Monday, September 01, 2014

The caliphate of ISIS

This is an insightful and informative study of ISIS by Syrian dissident, Haytham Al-Manna`.

the Syrian Observatory: how it cooks the news and headlines

 
Apparently, the Syrian Observatory posted this without realizing that its "comments" were not removed. 

Nadim Al-Bitar

Middle Eastern studies suffers from in-depth training in Middle Eastern language.  I have always argued in favor of restoring elements of Orientalist training.  Last week, Nadim Al-Bitar, died and not one mention of him anywhere in the US.  This is one of the major theoretician of Arab nationalism but has received little if any attention because he wrote exclusively in Arabic.  (There is an article about him in English by Tareq Ismail in Middle East Journal from 1971--check it out in JSTOR).  How ironic and sad (for him): the man who believed in the inevitability of Arab unity died a retired professor in Toledo, Ohio.

This very speech launched the modern fanatical terrorist Jihad around the world, from which we still suffer

Read the English subtitles. 

Zionist terrorist thieves

"Israel has announced plans to expropriate 400 hectares of land in the occupied West Bank" "Some 500,000 Israelis live among 2.4 million Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, territory that the Jewish state captured in the 1967 Middle East war."

West's relationship with dictatorships

"One element has been missing, and that is the west's relationship with Middle Eastern dictatorships that have played a pernicious role in the rise of Islamist fundamentalist terrorism. And no wonder: the west is militarily, economically and diplomatically allied with these often brutal regimes, and our media all too often reflects the foreign policy objectives of our governments." (thanks Mohammad)

U.S. helped Turkey kill Kurdish rebels

"The Snowden documents show that Turkey is the NSA's oldest partner in Asia. Even before the NSA's founding in 1952, the CIA had established a "Sigint," or signals intelligence, partnership with Turkey dating back to the 1940s." "U.S. secret agents have also provided support to the Turkish government in its battle against the Kurdish separatists with the PKK for years." (thanks Amir)

The journalism of Nicholas Blanford

It would not be an exaggeration to maintain that over the last ten years, Nicholas Blanford has proven himself to be the most unqualified, unprofessional, unreliable, unethical, incompetent, and propagandistic foreign correspondent working in the Middle East.  Basim sent me this:  "“I call on our parents and the people in the village to stop this apostate party [Hezbollah] from killing people,” says a soldier who identifies himself as Mahmoud Maarouf Hamiyah from the Shiite village of Taraya in the Bekaa Valley. Hamiyah is likely a blood relative of the secretive Talal Hamiyah, also from Taraya and one of Hezbollah’s top military commanders and allegedly head of the party’s external operations unit."  Do you know how many Hamiyahs there are in Lebanon?  This is like meeting somebody with a family name of Smith in the US and commenting: he is "likely" a blood relative of the wanted man Joe Smith.  How dumb is this?

Domestic violence in Syria

From Rana: "This article in the NYT (by a Syria Deeply writer and posted specifically to Nick Kristof’s page) explains violence against Syrian women as the result of it being a patriarchal country. Still, the statistic offered is no larger than that regarding prevalence of violence against American women. So would it be fair to describe American as “a super-duper patriarchal country”?

The quote: "Domestic violence has long been an issue in Syria, traditionally a patriarchal country where men are the breadwinners and women make the home. In 2006, its first countrywide domestic violence survey, sponsored by the United Nations Development Fund for Women, found that between 10 and 25 percent of Syrian women had experienced physical violence.

The link: "
Do you have an idea about the rates of domestic violence in "liberated" US?  23 women are killed weekly by men in the "non-patriarchal" US.

Samantha Power and Yemen

Samantha Power is quite bothersome at many level, and not only because she groveled before the Zionists in the US to obtain her job and their approval. Read her tweets: she represents the stereotype (often true) of the American liberal: unprincipled, lame, boring, vapid, and inconsistent.  Read her remarks about Yemen: she talks about "Yemeni political transition" when what happened in Yemen was simply a replacement of an American puppet by another American puppet.  Pure and simple. And she has been complaining about the Huthi movement: thus far, the movement around the capital has been purely political: demonstrations and protests focusing on economic demands--the kind of thing that the US government foments in countries where the regime is not a puppet of the US.

Free Syrian Army

What I like about the Free Syrian Army--assuming that such a thing really exists--is that it understood the rule of the game very early on and avoided adopting any ideology to facilitate offering their services to whoever wants to pay.  It works.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

FSI and ISIS

From Angry Arab's chief Turkey correspondent, Ali: "‘ISIS created by regime’ said FSA cleric join the ranks of ISIS


Ex-FSA commander Omar Gharba, who claimed “ISIS was created by regime” now joins the ranks of ISIS.
A youtube video (Link: )  shows him with a few ISIS commanders including Shakir Wahiyib.
Previously, he leaded the attacks against ISIS in Idlib province during last summer and told BBC Arabic that, “ISIS created by regime”…
Gharba was bearing FSA logos and was previously shown in a video while smashing a Virgin Mary Statue in Yakubiyah town and saying “We won’t accept anything but the tradition of the Prophet” but laterly described as “moderate” because of fighting against ISIS. "

A Zionist hoodlum apologizes

"To Middle East Forum subscribers:
I apologize for just sending out an article titled "Give Palestine—Not the U.N.—the Money, Responsibility, and Glory" by Alexander H. Joffe and Asaf Romirowsky. This is the title The New Republic gave this article. MEF policy requires alteration of such a title (to "the Palestinian Authority"), but I inadvertently overlooked this step.
This article does not signal a shift on the Forum's part. As far as we are concerned, "Palestine" ceased to exist on May 15, 1948.

Yours sincerely,

Gary Gambill
web editor" (thanks "Ibn Rushd")

Israel's ticking bombs in South Lebanon

"Megan Burke, another editor of the “Cluster Munition Monitor” report, said the widely accepted data for the Israel-Lebanon conflict showed 249 cluster munition casualties between July 12, 2006, and April 12, 2007. The time period goes beyond the conflict’s end to reflect the effects of the unexploded Israeli bomblets. The United Nations has said that many of the Israeli cluster bomblets in Lebanon did not explode, essentially turning them into booby traps that required an extensive cleanup operation."

How does Israel undercount its cluster bombs? It does not count them as bomblets although each are separate bombs after they are released

"The New York Times Correction: August 30, 2014 

An article on Thursday about a report on the deaths and injuries caused by cluster bombs in the Syrian civil war overstated the number of cluster bombs Israel dropped on Lebanon during the conflict with Hezbollah in 2006. It was about 1,800 bombs, containing more than 1.2 million bomblets; it was not “hundreds of thousands” of cluster bombs."

This liberal admits that he is racist against black, and proud of it

"I’m typical. The first time I took the test, years ago, I shot armed blacks in an average of 0.679 seconds while waiting slightly longer — 0.694 seconds — to shoot armed whites. I also holstered more quickly when confronted with unarmed whites than with unarmed blacks." Yes, Kristof.  You are typical of racists.

The golden age of Arab atheism: Syria

This article deals with the rise of atheism in Syria, in areas under the control of government and the rebels alike.

FBI-approved Islam

""ISNA rejects all acts of terrorism, including those perpetrated by Hamas, Hizbullah and any other group that claims Islam as their inspiration."" (thanks Basim)

I looked at this picture of Thomas Friedman and Barham Salih and thought: who do I detest more? I could not settle

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Explosive: minutes of a meeting between Mahmoud Abbas and Prince of Qatar (and later Khalid Mish`al)

Reading these minutes leave me with this impression: neither Fath nor Hamas comes off well.  The Emir of Qatar barely spoke.

Translations of Arabic articles

This blog features translations from Arabic, including articles by the incomparable, comrade Amer Mohsen.   

Western men and war

"We could laugh, but advocating war as liberation has real, negative consequences for women—not to mention other living and non-living things. After all, what is imperial war if not the mass rape of nations and cultures? Within the general context of indiscriminate violation, individual rape cases also abound; in fact, war and rape pretty much go together like bees and honey." (thanks Amir)

Human Rights Watch would never dare to insult the King of Saudi Arabia in personal terms


Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth)
French Pres Hollande has it right: #Syria Pres Assad isn't an anti-terrorist partner but effectively an #ISIS ally. trib.al/ka8nAAg

The US assures the Arabs that Israel is a "responsible" possessor of nuclear weapons

"The Johnson and Nixon administrations concluded that, in talks with Rabin, it had been stated in a manner both “explicit and implicit” that “Israel wants nuclear weapons, for two reasons: First, to deter the Arabs from striking Israel; and second, if deterrence fails and Israel were about to be overrun, to destroy the Arabs in a nuclear Armageddon.”"

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Zionist hoodlums at Campus Watch

This passage by me is presented as an apology for Hamas: "Meanwhile, As’ad AbuKhalil, a political scientist at California State University, Stanislaus, argued that, “With every war, with every massacre, and with every ‘assault,’ Israel (the government and its people) genuinely thinks that this war crime would do the job and finish off the flame of Palestinian nationalism once and for all.” “The US media and government are willing to justify any Israeli war crime no matter the scale,” he added."

Origins of ISIS

Another US responsibility for the creation of ISIS and its rise is that it, along with Saudi Arabia, adopted the official policy of Sunni-Shi`ite war to isolate Iran and Hizbullah.  The resort to Sunni sectarianism was destined to empower those are are most capable at it.

Saudi threats to the West?

In summoning all those diplomats, was the Saudi King making predictions or threats to the West?

The peace process

“I’ll back you and protect you, I’m your guy … it’s very upsetting … all the Arabs are the same,” US President Bill Clinton told Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak in a 19 July 2000 meeting during the failed Camp David summit with Palestinian Authority president Yasser Arafat.....
Israel also secretly recorded conversations between Clinton and Assad back in 2000. The only question unanswered is why, given the extent of the collusion, the Israeli government believed it was necessary to eavesdrop on its counterpart.....
In a secret 1998 letter to Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Albright promised: “Recognizing the desirability of avoiding putting forward proposals that Israel would consider unsatisfactory, the US will conduct a thorough consultation process with Israel in advance with respect to any ideas the US may wish to offer the parties for their consideration.” As Bregman notes, this effectively gave “Israel carte blanche to veto any American peace proposals” it didn’t like....
After noting that in 2004, US President George W. Bush appeared to release Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon from an earlier commitment not to harm Arafat, Bregman states that the US government had given Sharon “if not a green light to proceed with the killing, then at least an amber” light." (thanks Nikolai)

Palestinians continue to die

"The Ministry stated that Mohammad al-Ma’sawani, 22, suffered a very serious injury in an Israeli bombardment near al-Fairouz towers, northwest of Gaza City. He succumbed to his serious injuries despite all efforts to save his life. Also, an elderly woman, identified as Widad Abu Zeid died at an Egyptian hospital of wounds suffered after the army bombarded her family home in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. Several family members, including children were killed in the Israeli attack."

Who did this? The Western governments did when they adopted the "Syrian revolution"

"The Soufan Group, a New York-based intelligence firm, estimated in June that there were at least 12,000 foreign fighters from 81 countries in the Syrian conflict, including some 3,000 European nationals." (thanks Amir)

I told you so

Maybe I should do that once a week: do you remember how I (among others) warned during the days of the romanticization and glamoration of the "Syrian revolution" that the US policies and the permission to Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey to shower the rebels with weapons and money that a monster would be produced? The US can't in any way, along with Western governments, wash their hands of the responsibility for the unleashing of ISIS, just as they could not wash their hands of responsibility for the creation of Al-Qa`idah from the womb of their highly touted Mujahidin of Afghanistan.  

Saudi kingdom

Are you aware that the Saudi regime insists in all its "humanitarian assistance" to international organizagtions that all shipments be labeled "from the Kingdom of Humanity"?  And are you aware that recently refugees in northern Iraq refused to accept humantarian shipment of food because they were from Saudi Arabia? And are you aware that all Saudi assistance to international organizations is conditional on the requirement that those international organizations embark on PR work on behalf of Saudi Araba to improve its image in the West?  All this is not analysis but information form a UN source in NYC.

PS My source added later: the refugees were upset because they blamed Saudi regime for the creation of ISIS.

ِAmerican military assistance to the Lebanese Army


Lebanese are having fun on social media at the expense of the US: they found out that part of the most recent pakage of US military shipment to the Lebanese Army included hammers.  Kid you not.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Return to Nasser

My weekly article in Al-Akhbar: "Retrun to Nasser: the Naksah speech". 

Lebanese military assistance to the Lebanese Army

The biggest story on Lebanese social media today is mocking the recent shipment of "US military aid" to the Lebanese Army.   It looks and sounds like firecrackers really.  

Lebanese journalists who work for media of Saudi princes

You probably can tell from reading the writings in English of Lebanese journalists who write for Saudi media. They are by far the lowest category of journalists worldwide.  One of them, Samir `Atallah (a pioneer really in the art of prostration to Saudi princes) writes in the mouthpiece of Saudi prince Salman, Ash-Sharq Al-Awsat, that the Saudi king is "the most perfect of all men".  Literally.  See why many Arabs have only contempt for those Lebanese who work for Saudi media?  Those are people who have no self-respect and who will say anything and switch positions if ordered so by the entourage of the prince.  

Khalid Mish`al: one lousy leader

Now that the war on Gaza is over although the siege and occupation of Gaza by Israel is not over, we can resume the discussion of Hamas and its lousy opportunistic leader, Khalid Mish`al. His statement yesterday was almost word-for-word dictated by his sponsors in Qatar.  This is a man who has no political integrity and who offered his movement back in 2011 to the highest bidder, as was reported in Al-Quds Al-Arabi. His list of "thanks" yesterday was a lesson in political opportunism--he even thanked Kuwait and Oman for their stances on Palestine.  This man is the Yasser Arafat of the Qatari government and his path will emulate that failed path of Arafat.  If Hamas were to develop into a resistance movement in the full meaning of the world, this man has to be ousted. He is one of the worst Palestinian leaders in the history of the movement and has the visage of a liar when he speaks.  However, he made a clear statement to Jews in the world yesterday stressing that his movement was not in any way hostile to Jews and Judaism. Was that reported in the US press, I wonder? Will that ever be reported in the US press, I wonder?  I just woke up and I have not seen US papers. 

The hope of American liberals

"Echoing Benjamin Nentayahu (and Hillary Clinton), Elizabeth Warren's clear position is that Israel bears none of the blame for any of this. Or, to use her words, "when Hamas puts its rocket launchers next to hospitals, next to schools, they're using their civilian population to protect their military assets. And I believe Israel has a right, at that point, to defend itself." Such carnage is the "last thing Israel wants." The last thing. That, ladies and gentlemen, is your inspiring left-wing icon of the Democratic Party."

School of Arab dictators

"Four reigning Arab monarchs are graduates of Sandhurst and its affiliated colleges - King Abdullah of Jordan, King Hamad of Bahrain, Sheikh Tamim, Emir of Qatar, and Sultan Qaboos of Oman. Past monarchs include Sheikh Saad, Emir of Kuwait, and Sheikh Hamad, Emir of Qatar. Sandhurst's links have continued from the time when Britain was the major colonial power in the Gulf." Yes, but the BBC does not tell you that NOT ONE of those potentates actually went through the normal course at the school but that the school--for large sums of cash--prepares special short and less rigorous programs for the royal Arab brats.  

Russia and Ukraine

I believe that the American intervention in Ukraine--military and otherwise--exceeds Russian intervention there.

Iraq no longer exists?

"The retired US army general who served as Washington's first occupation chief in Iraq said the country has functionally ceased to exist and urged the Obama administration to decisively support and arm the forces of Iraqi Kurdistan as a fallback." (thanks Amir)

there is no lie that is too big in Saudi propaganda

Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Fawzan, a Saudi Salafi Islamic scholar an[d] a member of Human Right Commission accused Shiite of Qatif of leading Al-Qaeda in Iraq. Al-Fawzan said that “known scholars and jihadi leaders in Iraq have reported that they had arrest a leader in Al-Qaeda called "Abu Sahn al-Baghdadi " who has incite to kill Sunnis”. He added that “after investigations, they have discovered that he is a Shiite from Qatif”. (thanks Basim)

Obama lies

"American officials have denied participating in a plot to oust Iraq prime minister Nouri al-Maliki, despite a series of phone calls made by Barack Obama and Joe Biden to support the appointment of his successor."

Thursday, August 28, 2014

US allies in the war on ISIS

" The countries likely to be enlisted include Australia, Britain, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates, officials said."  Yeah. Nothing can defeat the ideology and message of ISIS like the secular feminist ideology of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and UAE. 

It is official: the New York Times now refers to Al-Qa`idah terrorist group as "less extreme"

"who was being held by a less extreme militant group, the Nusra Front."