VXsRdXSoORI/AAAAAAAAOCc/JBC57qTdlLc/s640/azov_7.jpg
June 12, 2015 Rusvesna Translated by Kristina Rus, Fort Russ
The Russian Foreign Ministry about the decision of US Congress on the "Azov" battalion: the National Guard of Ukraine is no better
Moscow wants to remind Washington that other formations of the National guard of Ukraine are no better than the "Azov" battalion. This was stated by the official representative of Russian Foreign Ministry, Alexander Lukashevich, in connection with the ban on allocation of funds for training of "Azov", which was supported by the House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress.
"It took more then a year for the US Congress to realize that this unit is a bunch of outright Nazis, flaunting the emblems of Nazi SS troops and behaving like the Nazis on the occupied territory. But better late than never", — said the diplomat.
The next logical step - is to recognize, finally, that last year's coup in Kiev, strongly supported by Washington, was done by the hands of those same Nazi thugs.
"Obviously, the other formations of the National guard of Ukraine are no better than "Azov", — he noted.
Earlier on Friday the decision of the House of Representatives of the US Congress was commented by the Commissioner of the Russian Foreign Ministry on issues of human rights, democracy and rule of law, Konstantin Dolgov.
"The U.S. Congress banned aid to neo-Nazi battalion "Azov". It's time for Washington to open its eyes: neo-Nazism permeates all government and power structures of Kiev", — the diplomat wrote on his Twitter account.
The House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress on Thursday passed a bill to provide the Ministry of Defense appropriations for the next fiscal year, separately endorsing the amendment, which prohibits the expenditure of funds for training of fighters of the Ukrainian volunteer battalion "Azov".
clothcapclothcap on June 13th, 2015 10:23 am (UTC)
Where next?
Various reports advise that NED and the US Embassy in Kiev were the grooms of the aggressive far right parties that drove the Maidan insurrection that was triggered by a Soros witch, Nuland.

National Endowment for Democracy
[...] In their 2012 report,[21] NED indicated that it spent US$3,381,824 (from the US federal budget) on the following programs in the Ukraine:
ANGO Resource Center: $30,086
Association of Ukrainian Law Enforcement Monitors: $44,900
Bakhchisarai Center of Regional Development "Top-Kaya: $15,526
Bukovyna Partnership Agency: $48,295
Center for International Private Enterprise: $359,945
Center for Political Studies and Analysis: $27,940
Center for Progressive Young People “Apelsin”: $25,000
Center for Research on Social Perspectives in the Donbas: $39,776
Center for the Study of Social Processes and Humanitarian Issues: $30,060
Center UA: $26,920
Cherkasy Committee Voters of Ukraine: $34,993
Chernihiv Youth Educational Center "Initiative": $27,930
Chernivtsi Committee of Voters of Ukraine: $29,920
"Civic Space" Information and Analytical Center: $31,535
Civil Initiative Support Center: $48,486
Democratic Initiatives Foundation: $73,464
Dniprovsky Center for Social Research: $25,000
Dniprovsky Center for Social Research: $25,000 (SIC from NED website)
Donetsk Press Club: $39,810
Donetsk Committee of Voters of Ukraine: $52,930
East European Democratic Center: $78,969
East European Democratic Center: $41,584
Foundation for Promotion of Civil Activity: $27,130
Garage Gang Collective: $37,637
Human Rights Training Center: $19,370
Independent Association of Broadcasters: $39,271
Independent Center of Political Researchers and Journalists: $33,611
Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation: $48,120
Institute of Mass Information: $34,470
Institute of Political Education: $47,994
Institute of the Republic: $29,990
International Republican Institute: $250,000
International Republican Institute: $35,000
International Republican Institute: $95,000
Journal Ji Analytical Center: $34,981
Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group: $47,200
Kherson Association of Journalists "South": $31,675
Kherson Association of Journalists "South": $39,578
Kherson Committee of Voters of Ukraine: $40,890
Krytyka Journal: $47,000
Luhansk Business Club "European Choice": $32,000
Lutsk Center for Political Analysis and Electoral Consulting: $26,523
"Moloda Cherkaschyna" Coalition of Cherkassy Youth NGOs: $31,855
National Democratic Institute for International Affairs: $345,000
Odesa Committee of Voters of Ukraine : $41,851
Our House - Svatovschina: $21,945
Policy Association for an Open Society: $39,934
Polissya Foundation for International and Regional Research: $25,000
"Postup" Human Rights Center: $24,030
Razumkov Center for Economic and Political Research: $39,990
School for Policy Analysis of the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy: $52,750
Smoloskyp: $36,294
Spilnyi Prostir Association: $50,000
Sumy Regional Committee of Youth Organizations: $56,260
Sumy Regional Organization "Bureau of Political Analysis": $31,293
"Tamarisk" Center for Support of Civic and Cultural Initiatives: $30,890
Telekritika" $69,800
Ukrainian Catholic University: $35,000
Ukrainian Center for Independent Political Research: $56,950
Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union: $47,994
Ukrainian Youth Association of Ukraine: $42,900
Vinnitsa Youth Organization "Nashe Podillya": $52,046
Volyn Resource Center: $16,170
Youth Alternative: $42,143

Which country is next to be destabilised in the name of UK sourced zionist imperialism and Israeli expansionism? Check the link above for a list, probably incomplete, of where the Soros-CIA controlled NED operates.

Perhaps NED should change its name to Nefarious Enabler of Destabilisation. NED hosting nation that haven't been destabilised, beware.
clothcapclothcap on June 13th, 2015 10:43 am (UTC)
Russia’s Law on “Undesirable Foreign NGOs” and the Ethics of International Activism
By Aleksandar Jokic
Global Research, June 06, 2015
Oriental Review
The decision by Russian President Vladimir Putin to sign a bill that allows “authorities to prosecute foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) or firms designated as ‘undesirable’ on national security grounds” is bound to receive a hostile reception in the West. Already Amnesty International” declared that the new law will “snatch away the space for dissenting views and independent civil society activism,” while Human Rights Watch more hysterically stated that the law aims at “squeezing the very life out of Russian civil society,” and the State Department harshly characterized it in a characteristically over the top fashion “as a further example of the Russian government’s growing crackdown on independent voices and intentional steps to isolate the Russian people from the world.”
Dramatic statements aside, we may want to ask, quite separately from the case with this Russian law, what could be considered as proper boundaries for engagement by international activists. In other words, the increasing power of NGOs in the post-Cold War period, manifest in their ever mounting number in operation and handling of ever more substantial quantities of money, raises questions about the roles and responsibilities of these new global, non-state actors. In particular, there is the question of developing an ethics of international activism that would facilitate moral assessments of the endeavors by agents operating in countries other than their own.
More http://www.globalresearch.ca/russias-law-on-undesirable-foreign-ngos-and-the-ethics-of-international-activism/5453783
clothcapclothcap on June 13th, 2015 11:31 am (UTC)
About Washington refusing to arm and train the Azov battalion:
"The U.S. is just trying to show that they are being objective. In fact, in Kiev, there are a lot of Americans, the entire floor of the SBU is occupied by them, more than 4 thousand of their instructors came here to train security forces. It is a political PR stunt, which has nothing to do with peace settlement," — said Andre Purgin, the chaiman of the National Council of Donetsk Peoples Republic.
(Comment by Fort Russ)
clothcapclothcap on June 13th, 2015 11:52 am (UTC)
Sleepwalking to Thermonuclear World War III
Impeach Obama: Stop WWIII
June 12, 2015
With the Obama Administration, Congressional Republicans and the IMF hosting Victoria Nuland's "Yats" with great fanfare in Washington on Thursday, the very same Kiev neo-Nazi regime moved the world one precarious step closer to a thermonuclear war of annihilation the very same day. President Petro Poroshenko put into effect a new law shutting down all Ukrainian-Russian military cooperation, which means the cut-off of transit to Russian peace-keeping troops in the bordering, landlocked Transdniester region. To make the point perfectly clear, the Ukrainian defense minister announced that S-300 air defense systems had been moved to the Ukraine-Transdniestria border, in a clear escalation of what Yatsenyuk described as "Ukraine's war with Russia."
This madness will only be stopped when both Obama and Angela Merkel are removed from office. Obama has done everything in his power to drive the confrontation with Russia, just as Lyndon LaRouche warned as long ago as late 2011, at the time of the overthrow and assassination of Qadaffi in Libya. Now, events on the Ukraine front and throughout the Baltic and Black Sea regions bordering on Russia, have put the world on the very brink of an outbreak of a great powers war, a war that can lead to thermonuclear extinction.
There is no more blunt way to assess the present strategic situation. BaltOp maneuvers in the Baltic Sea and ground NATO maneuvers on Polish soil are occurring throughout the month of June, which coincides with the showdown in Europe over Greece. According to news accounts over the past 36 hours, the two proposals presented on Tuesday by the Greek government to the European Commission included a demand for partial debt cancellation. The proposal was instantly rejected.
Lyndon LaRouche has emphasized that Merkel is on the verge of being brought down by sane forces within her own coalition government, and from two former German Chancellors, who have all demanded that she break with Obama's obsessive confrontation with Putin and Russia. On a deeper level, LaRouche has noted that Germany is the last remaining viable economy in Europe, and a German-Russian cooperation can foster a turnaround in the rest of Europe's otherwise unstoppable plunge into another financial and economic catastrophe.
The same situation holds true in the United States, where Obama's removal from office, by Constitutionally prescribed means, is the only sane course of action. Otherwise, the choices are between a deep, accelerating collapse of what little remains of the productive economy of the United States, or an all-out thermonuclear confrontation with Russia and China.
Continues https://larouchepac.com/20150612/sleepwalking-thermonuclear-world-war-iii
clothcapclothcap on June 13th, 2015 04:59 pm (UTC)
The Richie Allen Show
in association with www.davidicke.com featuring Dan Dicks at Bilderberg in Austria and the great Cynthia McKinney on Ukraine and Syria.

The mass sell-off of public owned property to private entities (upward transfer of wealth, conversion of monopoly currency to realty) by zio controlled regimes is mentioned.
clothcapclothcap on June 13th, 2015 05:13 pm (UTC)
Activist Post
FRI Newsletter - Congress Rushing TPP Even Though They Know Americans Will Lose Jobs; Plus, behind bilderberg - http://eepurl.com/bqaUk9

H e b a
Israel clears soldiers who bombed the Palestinian boys playing soccer on Gaza beach - No justice for Bakr family

Андрей Волк
Gorlovka under very severe shelling, burning houses, people hiding in basements (video) http://rusvesna.su/news/1434056655

Chemtrails/Geoengineering film, "An UNconventional Shade of Grey"
Official Trailer https://youtu.be/x8t20C6q8bo

Net News Global
The battle of petitions: who wants to nuke each other more, Russia or USA? (video) http://fortruss.blogspot.de/2015/06/the-battle-of-petitions-who-wants-to.html
Too Horrible to Believe http://fortruss.blogspot.de/2015/06/too-horrible-to-believe.html
The PetroYuan Is Born! Gazprom Now Settling All Crude to China in Renminbi http://russia-insider.com/en/petroyuan-born-gazprom-now-settling-all-crude-sales-china-renminbi/ri7924
Ukraine`s Labor Reforms Threaten Workers` Rights http://russia-insider.com/en/ukraines-labour-reforms-threaten-workers-rights/ri7938
World`s Economic Center of Gravity Continues to Shift East http://russia-insider.com/en/worlds-economic-centre-gravity-continues-shift-east/ri7926
We Don`t Think It`s Bluffing: Gazprom Again Vows to Cease Exporting Gas via Ukraine After 2019 http://russia-insider.com/en/gazproms-deputy-ceo-alexander-medvedev-we-will-not-export-gas-ukraine-after-2019/ri7923
America`s Longtime Support for Ukraine`s Fascists http://russia-insider.com/en/americas-longtime-support-ukraines-fascists/ri7935
No love for Azov battalion from Washington http://fortruss.blogspot.de/2015/06/no-love-for-azov-battalion-from.html
China Opens Xinjiang-Moscow Freight Train Link http://russia-insider.com/en/business/china-opens-xinjiang-moscow-freight-train-link/ri7933
The West opens a second front against the Russian elite in Ukraine http://fortruss.blogspot.de/2015/06/the-west-opens-second-front-against.html
Impeach Obama, Stop WWIII: Sleepwalking to Thermonuclear World War III https://larouchepac.com/20150612/sleepwalking-thermonuclear-world-war-iii

Press TV
US denies Israel spying on Iran talks http://ptv.io/1tOF
[Doesn't the NSA count as Israel?]
Yemeni army, popular committees target Emirate palace in Dhahran al Janub district using piercing missile
Saudi airstrikes kill 5 Yemenis, injure 40 in capital Sana’a http://ptv.io/1tQI
Iraqi army liberates seven more villages in Anbar province http://ptv.io/1tQN
Egyptian protesters call for release of political prisoners http://ptv.io/1tQD
Afghan Taliban commander shot dead in Pakistan http://ptv.io/1tQL
ISIL sells Syria’s ancient artifact on Facebook http://ptv.io/1tQF

Ukraine will ‘default’ if it misses $75mn Eurobond payment – Russia http://on.rt.com/v8ph1e
US encircling Russia with bioweapons labs, covertly spreads them – Russian FM http://rt.com/news/266554-us-bioweapons-encircle-russia/
Cheapest Chopper: Russian company creates affordable ultralight helicopter powered by car fuel http://on.rt.com/anko1p
Taliban to the rescue: Iran reportedly arms Afghan militants against US, ISIS http://on.rt.com/o89wfa
'Are you crazy?' People in Moscow widely oppose fake petition to nuke America (VIDEO) http://on.rt.com/84vc0g
‘Hideous crime aimed at genocide’: North Korea accuses US of anthrax attack http://on.rt.com/zowhd4
Hackers compromise US security-clearance database, breach far worse than acknowledged http://on.rt.com/0cn1pj
clothcapclothcap on June 13th, 2015 05:14 pm (UTC)
Jamila Hanan
Gaza needs a heart surgeon and @Medo4Gaza has the determination to see it through, share to help make this happen.

Stefano Zannini
Aden Yemen "Patients can't get their drugs, bodies are on the streets & the city's an open dump with trash covering the streets” MSF staff
Hussain Albukhaiti
Sanaa old city a world heritage site was a target for Saudi attack today an hour ago Yemen
Size of the man made catastrophe in Yemen is difficult to grasp and getting worse but world leaders are ok with that
Louisa Loveluck
"There is no rest here from this war - even for the dead." http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05xhwqr quiet, angry dispatch from @IonaCraig in Aden. Yemen
Mohammed Abbas
The ministry of Saudi defense; Mohammed bin Salman is partying in Maldives at the time of war.

Neil Clark
As Chaplin said 'Wars, conflict, it's all business'. New expose of TonyBlair 's global business empire @Telegraph http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/tony-blair/11668401/tony-blair-global-business-empire-taxpayers-money.html

Ana Gomes, MEP
Jake Wallis Simons
Interpol has suspended its deal with FIFA following @POLITICOEurope investigation: http://www.politico.eu/article/fifa-funded-interpol-policing/ http://www.interpol.int/News-and-media/News/2015/N2015-080
EUwatch Info Hub
"Why Amartya Sen Is Right About What Is Being Done To Greece"... http://bit.ly/1B7bRlI
D'Alema calls for cultural revolution @FEPS_Europe debate in Budapest to put wealth redistribution as center of EU policies for growth &jobs

Mofeeda Al Aradi
Al Aradi
The world stood in solidarity & campaigned BringBackOurGirls Why is every1 silent on 5000 yezidi yazidi ezidi?

ISIS Missing Link Alt News And NATO Saying The Same - Morris: http://youtu.be/nWmObT2Y7D0?a

Stop War Crimes
Fer Gunay
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clothcapclothcap on June 13th, 2015 05:52 pm (UTC)
Wrt the UK toxic national debt, it was created by successive regimes colluding with bank entities. The current regime, Osborne is in a hurry to impose "austerity" to reduce it yet none of the current regime members have had their pay slashed.

Toxic debt is debt created by irresponsible lending / borrowing. In the UK case it was caused by leaving the gold standard for zero backed currency and compounded by passing control of creation of currency to private hands (Rothschild) that charge interest on every unit created.
If the Cameron regime insists on maintaining the scam then it should behave like the nation is bankrupt, immediately cancel all currency flowing out of the country, all loans and all foreign travel by regime officials. The civil service should be reduced to the minimum as with local government and pay drastically cut.
Governments are there to serve the native population. When their actions cause harm to the natives then they should remedy this immediately by every means no matter how painful to the parasite class.
(Anonymous) on June 13th, 2015 11:17 pm (UTC)
and there's more
Outlaw all private banks, including BOE and start issuing state owned money (Bradbury Pound?) seize back all essential services into public ownership on the basis that it was never the government's to sell and they had no mandate to do so, ban imports of all non essential items and put people back to work producing whatever we can of these essentials(why are we buying South African apples when we grow great apples right here?)and put our young people to work growing organic produce (a bit more labour intensive but we have the people going spare to provide the labour.) Close all large retail multinationals and provide start up money for people to provide local retail outlets on our high streets so that they can thrive again - thus doing away with the need to install stage set scenery to give the illusion that empty shops aren't empty shops.

It isn't time to tighten out belts: it is time to baton down the hatches and get our own people working again for non interest issued money and minimum taxes. Maybe even no taxes when we decide not to pay the banks for their backed by nothing, fake loans and printing presses.

Kick these people out along with any politician who doesn't back a national policy programme to put an end to all the trickery that has made debt slaves of us and our children. What is done can be undone.

Re: and there's more - clothcap on June 14th, 2015 12:19 am (UTC) (Expand)
clothcapclothcap on June 13th, 2015 06:08 pm (UTC)
The Destabilization of Myanmar: U.S. Plan for Carving Out A South Asian “Kosovo” in “Rohingyal
The Destabilization of Myanmar: U.S. Plan for Carving Out A South Asian “Kosovo” in “Rohingyaland”
By Andrew Korybko
Global Research, June 10, 2015
Oriental Review 9 June 2015
(Please read Part I prior to this article http://orientalreview.org/2015/06/09/american-plan-for-a-south-asian-kosovo-in-rohingyaland-i/ )
Concluding Thoughts
The plight of the Rohingyas elicits understandable concern from many, but the unfortunate aspect is that the US is manipulating the world’s short-term emotional response to the current migrant crisis in order to pursue its long-term geopolitical interests in South Asia. The intended creation of a pro-American autonomous or independent Rohingyaland is akin to the same strategic pattern that it first spearheaded in “Kosovo”, except the US can now achieve its goals via the indirect Hybrid War lessons that it’s perfected in Syria. The crusade for state creation is inherently tied to the destruction of the targeted host state, which in this case would see Rohingyaland (and perhaps many other ethnic nation-states) being baptized through a sea of fire in separating from Myanmar. The US has concrete geopolitical reasons for why it supports the Rohingyas, chiefly concerning the establishment of its first intended base in mainland South Asia and its desire to cut off China’s non-Malacca pipeline routes through Myanmar. Additionally, with a firm regional outpost in Rohingyaland (whether direct or via proxy), the US can obstruct the multipolar BCIM trade corridor and leverage influence in Bangladesh, Northeast India, the rest of Myanmar, and perhaps even further afield in Yunnan Province. The coming months will be indicative of how far the US plans to go in supporting Rohingyaland, but by all current indications, it seems that this is a cause which Washington won’t give up on anytime soon.
Article http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-destabilization-of-myanmar-u-s-plan-for-carving-out-a-south-asian-kosovo-in-rohingyaland/5454716
(Anonymous) on June 13th, 2015 11:36 pm (UTC)
Re: The Destabilization of Myanmar: U.S. Plan for Carving Out A South Asian “Kosovo” in “Rohin
By way of deception, making wars.

What is the difference between the US regime and the Israeli regime? Answer: the Israeli regime isn't sending their people's tax money to America.

You could probably substitute UK for US above and it would work just as well.

These people are pure evil; warmongering, eugenicist, supremacist leeches feeding off the backs of the rest of us through deception, lies and trickery. There will only be peace and prosperity in the world when the self styled international community is toppled and incarcerated. Or better still, dealt with in the manner they deal with leaders of what they term rogue regimes, for they don't come much more rogue than this lot that we have playing us.

clothcapclothcap on June 13th, 2015 06:15 pm (UTC)
European Parliament Surrenders to Washington on Russia Policy
By Stephen Lendman
Global Research, June 13, 2015
The European Parliament, Council of the European Union and European Commission share EU legislative functions separate from individual member states’ right of initiative power to propose and enact new laws for their respective countries.
During a June 10 plenary session in Strasbourg (two days ahead of Russia’s National Day), MEP’s adopted a resolution (494 to 135 with 69 abstentions) urging EU reassessment of relations with Moscow because of Ukraine crisis conditions.
The measure includes a litany of “Russia-bashing” accusations and Big Lies claiming:
-“Russia’s direct and indirect involvement in the armed conflict in Ukraine…”
-it’s annexing Crimea;
-violating Georgian territory; and
-regional economic coercion and political destabilization.
“(B)ecause of its action in Crimea and in Eastern Ukraine, (Russia) can no longer be treated as, or considered, a “strategic partner,” the resolution said.
It urged countering Russian hard truths irresponsibly called propaganda – wanting important sources of news, information and analysis like RT International and Sputnik News replaced by Western-style government sponsored disinformation and Big Lies on issues mattering most.
[List of relevant facts]
The European Parliament’s resolution was based on a report by hardline Lithuanian MEP Gabrielius Laandsbergis irresponsibly saying:
“With its aggression against Ukraine and annexation of Crimea, the Russian leadership has put our policies at a crossroads. It’s up to the Kremlin to decide now which way it will go – cooperation or deepening alienation.”
Not a shred of credible evidence suggests Russian direct or indirect aggression in Ukraine. If any existed it would have been revealed long ago.
During his 13th annual marathon Q & A session in April, Putin forthrightly said “(i)n regard to the question of whether or not our troops are in Ukraine, I’ll say directly and definitely that there are no Russian troops in Ukraine.”
An April 16 Kremlin tweet said “Putin on the rumours that Russian troops are deployed in #Ukraine: I want to make this clear, there are no Russian troops in Ukraine.”
Russia alone continues forthright efforts for diplomatic conflict resolution. Anti-Russian propaganda drowns out hard truths. It exceeds the worst of Cold War vitriol. It risks the unthinkable – possible confrontation between the world’s two most formidable nuclear powers.
Full http://www.globalresearch.ca/european-parliament-surrenders-to-washington-on-russia-policy/5455362
clothcapclothcap on June 13th, 2015 06:40 pm (UTC)
Up to 7,000 Russian and CIS nationals fighting on IS side
Posted by GPD on June 10, 2015
Around 70,000 foreign mercenaries are fighting alongside Islamic State (IS) terrorist organization militants in Syria
MOSCOW, June 10. /TASS/. Around 70,000 foreign mercenaries are fighting alongside Islamic State (IS) terrorist organization militants in Syria, including 5,000-7,000 people from Russia and CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) countries, Syria’s Grand Mufti Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun told in an exclusive interview with TASS on Wednesday.
“From around the world, there are around 70,000 [mercenaries] fighting alongside them [Islamic State militants], with 5,000-7,000 people from Russia and CIS countries. Some of them come with their families, undergo training in Turkey, receive financing from Saudi Arabia and instruction from US and Great Britain,” Hassoun, who arrived to Russia to take part in the Islamic World international conference, said.
The Grand Mufti said that IS recruits most mercenaries from such CIS countries as Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan.
Hassoun discussed the situation in Syria with the head of the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society Sergey Stepashin.
The religious leader noted that Moscow student Varvara Karaulova, recently detained by the Turkish authorities on the border with Syria and suspected of planning to join IS, is not the first such case. “People go there with their families. Hundreds and hundreds of families from Tatarstan, Kazakhstan, from other Russian regions and CIS countries go there to join IS,” the Grand Mufti said, adding that he talked to some of them. “Several people turned themselves in. They said they were deceived. They were told that they will live in the Islamic caliphate. But they saw that those are just bandits fighting each other to steal more,” Hassoun said.
Propagandistic work to recruit people is working very well, the religious leader added.
Stepashin in turn described as very successful the Syrian Grand Mufti’s recent visit to Russia’s Chechen Republic and his meeting with Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov. “There have been no reports about Chechen militants in IS since then,” he noted.
The problem of Islamic State’s recruiting allies is of a global scope and needs comprehensive approach with the leading role of the United Nations, Russian Foreign Ministry’s human rights ombudsman Konstantin Dolgov told Rossiya 24 television last week. This problem exists first of all among the youth, said the commissioner for human rights, democracy and supremacy of law. “Approaches to neutralizing this threat should be multi-lateral with the leading and coordinating role of the UN,” the diplomat said commenting on the incident with Karaulova.
Full http://www.veteranstoday.com/2015/06/10/up-to-7000-russian-and-cis-nationals-fighting-on-is-side-syrian-grand-mufti/
Defunding and avoiding training of new mercs by pressure on the Israeli, Turkish, Jordanian, Qatari and Saudi regimes and NATO for starters.
clothcapclothcap on June 14th, 2015 10:11 am (UTC)
Re: Up to 7,000 Russian and CIS nationals fighting on IS side
Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), community of independent nations established by a treaty signed at Minsk, Belarus, on Dec. 8, 1991, by the heads of state of Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine. Between Dec. 8 and Dec. 21, the three original signatories were joined by Armenia, Azerbaijan (its parliament, however, rejected ratifying its membership until 1993), Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. When Georgia joined in 1993 all of the former republics of the USSR except the Baltic states had become members of the CIS. Georgia withdrew in 2008 (finalized 2009) following its conflict with Russia over South Ossetia. The headquarters of the CIS are in Minsk.
clothcapclothcap on June 13th, 2015 07:50 pm (UTC)
Zionist Things Continue to Fall Apart
Posted by Jonas E. Alexis on June 13, 2015
Things are getting so bad for the Zionist regime in Europe that they have chosen Tony Blair—yes, Tony Blair!—as one of their representatives to fight “anti-Semitism.”
by Jonas E. Alexis
The Zionist regime continues to get hit pretty hard. Last April, the BBC reported that Israel is probably on the brink of losing “its American firewall at the United Nations in New York…” We read:
“Protecting Israel from critical resolutions at the Security Council has long been a central pillar of US Middle East policy. But so rapid has been the deterioration of relations between the Obama administration and Netanyahu government that America’s protective shield is now up for discussion at the White House, as part of a broader review of US relations with Israel.
“Rarely have the grievances between two such close allies been given such a public airing, or chronicled in such vivid and profane detail.
“Obama and his aides have made no secret of their anger at Benjamin Netanyahu for accepting an invitation from the Republican leadership to address a joint session of Congress in the midst of his re-election campaign, and then using that pulpit to denounce the potential nuclear deal between Washington and Tehran.
“Netanyahu’s voiced opposition to Palestinian statehood in the final days of the Israel election campaign injected more poison into relations.”[1]
Just two days ago, Benjamin Weinthal has lamented in the New York Post that Europe has declared an “economic war on Israel.”[2] A few hours ago, the Financial Times has come out with an article entitled, “Israel: A New Kind of War.”[3]
Listen very carefully to this recent and lively talk by Irish lawmaker Richard Boyd Barrett in the Irish Parliament:

More recently, England’s Former Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks “admitted a belief that the BDS movement had succeeded in making the State of Israel a ‘divisive factor’ in Jewish life and claimed that, as a result, supporting Israel was ‘almost impossible’ for European Jews.”
The BDS movement has indeed reached a critical mass in Europe, and even “Britain’s student union votes to boycott Israel.”[5] In response, an Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesperson said,
“Instead of expressing hatred, British students would benefit from studying history and understanding that the distance between conveying hate language and prejudice to committing despicable crimes is not that great.”[6]
Well, maybe those students have picked up Israeli historian Ilan Pappe’s The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine and realized that the Israeli regime has indeed committed mass murder. Maybe they have read what Israeli and Zionist historian Benny Morris has said. Morris declared unapologetically:
“A Jewish state would not have come into being without the uprooting of 700,000 Palestinians. Therefore it was necessary to uproot them. There was no choice but to expel that population. It was necessary to cleanse the hinterland and cleanse the border areas and cleanse the main roads. It was necessary to cleanse the villages from which our convoys and our settlements were fired on.”
More http://www.veteranstoday.com/2015/06/13/zionist-things-continue-to-fall-apart/
clothcapclothcap on June 13th, 2015 08:51 pm (UTC)
'First Let Merkel, Hollande Know': Lugansk Delivers Ultimatum to Poroshenko
After Minsk: Will Peace Come to Ukraine?
If Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko intends to tighten the Donbass economic blockade, he should make such decisions in the presence of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande, who brokered the Minsk-II deal together with Russian President Vladimir Putin, head of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic said.
On Friday, the Ukrainian parliament introduced a bill to ban trade with the so-called "temporarily occupied territories."
Kiev considers the territories under control of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk, as well as Russia's Crimea, to be "temporarily occupied."
"If Poroshenko wants to adopt such laws, it would be relevant if he invites Merkel and Hollande and signs them or vice versa — tears them apart and throws them away — right in front of their face. In this case, we will clearly understand what is going on: either the Minsk agreement is completely broken or there is still chance to continue talks if he rejects the law," LuganskInformTsentr cited Igor Plotnitsky as saying.
More: http://sputniknews.com/politics/20150613/1023319702.html
clothcapclothcap on June 13th, 2015 09:00 pm (UTC)
Russia Gets Very Serious on “De-dollarizing”. The Russia-China “Silk Road” Strategy
By F. William Engdahl
Global Research, June 13, 2015
New Eastern Outlook 6 June 2015
Russia is about to take another major step towards liberating the Ruble from the Dollar System. Its Finance Ministry just revealed it is considering issuing Russian state debt in Chinese Yuan. That would be an elegant way to decouple from the dependence and blackmail pressures from the US Treasury financial terrorism operations while at the same time strengthening the bonds between China and Russia–Washington’s worst geopolitical nightmare.
Russian Deputy Minister of Finance, Sergei Storchak, announced that his ministry is making a careful study of what would be required to issue Russian bonds denominated in Chinese Yuan. The latest news is part of a long-term strategy between Russia and China that goes at the heart of American hegemony—the role of the dollar as the leading world central bank reserve currency.
More: http://www.globalresearch.ca/russia-gets-very-serious-on-de-dollarizing/5455390