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Syrian army foils chemical attack on Damascus - reported

June 17th, 2014

syriaalakahbarDon't expect a rush to verify this report by the United Nations or any NATO members. In the broadest sense, a verification would mean that the rulers of the United States, Great Britain, France, and other Euro powers were wholly deficient or massively deceptive in their profound assurance that the Syrian government had gassed its own people in August 2013. It would mean that the Obama administration's massive attack planned against Syria was callous and reckless beyond words. It would mean that Seymour Hersh was right when he linked Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan's government with the August 2013 attack in East Ghouta (The Red Line and the Rat Line). This article in Al Akahbar English cries out for an investigation that will never be. Failure to investigate should be seen for what it is.

Michael Collins

Syrian army foils chemical attack on Damascus By: Racha Abi Haidar
AL-AKAHBAR English, Buirut June 16, 2014 Creative Commons
Image: Al-Nusra acquired 16 canisters of Sarin gas with a
spread radius of 500 meters. Photo taken on October
30, 2014. (Photo: AFP)

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The Kiev Putsch: Rebel Workers Take Power in the East

May 8th, 2014

James Petras

Introduction

Not since the US and EU took over Eastern Europe, including the Baltic countries, East Germany, Poland and the Balkans and converted them into military outposts of NATO and economic vassals, have the Western powers moved so aggressively to seize a strategic country, such as the Ukraine, posing an existential threat to Russia.

Up until 2013 the Ukraine was a ‘buffer state’, basically a non-aligned country, with economic ties to both the EU and Russia. Ruled by a regime closely tied to local, European, Israeli and Russian based oligarchs, the political elite was a product of a political upheaval in 2004, (the so-called “Orange Revolution”) funded by the US. Subsequently, for the better part of a decade the Ukraine underwent a failed experiment in Western backed ‘neo-liberal’ economic policies. After nearly two decades of political penetration, the US and EU were deeply entrenched in the political system via long-standing funding of so-called non-governmental organizations (NGO’s), political parties and paramilitary groups.

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Madness in Ukraine

April 8th, 2014

by Stephen Lendman

This year's March madness wasn't in America. Nor what continues in April. Or what preceded it. Or perhaps what's likely to follow. It's in Ukraine.

It's ground zero. It represents the greatest geopolitical crisis since WW II. It threatens a third global conflict. It that's not madness, what is?

Obama bears full responsibility. His rap sheet is blood-drenched. He's waging multiple direct and proxy wars. He's got lots more mass slaughter and destruction in mind.

He wants unchallenged US global dominance. He wants Russia marginalized, isolated, weakened, contained and co-opted. His objectives risk global war.

Ukraine is a major geopolitical flashpoint. It's hugely dangerous. Challenging Russia recklessly may ignite what no responsible leader would risk.

Obama represents the worst of rogue leadership. He's ideologically extreme. He's over-the-top and then some. He's a con man like no other. He risks potential armageddon.

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NATO Steps Up Military Pressure on Russia

April 2nd, 2014

By Stefan Steinberg and Peter Schwarz

NATO continued its military build-up on the Russian border even as US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met in Paris Sunday evening to discuss the conflict over Ukraine. The meeting, involving four hours of “frank” talks, ended with no breakthrough and separate news conferences.

The two men met after Russian President Vladimir Putin indicated his readiness to make certain concessions. Last Friday he phoned US President Barack Obama in Saudi Arabia to discuss a “diplomatic resolution to the crisis.” On Sunday, Kerry dismissed Lavrov’s proposal for a Federal Ukraine that was not part of NATO, cynically declaring that was “up to the Ukrainians”—that is, the fascist-led regime in Kiev backed by Washington.

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Why NATO Does Nothing - Turkey's Syrian False Flag Plan

March 30th, 2014

Michael Collins
natodemo(3/30 Washington, DC) Will NATO take any action to censure Turkish officials for planning to attack and kill their own citizens? Turkey joined NATO in 1952. (Image:Nätverket Ofog)

The following exchange took place at meeting of senior Turkish government officials last week:

Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister - Ahmet Davutoğlu
"Prime Minister said that in current conjuncture, this attack (on Suleiman Shah Tomb) must be seen as an opportunity for us."

Turkish Chief of National Intelligence - Hakan Fidan
"I'll send 4 men from Syria, if that's what it takes. I'll make up a cause of war by ordering a missile attack on Turkey; we can also prepare an attack on Suleiman Shah Tomb if necessary." Transcript here or here

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Crisis in Ukraine

March 5th, 2014

by Stephen Lendman

Crisis conditions in Ukraine are potentially the most dangerous since Nazism's scourge terrorized Europe.

Washington bears full responsibility. European partners share it. Obama claimed another imperial trophy. Whether he'll keep it is another matter entirely.

Vladimir Putin supports resolving conflict conditions responsibly. Western officials irresponsibly criticize him. Media scoundrels bash him mercilessly.

He's the only world leader challenging US imperial lawlessness responsibly. He deserves worldwide support.

At a March 4 news conference, he said Moscow supports peace, not war. He'll deploy troops only to protect Russian nationals.

Ukraine's legitimate President Viktor Yanukovych requested he do so. He asked him to help restore law and order.

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Welcome to the New Syria -- Reprise

September 30th, 2013

Michael Collins
The destruction of Syria, in many forms, is proceeding according to plan and on time. When the Western powers and their pals, the oil oligarchs, target your country, it's time to run just as fast as you can.

I wrote Welcome to the New Syria on August 27, 2012. Based on known events and outcomes from the UN-NATO military action against Libya, I offered a number of predictions about the governance of the New Syria presuming a victory by Syrian rebels. At that time, the United States, Turkey, the United Kingdom, France and Gulf oligarchies, Qatar in particular, were full of themselves for their destruction of Libya in the name of democracy and progress. Given the Libya template, it seemed obvious the following would occur in Syria.

Unfortunately, four of the six post-Assad predictions have come true even though the Syrian government retains power. The predictions in the article are quoted below with italicized links. The reporting demonstrates that even with the Syrian government in place, the rebels have done an exceptionally efficient job of inflicting horrors on those parts of the nation under their control.

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Russia and China Prepare for Global War

July 27th, 2013

by Stephen Lendman

Both countries want peace, not war. America threatens them. Defensive readiness is prioritized. Forewarned is forearmed.

NATO's a global alliance. Washington heads it. It's a geopolitical threat. It menaces humanity. It's expanding worldwide. It's allied for offense, not defense. It plans war, not peace.

It's comprised of 28 member states, 22 partner ones, seven Mediterranean Dialogue allies, four Istanbul (Gulf) Cooperation Council Initiative states, and eight other global Partners.

It works cooperatively with the UN, EU, and Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. South American and African expansion is planned.

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Only Ten Percent of Citizens Support Military Involvement in Syria

May 2nd, 2013

by Michael Collins

The citizens of this country are in no mood to see U.S. military involvement in Syria. Of course, it has already begun. Consultation, secret assistance, and money given for "communications" (which allows other money for weapons) all contribute to the military effort. For months, Hillary Clinton demanded that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad leave the country. He hasn't cooperated. What does the toughest guy on the block do when you won't cooperate?

It's time for Syria to take a serious beat down. Others need to see how things are done. This will make things much easier when Hillary is (s)elected in 2016. She can simply issue edicts and mandates from the White House and sovereign nations will obey without question. The job of president is stressful enough. Maximum Leader Hillary won't need push back from any quarter, including domestic dissent. (Is there a drone in your future?)

There's just one problem. Citizens are not cooperating. Look at these polling numbers from Reuters-Ipsos (May 1). A huge majority opposes U.S. military involvement when asked a general question - 10% favor - 61% opposed. When given the choice of a yes for involvement if the Syrian government uses chemical weapons, there is still a majority opposed to intervention - 27% favor - 44% opposed.

But we know how this will work out.

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Lest we forget, an attack on Syria is an attack on Iran and a threat to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization

January 11th, 2013

by chycho

United States involvement in Syria has nothing to do with a repressive regime. After all, in 2002 the United States willingly used Assad’s regime to torture Maher Arar, a Canadian citizen, when they renditioned him to Syria from New York. The world was also quite grateful to Syria for accepting 1.5 million refugees created by the US invasion of Iraq, especially considering that for approximately the same period the United States had only accepted 7,000 Iraqi refugees. What’s happening in Syria is part of a bigger picture, a grand chessboard if you’d like, and what’s happening there is definitely not the end game.

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