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20 July 2015 @ 09:24 pm
Propaganda Wave Portends Invasion of Syria  
20.07.2015 Author: Tony Cartalucci

It was reported just days ago that US policymakers have signed and dated plans drawn up for the US invasion and occupation of Syria. The plan as described by the Fortune 500-funded Brookings Institution – a corporate think-tank that has previously drawn up plans for the invasion, occupation, and “surge” in Iraq – is to occupy border regions of Syria with US special forces to then justify a nationwide “no-fly-zone” if and when Syrian forces attempt to retake these “safe zones.”

The “safe zones” are to be used by various terrorists fronts Brookings admits are tied to Al Qaeda, to take refuge from Syrian air power and from which to stage and launch attacks deeper into Syrian territory. The end game is the Balkanization of Syria into ineffectual vassal states the US can later stitch together into a larger client regime.

It was also reported that this signed and dated conspiracy to invade, occupy, and destroy Syria would be followed by widespread propaganda aimed at selling the policy paper under the guise of “defeating” the so-called “Islamic State” (ISIS/ISIL). In reality, hundreds of trucks a day, originating deep within NATO-member Turkey’s territory, cross the Turkish-Syrian border unopposed, destined for ISIS territory, keeping the terrorist front well supplied and armed, along with its ranks full of fresh fighters.

It is clear that US, British, and other regional allies conducting airstrikes on ISIS in Syria are doing so with full knowledge that whatever damage they are doing is quickly absorbed by the logistical torrent they themselves allow, even underwrite, to freely flow into ISIS territory. No attempts have been made by the US or any of the NATO nations involved in the Syrian conflict, to first stem ISIS’ supply lines – an elementary and obvious strategic goal necessary if the West was truly interested in stopping ISIS.

The Propaganda Begins

The Brookings policy paper is now demonstrably manifesting itself as talking points across the Western media. The Guardian in an op-ed titled, “Why British air strikes in Syria would be pointless,” argues:

[Defence secretary Michael Fallon’s] aim merely to spread the RAF’s targets across a greater area? If, on the other hand, he has a secret plan to transform coalition strategy into something more ambitious, perhaps he should share it with us. Syria does not want for bombs. What it lacks are suitable ground forces who could drive out and destroy Isis under the coalition’s military umbrella. A more aggressive approach is possible. It would require American leadership, sweeping changes in the programme to train and equip Syrian rebels, and more direct air support in their battles. It would, eventually but inevitably, bring rebels into greater contact with the Assad regime. Such an approach seems unlikely to survive the parliamentary test at home.

Fallon does have a “secret plan,” US and British special forces are already operating in Syria alongside terrorist militants. The “secret plan” is actually now published on the Brookings Institution’s website, and involves openly occupying Syrian territory with Western special forces supporting these “Syrian rebels” who are admittedly tied directly to Al Qaeda.

Conveniently, the mentioned anticipated parliamentary impasse will get a boost in public support in favor of greater intervention in the wake of ISIS attacks in Tunisia where mostly British tourists were targeted, maimed, and killed. Attacks in France, and another wave of overtly sensationalist execution videos seems almost intentionally providing the West with the perfect pretext with which to sell an otherwise unjustifiable act of military aggression by Western forces against Syria.

>The Guardian op-ed is only the carefully worded first of many to come in a propaganda campaign aimed at justifying the invasion and occupation of Syrian territory in a piecemeal military campaign meant to “sleepwalk” the Western public into yet another lengthy and costly war. Anyone who is even semi-conscious will, the West hopes, be convinced that ISIS is a perfectly justifiable pretext with which to carryout this premeditated military adventure.

US Plans to Use Al Qaeda in 2007, Now Fully Realized

It must be repeated that even as early as 2007, under the administration of then US President George Bush, it was reported that the United States, Saudi Arabia, Israel, and other regional allies planned to fund, arm, and support a wide terrorist front – affiliated with Al Qaeda – to wage proxy war against Iran, Syria, and Lebanon’s Hezbollah.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh in his article, “The Redirection: Is the Administration’s new policy benefiting our enemies in the war on terrorism?” which explicitly stated (emphasis added):

To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush Administration has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in the Middle East. In Lebanon, the Administration has coöperated with Saudi Arabia’s government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran. The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda.

It is clear that this premeditated and documented conspiracy has been fully implemented, manifesting itself as the “Islamic State” which is clearly being used both as a proxy military force with which to wage war against Western enemies, as well as a pretext for justifying Western military aggression around the world. It is also being used conveniently to maintain an iron grip at home via an increasingly Orwellian police state predicated on “fighting the threat of terrorism.”

As others have hinted at, the West is also intentionally promoting a strategy of tension to predictably divide the world’s population into two camps – those that back Western neo-liberalism, and those that back the medieval methods of ISIS and periphery ideologies. Those in the middle are intentionally marginalized by the vast Western media, and even in the alternative media, cognitive infiltration has helped mute the voices of reason and accelerate this global conflict.

At the end of the day, empires using proxies and even manufactured enemies is par for the course. Unfortunately, unlike empires in the days of old, the weapons and technology available to modern-day imperialists have such devastating and wide-ranging impact, few will escape the fallout.

Exposing both the West’s military aggression and the fact that those it claims it is attempting to “protect” the world from are monsters of their own intentional creation, and expounding the merits of a multi-polar world where extraterritorial military adventures thousands of miles from one’s shores is an intolerable crime against humanity, is a good first step in disarming this latest round warmongering creeping toward Syria’s battered borders.
First appeared: http://journal-neo.org/2015/07/20/propaganda-wave-portends-invasion-of-syria/

Tony Cartalucci, Bangkok-based geopolitical researcher and writer, especially for the online magazine New Eastern Outlook”.

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clothcapclothcap on July 20th, 2015 08:43 pm (UTC)
Hence Cameron the Con man's undue haste to get authorisation to move UK forces into Syria. The zionist imperative, to remove the democratically elected Assad and his government remains the priority.
clothcapclothcap on July 20th, 2015 09:04 pm (UTC)
Russia – The Empire Slayer
18.07.2015 Steven MacMillan
As the Western empire continues to move the world closer to war with Russia, it is important for the hawks in Washington, London and Brussels to recognise the lessons that history has taught us about the success of empires trying to conquer the Russian motherland. From the Napoleonic French to the Third Reich, empires have been defeated by Russia time and time again down through history, with the US-dominated Western empire no exception to the rule.
The 24th of June 1812 marked the beginning of the French invasion of Russia led by one of the greatest military strategists in history, Napoleon Bonaparte. The French emperor marched approximately 600,000 soldiers across the Niemen River into Russia, hoping to expand on his previous conquests in Europe.
Despite relative success on the battlefield however, Napoleon’s Grande Armée was eventually forced to retreat due to the harsh Russian winter, rampant disease and food shortages, in addition to hit and run tactics by opposition forces. American author Stephan Talty blames the spread of a “war plague” in the form of typhus as a major reason why so few of the Grande Armée made it home.
The use of scorched earth tactics also played a significant role in the demise of Napoleon’s forces. Farmers burned their fields to ensure they couldn’t be used by French forces, whilst the Russian army set ablaze cities, bridges and military stores on their retreat from battles. As history professor at Princeton University and author of “The First Total War: Napoleon’s Europe and the Birth of Warfare as We Know It”, David A. Bell noted: “Certainly, the scorched earth tactics were incredibly important in denying the French army sustenance.”
When Napoleon reached Moscow in September hoping to find supplies and shelter for his starving troops, Russian patriots torched the city in a fire that would destroy around three-quarters of Moscow. After waiting a month in Moscow anticipating a Russian surrender that would never come, the French troops were forced to begin their retreat out of Russia.
Napoleon followed in the footsteps of the Swedish king Charles XII approximately 100 years earlier, who attempted to conquer Russia but was decisively defeated by ‘Peter the Great’ at the Battle of Poltava in 1709.
Operation Barbarossa
Continues http://journal-neo.org/2015/07/18/russia-the-empire-slayer/
clothcapclothcap on July 21st, 2015 04:08 pm (UTC)
Nazis To Enforce Neoliberalism: “Operation Jade Helm” and the Ukrainian National Guard
20.07.2015 Author: Caleb Maupin
On July 15, the United States military began practicing “counterinsurgency” warfare in the southwestern regions of the country. In nine different states, the Army Green Berets, Navy Seals, US Marines Special Operations Command, and Air Force Special Operations Command have been practicing scenarios involving “insurgents” within the domestic United States.The mainstream media assures us that such drills are routine, while some more alarmist elements speculate that it is based on fears of a foreign invasion. However, anyone who is paying attention should know what these drills — mysteriously called “Operation Jade Helm” — are really about.People in the United States are not happy. Incarceration and police brutality are rising, and good-paying jobs are becoming increasingly rare. Neighborhoods throughout the midwest are a mess of foreclosed homes and unemployment. Food banks across the country are reporting a record demand amid a continuing episode of mass malnutrition, here in the so-called “richest country in the world.” The NSA is listening to our phone calls and reading our e-mails, and practices by police and military that were once considered torture are becoming more routine and accepted.
The United States is moving toward a kind of high-tech dark ages, with poverty increasing along with heavy police-state repression.In this context, should we be surprised that the US government is rehearsing for an armed uprising among the population?In terms of domestic counterinsurgency, the US government has actually proven to be a little behind in the last five years. The US Department of Homeland Security was almost in a scrambled panic as it coordinated the smashing of Occupy protest camps in November 2011.In 2012, a single former police officer with a vendetta caused a massive security crisis in the state of California. The media was shocked when African-American Chris Dorner became a kind of internet folk hero for his killing spree targeting police officers. As Dorner died in a hail of bullets and flames, the owners of Facebook closed down many pages dedicated to cheering him on.
More recently, Ferguson and Baltimore became the site of domestic uprisings. The population of these impoverished areas did not restrict themselves to peaceful protests blocking highways. Rather, they began actively confronting the police in nightly street battles, striking back after they were met with teargas and rubber bullets.
Learning from Ukrainian Nazis?
“Operation Jade Helm” is the US military attempting to tune up on tactics of repression, in order to better contain the rising anger of the domestic US population. The CIA analysts who have studied “counterinsurgency situations” for generations around the world, and managed the use of brutal force to defeat armed uprisings in places like Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, or Indonesia, are reluctantly recognizing that their own homeland could soon be the next battlefield. The textbook conditions for a rise in left-adventurism, rightist putschism, armed messianic religious movements, and other forms of violent political unrest are ripening.
The military drills taking place in the southwest are even more interesting when taking into account recent statements from US military advisors in Ukraine.
The US military is currently training and advising the Ukrainian national guard as it battles resistance forces in East Ukraine. The chief of the army training staff in Ukraine, General Ray Odierno, was quoted in the Wall Street Journal as saying, “This training is shared training… It is American forces training Ukrainian forces, and its Ukrainian forces training American forces.” According to General Odierno, the 173rd Airborne Brigade of the US army, a division of the biggest and most well-funded military in the world, is actually getting lessons and taking notes from the Ukrainian National Guard.
Continues http://journal-neo.org/2015/07/20/nazis-to-enforce-neoliberalism-operation-jade-helm-and-the-ukrainian-national-guard/
clothcapclothcap on July 21st, 2015 05:16 pm (UTC)
As West Bank Village Faces Extinction, New York Times Looks the Other Way
By Barbara Erickson
Global Research, July 21, 2015
TimesWarp 20 July 2015
Bulldozers are poised outside the West Bank village of Susiya, deployed in advance of their stated mission—the razing of homes, animal shelters, cisterns, clinics and schools and the eviction of some 300 Palestinian residents, all to make way for Jewish settlers.
The arrival of the bulldozers this month did not come as a surprise. Susiya’s struggle to survive has been in the Israeli and international news for at least three years. Its case has reached to the Israeli Supreme Court, and its cause has drawn protests from local and international activists, members of the U.S. Congress and even the Department of State, which spoke against the demolition this past week.
Despite all this, The New York Times has had nothing to say about Susiya, although the story is eminently newsworthy and has appeared often of late in Israeli and international media and in the reports of human rights groups.
Palestinians have lived in Susiya for centuries, written records of a community at that site in the South Hebron Hills go back to 1830, and it appears on British Mandate maps from 1917, but none of this counts in the eyes of Israeli settlers and officials, who are determined to remove the residents from their homes and land.
Settlers have been encroaching on Susiya since 1983 when they established an illegal colony near the village. Three years later the Israeli army’s Civil Administration, which runs affairs in the West Bank, expelled the residents from their traditional village land and turned it over to the settlers, who now run it as an archaeological site.
The villagers have twice been forced to move since then, setting up homes nearby only to be driven out by the army each time. Since their third expulsion in 2001 they have lived on their agricultural fields, constantly under threat of losing their final hold on the land.
Today, the residents of Susiya have no connection to water or electrical services, and their homes are under demolition orders. The Civil Administration has refused their attempts to qualify for utility services, and the Israeli Supreme Court has allowed the army to proceed with demolitions in spite of all appeals.
Continues http://www.globalresearch.ca/as-west-bank-village-faces-extinction-new-york-times-looks-the-other-way/5463504

Edited at 2015-07-21 05:31 pm (UTC)
clothcapclothcap on July 21st, 2015 06:16 pm (UTC)
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clothcapclothcap on July 21st, 2015 06:58 pm (UTC)
Thousands of Ukraine ultranationalists gather on Maidan, announce ‘new revolution’
21 Jul, 2015
Kiev, Ukraine, July 21, 2015 © Gleb Garanich / Reuters
Up to 6,000 supporters of Ukraine’s ultranationalist Right Sector movement gathered in central Kiev on Tuesday, calling on authorities to resign. The rally marks a “new stage of Ukrainian revolution,” the extremists' leader Dmitry Yarosh announced.
The radicals marched through the center of the Ukrainian capital on Tuesday evening, gathering on Maidan (Independence Square). The rally largely consisted of people wearing camouflage clothes, waving the red and black flags of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA). They were chanting “death to enemies,” TASS reported.
Speaking on Maidan, Right Sector (Pravy Sektor) leader Dmitry Yarosh said that the group is “showing that we are a disciplined revolutionary force,” opening a “new stage of Ukrainian revolution” with the Tuesday rally.
More http://www.rt.com/news/310396-ukraine-right-sector-revolution/
clothcapclothcap on July 21st, 2015 08:24 pm (UTC)
Anti-vaccine witch hunt FAIL:
Dr. Jack Wolfson cleared of all charges for exercising his free speech rights on the issue of vaccine risks and the stupidity of blind medical obedience
July 20, 2015
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
(NaturalNews) After Arizona cardiologist Dr. Jack Wolfson spoke out about the potential dangers of vaccines following the contrived Disneyland measles outbreak, he was aggressively attacked by the vaccine medical-industrial complex, which routinely accuses anyone who questions the party line on vaccines as being a danger to society.
Organized by vaccine industry trolls and paid negative PR operatives, a total of 38 complaints were filed against Dr. Jack Wolfson with the Arizona state medical board. This is all part of the effort of the vaccine industry to destroy the credibility of any person who exercises true scientific, rational thought on the issue of risks versus rewards for vaccine interventions in children and adults. The idea here is that if enough punishment and aggression is directed against some doctors who speak out on the issue of vaccine side effects, then all the other doctors who may be witnessing these damaging effects of vaccines will decide to stay silent.
Dr. Wolfson was smeared by the mainstream media while receiving death threats from vaccine trolls
Like many physicians who tell the truth about vaccine side effects and potential dangers, Dr. Wolfson received death threats and was threatened with violence. This is more common than you might suppose -- the very same industry that routinely commits medical violence against children in the form of toxic vaccine ingredients is also well-known for encouraging and even organizing online threats of violence against physicians who are attempting to help protect children.
The "chilling effect" of these campaigns to discredit compassionate doctors is extraordinarily powerful, and it's one of the main reasons why so many people are terrified at speaking out against the vaccine industry and its ongoing damaging and maiming of innocent children. We are literally living in a modern day medical police state where informed opinions that question the official narrative of the vaccine industry are simply not tolerated by the establishment.
The Arizona Osteopathic Medical Board took up the complaints against Dr. Jack Wolfson, and they concluded that although Dr. Wolfson's statements might not reflect the consensus of the medical establishment, they are an acceptable expression of Dr. Wolfson's free speech rights to voice his own educated medical opinion on matters relating to public safety and medical practices.
More: http://www.naturalnews.com/050473_Dr_Jack_Wolfson_medical_witch_hunt_vaccine_risks.html
clothcapclothcap on July 21st, 2015 09:33 pm (UTC)
Worse Than Benghazi
Benghazi is a sideshow. Hillary Clinton’s real scandal is her role in pushing the war against Libya.
by David Mizner
Then–Secretary of State Hillary Clinton works at a desk inside a C-17 military plane bound for Tripoli, Libya in October 2011. Kevin Lamarque / Reuters
Then–Secretary of State Hillary Clinton works at a desk inside a C-17 military plane bound for Tripoli, Libya in October 2011. Kevin Lamarque / Reuters
On March 17, 2011, the United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 1973, authorizing a no-fly zone over Libya and “all necessary measures” to protect civilians. That same day — as revealed by Pentagon audio tapes obtained by the Washington Times — President Qaddafi’s son Seif tried to call a US general to try to negotiate a ceasefire.
Every now and then — on Israel and Palestine, for example — the US military brass takes the term “national security” literally and needs to be set straight by civilian leaders. Never mind that the UN resolution had urged diplomacy, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton instructed the Joint Chiefs of Staff not to negotiate with the Libyan government.
The Pentagon, however, enlisted an intelligence asset to maintain a secret channel of communication with Libya. “Everything I am getting from the State Department is that they do not care about being part of this,” this liaison told Seif Qaddafi after the NATO bombing had begun. “Secretary Clinton does not want to negotiate at all.”
Later the Libyan government made another attempt to negotiate through an intermediary, American businessman and former US Navy officer Charles Kubic. According to Kubic, General Carter Ham, head of AFRICOM, agreed to participate in this effort to halt the war. Qaddafi proposed a seventy-two-hour-truce, then said he would step down to allow for a transition provided that NATO agreed to maintain the Libyan army, lift sanctions against him and his family, and provide them safe passage.
Was the offer genuine and workable? We’ll never know, because Clinton shut down the negotiations.
Thanks to news reports — mostly in right-wing outlets — over the last several months, a clearer picture of the US’s 2011 war on Libya has emerged. While some of the analysis in these pieces is suspect, much of the reporting is well-sourced, and it should be making life uncomfortable for Clinton.
But she carries on unscathed partly because few American elites want to talk about the US destruction of Libya and partly because her GOP adversaries continue to fixate on the 2012 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi. The wayward probe allows her to depict herself, accurately, as the target of a partisan effort. A manufactured scandal clouds a real one.
The new information is more confirmation than revelation. News from different sources — the Pentagon audio tapes, Sidney Blumenthal’s emails to Clinton, and a grand jury investigation of a private defense contractor — vindicates opponents of the war, especially those who recognized it as an act of aggression.
And it indicts those who bought and hawked the humanitarian case — a group that includes scores of prominent liberals and leftists. Consistent with their collective quiet on Libya since 2011, liberal-left pundits and media outlets have mostly ignored the recent news except to object to the Right’s attacks on Clinton. For loyal Democrats and liberal ironists, including many who supported the US war on Libya, “Benghazi” is a joke about GOP obsession. For Libyans, Benghazi is a ravaged city in a ravaged country.
More https://www.jacobinmag.com/2015/07/hillary-libya-nato-qaddafi-obama/
clothcapclothcap on July 21st, 2015 09:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Worse Than Benghazi
Minor criticisms. ISIS was foreseen by the CIA/Pentagon/NATO.
AQ was present in Libya before the destruction. There is a town named Darna that was used for training of terrorists to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan and training continues today.
clothcapclothcap on July 21st, 2015 10:26 pm (UTC)
Obama Simply Switched from One War Crime Which Increases Terrorism to Another
By Washington's Blog
Global Research, July 21, 2015
Washington's Blog 20 July 2015
It has now been proven beyond any shadow of a doubt that the type of torture which the U.S. used during the Bush years was a war crime.
Top terrorism and interrogation experts agree that torture creates more terrorists. Indeed, the leaders of ISIS were motivated by U.S. torture. And French terrorist Cherif Kouchi told a court in 2005 that he wasn’t radical until he learned about U.S. torture at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
But all Obama has done is to transition to drone assassinations which – beyond any shadow of a doubt – are a war crime (more here and here), and create more terrorists than they stop.
As the eminent historian Alfred McCoy notes:

Back in 2006 readers may well have dismissed that warning about “state-sponsored murder” as improbable, even irresponsible. But now this distinguished panel [which includes former FBI director William S. Sessions, former Army intelligence chief Claudia Kennedy, and former DEA director Asa Hutchinson] tells us that is exactly what has happened. Under President Obama, the torture issue has faded not from reform but because we are no longer taking prisoners since, as this report states, “the regime of capture and detention has been…supplanted in large measure by the use of drones.” By killing high value targets with drones, “the troublesome issues of how to conduct detention and interrogation operations are minimized.” In effect, we have slid down the slippery slope of human rights abuse to find extra-judicial killings awaiting us like an unwelcome specter at the bottom.


Postscript: In reality, the Obama regime has simply replaced Bush’s torture techniques with ones “that emphasize psychological torture,” and by outsourcing torture to our “allies.”
And Obama is committing other war crimes which increase terrorism, like – according to a group of CIA officers – arming Al Qaeda in Libya so they would overthrow Gaddaffi.
Links in the text here http://www.globalresearch.ca/obama-simply-switched-from-one-war-crime-which-increases-terrorism-to-another/5463655


Edited at 2015-07-21 10:28 pm (UTC)
clothcapclothcap on July 21st, 2015 10:31 pm (UTC)
New Probe Exposes Horrific Child Abuse by Israeli Forces
By Sarah Lazare
Global Research, July 21, 2015
Common Dreams 20 July 2015
Palestinian children face chokeholds, stun grenades, and forced confessions at the hands of Israeli forces, Human Rights Watch report reveals
The findings are contained in a report—Israel: Security Forces Abuse Palestinian Children—based on interviews with six children between the ages of 11 and 15, and corroborated by witness testimony and video evidence. All of the children were accused of throwing rocks between March and December 2014—a common charge that can lead to decades in prison.
“Israel has been on notice for years that its security forces are abusing Palestinian children’s rights in occupied territory, but the problems continue,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director for HRW. “These are not difficult abuses to end if the Israeli government were serious about doing so.”
Israeli border police arresting Ahmad Abu Sbitan, 11, in front of his school in East Jerusalem. (Photo: Majd Gaith/HRW)
Israeli forces are choking, beating, and abusing Palestinian children as young as 11, arresting and coercing them into confessions without granting them access to lawyers or even informing their parents of their whereabouts, a new investigation from Human Rights Watch reveals.
In each case, parents were not told their child had been arrested and the children were not provided lawyers during their interrogations. Two boys and one girl said they were forced under threat of beatings to sign confessions that were written in Hebrew, a language they don’t understand.
The families of two children were not permitted to visit or even call them during their respective incarcerations of 64 and 110 days.
Israeli forces inflicted violence on the children using stun grenades, chokeholds, and physical beatings. Two children urinated on themselves throughout the course of the arrest due to fear, and several say they suffer lasting psychological impacts, including nightmares.
“When they drove me from the settlement to the office, they put a black cloth bag on my head, and were shouting, ‘We’re going to beat you, you’re going to tell us who was with you throwing stones,’” 11-year-old Rashid from the Silwan neighborhood in East Jerusalem told HRW. “Then they were pushing me around, and cursing me, in Arabic. They kicked me in the shin, and my leg turned different colors. I was freezing. They kept putting me into a car and taking me out.”
More http://www.globalresearch.ca/new-probe-exposes-horrific-child-abuse-by-israeli-forces/5463672
clothcapclothcap on July 21st, 2015 10:43 pm (UTC)
Victoria Nuland Threatens Russia
By Stephen Lendman
Global Research, July 21, 2015
Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Victoria Nuland, who pushed for the Ukraine coup and helped pick the post-coup leaders.
She’s one of many neocon lunatics infesting Washington. She was Hillary Clinton’s hand-picked choice for Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs.
She wrecked Ukraine. Maybe she has starting WW III in mind. In an interview on Ukrainian TV, she said if war on its territory escalates, “the costs will go up” for Russia – economically and militarily.
“As you know, the sanctions that the international community has put in place – that the US and the EU have in place – are there to change the policy of Russia, to encourage it to fulfill its obligations.”
“We’ve made clear that they will stay in place until Minsk is fully implemented, including an end to the violence, including a return of hostages, a return of the border.”
“But we’ve also made clear that if the violence increases, we’re prepared to put more pressure on Russia.”
Fact: Washington, Canada, go-along European nations and Kiev irresponsibly bash Russia.
Fact: Washington bears full responsibility for installing fascist Ukrainian governance waging US proxy war on its own Donbass citizens wanting democratic rights everyone deserves.
Fact: Imposed US and EU sanctions have no legitimacy whatever. Security Council members alone may impose them.
Fact: What’s ongoing in Ukraine is the pretext for irresponsible Russia bashing. Washington’s aim is regime change.
Tactics include attempts to marginalize, contain, isolate, destabilize and weaken Moscow. They accomplished the opposite – creating stronger Sino/Russian ties than ever, a powerful political, economic and military alliance against Western imperialism.
Fact: Russia is the continent’s leading peacemaker. Putin, Sergey Lavrov and other officials continue going all-out all-out to end Ukraine’s aggression on Donbass diplomatically.
Fact: Russia fully complies with Minsk ceasefire terms. Kiev breached them straightaway – continuing its dirty war on Donbass with full US support and encouragement, aided by Washington covertly supplying its military with heavy weapons and training its forces for battle.
Separately, Nuland praised recently approved Ukrainian constitutional amendments – supposedly granting Donbass special status as Minsk stipulates.
Not exactly. Donbass remains economically blockaded. Junta aggression continues. Its definition of special status is only what Kiev permits.
More http://www.globalresearch.ca/victoria-nuland-threatens-russia/5463677
clothcapclothcap on July 21st, 2015 10:46 pm (UTC)
The Firesale Begins: Tsipras Agrees To Sell Greek Assets
By Joshua Krause
Global Research, July 21, 2015
The Daily Sheeple 20 July 2015
It’s never been more obvious that Greece has been sold out to the banks. Like many countries before, their nation has been scheduled to endure poverty and chaos, followed by a firesale of their assets.
The latest evidence of their nation’s capture by the banks, is the selling of their numerous islands to wealthy buyers.
American business magnate, one of the world’s most successful investors, Warren Buffett has reportedly bought the Greek island of Agios Thomas for 15 mln euro, according to the website of the Greek newspaper Proto Thema and became yet another celebrity with his own piece of Greece.
The newspaper says the deal was made in partnership with Italian real estate magnate, millionaire Alessandro Proto.
The two men closed the deal for a reported 15 million euros last Thursday. The businessmen released a joint statement saying that they intended to invest in the island of Agios Thomas, also referred to as St. Thomas, located on the northwestern side of the island of Egina in the Saronic Gulf.
They plan to “build property in an effort to help the wider region develop.”
The island, 300 acres in size, was earlier available for sale over the internet at 15 mln euro.
If confirmed, this is yet another purchase of a Greek island by a foreign celebrity. Earlier this week Hollywood star Johnny Depp purchased an uninhabited Greek island of Stroggilo for 4.2 mln euro.
Of course, the value of these islands is hardly enough to pay down their massive debt, and that’s kind of the point. When the banks own your country, they’re not interested in liberating you from your financial slavery. Before you ever get around to repaying those debts, or defaulting, they’ll use austerity to bring your country to the brink of chaos, and buy up everything for pennies on the dollar, and make a handsome profit as the country recovers on their terms.
Prime Minister Tsipras has sold out to these financial interests; and the firesale of all Greek assets, not just their paltry islands, is well on its way.
More http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-firesale-begins-tsipras-agrees-to-sell-greek-assets/5463707
clothcapclothcap on July 21st, 2015 11:21 pm (UTC)
Secretly bombing Syria ‘undermines trust’ say MPs
21 Jul, 2015
Defiant Defence Secretary Michael Fallon was grilled by MP’s on Monday over the government’s decision to allow UK pilots to bomb Syria, and their lack of a coherent strategy in the region.
“It appears from the secretary of state's statement today that he still thinks it is possible to bring down Daesh (Islamic State) without promoting the [Bashar] Assad regime, or to bring down the Assad regime without promoting Daesh,” Julian Lewis, the Tory chair of the influential Defense Select Committee, argued.
“The reality is that he has got to face up to one or the other, and until we know which he regards as the lesser of two evils, it is not true to say that we have a coherent strategy for Syria.”
Shadow Defense Secretary Vernon Coaker said: “It is crucial that in these important and sensitive matters the confidence and trust of this parliament is maintained as well as that of the British people.
“The government has acted in a way that puts that trust and confidence at risk.”
Coaker also questioned what could happen if a pilot was shot down over enemy territory.
More http://www.rt.com/uk/310339-secretly-bombing-syria-trust/
Not forgetting that Iraq shot down 2 UK planes that were servicing ISIS (Daesh)
clothcapclothcap on July 21st, 2015 11:26 pm (UTC)
Keiser Report Episode 786
21 Jul, 2015
Stacy and Max discuss Greek prime ministers bearing referendums as privatisation schemes move full steam ahead as billionaires and celebrities begin buying up Greek islands on the cheap. In the second half, Max interviews Eddy Travia of Coinsilium.com about the company’s upcoming IPO on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) in London. Coinsilium Group facilitates the implementation of blockchain technology products and services alongside media and corporate advisory services.

http://www.rt.com/shows/keiser-report/310334-episode-max-keiser-786/

Edited at 2015-07-21 11:37 pm (UTC)
clothcapclothcap on July 21st, 2015 11:58 pm (UTC)
Perhaps This Is Obama’s Grand Strategy
I made this the next post

Edited at 2015-07-27 01:21 pm (UTC)
clothcapclothcap on July 22nd, 2015 12:27 am (UTC)
Tweetz
Quociente Cultural®
Mohamed Eljarh
Public calls in the city of Tobruk for the release of Saif Islam Qaddafi & for G regime officials to play a role in the future.
Birgitta Lundqvist
FREE SAIF AL ISLAM!! Unfairly imprisoned for 44 months!!
RT @HESHAMassomod Demonstrations in Bani Walid asking empowerment saif Gaddafi of the rule of Libya

Chris Sedlmair
First consequences of the 5+1 agreement, by Thierry Meyssan http://www.voltairenet.org/article188220.html

OXI
Yanis Varoufakis
Dominique Strauss Kahn, addressing “German friends” http://yanisvaroufakis.eu/2015/07/20/dominique-strauss-kahn-addressing-german-friends/

curtis doebbler
UN Libya peace deal a mere façade for destructive NATO proxy occupation.

Oliver Holmes
Julia Macfarlane
Cameron to unveil 5yr plan to tackle Islamist extremism; govt to look at issues of identity, failure of integration http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-33590305

African Union
Jacob Enoh Eben
Historic trial in Africa of former Chadian Head of State, Hissène Habré is underway in Dakar by Senegal & @_AfricanUnion.

Libya
Italy has lost most out of Western countries in Libya. Berlusconi was a fool to betray Gaddafi.

Scott Horton
MJ Rosenberg
AIPAC threatens primary challenges to Dems who support Obama & not Netanyahu on irandeal. http://jpupdates.com/2015/07/19/aipac-considering-nuclear-option-to-foil-iran-deal/

Press TV
15 Yemenis killed in fresh Saudi raids http://ptv.io/1uvS
Iran oil to hit 4.7 million bpd ‘soon’ http://ptv.io/1uvV
Greeks set to face sharp price hikes http://ptv.io/1uvE
‘Israel-made ISIL drone downed in Iraq’ http://ptv.io/1uvC
Flash flood kills at least 5 in Iran http://ptv.io/1uv0
Reports: 5 killed, 20 injured in Baghdad explosion
Support for terrorists causing tragedy, instability in region: Iran Read more: http://ptv.io/1v0U

Ana Gomes, MEP
Zbigniew Brzezinski
Simply put, the Iran deal is better than the alternative. See this recent statement: http://huff.to/1IbNgcb
TPN @LibraryofCongress,DC - Bob Zoelick doesn't think TTIP to pass before end 2016, rather wait for TPP, pause & see how it goes. I agree.
TPN (Transatlantic Policy Network) starting @Library of Congress. Bob Zoelick says TTIP stalled behind TPP

Activist Post
Cluster bombs made in the USA and sold to Saudi Arabia are being dropped on Yemenis http://www.pri.org/stories/2015-07-17/yemenis-are-terrorized-weapon-made-america-sold-saudis
David Taylor
Anti-Vax Doc Tells Truth, Wins Patients. Dr. Jack Wolfson cleared of all charges. http://bit.ly/1HGmYSa
zerohedge
Tsipras Asked Putin For $10 Billion To "Print Drachmas", Greek Media Reports http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-07-21/tsipras-asked-putin-10-billion-print-drachmas-greek-media-reports
Three U.S. Navy admirals censured in bribery scandal http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/20/us-usa-navy-corruption-idUSKCN0PU2BN20150720
[The kind of people in charge of nuclear stockpiles?]
USA TODAY
BREAKING CDC to review oversight of bioterror labs after USA TODAY investigation http://usat.ly/1JeDoDT

MRZine
ESP
Media announcement of Socialist Party of the Oppressed in English Suruc Rojava Kobane SuructaKatliamVar
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CKcSbqpUYAAD-Co.jpg
Javid Guliyev
"The people, we are fighting today, we funded 20 years ago" (Hillary Clinton) - http://bit.ly/szhx00
Billmon
.@RaniaKhalek Hillary's play in Honduras much like Nuland's in Ukraine: first encourage and/or organize overthrow of elected leader...(1)
...then quickly organize "free & fair" elections under conditions you know will make it certain your guy(s) win. (2)
Same pattern in Egypt, for that matter. "Transition to democracy." (3)
Lee Fang
Akin Gump, lobby firm that reps private prison Corrections Corp, has deep ties to Hillary Clinton prez campaign http://goo.gl/WtsVzY
Hillary Clinton Paid by Jeb Bush’s Education Company http://interc.pt/1PukPja
Micah Uetricht
.@ChMadar: "Senior figures in the human rights world, in and out of government, have been less sceptical about the humanitarian benefits of assassination and counterinsurgency warfare than many military figures." http://www.lrb.co.uk/v37/n13/chase-madar/short-cuts
clothcapclothcap on July 22nd, 2015 01:01 am (UTC)
RT UK
‘Cruel’ Tory welfare bill passed despite Labour revolt
The controversial Tory welfare bill that will lead to spending cuts of £12 billion was passed in parliament on Monday, despite an impassioned Labour revolt which saw a fifth of all Labour MPs voting against it.
http://www.rt.com/uk/310348-tories-cruel-welfare-bill/

Leading scientists urge immediate climate action
Action to mitigate the worst effects of climate change must be taken immediately by governments across the globe, a coalition of scientists, engineers and medical researchers has warned.
http://www.rt.com/uk/310340-climate-change-action-scientist/
"Give us lots of funding because in our opinion it most certainly could, perhaps, maybe, possibly be a little warmer in 100 years."
What they don't say is there is an equal if not higher possibility that it may be a lot cooler. Nothing at all to do with CO2 either way! The god of weather is the Sun.
clothcapclothcap on July 22nd, 2015 01:57 am (UTC)
Tweetz
David Mizner
Anyone (@lhfang?) know which PR firm is penning & placing these op-eds for Al Qaeda-linked Ahrar Al Sham? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/islamic-state/11752714/Im-a-Syrian-and-I-fight-Isil-every-day.-We-need-more-than-bombs-from-the-West-to-win-this-battle.html
Sāṭeʿ ساطع
Moon of Alabama
Ask Brookings Doha. They seem to organize it.

Net News Global
Protesters in Istanbul Slam Erdoğan`s Support for ISIL http://english.farsnews.com/player.aspx?nn=13940430001271

RT
'We need to counter the hegemony of Bretton Woods institutions’ - Prof @sreeramchaulia on BRICS bank in Shanghai https://soundcloud.com/rttv/bretton-woods-hegemony
Govt commission green lights reciprocal impounding of foreign nations’ property in Russia http://on.rt.com/6nhh

The Buzzer
arabist
Short Cuts: http://ift.tt/1BM6kBq Chase Madar on the weaponisation of human rights
Cato Foreign Policy
53% of Americans want Congress to approve the IranDeal http://www.cato.org/blog/survey-58-americans-favor-iran-nuclear-agreement-worry-about-its-efficacy
Come Home America
OPINION: The F-35 trillion-dollar boondoggle puts defense industry to shame http://buff.ly/1g1j51A

Raja Chemayel
Dr. David Romei
Netanyahu trying to free the spy JonathanPollard as price of IranDeal. CIA http://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/192341/will-jonathan-pollard-be-released-in-november



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clothcapclothcap on July 22nd, 2015 11:28 am (UTC)
RT Op-Edge: The extremism of David Cameron
Dan Glazebrook
4 Jul, 2015
UK Prime Minister David Cameron is not only in complete denial about his role in facilitating the rise of ISIS, but his “response” to last Friday’s attacks will facilitate it even further.
Last week’s attacks by Islamic State (formerly ISIS/ISIL) and Al-Qaeda killed almost 300 people across six countries: Syria (145), Somalia (over 50), Tunisia (37), Kuwait (30), China (18) and France (1). Another 70 were killed in Egypt earlier this week.
That ISIS is now in a position to launch such coordinated attacks is a direct consequence of the policies pursued by Cameron and his predecessors in Syria, in Iraq, in Somalia, and most of all in Libya. Unsurprisingly, his article in The Telegraph the following Monday reflected on none of this. Instead, he suggested a series of measures that will boost their capacity even further.
Firstly, he said, “we must give our police and security services the tools they need to root out this poison.” This might make sense if the police and security services were genuinely committed to tackling the death squads. Unfortunately, it is becoming increasingly clear that it is precisely the security services that have been facilitating the passage of fighters to Syria.
David Cameron's full spectrum #Syria idiocy: will Tony Blair sue him for plagiarism? http://t.co/U6uJhRisXmpic.twitter.com/x265uFM71p
— Stop the War (@STWuk) July 3, 2015
Moazzam Begg’s trial for terrorism offences collapsed spectacularly last year when MI5 admitted they had given him the “green light” for his training of fighters in Syria. The Guardian noted that MI5 had “extensive contacts with him before and after his trips to Syria” during which “he discussed his travel plans and explained he was assisting opposition fighters in their war against Bashar al-Assad’s regime.”
MI5 then assured Begg that “no attempt would be made to hinder him if he wanted to return to Syria.” According to Begg, around half a dozen other trials have collapsed since then, and for the same reason – that the fighters had left with the full approval of the security services. That the intelligence services should be playing the role of facilitating British Muslims to fight in Syria is, of course, no surprise, given that it was government policy to support the Syrian insurgency from the very beginning, providing it with diplomatic support, finance, training and military equipment, and downplaying the brutality and sectarianism of the fighters.
In November 2012, William Hague, then British Foreign Secretary, met with rebel leader Moaz al-Khatb, an anti-Shia sectarian who has described Al Qaeda’s Syrian wing, Jabhat al-Nusra, as an important ally in the struggle to destroy the Syrian government. Four days later, the British government officially recognized Khatb’s organization, the Syrian National Coalition for Opposition and Revolutionary Forces, as the sole legitimate representatives of the Syrian people, despite overwhelming hostility to the insurgency across large swathes of Syria.
There is no way that Britain was unaware of Al Qaeda’s leading role in the insurgency they were supporting and arming. Last month, US courts ordered the declassification of documents issued by the Defence Intelligence Agency – widely distributed within the US at the time and almost certainly shared with the British government - which highlighted the leading role of Al Qaeda in the Syrian insurgency back in August 2012.
Relatives of the British tourists killed in #Tunisia should sue David Cameron for turning #Libya into a breeding ground for terrorists.
Continues http://www.rt.com/op-edge/271663-david-cameron-terrorism-islam/
clothcapclothcap on July 22nd, 2015 11:46 am (UTC)
Re: RT Op-Edge: The extremism of David Cameron
Aangirfan noted [http://aanirfan.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/tunisia-false-flag-attack-on-port-el.html ]
the allied axis of evil (USUKFR[IL?]), mostly the US regime has a base in Tunisia that allegedly trains terrorists that the Tunisian special forces deploy.
"Reportedly, after Tunisia's President Ben Ali was ousted by the CIA in 2011, the CIA's Islamist government allowed the US military to build a secret base in Remada in Tunisia.
Reportedly, the Pentagon uses the Remada base to train its Islamic terrorists.
The Islamists lost power in Tunisia in 2014.
Tunisia's current President Beji Essebsi is opposed to US bases."
www.tunisie-secret.com https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tunisie-secret.com%2FTunisie-immense-base-militaire-americaine-a-Remada_a579.html&edit-text=
Yet
Tunisia's prime minister Essebsi has reportedly offered more Tunisian bases to NATO.
http://www.algeriepatriotique.com/article/avec-comme-consequence-l-encerclement-total-de-l-algerie-essebsi-offre-ses-bases-l-otan
"There are 12 jihadist training camps in Tunisia and the Interior officials know this.
"Once they have received training, the jihadists will be sent to the Algerian Sahara, Mali and Syria.
"If there is an explosion in a public place, hotel, or shopping mall, you should know that it is the Tunisian special forces who planned it.
"They are trying to aggravate the situation and to mislead the Tunisian people and give the impression that terrorism has spread in Tunisia and that al Qaeda attacked the people and institutions of civil society.
"The goal is to prepare the ground for US intervention and Marines on Tunisian soil."
==================
Clothcap readers have seen plenty of evidence that terrorism is the design of extremist NGOs like Brookings and Rand that advise the US military and regime, the creation and implementation of NATO and the united intelligence services (MI6, CIA, Mossad, DGSE, DVD) and implemented via direction of the US regime by the Pilgrims' CFR with Israeli regime lobbyist groups and KJ billionaires applying pressure.
Most headline gangs, AQ, Daesh, al Nusra are assemblages of rented criminal gangs that were running and selling drugs and kidnapping for ransom, hordes of mercenaries, deluded volunteers, brain damaged muslim extremists, death row convicts and dressed for the part national forces from e.g. Qatar and Turkey, directed by NATO, the CIA, MI6, Mossad, and Turkish, Saudi and Qatari military and intelligence.
To call the devastating Western aggression against Libya, Syria and Iraq national uprisings and civil war is an insult to any intelligent person.
clothcapclothcap on July 22nd, 2015 01:10 pm (UTC)
Countering the neo-Cold Warriors
by Wayne Madsen
Voltaire Network Washington D. C. (États-Unis) 18 July 2015
Shortly, the «gruesome twosome» of U.S.-Russian relations, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland and NATO Supreme Commander General Philip Breedlove, will be joined by a third neo-Cold Warrior, Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford, the prospective Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to become the «terrible troika» of American officials clamoring for a military showdown with Moscow.
During his confirmation hearings before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Dunford said he viewed Russia as the greatest threat to America. But not just any «threat». In language that could have been pulled out of a U.S. newspaper from the 1960s, Dunford testified, «If you want to talk about a nation that could pose an existential threat to the United States, I’d have to point to Russia», adding, «and if you look at their behavior, it’s nothing short of alarming».
While Dunford’s Cold War rhetoric warmed the cockles of the hearts of leading Senate committee war hawks such as John McCain, McCain’s eyelash-batting pal Lindsey Graham – a 2016 presidential candidate – and Texas Joseph McCarthy lookalike Ted Cruz, it was not well-received at the White House or the State Department. White House Press Secretary John Earnest distanced President Obama from Dunford’s views, stating at a press conference that Dunford was expressing «his own view and [it] doesn’t necessarily reflect the . . . consensus analysis of the president’s national security team».
State Department spokesman Mark Toner, in commenting on Dunford’s remarks, was more emphatic when stating that Secretary of State John Kerry rejected the general’s comments, «The secretary doesn’t agree with the assessment that Russia is an existential threat to the United States, nor China, quite frankly». Toner was referring to Dunford’s testimony that China was second only to Russia in posing a significant threat to the United States.
However, it was Kerry who promoted Nuland, who is married to arch-neoconservative and Project for the New American Century (PNAC) architect Robert Kagan, to the position that placed her in charge of U.S.-Russian relations. Previously, Nuland served as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s press spokeswoman. And if Mrs. Clinton’s penchant for «standing by her women» is any indication, a Hillary Clinton presidency could see Nuland, who once worked for Vice President Dick Cheney, promoted to a higher-level position, including Secretary of State or National Security Adviser. Obama and Kerry can distance themselves from Dunford’s alarming comments all they want, however, it is they who have permitted individuals like Nuland, Breedlove, Dunford, and the saber-rattling Defense Secretary Ashton Carter to become major policy officials within the Obama administration.
Dunford and Breedlove appear to have been pulled from central casting for a remake of the 1960s Stanley Kubrick noire comedy film, «Dr. Strangelove». Dunford, who bears the problematic nickname «Fighting Joe» and has been described as a «fervent Catholic», sounds like the blusterous General Buck Turgidson, who, after a wayward B-52 continues on to Russia, against orders, to drop its nuclear payload on a missile base, tells a bewildered president, «It is necessary now to make a choice, to choose between two admittedly regrettable, but nevertheless ‘distinguishable,’ postwar environments: one where you got twenty million people killed, and the other where you got a hundred and fifty million people killed». Breedlove, on the other hand, is just as much an ideologue as is the fictional General Jack Ripper, who in «Dr. Strangelove» tells his British liaison officer, «Today, war is too important to be left to politicians. They have neither the time, the training, nor the inclination for strategic thought».
More http://www.voltairenet.org/article188199.html
Blackadder producers could not produce a sorrier cast of criminal clowns.
clothcapclothcap on July 22nd, 2015 04:47 pm (UTC)
BIG UK SEX SCANDAL
19 July 2015
According to 'Darren', Leon Brittan (responsible for MI5) was a regular visitor to paedophile parties at Dolphin Square in Pimlico, in London.
‘He (Brittan) liked boys to dress in women's underwear and he liked to be alone in the room to punish you for wearing underwear.’
Two other victims say that children were farmed out to abusers like 'sex toys'; and serving MPs, peers, spies and police officers are linked to the VIP paedophile ring.
More http://aanirfan.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/830-sunday-on-60-minutes.html
As one commenter there pointed out, when are present day paedos in high places going to be exposed?

GOVERNMENTS SCREW CHILDREN
http://aanirfan.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/governments-screw-children.html
clothcapclothcap on July 24th, 2015 11:10 am (UTC)
Tweetz
David Mizner
Anyone (@lhfang?) know which PR firm is penning & placing these op-eds for Al Qaeda-linked Ahrar Al Sham? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/islamic-state/11752714/Im-a-Syrian-and-I-fight-Isil-every-day.-We-need-more-than-bombs-from-the-West-to-win-this-battle.html
Sāṭeʿ ساطع
Moon of Alabama
Ask Brookings Doha. They seem to organize it.

Net News Global
Protesters in Istanbul Slam Erdoğan`s Support for ISIL http://english.farsnews.com/player.aspx?nn=13940430001271
CCTVNEWS
A 20-year-old Turkish man carried out suicide bombing in town bordering Syria, a Turkish official said following DNA test (AFP)

RT
'We need to counter the hegemony of Bretton Woods institutions’Prof @sreeramchaulia on BRICS bank in Shanghai https://soundcloud.com/rttv/bretton-woods-hegemony
Govt commission green lights reciprocal impounding of foreign nations’ property in Russia http://on.rt.com/6nhh
TwitterBlockinTurkey to be lifted after Twitter removes all Suruc bombing images http://on.rt.com/6njb

The Buzzer
arabist
Short Cuts: http://ift.tt/1BM6kBq Chase Madar on the weaponisation of human rights
Cato Foreign Policy
53% of Americans want Congress to approve the IranDeal http://www.cato.org/blog/survey-58-americans-favor-iran-nuclear-agreement-worry-about-its-efficacy
Come Home America
OPINION: The F-35 trillion-dollar boondoggle puts defense industry to shame http://buff.ly/1g1j51A

Raja Chemayel
Dr. David Romei
Netanyahu trying to free the spy JonathanPollard as price of IranDeal. CIA http://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/192341/will-jonathan-pollard-be-released-in-november

green heart
Maria Engström
No surprise really, in swedish press, self appointed "terror experts" claim that "Assad could have done the bombing in Suruç"
Chuck Pfarrer
AYN ISA TACMAP: 2200EDT 20JUL. Joint Forces reported to have retaken Ayn Isa and Brigade 92 Base. Kobani
Map https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CKZ1Xw0VAAElalR.jpg
Lina Arabi
Lebanese cardinal Raï: It's sad to see that countries in the West give support to al Nusra in the name of democracy.
Hassan Ridha
Golani Druze Force the IDF to Halt the Medical Treatment of Al-Qaeda Fighters: http://www.almasdarnews.com/article/golani-druze-force-the-idf-to-halt-the-medical-treatment-of-al-qaeda-fighters/
Orient أورينت
Ahmad Al-Rahmoun, leader of Liwa Al-Betar of FSA Tajamu' Al-'Izza killed in SyAAF air raid on Khan Sheikhoun Syria
(3) NDF in Fuah Kafraya claims to have captured militant group and its leader as well as 4 rebel reporters Idlib
(4) NDF in Kafraya destroy a tank, and cars mounted with 14.5mm & 23mm cannons on Bab Al-Hawa highway Idlib countryside
Faylaq Al-Sham bombarding Shia enclave Fuah Kafraya which houses around 20,000 civilians Idlib countryside
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CKbrvrGUYAAupOE.jpg
SAA Hezbollah have taken full control of Zabadani Plain south of the city, cutting it off from Medaya
маяковский
18 yo ISIS female suicide bomber kills dozens in Turkey across Syria border http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/turkey/11750691/Explosion-kills-20-people-near-border-with-Syria.html
Israel will continue to provide medical care to Syria islamist fighters 'at the border' AlQaeda JabhatAlNusra http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-says-it-no-longer-treats-syrian-islamist-rebels-inside-country/
KomkujîyaPirsûs ‏@juniorCyaxares
People gathering front of Amara Culture Center&shouting "Killer AKP&Erdogan"
[Link not accessible, deleted.]
Šerif Imamagić
map shows regime IDF in southern_syria
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CKbEw2fUYAAnMbo.jpg
Sam Tamiz
Iran’s Jewish community leader calls Netanyahu ‘narcissistic, delusional' http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Irans-Jewish-community-leader-calls-Netanyahu-narcissistic-delusional-409524
uygar aktaş
YPG captured three villages from IS in the southern countryside of Al-Hasakah: Al Toushan, Saba'a Bakkour and Al Rouhiyah
Conflict Reporter
Syrian rebels send a letter to Israel/IDF begging for immediate help. Desperate need of medical supplies

Cynthia McKinney
The Cabal is laughing in your face; don't you know it? $500 million to train 60 Syrians to overthrow Assad. http://fb.me/1PIZ5Ls13

Mofeeda Al Aradi
Collected News
Turkey blocks Twitter to prevent broadcasting Monday’s bombing in Suruc - local media http://ift.tt/1IimB1I
clothcapclothcap on July 24th, 2015 12:13 pm (UTC)
Perhaps This Is Obama’s Grand Strategy
http://clothcap.livejournal.com/179740.html