The (((Biblical))) US Immigration Policy

Somewhere in the world, a little brown baby is crying. According to the jews and their insane rabbinical logic, this means Whites everywhere should meekly surrender their homelands, dig their own graves, and die. Please don’t have any White babies, because those might lead to a future for the White race; and that is precisely what the jews fear most. Instead, vapidly gaze into the talmudvision and watch the endless, insipid images showing the natural consequences of the r-selection reproductive strategy pursued by the dark, nightmare creatures whose 80 IQ and underdeveloped frontal lobes hamper their capacity for drawing cause-and-effect associations. They are your equals, say the jews; they’re just as good as the children you didn’t have because they would have gotten in the way of all that empty materialism and careerism. Keep watching the greasy tears pouring down the fat, screaming face of that brown, vaguely human cowbird, goyim. Then trust the sanctimonious, rat-faced man when he tells you that flooding your homeland with a few billion of these sullen, hostile genetic aliens is The Right Thing To DoTM.

If shamelessly preying upon the empathy and altruism that are uniquely part of the White genetic inheritance doesn’t convince you, the jew is ready with its old standby for persuading Whites to act against their best interests: the (((Wholly Babble))). Cucktianity is a perverse religion that was originally dreamed up by an unhinged jewish subversive, and then purposefully weaponized by his tribal brethren as a tool for destabilizing and destroying White societies. To this day, the Christian branch of Judaism continues to be a spiritual sickness in many Whites that causes otherwise functional people to enthusiastically support the extinction of their own race through embarrassingly trite, but suicidal mantras such as “love thy enemy” and “turn the other cheek.” As befits a weapon designed by rootless jews, the universalist nature of JUDEO-Christianity was intended from the beginning to provide a religious excuse for the foolish belief that radically disparate and incompatible races could be “equal” (except for Whites who are bad, and jews who are “g*d’s” favorites). This is a kosher con-game that has consistently tricked Whites for 2,000 years, has done immeasurable damage to the character and quality of the White racial lineage, and has advanced the talmudic imperative to extinguish the White race into a swamp of brown genetic sewage through miscegenation. It is spiritual cuckolding that encourages racial cuckolding. It has been so successful, that the jews can openly boast about it, as did (((Marcus Eli Ravage))) all the way back in 1928. In the intervening 90 years since Ravage made it plain that “good cucktians” were really dupes who had ill-advisedly swallowed kosher spiritual poison, the brazen jewish arrogance has only gotten increasingly shrill. A rabbi in the California failed-state is openly basking in the (((Biblical))) nature of U.S. immigration policy.

Last week [Rabbi Jill Jacobs] visited McAllen, Texas, with a group of clergy – including 10 rabbis – to bear witness to the situation on the border, where new policies are forcing the detention and separation of families and the refusal to hear asylum claims from victims of gang and domestic violence.”

The Sanhedrin that truly rules Weimerica heads to the world’s most porous, pathetic excuse for a border to ensure that not even the most mild and ineffectual efforts are being made to prevent a formerly safe and prosperous White homeland from being inundated by the brown tide from the Central American cesspool. According to the jews, every piece of worthless, welfare-seeking flotsam should be entitled to an “asylum claim” just because they’re not White and want to pick carrion from the corpse of the USSA. The legalistic jews knowingly fail to mention that being the victim of crime, being impoverished, or simply crying crocodile tears does not make one eligible for asylum. Did anyone notice the deafening silence from the jews (who are so self-righteous and vocally aggressive in advocating for non-White immigration of all kinds) when the question of whether the US should consider the legitimate asylum claims from White South Africans?

We did…spend time with some of the luckier families – those who were not detained at entry but instead were granted a “credible fear” interview (the first step in the asylum process) and released wearing ankle monitors. These families hoped to reunite with family elsewhere in the country and pursue asylum claims in their new communities.”

How does our dysfunctional, corrupt, and (according to a rabbi) JUDEO-Christian immigration system determine which foreign invader to detain, and which to release into the heartland of our ostensible “country”? We hire a bunch of patriotards to conduct “credible fear” interviews! If a Mestizo is sober enough to mumble out, “Dey is goin’ to git me, manng!” then he has a credible fear, and gets a free pass to join the swelling colonies of his co-ethnics who are busily draining the precious vitality from what was once a White nation with a future. The only ones that get detained are the incompetent drug mules, notorious repeat offenders, and likely anyone doesn’t look quite brown enough.

[Attorney General Jeff] Sessions found a convenient justification for demanding obedience to an immoral law. Too bad he didn’t look a bit earlier, to the story of Sodom…While Sessions probably believes that the sin of Sodom concerns homosexuality, the Bible and rabbinic tradition think otherwise. Per the Prophet Ezekiel, “This was the sin of your sister Sodom: arrogance! She and her daughters had plenty of bread and untroubled tranquility; yet she did not support the poor and the needy” (Ezekiel 16:49).”

Hypocrisy and deceit come as easily to the jew as breathing. The most arrogant species that has ever plagued the face of the earth has the temerity to shriek at us about how politely asking the most blatant violations of our sovereignty to stop is “arrogant” to an extent that requires a visitation of divine wrath. The rotten rabbi Jacobs must be very worried about her fellow tribe members in Israel who are deporting all those poor and needy blacks seeking asylum. Just like in their obscene religious texts, the jews will slander you if you resist their open-border depredations; if the jews win, their slanders become history.

The Talmud goes on to imagine a series of deceptive and violent practices that the people of Sodom would employ to maim and starve any foreigners who dared enter their land… The ancient rabbis understood that immoral societies such as Sodom justify themselves through the establishment of unjust and immoral laws. So the Talmud identifies the four judges of Sodom, whose names roughly translate as “Liar,” “Habitual Liar,” “Forger” and “Perverter of Justice.”

Could those “foreigners who dared enter their land” perhaps have been amoral, rootless merchants peddling filth, pornography, and any other kind of hedonistic perversion that only a semitic mind could fathom? Could the authors of the (((Wholly Babble))) and the toxic talmud be describing a healthy reaction (one that has happened over a hundred times in more recent history) to expel the nation-wrecking jews from a city or country they had infested? Who would suspect “g*d’s chosen people” of a relentless propaganda campaign to vilify a people who tried to unsuccessfully resist their depredations?

We’re repeatedly bombarded by a babble of broken pidgin English, spewing forth from angry, ugly brown faces, ungratefully demanding our largess, our labor, and our land for their benefit. We must not lose sight of the fact that this bombardment is being directed at us by the jews. The non-White hordes deserve our resistance, our contempt, and a show of our racial strength and pride for their opportunistic attacks on our homelands; but it remains the jews who are ultimately culpable for orchestrating their actions against us, and organizing them to have such a concerted and devastating effect on White communities. We must not abrogate our duty to protect our homelands, our people, and our future because some jews will hurl invective at us. Whether we resist them or not, the jews will spit their venom at us. If we allow the jews to dictate our immigration policy, we will end up as hated minorities in our own lands, and vanish into the deracinated mass of miscegenated morons over whom the jews wish to rule. We must expose the JUDEO-Christian insanity for what it is: a shamefully successful jewish ploy to manipulate Whites to their immense detriment. We need to expose the fact that jews are openly using the (((Wholly Babble))) to promote the continuing invasion of White homelands, and hopefully awaken our race to the existential dangers of believing anything said by any jew (even jewsus). We must stop the jewish-orchestrated White genocide.


Source article: https://www.jweekly.com/2018/06/26/yes-our-immigration-policy-is-biblical-ever-heard-of-sodom/


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JEWISH EXPULSIONS AND EXILES

JEWISH EXPULSIONS AND EXILES

REPORT FROM SUBVERTEDNATION
NOTE – JEWS ARE A CRUEL, VINDICTIVE, PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE THAT YOU EXIST TO SERVE THEM. THEY WOULD SOONER SPIT ON A STRANGER THAN HELP A STARVING CHILD. WE MUST KEEP THEM AT BAY AND AWAY FROM OUR NATIONS.

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If jews had been exiled, expelled, or otherwise done away with by one or two countries, you could possibly make a case for this fable of “anti-semitism” or that maybe just certain people had a problem with the jews. However, when it gets to the point that you have a list of 109 different exiles from 84 different places, with some of them having to do so repeatedly, one is forced to start looking at the jew it’s self as the problem, and not those attempting to free themselves from the grasp of these parasites.

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Just the fact that some countries were forced to repeatedly exile the jews, proves that these are relentless parasites, who will stop at nothing to gain control of our countries, enslave our people, and commit genocide against all peoples of the earth.

Jews have been exiled over 100 times since 250AD, and this fact alone is probably all one needs to know to realize that the jewish parasite is the problem, and not this political ideology called zionism.  If zionism was the issue, how do we explain the last 2000 years of jewish domination, subversion, infiltration, pedophilia, ritual murder, usury, manipulation, supremacy and all of the other ills that come with the jews?  How do you explain that these critters have been kicked out of 84 different countries, long before this “zionist” bullshit line appeared on the scene?  These jews weren’t “zionists” when they were exiled from all of these places, they were simply jews behaving as jews are known to do.  This one fact alone accentuates and explains the very nature of the jew as the problem, and not this “zionist” bit that jews and their minions try to sell you on. Does that mean that “zionists” or even “christian zionists” should be spared for supporting genocidal jews?  Of course not.  These people bear a lot of blame, and are in many cases, just as bad as the jew, but I wouldn’t dare take the focus off of these rat faced jews for even one second.

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This list below also dispels the myth that “zionism” (which didn’t appear until 1898) and “zionists” are the root source of today’s problems. Both of these are merely symptoms of a much larger problem with the entire jewish race.  None of the countries listed below exiled just some of the jews, and none were foolish enough to simply consider them a religion or ideology. The jews were exiled and expelled as an entire race then, and should be dealt with as an entire race now. Some of these are general uprisings, and not outright exiles of jews.

Anyone doubting the danger of just one jew, needs to click HERE and watch the film below the article.

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YEAR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PLACE

250 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Carthage
415 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Alexandria
554 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Diocèse of Clermont (France)
561 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Diocèse of Uzès (France)
612 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Visigoth Spain
642 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Visigoth Empire
855 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Italy
876 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Sens
1012 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Mainz
1182 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – France
1182 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Germany
1276 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Upper Bavaria
1290 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – England
1306 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – France
1322 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – France (again)
1348 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Switzerland
1349 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Hielbronn (Germany)
1349 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Saxony
1349 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Hungary
1360 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Hungary
1370 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Belgium
1380 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Slovakia
1388 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Strasbourg
1394 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Germany
1394 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – France
1420 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Lyons
1421 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Austria
1424 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Fribourg
1424 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Zurich
1424 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Cologne
1432 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Savoy
1438 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Mainz
1439 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Augsburg
1442 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Netherlands
1444 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Netherlands
1446 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Bavaria
1453 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – France
1453 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Breslau
1454 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Wurzburg
1462 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Mainz
1483 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Mainz
1484 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Warsaw
1485 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Vincenza (Italy)
1492 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Spain
1492 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Italy
1495 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Lithuania
1496 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Naples
1496 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Portugal
1498 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Nuremberg
1498 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Navarre
1510 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Brandenberg
1510 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Prussia
1514 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Strasbourg
1515 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Genoa
1519 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Regensburg
1533 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Naples
1541 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Naples
1542 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Prague & Bohemia
1550 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Genoa
1551 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Bavaria
1555 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Pesaro
1557 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Prague
1559 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Austria
1561 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Prague
1567 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Wurzburg
1569 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Papal States
1571 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Brandenburg
1582 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Netherlands
1582 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Hungary
1593 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Brandenburg, Austria
1597 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Cremona, Pavia & Lodi
1614 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Frankfort
1615 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Worms
1619 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Kiev
1648 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Ukraine
1648 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Poland
1649 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Hamburg
1654 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Little Russia (Beylorus)
1656 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Lithuania
1669 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Oran (North Africa)
1669 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Vienna
1670 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Vienna
1712 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Sandomir
1727 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Russia
1738 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Wurtemburg
1740 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Little Russia (Beylorus)
1744 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Prague, Bohemia
1744 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Slovakia
1744 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Livonia
1745 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Moravia
1753 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Kovad (Lithuania)
1761 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Bordeaux
1772 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Deported to the Pale of Settlement (Poland/Russia)
1775 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Warsaw
1789 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Alsace
1804 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Villages in Russia
1808 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Villages & Countrysides (Russia)
1815 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Lbeck & Bremen
1815 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Franconia, Swabia & Bavaria
1820 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Bremen
1843 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Russian Border Austria & Prussia
1862 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Areas in the U.S. under General Grant’s Jurisdiction[1]
1866 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Galatz, Romania
1880s – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Russia
1891 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Moscow
1919 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Bavaria (foreign born Jews)
1938-45 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Nazi Controlled Areas
1948 — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Arab Countries

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Jewish Author Harry Waton Admitted that Communism is Jewish, Hitler was Right and the Jews Aim to Conquer the World – see here

NOTE FROM EXPELTHEPARASITE –

Der Ewige Jude (The Eternal Jew)

Directed by Fritz Hippler at the behest of Joseph Goebbels and the Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda. Produced in 1940.

Last night I actually got a chance to re-watch ‘The Eternal Jew’. To be honest, I’d forgotten how good it was! The Germans certainly had these Jews ‘worked out’, to put it mildly. Everything they said about Jewish behaviour and their general ‘nature’ is still 100% applicable! 74 years after they made it, and it’s still completely relevant – the best proof that the National Socialists were correct!

If you haven’t seen Der Ewige Jude, then I’d suggest you watch it. It’s well worth it, and you get to see what utterly filthy rat-faced creatures these Jews really are. (I still broke out in a cold sweat and it’s the middle of a heat-wave!)

CRUSHZI0N NOTES –

THE JEWISH RACE IS A CRIMINAL GANG OF BLOODTHIRSTY PARASITES

“Women stay home and take care of their kids. Men study the Talmud. Goyim work.”

SEE ALSO –
UNDERSTANDING THE PARASITIC JEWS
 THE END OF AN ERA … FOR JEWISH PARASITES
ESSENTIAL INFO FOR BATTLING THE JWO
LOVE & HATE…. AGAIN!
WHY I STAND FOR WHAT I STAND FOR !
ANTI JWO PRIMER
WHY JEWS MUST BE REMOVED FROM POWER
MOST BRILLIANT MEN OF THE PAST CENTURY BELIEVED IN A JEWISH CONSPIRACY

Chabad…. they are everywhere

Chabad: The Jewish Supremacist Doomsday Cult

I am still not sure what to think about Nathan (Lift the Veil), but this is a pretty good overview for people who are not too familiar with Chabad. I am glad to see more people covering this now.

The Resounding Success of the World Cup is a Great Victory for Football but an Epic Fail for Russophobes

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Mexico fan kisses a toy trophy, Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, June 17, 2018

The 2018 World Cup is shaping up to be the best ever. It’s a far cry from the negative media coverage that surrounded the Mundial before it began, which sought to de-legitimize Russia’s hosting of the event and put fans off going.

Has there ever been a World Cup that has left so many people with egg on their faces.

We were told by indignant neo-cons and virtue-signaling Western ‘liberals’ that it was a disgrace that Russia, a country of which they did not approve, was being allowed to host the tournament. It would be like the 1936 Nazi Olympics, MPs and media pundits assured us. ‘Putin’s World Cup’ would be the worst World Cup ever.

Fans who went would be in fear of their lives as three out of every four Russians was a racist, homophobic football hooligan and the fourth was like Frankenstein’s Monster. England’s players could be drugged in their hotel to “slow them down.”

In fact, the World Cup has turned out to be absolutely brilliant.

There have been some incredibly exciting games – with the drama greatly enhanced by VAR (video assistant referee) technology – lots of goals and plenty of surprises. Reigning champions Germany have failed to get past the group stage for the first time since 1938. No, it’s not fake news, it really happened. We are guaranteed to get a new final pairing on July 15.

Given how open it has been, and how the ‘Big Guns’ have been wobbling, any team in the last 16 can be realistically dreaming of glory, including countries such as Croatia, Belgium, Sweden, Russia, Mexico and Switzerland who have never won the World Cup before. Isn’t that wonderful?

The World Cup has been a success on and off the pitch. Fans have mingled happily together and enthused about the warm and friendly welcome they have received from the locals. Far from being a dour, miserable place, they have found that Russia really rocks. Football commentators have hailed the magnificence of the stadiums and facilities. The only attacks England fans got in Volgograd were from the midges.

The propaganda that we were subject to 24/7 before the tournament began has been exposed by those who actually defied the ‘Boycott Russia’ brigade. “(England) fans were put off (going to Russia) by suggestions of hooligans, authoritarian police, racism and homophobia, but it’s not been anything like that,” author Mark Perryman, who has travelled to World Cups since the 1990s, told the Daily Express.

Others are finding out too that Russia is actually very different from the way it is routinely painted.

“I’ll admit it: the thought of working and living in Moscow for almost six weeks conjured thoughts of being tossed back in time… Gray and unfriendly. Barren food shelves and shadowy figures. The joy and passion of the World Cup doused by Russian gloom. I was wrong. Moscow is the vibrant heart of this soccer celebration… (It) looks and feels like any major European city,” wrote Steven Goff in the Washington Post.

It’s worth pointing out that there’s always negativity about a non-Western country that hosts a major sporting event. Stadiums won’t be ready in time. Supporters will be in danger. The bidding process has been hideously corrupt. I remember going on BBC Radio Five live in 2012 to debate about how safe it was for fans to travel to Ukraine and Poland for the European Championships to be held there that summer. I remember too the negative coverage of Brazil that preceded the 2014 World Cup, and of South Africa in 2010.

However, while dissing the host nation is nothing new, the campaign against Russia this time has been off the scale. What’s come into play is not just sour grapes that a leading Western country didn’t get to host the tournament, but geopolitics too.

Russia is demonized in elite Western circles not because it’s a ‘terrible country’ with an ‘appalling human rights record’ but because it has got in the way of the hegemonic ambitions of the US and some of its regional allies in the Middle East.

Reflect on the fact that there was no establishment-induced Russophobia in the 1990s when Russia, under the drunken Boris Yeltsin, allowed oligarchs to plunder the country’s wealth. The elites were quite happy with the Kremlin then, even though there was a large number of journalists killed in Russia at the time. But as soon as the Russian authorities began to clamp down on certain oligarchs, and the Russian government took a less submissive role in foreign affairs, the situation changed. Russia was the bogeyman once again.

If you want to demonize a country then it stands to reason you don’t want major sporting events to be held there and lots of people to go and visit it. Significantly it was uber neo-con hawk John McCain, who led calls in the US for the World Cup to be taken away from Russia.

McCain re-iterated his call last December, this time on the basis that Russia was banned from the Winter Olympics. The ‘Boycott Russia’ brigade got a second wind after the Salisbury poisoning case, even though Russian state involvement was unproven. “I’m glad Prince William has already indicated that he won’t be going to watch any of England’s matches. But his absence – and the mooted refusal of officials to go to Russia – will not of themselves constitute an adequate protest. Everybody must stay away,” opined columnist Stephen Glover.

MP Stephen Kinnock wanted a “coordinated approach to FIFA to discuss moving the World Cup to 2019 and having it hosted in another country or countries.”

As I pointed out in an earlier column, if that had happened there would have been no ‘England 6 Panama 1’ last Sunday.

Neocon/neoliberal ideologues aren’t happy that people are now praising Russia to the rooftops.

Tim Montgomerie showed his frustrations in a tweet to BBC football presenter Dan Walker who had said Moscow had been a great host city.

Tim seemed to want Dan to talk about Crimea and Syria on Match of the Day. “I’m not sure half-time in a Colombia-Japan game is the right time,” was Dan’s response.

As the world delights in the football, the continued ill-humor of anti-Russia obsessives stands out like a sore thumb. The world’s greatest, sexiest and most fun summer-time party is taking place in Russia at the moment and they want us to carry on being angry, like a bunch of misanthropic weirdos.

Of course, there’s still over two weeks to go. There could yet be issues with hooliganism. The football might go off the boil. The midges might become super midges.

But already, it’s become much harder for the neocons and their “muscular liberal” allies to peddle BS about Russia. People who go there soon realize it’s a very normal country with a lot fewer problems than the US and many other Western nations.

The situation reminds one of that classic scene from the 1930 film version of ‘All Quiet on the Western Front.’ Schoolmaster Kantorek encourages his pupils to enlist for the German Army, filling their minds with images of glory for the ‘Fatherland’. Paul Baumer comes back from the front, having experienced first-hand the horrors of war and doesn’t want to tell lies. “I’ve been there, I know what it’s like,” Paul tells Kantorek.

The supporters in Russia have had the reverse experience to Paul. They were told that it would be terrible but, in fact, it’s been great.

“I’ve been there, I know what it’s like”: That’s what fans will be able to say to those who persist on promoting anti-Russia propaganda campaigns, in pursuance of geopolitical objectives, after the World Cup.

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Putin says that Russian weapons systems are decades ahead of foreign counterparts

Meanwhile, how useful is NATO in the geopolitical environment of the 21st century?

Russian President Vladimir Putin assured graduates of Russia’s military academies that several Russian weapons systems are years, even decades more advanced than its foreign counterparts. Earlier this year, the Russian President unveiled numerous weapons systems with advanced capabilities which do not yet possess equivalents anywhere else in the world relative to their impressive capabilities.

Press-TV reports:

Russian President Vladimir Putin says his country has made a breakthrough in designing new weapons, which are years or even decades ahead of its rival countries.

Addressing the graduates of Russian military academies in the Kremlin on Thursday, the president said that the modern weapons represent a quantum leap in the Russian military capability, the Associated Press reported.

“A number of our weapons systems are years, and, perhaps, decades ahead of foreign analogues,” Putin said. “Modern weapons contribute to a multifold increase in the Russian military potential.”

Putin singled out the new Avangard hyper-sonic vehicle, which has an intercontinental range and can fly in the atmosphere at a speed 20 times the speed of sound. The weapon, which can change both its course and its altitude en route to a target, is “absolutely invulnerable to any air or missile defense means,” Putin explained.

He also mentioned a new Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which is set to replace Russia’s Soviet-designed Voyevoda – the world’s heaviest ICBM, which is known as “Satan” in the West and which carries 10 nuclear warheads. Putin noted that Sarmat carries a bigger number of nuclear warheads, which are more powerful than the ones on Satan.

Weighing 200 metric tons (220 tons), the Sarmat is capable of flying over the North or the South Poles and strike targets anywhere in the world, Putin explained earlier in March, when he presented an array of new nuclear weapons.

Among the weapons he mentioned on Thursday was also the Kinzhal hyper-sonic missile that has already been put on duty with the units of Russia’s Southern Military District.

Putin made the remarks as Russia’s longtime adversary, the United States, is worried that if North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) had to head off a conflict with Russia, it could get stuck in a traffic jam, The Washington Post said in a Sunday report.

“We have to be able to move as fast or faster than Russia in order to be an effective deterrent,” the Post quoted Ben Hodges, the US Army’s former top general in Europe as saying.

Washington has long been pressing its European allies to get more NATO warplanes, ships and battalions ready for a possible combat. NATO leaders, however, are just beginning to address the underlying issues, such as funding for infrastructure and bureaucratic roadblocks.

For years after NATO’s 2004 expansion into the territory that had once been the Soviet Union’s, the US-led military alliance had no plans for how to defend its new members, according to a retired US Army general and former US ambassador to NATO, Douglas Lute.

The NATO members are getting prepared for a mid-July summit in Brussels, where they are expected to approve a new plan that would speed transit from the East Coast of the United States all the way to NATO’s border with Russia.

This, however, would be a challenge for European governments, who have come under pressure by US President Donald Trump to increase military spending to solve the long-running problems – which even still will take years to eliminate.

Trump and Putin are also expected to meet on July 16 in Helsinki, Finland.

Meanwhile, NATO is attempting to get its act together as it inducts new members, but hasn’t yet developed strategic defense plans around NATO’s defensive functionality. Disputes have arisen over how the defensive treaty’s military capabilities are to be funded. Additionally, many of the members of the Organization are becoming increasingly at odds with each other over political and economic differences.

Meanwhile, if NATO lacks a concise perspective over its purpose, lacks a common ideology, and its members can’t agree on how international agreements ought to function, or whether they even ought to exist, how useful is NATO in the geopolitical environment of the 21st century? Could it simply be classified as an outdated political construct of the Cold War which no longer has effective bearing on the current world order?


Canada’s tariffs on US goods goes into effect

“We will not escalate, and we will not back down”

Following US President Donald Trump’s metals tariffs, Canada, together with a host of other American trading partners, vowed responsive tariffs aimed at goods imported from the US. Those threats are now becoming a reality as Canada’s response is becoming a reality on July 1st, when Canadian tariffs will go into effect.

CNBC reports:

Canada’s foreign minister announced Friday that Ottawa plans to impose about $12.6 billion worth of retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods on July 1, joining other major U.S. allies striking back in the escalating trade dispute.

The country is working closely with the European Union and Mexico, according to Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland.

“We will not escalate, and we will not back down,” Freeland said.

Canada’s announcement is part of larger fallout from U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcements on trade. The U.S. has levied tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum on Canada, the EU and other nations. As a result, some of the U.S.’ biggest trading partners have retaliated with counter-tariffs.

Canada’s plan taking effect next week will include imports of U.S. products such as yogurt, caffeinated roasted coffee, toilet paper and sleeping bags. Mexico’s tariffs took effect June 5 on U.S. products such as pork, cheese, cranberries, whiskey and apples. The EU enacted tariffs Friday on more than $3 billion worth of U.S. goods including bourbon, yachts and motorcycles.

The U.S. accounted for 55 percent of Canada’s steel imports in 2017, with the remainder coming from China, South Korea, Brazil and Turkey.

The White House’s stated goal in implementing tariffs is protecting U.S. jobs, but the initial business response suggests that U.S. companies are taking a hit. Companies are coping with the tit-for-tat tariffs by increasing prices or making business changes to cope with higher costs.

Trump thinks he’s balancing out a trade deficit and protecting American industry, but what he’s being quite successful in achieving is higher operating costs for American manufacturers and higher prices for the American consumer, all while taking America’s relations and influence with its trade partners down a notch or two. Chinathe EUJapanIndiaMexicoRussia, and other nations which represent a large chunk of America’s trade, have each in turn threatened to impose retaliatory tariffs, and some of those countermeasures have met with punitive retaliations from the Trump administration, threatening a full blown trade war.


EU migration deal eases political tension, but fails to address core issues

Europe is finally having to pay the piper, and paying is what EU bureaucrats do best

Massive waves of refugees and migrants flooded Europe over the past few years, adding to the migration that Europe has been encountering now for decades. With a worsening demographic winter blowing over the region together with increasing poverty and income inequality, the refugee crisis brings with it a host of new liabilities, political, demographic, cultural, and economic in nature, to be faced by the bloc.

The issue has been somewhat of a political football game threatening the unity of the Union and the political stability of some governments. For this reason, it was necessary that some sort of talks went down to address the issue, whether it resolved the crisis itself or not, just as long as it relieved some political pressure, which is essentially what a recent summit in Brussels was able to achieve.

Euronews reports:

BRUSSELS — European leaders declared victory Friday, claiming to have set aside major differences over how best to handle migrant arrivals as they commissioned new plans to screen people in North Africa for eligibility to enter the continent.

But even as they met for a second day in Brussels, the coast guard in Libya — the main jumping off point for most migrants trying to reach Europe — said around 100 people were missing and feared dead in the Mediterranean Sea after their smugglers’ boat capsized.

Bickering over who should take responsibility for the tens of thousands rescued from the Mediterranean has undermined European unity and threatens the future of cross-border business and travel inside the E.U.

The summit underscored how the 2015 spike in immigration continues to haunt the continent, despite a sharp drop in arrivals of people fleeing conflict and economic hardship in the Middle East and Africa.

It also took place in an atmosphere of political crisis, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel under intense political pressure at home to take a firmer stance on migration.

At the summit, the E.U. leaders agreed upon a “new approach” to managing those who are plucked from the water. They would be “disembarked” from rescue ships into European nations that agree to share responsibility for handing migration with the main point-of-entry countries like Spain, Italy and Greece but also to centers in North Africa and possibly the Balkans.

“A complete approach was adopted,” French President Emmanuel Macron told reporters after a night of haggling to address vehement demands from Italy’s new anti-migrant populist government.

“We are not an island,” said Macron. “Europe will have to live a long time with such migratory pressures which come from countries in crisis, poor countries.”

No North African countries have agreed so far to sign on to the plan, though possible E.U. funding that could bring billions in aid may prove persuasive.

Italy long held up any interim agreements at the summit unless it received concrete commitments the country would get help managing the waves of newcomers that arrive from across the Mediterranean.

“Italy doesn’t need any more verbal signs, but concrete deeds,” Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte said, insisting that the responsibility needed to be shared more equitably across the E.U.

As with so many E.U. agreements, Friday’s deal stopped well short of being decisive in solving the problem but created enough of a platform to build on.

“Europe is going step by step, and this was necessary,” said Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

But migrant experts and humanitarian aid groups fear the agreement is a political smoke screen aimed at addressing the concerns of the resurgent far-right and which will only leave vulnerable people once again at risk.

“At a time when E.U. leadership on global issues is needed more than ever, European heads of state and government continue to try to offload their responsibilities onto poorer countries outside the E.U.,” said Oxfam migration policy adviser Raphael Shilhav.

The International Organization for Migration estimates that some 80,000 people will enter Europe by sea this year, based on current trends. That’s around half as many as in 2017.

Yet anti-migrant parties have made significant political gains, most recently in Italy, which along with Greece and Spain is among the preferred landing destinations for people from Africa seeking better lives.

Merkel, for her part, is fighting a battle at home and abroad against critics who accuse her of endangering European security with her hospitality. Her conservative coalition is under pressure from the far-right Alternative for Germany.

But Merkel is deeply aware of the threat the issue poses to Europe, notably to its Schengen passport-free travel area — one of the jewels in the E.U. crown — that allows easy cross-border business and travel.

“Europe has many challenges, but that of migration could determine the fate of the European Union,” Merkel told German lawmakers Thursday before heading to the summit.

The meeting’s main accomplishment was removing a mandate that the refugees must be received and shared among the EU’s member nations, which has been a matter of major contention, especially with more anti-migrant governments cropping up in recent election cycles, such as that of Italy. An agreement was made that EU member nations should voluntarily receive migrants and strengthen the blocs external borders.

Receiving migrants is to be concentrated at ‘reception centers’ which are voluntary for each nation, and secondary movement of migrants between member states is to be discouraged. Additionally, the EU’s favourite means of dealing with problems is to throw money at them, so that a massive fund is being generated to basically donate to African countries.

In this case, how that is going to decrease migration is a really good question, as the ethical efficiency of African political entities is a little bit less than optimal and the migration issue from Africa really stems from both political and economic instability and inefficiency on the continent, largely due to Western meddling for resource exploitation.

Middle Eastern migration, of course, being a result of Western backed terrorism and regime change efforts, its no wonder that there is a migration and refugee crisis at all, so that it’s really more a matter of Europe finally having to pay the piper, and paying is what EU bureaucrats do best to solve their problems. Fostering functioning democracies in Africa with prosperous economies and at the very least cutting back on their intervention in the Middle East, Europe could improve the situation, but that would run counter to Washington’s interests, and that just won’t do. So, while some political crises may have been averted, the core problem remains unresolved and the problem will continue, but with a different political score board.


Washington dictates EU energy policy

Europe finds itself torn between opposing ideologies

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline project is clearly showing itself to be one of the most polarizing issues in European political circles, and demonstrates in a very clear manner how foreign policy is perceived by European states. Some are able to forego certain aspects of their political hostility towards Russia in areas where insisting upon it would result in considerable damage to their own economic outlook, where others persist in their political russophobia regardless of the consequences. A former Turkish diplomat and finance and energy geopolitical expert discusses this subject with Sputnik, as well as the influence being exerted by Washington on the issue.

Sputnik reports:

Denmark has claimed that it can legally stop the Nord Stream 2 project if it chooses to. Mehmet Ogutcu, a former Turkish diplomat and expert in finance, energy and geopolitics and who now chairs the investment advisory group Global Resources Partnership, as well as the Bosphorus Energy Club, has given his take on the prospects of the project.

Mehmet Ogutcu: This project is one of the most polarizing projects that the EU has ever discussed. I have no doubt that whatever the EU is doing right now, especially some factions within the EU, is politically motivated.

Mostly inspired by Washington, because the US is clearly against Nord Stream 2, for a couple of reasons; one being that they want to sell their over-priced LNG [Liquefied Natural Gas] across the Atlantic, which is not in the interests of the European Union; and the second one, it is often heard, that this project is going to increase the EU’s dependence on Russia, which is around 30 percent overall, as for Germany it’s about 40 percent.

These concerns are leading to confusion within the European Union, and I don’t think it is only the legal arguments that the European Commission is putting forward. And it’s really motivated by political imperatives, especially the US threat with sanctions on European companies, as it does also not only in the case of Russia, but Iran, starting from November 4.

There is a very clear push for banning Iranian crude exports. It’s part of a concerted effort from Washington to penalize countries which are not in line with US interests.

Sputnik: Denmark has recently withheld from granting permission for the implementation of the project. Several European politicians have stated that Europe no longer has hard legal leverage to halt the project. What’s your feeling regarding that matter?

Mehmet Ogutcu: Denmark is the last string among all other countries, so it has already passed through Finland, Sweden, so Denmark is the last one. I think again here, the US probably has used its influence to block this project, which has already left it almost 5 billion euros, almost half of the whole investment foreseen for the project.

I believe that the pressure is real, coming from Washington, and also the concern among Central European countries, some of them at least, is very real; with increasing dependence on Russia and the fear that Russia might be using the pipeline as leverage in its relationships with these countries.

And the fate of the existing Ukrainian gas transit route arrangement, which will expire in 2019, as you know, at the end of the year, when also Nord Stream 2 is expected to come on stream – that’s another serious concern, because when you look at it from outside, objective thinking requires that a route that is stable and direct without any transit country, should be preferable to Ukraine, where we know what difficulties are, in terms of transparency, in terms of political difficulties and additional costs. However, in this project, Nord Stream 2, we cannot look at it only from the commercial, rational [perspective].

There are very strong geopolitical imperatives that we have to bear in mind. Also, you have to think of Nord Stream 2, not in isolation from the TurkStream Project, which is going ahead full speed in the Black Sea coming to Turkey.

I think everything is on schedule for bringing Russian gas to the Turkish Thrace, there are two strings there as well; altogether we have about 31 bcm [billion cubic meters] of gas coming. Part of it will stay in Turkey and part, especially from the second pipeline, will go to South and South Eastern Europe.

Again, when you discuss Nord Stream 2, you have to see it in the broader context of other Russian projects coming also through Turkey. We have to understand different dimensions in this project.

As it stands, I don’t think we can say that Danish concerns or Eastern and Central European concerns can easily be done away. The US, through the trade wars that we saw the Trump administration start, through sanctions towards Iran, China, Russia are real, I don’t think they’re going to go away. But this might lead to some modifications of the dates and approach of Nord Stream 2, as well as Turkish Stream I think; although the first stream has been completed, there is concern whether US sanctions will also be felt there.

Following America’s withdrawal from the nuclear nonproliferation agreement with Iran (JCPOA)reactions from European leaders were like that of a pendulum swinging back from its prior orientation. French President Emmanuel Macron was quoted as saying “If we accept that other major powers, including allies… put themselves in a situation to decide our diplomacy, security for us, and sometimes even make us run the worst risks, then we are not more sovereign and we cannot be more credible to public opinion.”  However, the Nord Stream 2 project demonstrates that this sentiment is not universal across Europe.

The pipeline would bring Russian gas to Europe, but is perceived as an ‘energy weapon’ wielded by Russia in order to exert its control by Eastern European nations Lithuania, Moldova, Ukraine, and Georgia. The perception from the political perspective of these countries is that there is a growing ‘Russian threat‘ that must be contained, and in terms of the Nord Stream 2 project, this means that it must be countered. For this reason, political leaders from these four countries have travelled to Washington, in hopes that they can lobby American politicians to exert their influence to help stop the Russian energy project:

InsideSources reports:

Russian revanchism is a repeated concern for the governments of many of the Central and Eastern European states. For these countries, membership in western organizations including the European Union and NATO offers economic benefits, but comes with the risk that moving too far away from alliance with Russia will provoke some sort of aggressive response from the government of Vladimir Putin. On Wednesday, leaders from Lithuania, Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova spoke to reporters and lawmakers at an event hosted by the American Foreign Policy Council, emphasizing the role that European energy security plays in global security and reiterating the need to both stop the Nord Stream 2 project and to promote the use of American energy and technology.

“Putin’s action is not limited to his aggression or use of military force. Russia’s sophisticated use of information warfare including cyberattacks is well know. Vladimir Putin also uses Russia’s energy supplies as a weapon against neighboring states. Nord Stream 2 is a political project that will increase Europe’s reliance on Russia,” said American Foreign Policy Council President Herman Pirchner.

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline is a proposed project that would bring natural gas from Russia through the EU to Germany. For the countries whose leaders spoke on Wednesday, the pipeline is far more than an infrastructure project. Construction of the pipeline would provide Russia with additional leverage over European countries, they warned.

“Nord Stream 2 is one of the elements of energy weapons used by Russia against the world,” said Ukrainian parliamentary chairman Andriy Parubiy, who spoke through an interpreter.

The importance of energy security is not lost on Ukraine, where Russia has used its control over the energy markets to enact political concessions. On two occasions in recent memory, Russia halted gas shipments to Ukraine in the middle of a winter cold snap until the government there agreed to price increases and political concessions.

“Ukraine knows for sure that gas supplies, for Russia, are not about the economy. For Russia natural gas, first of all, is a mechanism for political influence,” Parubiy continued.

While some analysts have questioned America’s involvement in the region, saying that it has provoked Russian revanchism, the leaders repeatedly expressed their desire to work with both the U.S. government and American businesses to expand their sources of energy. Allowing Russia to have a monopoly over energy supplies gives the Russian government a worrying amount of control over neighboring countries, the leaders emphasized.

“Nord Stream 2 is a political, not an economic, project,” said Lithuanian Speaker of the Seimas Viktoras Pranckietis.

For Lithuania, constructing a gas terminal which allows it to recieve gas shipments from overseas was an important step in reducing its dependence on Gazprom and Russian energy. After completion of the terminal, natural gas prices fell by 30 percent. Last year, Lithuania received shipments of American natural gas for the first time, a sign that its dependence on Russian energy was further weakening.

When possible, Lithuania, Moldova, Ukraine, and Georgia are looking for ways to become energy secure through the development of domestic energy sources or through trade with neighboring countries. This offers an opportunity for American businesses, many of which have the technical expertise these countries need.

“It is very important that U.S. business comes to this part of the world,” said Pranckietis.

The Moldovan government agreed.

“In order to have independence, we look for solutions and we found a solution. Now we are starting the process of building a gas pipeline between Romania and Moldova, because Romania in three years will have enough gas to cover their needs and our needs,” said Andrian Candu, chairman of the Moldovan parliament.

The countries see energy security as a vital part of their independence and warn that construction of Nord Stream 2 provides Russia with additional money to fund expansionist actions abroad, while spreading corruption in Europe. The pipeline still awaits approval in Europe and the speakers urged the American government to throw its influence against the project.

“Mark my words, Nord Stream 2 will be stopped,” said Parubiy with confidence.

Washington already has incentive to stop the project, both to secure a market for American shale gas, which is significantly more expensive for the Europeans than the Russian gas, as well as to counteract a major Russian energy programme, thereby countering Russian influence in Europe as well as to nix a plan that might be beneficial for the Russian economy as well as for European-Russian relations. Hence, while some European powers are looking to partner with Russia on some key issues, such as the JCPOA and the Nord Stream 2, others are looking for ways to participate in Washington’s plan of Russian containment.

Of course, the excuses being promoted are not quite as sensical in the present political environment, objectively speaking, as Europe finds itself under economic threat not from the Russians, but from the Americans, who are attempting to dictate to them their foreign policysecuritytrade, and energy interests under threat of sanctions and a budding trade war. This rift in energy policy in some ways mirrors the division on Europe’s migration policy, with some nations agreeing to take in migrants while others outright refuse, with some EU member states investing in Russian energy programs while others intend to buck it, with all the help from Washington that they can muster. It would appear, then, that all of this talk about ‘an economy of trust‘ and Macron’s words about European sovereigntyare falling on deaf ears among some European partners.


Meet Srdja Popovic, the secret architect of global revolution

The Serbian activist who formed the Otpor! movement in 1998 to overthrow Slobodan Milosevic has taken his philosophy of protest – laced with humour and rock’n’roll – worldwide. He explains how to mobilise people and change the world

Srdja Popovic: ‘Resistance is possible, and that it doesn’t have to be about boring sit-ins.’
 Srdja Popovic: ‘Resistance is possible, and that it doesn’t have to be about boring sit-ins.’ Photograph: Illustration: Andrew Stocks for the Guardian

In early spring 1992, Srdja Popovic was a first-year student at the University of Belgrade, reading not a lot of biology and playing bass in a band. Like his friends, he was revolted by the soldiers, the security police, the wars, the terror, the repression, the whole brutal and bloody mess that Serbia had become under its crazed dictator, Slobodan Milosevic.

But like most 18-year-olds, he didn’t feel there was much he was could actually do about it. “I was,” he says – a wiry and, at past 40, still impish figure – “basically into three things: drinking a lot, staying up late, and getting off with girls. About the only thing that would haul me off my backside was a rock concert.”

And one night in March 1992, a massive Serbian supergroup called Rimtutituki (the name is an anagram of Turim ti kitu, which means, roughly, “I put my dick in you”) played Belgrade, except that the authorities had denied them permission, so they performed on a flatbed truck.

“So there they were, our idols, driving round Republic Square in circles in a truck, singing,” says Popovic. “They looked more like generals than rockers. And what they were singing was stuff like: ‘There’s no brain under that helmet’ and ‘If I shoot, I won’t have time to fuck.’ Just really mocking, funny, seditious stuff. And I got it. We all got it.”

What Popovic got, although it took him some time to work through its implications, was that “resistance is possible, and that it doesn’t have to be about boring sit-ins – in fact it could be quite cool, and indeed the more fun it is, the more effective it will probably be. That even in hopeless situations, you can get people to care. And that ultimately, it had to be us. We had to do something.”

So they did. The campaign Popovic and his friends started, and the group that by 1998 it grew into, Otpor! (translation: Resistance!) inspired a mass, non-violent movement. They finally saw off the repression and horror of Milosevic, who at the end could not even make it to the final round of the elections he called in September 2000.

Since then, Popovic and his friends have been in some demand. The Centre for Applied Non-violent Action and Strategies or Canvas, an independent, five-man, Belgrade-based NGO he founded with a handful of other Otpor! members in 2003, has now advised and trained pro-democracy activists in more than 50 countries, including India, Iran, Zimbabwe, Burma, Ukraine, Georgia, Palestine, Belarus, Tunisia and Egypt.

The organisation’s materials, including its handbook, Non-violent Struggle: 50 Crucial Points [PDF], have been translated into half a dozen languages and counting, and downloaded tens of thousands of times – 17,000 in Iran alone. Popovic and his pals now teach classes in non-violent political and social change at some of the world’s most prestigious universities, including Harvard, New York, Columbia and UCL.

The rangy, too-cool-to-care student bass guitarist (his term) whose favourite place in London is Camden Market has mutated into a respected teacher, writer and thinker in the new but fast-growing academic field of non-violent struggle, the influence of which is felt around the world.

He has now published a highly readable book, the deftly titled Blueprint for Revolution: How to Use Rice Pudding, Lego Men and Other Non-Violent Techniques to Galvanise Communities, Overthrow Dictators or Simply Change the World, combining an entertaining primer on the theory and practice of peaceful protest with a very personal account of his own involvement with it.

The journey, he acknowledges, has not always been straightforward. The second son of a fearless 70s TV reporter father and a glamorous TV presenter mother, he says there was “nothing in my childhood to suggest I was any kind of rebel. I wanted to make animal documentaries. David Attenborough … Thirty years after I first saw him, I can still hear his voice.”

But when you grew up in liberal, free-thinking, even pretty damn cool Tito-era Yugoslavia, in “a certain system of values, and they are just stamped on … Not just the ugly bully-boys running around everywhere in really uncool uniforms, but the worst kind of nationalist folk culture all over TV, the insane hate speech … Croats were our brothers, you know? And suddenly we were being told to kill them; it’s like you being told it’s your patriotic duty to shoot Scots. Well, you change.”

An Otpor member vandalises a traffic sign during protest demonstrations in Belgrade, Yugoslavia in 2000.
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 An Otpor member vandalises a traffic sign during protest demonstrations in Belgrade, Yugoslavia in 2000. Photograph: Braca Nadezdic/Getty Images

There were moments of desperation. Not so much for himself, Popovic says (“Once you’ve been arrested, beaten, you know what’s going to happen, you know there are people outside the jail and a lawyer, the media – that you’re not alone – you beat the fear”), but for the younger Otpor! members, and above all for their mothers.

“Those midnight phone calls from parents when their kids were picked up by the cops,” says Popovic. “Those were hard. The responsibility can get to you.” The toughest moment, the time he doubted change would ever come, was during the Nato bombardment of Serbia in April 1999, when the national TV centre where his mother worked – and where Popovic had spent many hours of his childhood – was targeted.

“She wasn’t there; she worked an afternoon shift that day,” he says. “But our neighbour was. I stood at the window watching the smoke rise with her son. That was the pits. Like, your country’s being bombed; sixteen of your mum’s colleagues die; she comes this close to losing her life … It was bad.”

But there was a lesson even in that. “Milosevic had his highest approval ratings in 1999,” Popovic says. “Just like George W Bush was never as popular as he was on 12 September 2001. When a country is attacked from the outside, everyone rallies around its leadership – even a really bad leadership. Foreign military interventions don’t bring change.”

Nor, Popovic argues, do many sanctions. “The targeted ones, on Milosevic’s inner circle, were great. But the oil embargo just made the mafia richer, and the trade embargo plunged us into hyper-inflation; my parents were selling smuggled petrol in the streets to survive.”

Imposing this kind of thing on a society from outside, Popovic is now convinced, “gives the government every excuse to do whatever it wants to do. That’s number one. Number two, it makes every single person who you’re going to be relying on for durable change really struggle for their life. They are all going to be too busy just surviving to mobilise.”

Srdja Popovic: 'You need to offer people the chance to do something meaningful, and – crucially – to get away with it.'
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 Srdja Popovic: ‘You need to offer people the chance to do something meaningful, and – crucially – to get away with it.’ Photograph: David Levene

From such experiences, Otpor! reached its conclusion that internal resistance, not external intervention, is the best driver for political change. Through trial and error in its own campaigns, it confirmed Popovic’s own intimate conviction, acquired during the now-seminal 1992 epiphany-on-a-truck, that non-violent and, if remotely possible, amusing protest will be the most effective driver of all.

But the core principles – unity, planning and non-violent discipline – that the movement evolved, and that Canvas now teaches, did not come overnight. “In 1992, we were in our Occupy phase,” says Popovic. “We occupied all four university campuses in Serbia – it’s a small country – and we were super-liberal, super-educated, super-cool and super-isolated. Meanwhile Milosevic was sending his tanks to Croatia. We had to go out and listen. Get the real people, rural people, not so clever-clever people, behind us. Build a movement. We did, but it took us five years.”

Fear and apathy are the “status quo forces” in oppressive and corrupt societies, Popovic believes, and to counter them you need mobilisation, enthusiasm and humour. Otpor!’s wonderfully stylised raised and clenched fist, designed by Popovic’s best friend Nenad Duda Petrovic, could be stencilled on to walls, stamped on to any old bit of paper from flyers to banknotes, and imitated in the street. No banners, no chants – just bumping fists with your fellow man (and woman).

Similarly, the group’s campaigns never asked too much of anyone. “All successful movements come with a very low entry bar,” says Popovic. “You need to offer people the chance to do something meaningful, and – crucially – to get away with it. In Chile, against Pinochet, they drove at half speed: not illegal, very low risk, pretty funny, nothing the cops can do. It’s about doing something neat, and living to tell everyone.”

Campaigns that are funny count double, at least; Popovic calls this “laughtivism”. One of Otpor’s best-known stunts involved painting Milosevic’s face on a barrel, propping a stick against it, and leaving both on a busy street. No passerby would be arrested for having a bash, but the authorities faced a dilemma: make fools of themselves by arresting an empty barrel, or act unfazed and risk hundreds of them popping up everywhere.

The Canvas approach has some academic underpinning. A 2011 study of 323 civil resistance campaigns around the world between 1900 and 2006 by two US researchers, Erica Chenoweth and Maria J Stephan, found that nonviolent campaigns were successful in 53% of cases, and violent ones in only 26%. Moreover, only 4% of violent regime changes ended up in a functioning democracy, compared with 42% of non-violent regime changes.

Working out why a successful revolution did not transition to a successful democracy is hard, Popovic acknowledges: “In Egypt’s case, I think they probably called ‘game over’ too soon. They shook the tree, got rid of Mubarak, had their party and went home. Given the country didn’t have grownup institutions, it had been a one-man state for so long …

“And they weren’t able to maintain unity afterwards. If, say, they’d been able to form a transitional government of the civil youth movement, the military, the Muslim Brotherhood … As it was, the more powerful and organised groups simply took over, and have been fighting it out ever since.”

And Syria … Well, Syria’s opposition, Popovic says, “figured that if only they took up arms, the cavalry would come riding over the hill, just like it did in Libya. Except it didn’t. And they picked the wrong battle. Fighting Assad is like boxing Mike Tyson, and you don’t want to challenge Mike Tyson in a boxing ring. You want to challenge him at chess.”

Here, too, he reckons, a different course just might have produced different results – although with murderous dictators, nothing is ever certain: “If the opposition had achieved some unity between Arabs, Kurds and Christians; managed to hit Assad where it hurt, in his wallet, with mass non-co-operation, international consumer boycotts … I mean, who knows? That was what did for Apartheid South Africa. But instead, they plundered the arsenals and started fighting a war they can’t win.”

So the learning curve is not always a smooth one, Popovic concludes. He is optimistic, though, that Canvas-type techniques can be successfully transferred to movements for broader social change: the Syrizas, Podemoses, even – with some reservations – the assorted Occupy movements of the past few years. There are, he reckons, “many parallels and overlaps”.

A Belgrade student throws leaflets from a rooftop as part of the 2000 protests against Slobodan Mil
 A Belgrade student throws leaflets from a rooftop as part of the 2000 protests against Slobodan Milosevic. Photograph: Reuters

But Occupy frustrates him. “They’re just too predictable,” he says. “And confrontational. Instead of unpredictable; exploiting the political space that’s open to you. In Hong Kong, they simply occupied the same space every day, and mainland China knew all it had to do was wait.

“You see, what you want in a campaign are what we call low-risk, inclusive tactics of dispersal. Occupy is a high-risk, divisive tactic of concentration: getting everyone in one place, fighting with the police, and pissing off the people – like shopkeepers – you need to win over.”

When, in 2002, a small, brave group of Zimbabwean opposition activists became the first to seek out Otpor! and ask their advice, Popovic and his fellow revolutionaries suspected they might be on to something. When Georgians, Ukrainians, Belarussians followed suit, they knew it.

Now that the “let’s solve this with guns” approach is even more discredited (“we know now that guns solve nothing; we’ve seen this in Libya, Iraq, Syria, in many, many places”), non-violent revolution must play an even greater role, he says: “The challenge now is threefold: activists have to learn the rules of non-violent resistance, and we need to make the tools for that available. We need to keep on convincing elites that planes and bombs won’t change anything. And we need to watch our opponents, because dictators are learning just as fast as we are. Look at Putin.”

Above all, though, ordinary people everywhere who are oppressed – a lifelong Tolkien fan, he refers often to the “hobbits” – should realise that together, with discipline, humour, careful planning and a few neat tactics, they can move mountains. “In 1992, all we actually wanted was a normal country with cool music,” he says. “And look where it got us.”

Srdja Popovic is the author of Blueprint for Revolution, published by Scribe (£9.99). To order a copy for £7.59 with free UK P&P, call 0330 333 6846 or visit guardianbookshop.co.uk


“OTPOR” Youth Movement in Serbia


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Israa Abdel Fattah, Mohamed Adel and Asmaa Mahfouz will be remembered as the ones who largely contributed to dismantling Hosni Mubarak’s 30 year rule over Egypt, and one of them revealed this year that he trained with similar youth organisations in Belgrade

‘The journey from dictatorship to democracy does not solely consist of overthrowing non-democratic leadership or organising fair and free elections. It is foremost a longterm institution building process,’ says Srdja Popovic, director of the centre for applied non-violent actions and strategies (Canvas) in Belgrade. Recently Canvas received massive media attention because one of the leaders of the April 6 Egyptian youth movementMohammed Adel stated that it was in this particular centre where they received advice on how to organise protests in their country.

The 38-year-old was himself one of the co-founders and leaders of Otpor! (‘Resistance‘), a Serbian youth movement that played a significant role in the downfall of former Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic’s regime in the country eleven years ago. Since then, he has been advocating for citizen activism throughout the world; Serbia has a new brand on its plate, and it’s called non-violent revolution. ‘The media have a way of making a mountain out of a molehill,’ he says. ‘They’ve turned a story of several brave Egyptian activists who came to a human rights workshop in Serbia into a romantic tale of importing and exporting revolution,’ His organisation has set up workshops for over 1, 000 people from 37 countries.

Romantic notion of revolution

Non-violence movement strategies have been known for decades and are taught at some prestigious universities. However, the idea of a non-violent protest as a Serbian brand was portrayed in the Serbian media couple of years ago after the orange revolution in Ukraine. It was then reported that Otpor activists met with members of

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The media potentially gave a romantic notion to the whole story, but the fact that the documentary of Otpor’s doings Bringing Down a Dictator (2002) was seen by 23 million people vouches for the spreading of their ideas.

And what’s there not to be romantic about? After all, the fist symbol of Otpor, was reportedly a product of a man in love; Nenad Duda Petrovic, now 37, was asked to create a logo for some student organisation by a girl who he was in love with. It took him only two hours to draw a fist that would later on represent the resistance of people toward dictators’ regime. That symbol has since been seen on protests in Georgia, Venezuela and recently in Egypt.

Petar Milicevic was one of the trainers at workshop that CANVAS organised for Egyptian activists in 2009. In his opinion, the methods that were presented at the training were perfectly applied during the Egyptian revolution. ‘Not a single change of power was successfuly done because of some international training and support,’ notes Milicevic. ‘The desire for social and political changes has to come from people. Everything else is more appealing than spending eighteen days in Tahrir Square while surrounded by (former president Hosni) Mubarak’s forces. The key to Egyptian success was that the revolution leaders recognised the needs of their society.’

Happily-ever-after or not?

However fascinating the story of Egyptian uprise seems, the fight didn’t end on the day Mubarak resigned on 11 February. While global attention has now turned towards Libya, Bahrain, Syria and other countries in similar political situations, it is up to the Egyptian people to start rebuilding their political institutions. ‘The next important step is changing the grotesque constitution that is long past  its expiry date. After that there’s the registration of political parties, freedom of speech and assembly, autonomy of educational institutions and separation of legislative, executive and judicial power…’There’s a long road ahead of them, but they don’t lack hope and enthusiasm,’ says Srdja Popovic.

‘People think that a better life comes right away. It doesn’t’

High hopes can also take a toll in the process. A decade after Milosevic’s downfall, Serbians are feeling disappointed by the outcomes of their revolution. The general apathy is deepened by poverty, high corruption rate and a lack of trust in politicians and institutions. Recent research in Ukraine showed similar results. ‘Serbia definitely looks better ten years after Milosevic than it did during the nineties. I can’t possibly think of anything from that period that we could be nostalgic about. The problem is that people think that a better life comes right away. It doesn’t, and then that enormous energy hits a brick wall when it has to deal with everyday issues. I hope Egypt will find a way to overcome that,’ says Petar Milicevic. Judging by numbers, Egyptian people have passed their first democratic test by making a large turnout protest on 18 March to a popular vote on constitution changes. The story continues in August when the presidential elections will be held.

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Turkey vows to keep Iran ties despite US pressures

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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

Turkey says it remains determined to maintain trade ties with Iran in an apparent defiance against a purported plan by the US to urge all nations to cut imports of Iranian oil from November.  

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was quoted by media as saying that Ankara would not cut off trade ties with Iran “at the behest of other countries” in a clear reference to the US.

“If the United States’ decisions are aimed at peace and stability, then we’ll support them, but we don’t have to follow every decision. Being allies doesn’t mean following every decision word for word,” Cavusoglu told the Turkish broadcaster NTV in an interview.

“Iran is a good neighbour and we have economic ties. We are not going to cut off our trade ties with Iran because other countries told us so.”

Earlier, Turkey’s economy minister had emphasized that Washington’s demand to stop purchasing oil from Iran will not be binding for Ankara.

Nihat Zeybekci told reporters on Wednesday that Turkey would only respect measures announced by the United Nations toward its eastern neighbor.

“The decisions taken by the United States on this issue are not binding for us. Of course, we will follow the United Nations on its decision. Other than this, we will only follow our own national interests. In addition, we will pay attention so our friend Iran will not face any unfair actions,” Turkey’s Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci told reporters on Wednesday.

Iran has been Turkey’s leading supplier of crude oil for most of the past two decades, ceding first place to Iraq only for three years during the recent period of US sanctions.

Imports last year came to 11.493 million tonnes, or 44.6% of the total supply, at an average of 230,800 barrels per day (bpd), up 66% from the 6.939 million tonnes supplied in 2016, according to reports.

F-35 drama

The Turkish top diplomat finally said his country had conveyed to Trump its discomfort about a purported decision by Washington to cancel delivery of F-35 jets to Ankara.

The US has warned Turkey against the purchase of S-400 air defense missile systems from Russia, threatening to impose sanctions on Ankara and also stop delivery of F-35 fighter jets it is contracted to give to the country.

Cavusoglu, however, said Trump had told Ankara that necessary steps over the delivery of the advanced fighter jets would be taken. He said there were no problems over the delivery of the planes yet, adding that he did not think there would be any in future either.

Comments:
Max Ahmadivor 5 Stunden
Turkieh knows its needs, rights and powers. let US and Zion try to stop it
Lumpyvor 7 Stunden
Might as well. The U.S. Bully-in-Chief betrays his conquests anyway.
u.s. governmnt is a thief…..vor 10 Stunden
Iranian engineers r truely incapable in design and building, in general completing a project….oil wells but no walkways to those pumps, no landscaping at all, dont know a crap about geometery…..learn, learn…time is now !!
Chud Nazakvor 10 Stunden
GREAT JOB TURKEY! I am calling every country in the world to strongly defy US pressure against Iran, rather encourage all countries in the world to boycott US products. Let their economy collapse like they do to others.
Narivor 10 Stunden
I know deep down Iranian leaders know the true face of Turkey and they remain quiet just to keep the peace.
Narivor 10 Stunden
If Iran was invaded today Turkey would be helping that invasion someway or another. Turkey has already attacked and occupied an Iranian allie.
Ardeshirvor 12 Stunden
Iran and Turkey are one family, no one can separate them. God bless Mr.Erdogan , MR.Chavushoghlu and all Iranian and Turkish people
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Why No Outrage Over US Killing of Children?

National outrage over President Trump’s policy of separating immigrant children from their parents as a way to deter illegal immigration into the United States has forced the president to abandon the policy. The outrage came from all sides of the political spectrum, especially from the left, and from the mainstream media.

Trump’s policy is obviously cruel and brutal, given that it uses children as pawns to achieve a political end. No matter how much psychological damage is inflicted on children owing to the fear that comes with forced separation, the idea is that such emotional damage is worth it given the aim of preventing or discouraging illegal immigration to the United States.

What’s strange, however, is that while there has been mass outrage over Trump’s separation policy, there is virtually no outrage over the U.S. government’s policy of killing children as a way to achieve the political goal of regime change in foreign countries.

Consider, for example, the brutal system of U.S. sanctions on Iraq, which the Clinton administration enforced during the 1990s. Year after year, it contributed to the deaths of tens of thousands of Iraqi children, especially since the sanctions prevented Iraq from repairing the water-and-sewage treatment plants that the Pentagon had intentionally bombed during the Persian Gulf War.

What was the attitude of liberals and Democrats back then? They couldn’t care less. In fact, the position of the Clinton administration was summed up by the official U.S. government spokesperson to the United Nations, Madeleine Albright, who was serving as U.S. Ambassador to the UN. When Sixty Minutes asked Albright whether the deaths of half-a-million Iraqi children from the sanctions were worth it, she responded that while the issue was a difficult one, yes, the deaths of those children were worth it.

What was “it”? Regime change, a political goal by the U.S. government wished to oust the Saddam Hussein regime from power and replace it with another pro-U.S. regime. (The Saddam Hussein regime and the U.S. government had been partners and allies during the 1980s when the U.S. government was helping Iraq wage war against Iran.) By killing children and others, the hope was that Saddam would abdicate, or that he would fall into line and comply with U.S. orders, or that there would be a violent revolution entailing massive death and destruction, or that there would be a military coup that would bring a pro-U.S. military dictator into power.

What was the response of the liberal-Democratic segment of society and of the U.S. mainstream media to the mass killing of those Iraqi children? Silence or, even worse, support! There was certainly nothing like the outrage being expressed against Trump’s separation policy, which causes one to wonder whether the reaction against Trump might be motivated by politics rather than by moral values. In other words, if it were Obama or Clinton doing what Trump is doing, would the response be different among progressives and the mainstream media?

Even when three high UN officials, Hans von Sponeck, Jutta Purghart, and Denis Haliday, resigned their posts out of a crisis of conscience over the deaths of Iraqi children that the Clinton administration was inflicting with its system of sanctions, that didn’t provoke any sympathetic reaction among liberals, progressives, or the U.S. mainstream press. When U.S. officials mocked and ridiculed the three of them, the American left and the U.S. mainstream press remained nonplussed.

A real-life hero in the Iraq sanctions saga was an American man named Bert Sacks. He decided to violate the sanctions by taking medicines into Iraq. U.S. officials went after him with a vengeance that bordered on the pathological and that gave new meaning to the term “banality of evil.” With the exception of newspapers in Seattle, where Sacks was from, most leftists and most mainstream newspapers failed to come to Sacks’ defense. To Sacks’s everlasting credit, he fought the Treasury Department’s $10,000 fine (plus another $6,000 in penalties) for around a decade, refusing to pay it and finally winning.

For that matter, consider the current brutal U.S. sanctions against North Korea, one of the most impoverished Third World countries in the world, one in which hundreds of thousands of people have died of starvation as a result of North Korea’s socialist economic system.

The U.S. sanctions are intended to make the starvation even worse. The U.S. government’s hope is that the sanctions will kill even more people and thereby accelerate the chances of regime change or a change in behavior among North Korea’s communist regime.

Ordinarily, the most vulnerable people in an impoverished society are the very young and the very old. Thus, they run the risk of bearing the brunt of sanctions, either from malnutrition or illness.

What is the reaction of the American left, the right, and the mainstream media when U.S. sanctions kill more North Koreans, including children and seniors? They love it! That exult that the sanctions are starting to “bite” and call for even more stringent sanctions to increase the killing even more. In the minds, the bigger the “bite,” the better the chances of causing North Korea to fall into line or of bringing regime change to the country.

Same for Cuba, where U.S. officials have brought untold economic suffering to the Cuban people, on top of the economic suffering that already experience of Cuba’s socialist economic system. Again, the aim is either regime change or regime conformance with U.S. directives. While there is a smattering of support for lifting the decades-old, Cold War-era embargo  among the left, there is certainly no moral outrage within the left and the mainstream media, as there is with Trump’s separation policy.

It’s refreshing to see moral outrage over Trump’s policy of separating immigrant children from their parents. If only there was similar outage over the U.S. government’s policy of killing children and others with sanctions.

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Jacob G. Hornberger is founder and president of The Future of Freedom Foundation. He was born and raised in Laredo, Texas, and received his B.A. in economics from Virginia Military Institute and his law degree from the University of Texas. He was a trial attorney for twelve years in Texas. He also was an adjunct professor at the University of Dallas, where he taught law and economics.

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A new multipolar order, driven by economics and history, is emerging in the world – ‘Post-West world order’

‘Post-West world order’ being shaped as we speak – Lavrov to Channel 4

A new multipolar order, driven by economics and history, is emerging in the world and Western attempts to stop or to slow it down are unlikely to succeed, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told UK’s Channel 4.

“I think that we are in the post-West world order,” Lavrov told the British Channel 4 in an interview on Friday. “It is a historical epoch, if you want. Certainly, after five or so centuries of domination of the collective West, as it were, it is not very easy to adjust to new realities that there are other powerhouses economically, financially and politically,” he added, pointing to China, India and Brazil.

Asked if Russia was shaping this world order, Lavrov replied it was rather the product of history and “development itself.”

“You cannot really hope to contain [these] new powerful, economically and financially, countries. You cannot really ignore their role in world trade and world economy,” despite attempts to slow down the process with sanctions and tariffs, the top Russian diplomat said.

The European Union is “certainly a very important pillar of any world order,” Lavrov added, but it needs to decide whether to remain reliant on the US or become more self-sufficient. By way of illustration, Lavrov brought up the migrant crisis, which the EU is currently struggling with.

“NATO bombed Libya, turned Libya into a black hole through which waves of migrants, illegal migrants, rushed to Europe. Now EU is cleaning the broken china for NATO,” Lavrov said.

Russia’s relations with the West, which have soured dramatically since the 2014 US-backed coup in Ukraine, will be among the topics discussed at the July summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump in Finland.

During the interview, Lavrov brushed off Channel 4 speculation that Russia could offer to hand over NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, whom it granted political asylum, in exchange for the lifting of US and EU sanctions.

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‘You stopped Ronaldo!’ Netanyahu incites Iranians to depose government channeling World Cup euphoria

Showcasing his ball-dribbling skills, Benjamin Netanyahu engaged in some footsy lobbying with Iranians, insisting that, if their national team could stop Cristiano Ronaldo, then the opposition can surely take out the government.

Playing on the emotions of millions of Iranians, who were thrilled to see their team achieve an “impossible” World Cup 1-1 draw with Portugal, the Israeli PM decided to demonstrate he too can play ball, while conveying his love and care for the Iranian people.

Netanyahu appealed to the Iranian opposition to seek inspiration in their squad’s performance against superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and his boys, and to find the “courage” to stand up against their government.

“To the Iranian people I say: You showed courage on the playing field, and today you showed the same courage in the streets of Iran,” Benjamin Netanyahu said in the video, titled ‘Could you stop Ronaldo from scoring a goal?!’

READ MORE: Aggressive US campaign to overthrow Iranian govt serves only to boost its support – experts

The euphoria felt by the fans at the FIFA World Cup in Russia, the PM hinted, can only be exceeded by the feeling of total freedom when the government of Israel’s arch-rival, which is, of course, the root of all Iranians’ troubles, is toppled.

“Iran has many problems — air pollution, water scarcity, billions wasted on terror,” he pointed out. “Can you imagine what would happen if the Iranian government, instead of wasting your money in Syria, in Yemen, and in unnecessary wars in the Middle East, would start investing it in solving these problems in Iran?”

Stressing his desire to help Iranian people help themselves, the Israeli PM painted a bright future, in which “Iran’s soccer team goes head-to-head against Israel in a free Tehran. On that day, we’ll all be winners.”

Attempts to win the hearts of the English-speaking Iranian social media users have become Netanyahu’s signature tactics over years of meddling in Iranian affairs. It’s not the first time Netanyahu has used sports events to encourage the Iranian opposition to rise up against Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. Tehran has repeatedly accused Washington and Tel Aviv of providing support for sporadic protests aimed at overthrowing the government.

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Some Good News, Trumpian Chaos, Crybaby Israel, and more!

FFWN June 29 2018:

For links to the stories we covered, click HERE.  To support the show, visit next week’s FundRazr.

By Kevin BarrettVeterans Today Editor

This week’s FFWN begins with some good news for a change: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez kicked Establishment butt in New York, and the Presbyterian Church and its 1.5 million members just voted to support BDS.

Then comes the bad news…of which there is always more than enough to keep us busy!

Personally I think the best story this week was Vacy Vlanza’s Counterpunch piece Cry Baby Israel. Yes, I know Counterpunch is a profoundly compromised operation, but they do publish some good stuff, and this article is a classic example.

The domestic scene got so crazy this week that we had to do a two-part series: US Domestic Politics Implodes into Trumpian Chaos  Part 1: Supreme Court Follies, and Part 2: More Immigration Wars. 

We also reported on 9/11 hero FDNY Chief Ronald Spadafora’s death from cancer. Is the cluster of cancer deaths among first responders and others in proximity to Ground Zero yet more evidence that Israeli mini-nukes were involved in “dustifying” the World Trade Towers? Check out VT’s nuclear education series for background on that thesis.

We ended the show on a humorous note: Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif brilliantly trolled Donald Trump and Mike Pompeo by spoofing Pompeo’s anti-Iran tweet; all Zarif had to do was substitute “USA” for “Iran” and voila, the Tweet was suddenly true!

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‘ISRAEL IS AN INVENTED STATE WITH NO VALID CLAIM TO PALESTINE’

Robert David Steele, a former CIA clandestine operations officer, has said that “Zionism is a subversive force that includes global state-sponsored terrorism and global organized crime.”

In an interview with Shia Followers, Steele, who was recommended in 2017 for the Nobel Peace Prize, said: Only in the past year has it become clear to a majority of the U.S. public that Zionism is a subversive movement that has been destroying the U.S. economy, misdirecting the U.S. Government, and undermining U.S. society.

He emphasized that Zionism “cannot and should not be confused with Judaism, the religion. Zionism is dominated by the Chabad Supremacist cult within Judaism, and Orthodox Jews as its useful idiots.”

“Most Jews – and particularly Reform and Progressive Jews, want nothing to do with Zionism and understand that Zionist atrocities within Palestine – and Zionist bribery, blackmail, espionage, and financial crime all over the world but especially in the United States of America and the United Kingdom – are not the same as Judaism the religion. Zionism is bad but Judaism is good.”

On the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, he said, “Israel is an invented state with absolutely no historically valid claim to Palestine. As Gandhi has stated so famously, ‘Palestine is to the Palestinians as France is to the French.’ It has been clearly established that there was no ‘up-rooting’ of the so-called Jewish people. Judaism is not Semitic – this is part of the Zionist myth – but to the extent it can be said to have roots, those roots are in Eastern Europe, among the Khazars.”

He also compared Israel with the Apartheid state of South Africa, saying, “Israel is an apartheid state – by definition – and in this I totally agree with Professor Richard Falk, the most distinguished UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories who equates the insistence on being a ‘Jewish state’ with the apartheid structure used to subjugate and displace the Palestinian people. The persistent definition of Israel as a ‘Jewish state’ is in total contradiction to all authorizing documents and totally delegitimizes that state – it makes Israel an apartheid state meriting an absolute boycott by all citizens of the world who believe in human rights.”

He also said he believes that Zionism is over. “While most do not understand this yet, the Zionists have overplayed their hand and are about to lose their control of the U.S. economy, government, and society.”

“The Zionists cannot be defeated by direct diplomatic, financial, or militarily means. They can only be defeated by cutting them off from their sole major enabler, the U.S. treasury and this will only happen if the U.S. public is deeply educated with the truth about Zionism,” he stressed.

“Hence the only way to shut down the Zionists is to communicate Zionist atrocities and subversion to the U.S. public in such compelling terms that the U.S. ends all funding for Zionist Israel and Saudi Arabia, closes all its military bases around the world including the forty four around Iran, and begins demanding a two state solution that reduces the Zionist state of Israel to a small demilitarized enclave stretching from Tel Aviv to the sea, while restoring full Palestinian sovereignty over the rest of Palestine, and particularly from Gaza to Jericho.”

The Zionists must be removed from the Negev and Galilee, and the Golan Heights returned to Syria, Steele said, adding that Zionist theft of water from the Jordanian aquifers “must stop at the same time that a regional energy and water authority creates hundreds of water desalination plants along the coast.”

He also said Jerusalem must be an international city with no Zionist official presence, and a massive Palestinian repatriation movement must be funded, fully equal to the mass migration of Jews that the Zionists organized on the basis of lies in the past seventy-five years.

To achieve these righteous ends, he added, it will be necessary to confront both past Zionist lies – particularly their lies about their rights to all of Palestine and their lies about the holocaust – and present Zionist lies – particularly their lies about Iran and their lies about Syria.

“There are three elements that must be integrated if one is to create truth in depth and breadth sufficient to defeat the Zionists where it really matters: in the hearts and minds of Americans particularly and Europeans generally,” he stressed.

Read more at: http://russiancouncil.ru/en/blogs/SteelesBlog-en/peace-in-the-middle-east-denuclearizing-israel-restoring-palestine-and/

 

Robert David Steele is the Chief Enabling Officer (CeO) of Earth Intelligence Network. A former Marine Corps infantry and intelligence officer as well as Adjutant, and a clandestine operations officer (spy) for the Central Intelligence Agency, he was recommended for the Nobel Peace Prize in January 2017. He is the top Amazon reviewer for non-fiction, reading in 98 categories, and a prolific author on citizen-centered intelligence (decision-support) and evidence-based governance. In 2017 he founded the project #UNRIG with the intent of enabling an ethical non-violent revolution by the 99% against the 1%, first in the USA, then anywhere else that individuals desire to take back the power and end the looting of the Earth by the 1%.

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US continues to follow Israel’s instructions, human rights be damned

[Editor’s note: The US is rapidly turning into a larger clone of the brutal, cruel, criminal state of Israel. Pulling out of the UN Human Rights group because it is ‘not fair to Israel’ is one of the most blatant signs that the US is now nothing more than an Israeli puppet.

As VT has reported on in almost exhaustive detail, Trump was inserted into office by an Israeli plot carried out by pro-Israel traitors inside the US in concert with Israeli assets both inside the US and in British intelligence; groups like Black Cube and Cambridge Analytica played key roles, exposing just how deep Israeli infiltration and influence run.

While the US does have a shameful track record when it comes to how it treats non-white people, it is hard to see the latest disgraceful and disgusting developments in how it handles migrants from the south of it’s borders as anything but Israeli-inspired. Who else other than Israel and it’s US puppet would treat poor, innocent children with such callous disregard?

Of course, there are still millions of moronic Americans who think Trump is doing a good job because they still have their guns, meaning they are still free, and he’s doing something about all those horrible brown-skinned ‘beaners’ and drug smugglers crossing the southern border. The rest of the world remains aghast at these heavily armed racist idiots and in dread fear that the Trump presidency is going to drag the world into a deep financial and political crisis, perhaps even a third world war.

The rest of the world already, by and large, hates the USA, a most understandable viewpoint given that it is a nation that has spent the last 70-odd years telling us how exceptional it is while at the same time massacring millions of innocents around the globe and carrying out regime changes wherever and whenever it pleases. If the US people want to do something to reverse this distaste, they need to get rid of Trump ASAP and then go after the traitors and foreign assets who put him in power and really run the USA. Ian]

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US to pull out of UN human rights body, reports suggest

The US plans to pull out of the United Nations Human Rights Council, a Trump administration source told Reuters.

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo and US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley will make the announcement on Tuesday, the source said.

The US is half-way through a three-year term on the main UN rights body and had long threatened to quit if it was not reformed, accusing the 47-member Geneva-based body of being anti-Israel.

Reuters reported last week that activists and diplomats said talks with the US on reforms had failed to meet Washington’s demands, suggesting that the Trump administration would quit.

Washington’s pullout would be the latest US rejection of multilateral engagement after it pulled out of the Paris climate agreement and the Iran nuclear deal.

It also comes as the US faces intense criticism for detaining children separated from their immigrant parents at the US-Mexico border. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein on Monday called on Washington to halt its “unconscionable” policy.

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric declined to comment until a decision was announced, but added: “The secretary-general is a strong believer in the human rights architecture of the UN and the active participation of all states.”

When the Human Rights Council was created in 2006, US president George W Bush’s administration shunned the body.

Then under Barack Obama the US was elected to the body for a maximum two consecutive terms on the council by the UN General Assembly. After a year off, Washington was re-elected in 2016 for its current third term.

In March 2011, the UN General Assembly unanimously suspended Libya’s membership in the council because of violence against protesters by forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gadafy. But UN officials said no member has withdrawn.

Ms Haley said a year ago that Washington was reviewing its membership and called for reform and elimination of a “chronic anti-Israel bias”. The body has a permanent standing agenda item on suspected violations committed by Israel in the occupied Palestinian territories that Washington wants removed.

“The UN Human Rights Council has played an important role in such countries as North Korea, Syria, Myanmar and South Sudan, but all Trump seems to care about is defending Israel,” said Human Rights Watch executive director Ken Roth.

The council last month voted to investigate killings in Gaza and accused Israel of excessive use of force. The US and Australia cast the only “no” votes. Israel’s ambassador in Geneva castigated the council for “spreading lies against Israel”.

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State-sponsored terrorist organization IDF sends aid to fleeing Syrians as `Good Neighbor` operation

How They Do It–

Some 300 tents, 28 tons of food, including baby food, and 30 tons of clothing and shoes delivered; Israel says it won`t take refugees

Times of Israel

Israel transferred several dozen tons of humanitarian aid to refugee encampments in southwestern Syria in an overnight operation late Thursday, as tens of thousands of Syrians are fleeing an offensive in neighboring Daraa province by Bashar Assad’s forces and the Russian military.

The IDF said it would likely continue to provide humanitarian assistance to the area, but insisted it would not allow Syrian refugees to cross the border.

“The IDF is monitoring what is going on in southern Syria and is prepared for a variety of scenarios, including continuing to provide humanitarian aid to fleeing Syrians. The IDF will not allow Syrian refugees into Israeli territory and will continue to act to protect Israel’s security interests,” the military said in a Hebrew-language statement.

The operation lasted “several hours,” the army said, and delivered some 300 tents, 13 tons of food, 15 tons of baby food, three pallets of medical supplies and 30 tons of clothes and shoes to the refugees.

Since the renewed attacks by pro-regime forces began earlier this month in the Daraa province, tens of thousands of Syrian civilians have been streaming to the nearby Israeli and Jordanian borders, seeking refuge.

A number of camps have been set up in the area, but these generally lack access to fresh water, electricity and other basic needs. In many cases, these camps are overflowing, without sufficient shelters. Some Syrians are reportedly sleeping outside at night.

The army said it shipped the supplies to four camps simultaneously in the southern and central Syrian Golan Heights.

“In these camps, located near the border, there are several thousand Syrians living in deteriorating conditions, without access to water, electricity, food sources or basic necessities. In recent days, there’s been an increase in the number of Syrians living in these camps,” the IDF said.

The refugees along the border are fleeing an offensive by Syrian government forces seeking to reclaim the strategic region that extends along the border with Jordan and the Israeli Golan Heights, and which was until recently part of a US-backed and negotiated truce.

Airstrikes pounded rebel-held areas in southwestern Syria on Thursday, killing at least 17 civilians in an underground shelter and driving thousands more from their homes, as scores of displaced people protested near the Israeli border demanding international protection.

Signaling that the humanitarian crisis is likely to deepen, UN officials said that because of the fighting, no aid has entered from Jordan to reach the estimated 50,000 people displaced since Tuesday. Jordan, which is already hosting 660,000 registered refugees, says it cannot accept any more and has sealed its border, despite appeals from aid groups.

Near the Golan Heights, scores of the newly-displaced raised banners in protest. Thousands have fled to the area, saying they thought the proximity to Israeli forces would deter Syrian air raids. One activist said the camps are about three kilometers (two miles) from the frontier.

Israel has been providing aid to southwestern Syria since 2013, including treating chronically ill children who have no access to hospitals, building clinics in Syria, and supplying hundreds of tons of food, medicine and clothing to war-ravaged villages across the border.

Since Syria disintegrated into a brutal civil war in 2011 that has left hundreds of thousands dead and millions displaced, Israel has struggled with how to deal with the humanitarian disaster taking place on its doorstep, a dilemma made even more complicated by the fact that Israel and Syria remain officially at war.

Israel initially responded by providing medical treatment to Syrians wounded in the war who arrived at its border, treating more than 3,000 people in field hospitals on the border and in public hospitals, mostly in northern Israel, since 2013.

But last year, the army revealed that since June 2016 it has quietly been working on Operation Good Neighbor, a massive multi-faceted humanitarian relief operation to keep thousands of Syrians who live along the border from starving or falling ill due to the lack of food and basic medical care.

In its first year, the operation saw over 600 Syrian children, accompanied by their mothers, come to Israel for treatment. The hundreds of tons of food, medical equipment and clothing sent across the border were clearly labeled in Hebrew and came from Israeli companies.

The IDF also facilitated the construction of two clinics within Syria, which are run by locals and NGO workers. This includes logistical coordination and sending over building materials and medical equipment, the army has said.

The clinics are meant to support 80,000 Syrians living in the area near the Syrian city of Quneitra, just across the border.

Inside Israel, another clinic was constructed at the army’s Outpost 116, which is guarded by the IDF but staffed by NGO officials.

As part of the operation, the army has also stepped up the amount of humanitarian aid it transfers to Syria, in some cases dramatically.

According to IDF figures, the quantity of food sent to Syria increased tenfold last year, from a few dozen tons between 2013 and 2016 to 360 tons from 2016 to 2017.

The quantity of clothes, baby formula, medical supplies, diesel fuel and generators being transferred to Syrians have also significantly increased in that time.

Israel has also sent hundreds of tons of flour, oil, sugar, salt, canned beans and dry goods, as well as several cars and mules.

Most of the aid was donated by NGOs over the years, the army says, but some were also provided by the Israeli government directly.

Palestinian women in Gaza call for solidarity as they march to break the siege on July 3

Palestinian women in Gaza call for solidarity as they march to break the siege on July 3

A mass women’s coalition in Gaza is calling for support from feminist groups around the world to help end the siege.

Organizers of the Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege are seeking worldwide support for a Women’s March to take place on July 3, 2018. How cool would it be if thousands marched for Palestinian freedom just a day before we celebrate our freedom in America?

from Samidoun – Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network

On Tuesday, 3 July, the High Committee of the Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege is organizing the first women’s march since the protests began on 30 March. The organizers are inviting women around the world to support the women of Palestine in ending 70 decades of occupation and more than a decade of blockade and siege.

In a press release, the organizers invited women as both individuals and groups to join the event and to help give a voice to the voiceless and shed a light on the suffering and injustice that have befallen the Palestinian people for decades under the Israeli occupation.

The High Committee of the Great March of Return hopes that women across the globe will join the protests, both in Gaza itself and by holding solidarity events in their own countries to demand an end to the 12-year Israeli blockade of Gaza, imposed in 2006, which has affected all aspects of life, from the economy to health, education, access and freedom of movement, farming, fishing, and the rebuilding efforts following three devastating Israeli bombings. More broadly the Committee calls for an end to the 70-year occupation of Palestine.

The Committee reiterated that this protest is affiliated with no political party, faction or government, but independently represents all Palestinians regardless of political affiliation.

2012 UN report warned that Gaza would become “unlivable” by 2020 unless current trends were reversed.

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Gaza Palestinians plan for mass protests to end the blockade and occupation; call for supporters around the world to mobilize in solidarity

 

Gaza Palestinians plan for mass protests to end the blockade and occupation; call for supporters around the world to mobilize in solidarity

Participants in Gaza’s Great March of Return on the eighth Friday of the demonstration.

Gaza Palestinians plan for mass protests to end the blockade and occupation; call for supporters around the world to mobilize in solidarity

Contact:

U.S.: Pam Bailey | founder/director, We Are Not Numbers | +1 301-518-0199 | pam@wearenotnumbers.org

Gaza: Ahmed Alnaouq |+972 567676219 | ahmed@wearenotnumbers.org

Protests marking two historic dates are planned along Israel’s massive “security fence” in Gaza June 5 and 8. June 5 is the 51st commemoration of the Israeli invasion and occupation of Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem and on June 7 of the same year, Israel seized control over Jerusalem’s Old City. The committee of Palestinians coordinating the ongoing, mass protests in the Gaza Strip are calling on human rights advocates around the world to mobilize June 5 and 8 in solidarity.

The largest protest in Gaza (as well as in the West Bank) is planned for June 8, since that is a FridayIt also marks the 51st anniversary of the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty in international waters off the Gaza Strip. The intelligence ship was well-marked as an American vessel and only lightly armed. This particular anniversary is ironic, since the Israeli navy just attacked and seized a Palestinian vessel called the Liberty when it attempted to sail out of the Gaza harbor May 29.

“We urge all free people everywhere to join the Palestinians by organizing solidarity events to demand that their governments exert pressure on Israel to end its oppression and occupation of the Palestinian people,” said a statement from the Legal Committee of the National Commission for the Return and Breaking-the-Siege Marches. Specifically, the committee calls on activists to push for a ban on the supply of weapons to Israel and support the public boycott of Israeli products.  

“As a nation under occupation, siege and apartheid rule, we need your help to end this oppression, including the blockade of Gaza imposed 12 years ago,” the statement concluded. “We need you to scream out against injustice and double standards and urge your governments to carry out their moral and legal duties to protect the civilians of Palestine.”

Ahmed Alnaouq, project manager for We Are Not Numbers, a youth project in Gaza, notes, “The media and agencies are publishing charts and graphics showing the number of dead and wounded, but it is critical to remember that each one of those numbers represents an unarmed human who had a story to which most of us—even those in the West—could relate. Our team has been busy trying to write those stories so the world cannot hide behind the anonymity of ‘collateral damage’.”

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WeAreNotNumbers.org—a group of young adults in Gaza whose lives have been forced into a state of limbo by the world’s highest unemployment rate (60 percent among youth), a constant threat of war, a ban on most travel and shortages of electricity averaging 20 hours a day—has worked for the past three years to document the stories of the “silenced voices” in Gaza. Since March 30, when the massive, nonviolent protests began in Gaza, the team has produced regular stories and videos about the “human faces behind the numbers in the news”—including the 128 killed and 13,375 injured by Israeli snipers.

Working for Peace and Justice: Hebron Freedom Fund is a U.S. based 501c3 organization that supports the resiliency and nonviolent efforts of Palestinians living under the most difficult circumstances of Israel’s occupation. 

Jews terrorize Jews…..

Israel Convicts Israeli-American Hacker Who Terrorized U.S. Jews (and others) With Bomb Threats

Israel Convicts Israeli-American Hacker Who Terrorized U.S. Jews (and others) With Bomb Threats

While the ADL continually claims a “rise in antisemitism” – and the claims are repeated verbatim by U.S. media – an Israeli has been convicted of being behind over 2,000 false threats. His hard disk contained child pornography for sale, including nude photos of underage girls, videos of underage girls being raped and sexual relations between minors. He also tried to extort some U.S. officials. 

By Revital Hovel, Ha’aretz

An Israeli court convicted a 19-year old Israeli-American man Thursday of making thousands of bomb threats, including to a United States senator, as well as to airports, schools and Jewish centers in the U.S. in 2016 and early 2017.

The hoax threats forced widespread evacuations and stirred fear of resurgence of anti-Semitism.

The judge, Zvi Gurfinkel, dismissed the defense’s argument that the defendant was unfit for trial due to a brain tumor that caused autism and other mental problems, and held him responsible for his actions.

The hacker, whose name was withheld from publication [it is Michael Kaydar], was arrested in March 2017 with the help of the FBI. He was convicted of all counts committed when he was no longer a minor, from 2016 onwards.

Among other counts, he was convicted of extortion, conspiracy to commit a crime, money laundering and assaulting a police officer. According to the conviction, he made around 2,000 false terrorism threats from 2015 until his arrest in March 2017.

Among his targets was the Israeli embassy in Washington, the Israeli consulate in Miami, Jewish institutions, schools, malls, police stations, hospitals and airlines.

The hacker, a resident of the coastal Israeli city of Ashkelon, used advanced technology to disguise his voice and conceal the origin of his calls, including by achieving control over remote computers. Among other things he would pay for the calls using bitcoin, a virtual currency that requires no identification to use.

The hacker also sold “intimidation” and extortion services to clients, charging $40 to make a call warning of a massacre in a private home; $80 to threaten a massacre at a school; and $500 to phone in a threat of a bomb on a plane. Sending a threat of a school massacre through email would set his clients back by $30, with an additional charge of $15 if they wanted to frame somebody else for the threat.

He also offered training videos on how to make threatening phone calls without getting caught; and offered drugs and manuals on making explosives, poisons, drugs, and how to pull off sophisticated fraud; how to disseminate malware (computer viruses); and how to break into bank accounts, Facebook and Whatsapp accounts. His clientele often paid him using bitcoin.

In addition, his hard disk contained child pornography for sale, including nude photos of underage girls, videos of underage girls being raped and sexual relations between minors.

Threatens U.S. officials

Kaydar harrassed and attempted to frame George Little, a Pentagon official.

One of the hacker’s victims was a former senior official at the U.S. Department of Defense, George E. Little. In July 2015, the hacker called him to ask him if he tortured his children and told him he knew Little intended to murder children and that he kept bombs and weapons at his home. That same day, the hacker called the Washington police impersonating Little’s wife and claiming that Little kept multiple weapons at home in order to murder children. The hacker gave the police Little’s home address.

Ernie Lopez with his family. Kaydar attempted to extort Lopez.

When Delaware State Senator Ernesto Lopez (Republican) condemned the hacker’s calls, the hacker attempted to extort Lopez. The suspect called Lopez and demanded that he retract his comments, saying that if Lopez failed to, he would fine him in Bitcoin every 72 hours and if he didn’t pay, he would incriminate him on the internet. When the politician did not respond, the suspect ordered drugs online and sent them to his house in order to incriminate him. When the envelopes arrived the suspect threatened to publish pictures attesting to the fact that he had drugs in his house.

At trial, the hacker did not deny his misdeeds but claimed he could not be held responsible and was not fit to stand trial due to his autism. He told Prison Service officials that boredom was responsible for his actions, which to him had been like a game, and expressed regret.

Psychological and psychiatric opinions were consulted at trial to determine whether the defendant was fit for trial. The judge rules he could distinguish between right and wrong, adding that “even if he presented himself as merely playing a game, the fact that he used new, smart technologies shows he was afraid of being caught, so he understood he was doing bad things and did everything he could to avoid getting caught.”


Editor’s note:

The Anti-Defamation League, an Israel advocacy organization, has continued to claim a “rise in antisemitism,” even after evidence came out about the hoax. U.S. media uncritically echo the ADL claims.

Ha’aretz had earlier reported last year:

Is there anything worse than conspiracy theorists appearing to be right?

Jews cried foul when President Donald Trump bizarrely appeared to pin blame on his opponents for being behind the disturbing waves of bomb threats at Jewish centers, hinting at a false flag operation designed to make him look bad.

At the time, Trump seemed to be drawing his inspiration from white supremacist conspiracy theorists on the Internet who were charging that the threats and other anti-Semitic acts were a grand plot cooked up by the Jews themselves. His insinuations felt like classic victim-blaming and vilification. Coupled with Trump’s reluctance to condemn the anti-Semitic acts, on top of his problematic Holocaust Remembrance Day statement, added up to what seemed to be at best, pandering to racist “alt-right” supporters at best, or at worst, a troubling indication that he believed it himself.

Now, those who condemned and criticized Trump are bemoaning the fact that his strange comments contained a grain of truth – the primary suspect is, in fact, Jewish…

The New York Post reports that the Kaydar, who also has U.S. citizenship, “has been indicted on hate-crime charges by the US Department of Justice, and could face a prison term of 20 years. Potential extradition was postponed as he was tried in Israel.”

His name is also sometimes spelled “Kadar.”


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WW II – The Hidden Holocaust: The Deportation and Extermination of the Germans (Full Version)

The Hidden Holocaust: The Deportation of the Germans (Full Version)

 

A study of the deportation of the Germans from allover Europe after World War II, including an interview with a survivor.


World War II justified by former German soldiers


The Expulsion and Extermination of East European Germans after end of war.

9 to 13  million lost their lives

 

Since the end of the war about 3,000,000 people, mostly women and children and overaged men, have been killed in eastern Germany and south-eastern Europe; about 15,000,000 people have been deported or had to flee from their homesteads and are on the road. About 25 per cent of these people, over 3,000,000 have died. About 4,000,000 men and women have been deported to eastern Europe and Russia as slaves. It seems that the elimination of the German population of eastern Europe – at least 15,000,000 people – was planned in accordance with decisions made at Yalta.” Senator Homer Capehart in a speech before U.S. Senate, Feb. 5, 1946.

More of Senator Homer Capehart’s remarks to the US Senate on February 5, 1946:

“Since the end of the war about 3,000,000 people, mostly women and children and over-aged men, have been killed in Eastern Germany and south-eastern Europe; about 15,000,000 people have been deported or had to flee their homesteads and are on the road. About 25% of these people, over 3,000,000 have perished. About 4,000,000 men and women have been deported to Eastern Europe as slaves. It seems that the elimination of the German population of Eastern Europe – at least 15,000,000 people – was planned in accordance with decisions made at Yalta. Churchill had said to Mikolakczyk when the latter protested during the negotiations to Moscow against forcing Poland to incorporate eastern Germany; ‘Don’t mind the five or more million Germans. Stalin will see to them. You will have no trouble with them; they will cease to exist.’

“The fact can no longer be suppressed, namely, the fact that is has been and continues to be, the deliberate policy of a confidential and conspiratorial clique within the policy-making circles of this government to draw and quarter a nation now reduced to abject misery…”

“In this process this clique, like a pack of hyenas struggling over the bloody entrails of a corpse, and inspired by a sadistic and fanatic hatred, are determined to destroy the German nation and the German people, no matter what the consequences…”

“At Potsdam the representatives of the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Soviet Socialist Republics solemnly signed the following declaration of principles and purposes: ‘It is not the intention of the Allies to destroy or enslave the German people.’ Mr. President, the cynical and savage repudiation of these solemn declarations which has resulted in a major catastrophe, cannot be explained in terms of ignorance or incompetence. This repudiation, not only of the Potsdam Declaration, but also of every law of God and men, has been deliberately engineered with such a malevolent cunning, and with such diabolic skill, that the American people themselves have been caught in an international death trap…”

“For nine months now this administration has been carrying on a deliberate policy of mass starvation without any distinction between the innocent and the helpless and the guilty alike…”

“The first issue has been and continues to be merely humanitarian. This vicious clique within this administration that has been responsible for the policies and practices which have made a madhouse of central Europe has not only betrayed our American principles, but they have betrayed the GI’s who have suffered and died, and they continue to betray the American GIs who have to continue their dirty work for them…”

“The second issue that is involved is the effect this tragedy in Germany has already had on the other European countries. Those who have been responsible for this deliberate destruction of the German state and this crimimal mass starvation of the German people have been so zealous in their hatred that all other interests and concerns have been subordinated to this one obsession of revenge. In order to accomplish this it mattered not if the liberated countries in Europe suffered and starved. To this point this clique of conspirators have addressed themselves: ‘Germany is to be destroyed. What happens to other countries of Europe in the process is of secondary importance.’”

The Expulsion and Extermination of Eastern European Germans: An Overview

 

 

 

 

The expulsion of Eastern European Germans resulted in the largest exchange of population in European history. It ended close to 1,000 years of German presence in areas now considered to be parts of Poland, the Czech Republic, Russia and other Eastern European states, forever changing the ethnic face of Europe. Alone, the expulsion of millions of Prussian Germans from their native land between 1944 and 1947 was accomplished in an immensely sinister manner, yet it is an event that has been ignored, minimized or rationalized by the mainstream media.At the peak of the expulsions in July of 1946, 14,400 people a day were still being dumped over the devastated and famished frontier into an equally devastated and famished Germany which had been reduced to a smaller size than it was in the 11th century.

Most countries which once had a substantial ethnic German presence no longer do. Entire ethnic German cities and regions vanished in the aftermath of the war. When Stalin promised a “modest reduction in the German population” to Churchill and Roosevelt, his homicidal plans were greeted with a wink and a nod, and that goal was accomplished with lethal zeal.

Agreeing to Stalin’s murderous plans to uproot both Poles and Germans, Churchill said in the House of Commons in 1944: “Expulsion is the method which, in so far as we have been able to see, will be the most satisfactory and lasting. There will be no mixture of populations to cause endless trouble. A clean sweep will be made. I am not alarmed by these transferences.” In November 1944, Roosevelt agreed, and chief advisors to both Roosevelt and Churchill argued for a solution to the “German problem” as calculated and as chilling as Stalin’s. In December, 1945, The New York Times noted that the number of people the Allies proposed to transfer in just a few months equalled the total of all the immigrants admitted to the USA since the beginning of the 20th century!

Aside from countless German civilians who fled in advance of the Red Army and were bombed, drowned or shot at, since the British and Americans agreed at Yalta to redraw historic German borders, they abetted, authorized and encouraged the deportation of millions of ethnic German civilians and gave to vengeance-fueled communist governments the power for who, where and how these citizens would be deported, a power which would inevitably be greatly abused. Among the Allies, who insisted that they nobly fought the war to uphold the dignity and value of all humanity, were thousands of officials, servicemen and politicians who took active roles in carrying out a program that was contrary to all principles of humanity, a program which, had it been perpetrated by their wartime enemies, would have been considered a criminal violation of human rights.

Chaos, kidnapping, rape, thievery and mass murder were the order of the day in the regions where Germans were expelled. Poles, Czechs and others, with the assistance of the Red Army, sometimes gave the populations of whole German villages only minutes to vacate their homes. The Germans were either collected by force or ordered to gather at a central location where selected individuals were ripped from the group and beaten, executed, or dragged off for slave labor in a ruthless process which even tore children from their mothers’ arms.

The evicted Germans were methodically stripped of their most personal and dearest possessions before being taken to train stations where they were indecently prodded for hidden valuables, shoved aboard cars without adequate food, water or sanitation facilities, and speedily shipped to occupation zones in Germany where they were simply dumped. Others were forced to walk hundreds of miles to destinations which were often in rubble, and few of them reached these destinations with even a handbag left in their possession. Many died on the roadside from disease, exposure or starvation. Forbidden to ever return home, all of their worldly goods were confiscated.

Many taken for slave labor were deported to the USSR after Secret Order 7161 of 1944 issued by USSR State Defense Committee made possible the internment of all adult Germans from Romania, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Bulgaria. About ten per cent of the victims died just in the course of transportation to Russia as a result of hunger, murder and cold. Half of the remaining ‘repatriated displaced persons’ died in camps, one of the worst being the Kolyma Camp. The numbers of deaths and expulsions sky-rocketed at war’s end. In the USSR, over 75% of German civilian slaves worked the mines in Ukraine and 11% worked in the Urals. By 1946, out of the German “arrested internees,” 39% died, and of 875,000 other German civilians who were abducted and transported to the camps, over 50% perished.

Labor camps for Germans existed not only in the Soviet Union, but in almost all the regions from which Germans were displaced, the last ones not being closed until 1950. In Poland and areas under Polish administration, there were 1,255 camps: 6,048 out of about 8,000 people died in Lamsdorf camp alone. In Czechoslovakia, 2,061 camps existed: in the Mährisch-Ostrau camp around 350 people were tortured to death by early July 1945. In Yugoslavia, the Red Cross found 1,562 gruesome camps and prisons. By May of 1945, practically all of the Yugoslav Germans who did not flee in time were living and dying in camps.

The standard estimates which stood unrevised for sixty years stated that between 1945 and 1950, from 11,730,000 to 15,000,000 German civilians fled and/or were expelled from the eastern territories of Germany proper and from the Eastern European countries and other estimates were much higher. Although, as in the case with mortality figures from Allied bombing, the number of victims is relentlessly downsized, that these violent expulsions displaced and murdered millions of innocents is undeniable. “Population transfers,” from highest to lowest, were from former eastern Germany, then Czechoslovakia next, then Poland, Danzig, Yugoslavia, Romania, Hungary, the Baltic states and, lastly, the USSR. And besides the forced expulsion and murder of millions of these people, at least another 3.1 million simply “disappeared” during the expulsion/liquidation process.

Even after a murderous bombing campaign eliminated a large part of their population, five times as many Germans, both civilians and soldiers, perished in the first year after World War Two than died during the course of the entire war, and they died at the hands of others directly as a result of revenge policies inflicted upon a thoroughly dehumanized enemy. 15 to 20 million homeless people, many half insane from shock and grief, wandered amid rotting human bodies dotting the bleak roadsides and paper thin orphans aimlessly navigating through the charred and broken remnants of mercilessly bombed cities.

The Allied Control Council had worked out procedures in advance for taking into the occupied territory 6,650,000 “racial Germans” who were among those they expected to be expelled from Poland, Hungary, Austria and Czechoslovakia under their plans. The US zone’s share was to be 1,750,000 from the Sudetenland and 500,000 from Hungary. They were scheduled to come at a rate of a quarter million a month in December, January, and February of 1945 and even larger numbers in the spring. But they came at greater rates, and the Allies were in no way prepared or eager to deal with the situation humanely. In a British camp at Kleve, for instance, thousands of civilians died from hunger, disease and starvation.

25 percent of former German farmland had been given to Poland making food scarce in Germany after the war and there was already a disastrous famine in the many urban areas where refugees were dumped since the Allies were not yet letting food through. Health and medical services could not possibly handle the additional millions of starving, homeless and ill German refugees. Half of the children under a year old died during the first months in cities like Berlin. By the summer of 1945, 20,000 weak, starving, homeless people were dying every day, their bodies piling up on roadsides, by train tracks and in empty fields. When winter arrived, the Allies relented and finally allowed some private international relief agencies to provide food and clothing, but it was far too late for many.

In communist-occupied Koburg, 3/4 of the people were dead by starvation by the spring of 1947. The children died like flies of diseases such as Diphtheria which ran rampant. The greatest deaths were reported in the Neumark area in Eastern Brandenburg. Out of a 644,834 pre-war population, by 1945 there were 257,000 dead. Out of sheer desperation, people all over Germany shot, hanged, drowned and poisoned themselves and sometimes their entire families.

Within the Eastern German regions which were hacked up and turned over to communist rule, “liberation” led to enslavement for decades. Subjected to brutal policies calculated to break their will, thousands upon thousands of innocent people were murdered, oppressed or tortured. “Crimes” such as singing an old regional folk song could be punishable by prison, and the brutality used to obliterate German “nationalism” extended to executions, prison or life in the far away gulag. Many people simply disappeared. Those who didn’t comply with the degrading re-education process inflicted by their new communist masters were enemies of the state.

Refugees in the Eastern Cities after the War: One City’s Story

The refugee problem was of a momentous proportion and what took place in Leipzig is typical of many eastern cities. Families having lost their homes and farms were split up and scattered into unfamiliar areas, children torn from their mother’s arms and fathers and sons missing or dead. Refugees with friends or relatives to rely upon were lucky if they had the capacity to make the journey and if their contacts were still alive and in surviving houses themselves. Others faced long stays in crowded, harsh refugee camps. The plight of the desperate refugees began first with a severe shortage of housing. From 1943, thousands of Leipzig houses had been destroyed by bombing.

Of 221,178 dwellings, 28,178 were completely destroyed and 93,000 were damaged, thus 20 per cent of the native Leipzig inhabitants had become homeless themselves and had to be accommodated in the dwellings of others or in emergency shelters and camps. Sizable buildings still standing, such as the university, were seized, and the evacuation of a large number of dwellings was demanded, but it was not enough. The old Leipzig mansions were also seized, but proved impractical for conversion. There was not only a housing crisis, but an absence of urgently needed clothing, food, furnishings as well as a lack of furnaces, fuel and cooking stoves.

The first refugee camps in Leipzig developed in January, 1945 when Central Germany was affected for the first time by the escape waves of people fleeing East Prussia. Later, exiled Silesian and Sudeten Germans flocked to cities for help. They were put up in private homes, zoos, high schools, auditoriums and restaurants.

Americans were greeted in Leipzig on April 18, 1945 with white flags. Nobody realized at the time that they had been “sold out” to the Red Army. The Allies immediately issued regulations that, among other things, imposed curfews and closing hours and forbade the publication of newspapers and the use of cameras, which were confiscated. Under the Americans, bread rations for the population was only 200 grams for young people, 170 grams for adults and 100 grams for children.

As the Americans prepared to end their occupation and leave July 2, 1945, the corralled refugees, created by Allied bombing and Allied policies set at Yalta, were stunned to hear that Russian troops were about to arrive in the city the next day. Because of the two zones of occupation, traditional supply lines to Leipzig had been cut off and the infrastructure was destroyed per day. There was no escape from a future of brutal communism.

Conditions worsened in the entire Soviet zone of occupation until a uniform food map system was inserted much later, which consisted of categories. The assignment of the food maps was graduated mainly by work status, so non-laboring housewives and pensioners had a diet containing neither fat nor meat. Among the refugees, there were many old people and women who, because they had to supply small children, were exempted from the forced work details and therefore had very little to eat. A “dwelling law” put forth by the temporary Allied occupation forces had decreed that “victims of fascism” and immigrant workers were to be given first preference to housing and the needy second preference, while the refugees did not even rank among the groups privileged by the law! Average floor space was calculated for eight square meters per person, with children under fourteen years old ranked as “half a human” by the Americans, who were given strict orders to destroy or otherwise render inedible their own leftover surplus so as to ensure it could not be eaten by German civilians, a policy in US zones throughout all of Germany.

Within the Soviet zone of occupation, some refugees were sent over the borders, resulting in strong objection from adjacent provinces who were battling their own refugee crisis. Usually the neighboring authorities sent the refugees back to Saxony, some numerous times, ostensibly to prevent the spread of epidemic disease. This resulted in even more trauma for the exhausted refugees. When the surrounding frontier was closed, certain cities such as Leipzig were subjected to the in-pouring of thousands of frightened and weary human beings who had accumulated in the area. Where they would they live and how they would they eat was a horrible problem.

A decree was issued on August 2, 1945 prohibiting the further influx of refugees, and on August 7th, the Leipzig welfare office suggested that any future refugees should receive accommodation of only one night in the Leipzig transit camp. The Red Cross tried to supply these people with at least with one warm meal and bread and jam for their forthcoming travels. Some refugees walked aimlessly for months in hunger, pain and confusion.

Typhus broke out and there was a malaria epidemic in the damp Leipzig camps from 1945-49 where some refugees languished in old, swampy prison camps. The forlorn refugees were afflicted with scourges such as lice, ringworm, bedbugs and transmittable diseases, while the formerly rich and the once poor struggled together for survival. The whole social order had broken down with nothing of substance to replace it and lift the sagging spirits and weary bodies. Stress, grief, illness and pain took a devastating toll, especially in the very young and aged.

One of the linguistic rulings of the Communist regime turned the refugees into “re-settlers,” and after the establishment of a central administration for “re-settlers” at the end of September, 1945, efforts were undertaken to end the chaotic situation in Saxony and to settle thousands of refugees in a more orderly manner. To enforce this, a halt was called to refugee movements from October 1, 1945.

At the same time, the naturalization of all refugees in Saxony was arranged. For the city of Leipzig this meant naturalization of almost 28,000 additional people during a time of incredible hardship for everyone. Worse was to come. The “arranged evacuation” of the remaining Germans who were forced out of their homes in Poland and Czechoslovakia began in summer, 1946, and turned a crisis into a calamity. Saxony alone was assigned 400,000 more refugees. Since most refugees came in the last months of the year, winter was already upon them and many wanted to remain in the camps where, despite disadvantages, at least there was heat and meagre food.

Churchill’s final solution to the German problem was proving deadly. After 1947, another 25,000 people gained admission to Leipzig, and then another 38,000. Leipzig’s standard of 8.8 square meters of floor space had to be lowered. The catastrophic housing conditions caused already traumatized people to become more ill. Strangers shared housing, and often five or more persons had to live in one or two rooms without a kitchen and with a continuing shortage of food, heat, sanitation and private sleeping places. Most refugees had no money. Despite the emergency housing dilemma, in July, 1947 the Soviet military administration demanded the evacuation of approximately one thousand dwellings north of the city to be handed for use by Soviet commercial enterprises.

Only in 1948 was a slow improvement in the living conditions of the refugees finally discerned. Until the stop of all refugee movements in Leipzig, 71,324 “re-settlers” had gone through the Leipzig camp. In 1950, more than half of the Leipzigers were still not in their own home, but in officially assigned dwellings, and 78,000 out of 93,707 refugees still lived in the city. The situation did not begin to remedy itself until the early 1960s. Information from the State Ministry, Saxony.


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Holy Land back in 2014: “Operation Cast Lead” by Zipi Livny – History repeats itselves currently

Israel should be investigated for war crimes in Gaza says UN, as it warns that they have not done enough to protect hundreds of Palestinian civilians

  • UN human rights chief Navi Pillay says Israel must end blockade and respect obligations as an ‘Occupying Power’
  • She also condemns Palestinian militant group Hamas for launching ‘indiscriminate attacks’ on Israel
  • Some 630 Palestinians, many of them children and civilians have so far died since Israel’s attacks began
  • Some 29 Israeli soldiers have been killed, including a tank officer who was shot by a Palestinian sniper overnight
  • Israel steps up claims that Hamas are using civilians has human shields after rockets found at UN school
  • Second such discovery at a vacant UN school in Gaza in a week, the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said 
  • It has long been the Israeli case that the store weapons in residential areas using Palestinians as human shields 
  • Although the Arab League accuses Israel of war crimes by responding indiscriminately
  • Negotiations to broker a truce between Israel and Hamas militants are making some progress, says Washington
  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Jerusalem meeting for the second time this week with UN chief Ban Ki-moon
  • Israeli transport ministry spokesman says stopping flights to Israel is ‘giving a prize to terrorism’ 
  • Israeli troops clashed with Hamas fighters near the Gaza town of Khan Younis, forcing dozens of families to flee

Israel may have committed war crimes in its latest offensive in Gaza, a UN human rights official said yesterday, as she also condemned Hamas.

Human rights commissioner Navi Pillay told the UN that Israel had not done enough to protect civilians during its two weeks of strikes in Gaza.

But she said that Hamas and other armed Palestinian groups had launched ‘indiscriminate attacks’ on Israel – which has blamed the rocket attacks against its citizens for provoking its latest military action.

The commissioner told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva that Israel’s response had killed more than 650 Palestinians, including 147 children, saying: ‘There seems to be a strong possibility that international law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes.’

A Palestinian medic carries a wounded girl to a treatment room of Nasser hospital, following an Israeli airstrike hit her home in Khan Younis

A Palestinian medic carries a wounded girl to a treatment room of Nasser hospital, following an Israeli airstrike hit her home in Khan Younis

A man carries a boy wounded in the same airstrike in Khan Younis to a treatment room in Nasser hospital

A man carries a boy wounded in the same airstrike in Khan Younis to a treatment room in Nasser hospital

A third victim of the strike is carried into Nasser hospital. The UN's top human rights official today said Israel may be committing war crimes

A third victim of the strike is carried into Nasser hospital. The UN’s top human rights official today said Israel may be committing war crimes

However she went on to say that Hamas had also been violating international law by attacking civilian areas.

‘Israeli children, their parents and other civilians have a right to live without the constant fear that a rocket from Gaza may land on their houses or schools, killing or injuring them,’ she said.

More than 650 Palestinians and 31 Israelis have been killed in the fighting. Three-quarters of the Palestinians and two of the Israelis were civilians. A foreign labourer was also killed in a rocket strike yesterday.

Israel has denied having a policy of deliberately targeting civilians, blaming Hamas for using civilians as ‘human shields’ to protect its munitions, and claimed it warns targets first with either a ‘knock on the roof’, text messages of phone calls.

But Ms Pillay said: ‘A number of incidents, along with the high number of civilian deaths, belies the [Israeli] claim that all necessary precautions are being taken to protect civilian lives.

‘Roof-knocking itself is costing lives, with one projectile – apparently delivered from a drone – reported to have pierced a 20-centimetre concrete roof, killing three children.’

She cited air strikes homes, hospitals and even a home for the disabled, as well as the lethal shelling of a group of children on a beach, as ‘just a few examples’ of possible Israeli war crimes.

‘Every one of these incidents must be properly and independently investigated,’ she said.

A man runs for cover during Israeli air strikes in Gaza City, which have killed nearly 650 Palestinians in two-and-a-half weeks

A man runs for cover during Israeli air strikes in Gaza City, which have killed nearly 650 Palestinians in two-and-a-half weeks

Another man desperately looks for a place to hide before missiles come raining down from a passing F16

Another man desperately looks for a place to hide before missiles come raining down from a passing F16

A Red Cross rescue worker looks at destroyed houses during a two hour temporary ceasefire in Gaza City's al-Shijaiyah neighbourhood

A Red Cross rescue worker looks at destroyed houses during a two hour temporary ceasefire in Gaza City’s al-Shijaiyah neighbourhood

A Palestinian medic carries an empty stretcher while searching for the dead and injured during a two hour temporary ceasefire in Gaza City

A Palestinian medic carries an empty stretcher while searching for the dead and injured during a two hour temporary ceasefire in Gaza City

A Palestinian firefighter rests while searching for the dead and injured during the temporary ceasefire

A Palestinian firefighter rests while searching for the dead and injured during the temporary ceasefire

Ms Pillay also called for Israel to lift its blockade of Gaza, a key Hamas demand, and said it must respect its obligations to the Palestinian people as an ‘Occupying Power’.

‘For Palestinians in Gaza and in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, the current reality is not just one of repeated conflict but also one of protracted occupation, with insecurity and a constant daily struggle for human rights, in particular the right to self-determination,’ she said.

‘In Gaza, the blockade and Access Restricted Areas continue to undermine the human rights of the population. In the West Bank, ever expanding illegal Israeli settlements; settler violence; demolitions of Palestinian homes; the Wall and its associated regime; excessive use of force; and large scale detentions of Palestinians are some of the ongoing, routine abuses and human rights violations committed against the occupied population.’

She added: ‘A seven-year old Palestinian child in Gaza has never known life outside occupation and is already living through her or his third experience of a major Israeli military operation, including the so-called operations ‘Cast Lead’ in 2009 and ‘Pillar of Defence’ in 2012, with all the unimaginable death, destruction, terror and the life-long consequences that they inflicted.

‘Both Palestinians and Israelis deserve better than a life of chronic insecurity and recurring escalation in hostilities.’

A relative of two-year old Palestinian Salma Radiya, killed by shrapnel from an Israeli tank shell in the north of the Gaza Strip, holds her body at the morgue of the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahia

A relative of two-year old Palestinian Salma Radiya, killed by shrapnel from an Israeli tank shell in the north of the Gaza Strip, holds her body at the morgue of the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahia

A series of strikes and shellings throughout Gaza has brought the total number killed from 16 days of conflict between Israel and Hamas to 678 Palestinians

A series of strikes and shellings throughout Gaza has brought the total number killed from 16 days of conflict between Israel and Hamas to 678 Palestinians

The morgue receives the body of the two-year-old, just the latest victim of the bloody offensive on the besieged Palestinian enclave

The morgue receives the body of the two-year-old, just the latest victim of the bloody offensive on the besieged Palestinian enclave

Ms Pillay’s comments came as Israel stepped up its claims that Hamas is using Palestinians as human shields following the discovery of rockets in a vacant school between two other U.N. schools being used as shelters.

the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said the rockets were found in between two other UNRWA schools that are being used to host 1,500 displaced people.

As soon as the rockets were discovered, UNRWA staff withdrew from the area for the ‘flagrant violation’ of its status.

It has long been the Israeli case that the militants deliberately store weapons in residential areas and that is why they carry out airstrikes on homes, although the Arab League accuses Israel of war crimes by responding indiscriminately and killing civilians.

Two-year-old Palestinian girl Naama Abu al-Foul sleeps after undergoing treatment at Gaza City's Al-Shifa hospital following Israeli bombing next to her family's home in the battered city. Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki told an emergency session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva that Israel was committing 'a crime against humanity' during its ongoing offensive against the Gaza Strip

Two-year-old Palestinian girl Naama Abu al-Foul sleeps after undergoing treatment at Gaza City’s Al-Shifa hospital following Israeli bombing next to her family’s home in the battered city. Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki told an emergency session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva that Israel was committing ‘a crime against humanity’ during its ongoing offensive against the Gaza Strip

A Palestinian man kisses his son hand, who medics said was wounded in an Israeli air strike. The second such discovery at a vacant U.N. school in Gaza in a week, the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said the rockets were found in between two other UNRWA schools that are being used to host 1,500 displaced people

A Palestinian man kisses his son hand, who medics said was wounded in an Israeli air strike. The second such discovery at a vacant U.N. school in Gaza in a week, the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said the rockets were found in between two other UNRWA schools that are being used to host 1,500 displaced people

Mandatory Credit: Photo by APAimages/REX (3972813a) A Palestinian girl, who medics said was wounded in an Israeli air strike, lies on a bed at al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City Israel - Gaza conflict, Gaza, Palestinian Territories - 22 Jul 2014

A Palestinian woman sits near her daughter, who medics said was wounded in an Israeli air strike, as she receives treatment at al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City

A Palestinian girl, who medics said was wounded in an Israeli air strike, lies on a bed at al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City

A Palestinian child screams in pain at the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip

A Palestinian child screams in pain at the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip

A Palestinian man, in clothes stained with the blood of his father, killed by Israeli shelling, breaks down at a hospital in Khan Younis after learning of his death

A Palestinian man, in clothes stained with the blood of his father, killed by Israeli shelling, breaks down at a hospital in Khan Younis after learning of his death

‘The agency immediately informed the relevant parties and is pursuing all possible measures for the removal of the objects in order to preserve the safety and security of the school,’ the UN said in a statement.

‘UNRWA will launch a comprehensive investigation into the circumstances surrounding this incident.’

The Geneva rights forum convened the special one-day session at the request of the Palestinians, Egypt and Pakistan.

Israel, which accuses the Council of bias, boycotted the Geneva forum for 20 months, resuming cooperation in October. Its main ally the United States, a member state, has also said Israel is unfairly singled out.

Israel’s claims that Hamas uses civilians as human shields are difficult to prove.

‘It would be impossible at this point to say how much truth there is to the human shield argument,’ said Michele Dunne of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace told CNN.

This graphic posted on the Israeli Defense Forces website, shows an artist's attempt to support Israeli government claims that Hamas is hiding behind their civilian population. Beyond the boom of Israeli airstrikes and the stream of rockets fired from Gaza, Israel and Hamas are also battling to control the message emanating from this latest Israeli-Palestinian conflagration

This graphic posted on the Israeli Defense Forces website, shows an artist’s attempt to support Israeli government claims that Hamas is hiding behind their civilian population. Beyond the boom of Israeli airstrikes and the stream of rockets fired from Gaza, Israel and Hamas are also battling to control the message emanating from this latest Israeli-Palestinian conflagration

Smoke rises after an Israeli airstrike in Al Shejaeiya neighbourhood during a military operation in eastern Gaza City

Smoke rises after an Israeli airstrike in Al Shejaeiya neighbourhood during a military operation in eastern Gaza City

Some 630 Palestinians, many of them children and civilians have died in the conflagration, including a seven-year-old hit by a shell in southern Gaza early Wednesday, a medic said 

Some 630 Palestinians, many of them children and civilians have died in the conflagration, including a seven-year-old hit by a shell in southern Gaza early Wednesday, a medic said

Israel launched its offensive on July 8 to halt missile salvoes by Hamas Islamists, which was angered by a crackdown on its supporters in the nearby occupied West Bank and suffering economic hardship because of an Israeli-Egyptian blockade

Israel launched its offensive on July 8 to halt missile salvoes by Hamas Islamists, which was angered by a crackdown on its supporters in the nearby occupied West Bank and suffering economic hardship because of an Israeli-Egyptian blockade

A picture taken from the Israeli border with the Gaza Strip shows an Israeli F-16 jet dropping flares during a pass over the Israeli-Gaza border today

A picture taken from the Israeli border with the Gaza Strip shows an Israeli F-16 jet dropping flares during a pass over the Israeli-Gaza border today

An Israel soldier launches an Israeli army's Skylark I unmanned drone aircraft, which is used for monitoring purposes, at an army deployment area 

An Israel soldier launches an Israeli army’s Skylark I unmanned drone aircraft, which is used for monitoring purposes, at an army deployment area

‘That’s not going to be possible to do in the heat of the conflict.’

Offering the first glimmer of hope for a Gaza cease-fire, the United States today said negotiations to broker a truce between Israel and Hamas militants are making some progress even if an end to more than two weeks of bloodshed is nowhere near.

‘We certainly have made steps forward,’ U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in Jerusalem, where he was meeting for the second time this week with United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon. ‘There’s still work to be done.’

He did not offer any specifics about the progress he cited in his third day of talks with Mideast leaders. He was in Jerusalem shortly after landing in Tel Aviv on an Air Force jet – one day after the FAA banned commercial flights into Ben-Gurion Airport because of a Hamas rocket attack nearby.

The U.S., Israel and the European Union all consider Hamas a terrorist organization. But the U.N. does not, and Ban said he and Kerry were jointly lobbying officials in the region to push Hamas and Israel to a cease-fire as soon as possible.

Palestinian girls walk amidst debris following an Israeli military strike in Gaza city. After failing to halt the militant barrage through days of aerial bombardment, Israel sent ground troops into Gaza last Thursday, looking to knock out Hamas's missile stores and destroy a vast, underground network of tunnels

Palestinian girls walk amidst debris following an Israeli military strike in Gaza city. After failing to halt the militant barrage through days of aerial bombardment, Israel sent ground troops into Gaza last Thursday, looking to knock out Hamas’s missile stores and destroy a vast, underground network of tunnels

A Palestinian man walks on the rubble of the building belonging to the Yazjhi family which was destroyed by an Israeli strike in Gaza City

A Palestinian man walks on the rubble of the building belonging to the Yazjhi family which was destroyed by an Israeli strike in Gaza City

Wednesday, July 23, 2014. There were no casualties. The two week war between Hamas militants and Israeli troops has killed hundreds of Palestinians and dozens of Israelis. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Clouds of black smoke hung over the densely populated Mediterranean enclave, with the regular thud of artillery and tank shells filling the air

The remains of arouq Mosque after an Israeli air strike in Rafah yesterday devastated the building

The remains of arouq Mosque after an Israeli air strike in Rafah yesterday devastated the building

‘We don’t have much time to wait and lose,’ Ban told reporters before the meeting with Kerry. Neither Ban nor Kerry answered media questions during their brief remarks.

Kerry also offered ‘profound gratitude’ to what he described as 30,000 Israelis who spontaneously lined Jerusalem streets on Wednesday for the funeral procession of Israeli soldier Max Steinberg, a 24-year-old American citizen who grew up in Southern California’s San Fernando Valley and was killed in the fighting. ‘That’s a remarkable statement – we’re very grateful,’ Kerry said.

Kerry also planned to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during what appeared to be a crucial day in the talks. U.S. officials have downplayed expectations for an immediate, lasting truce between Israel and Hamas, which controls Gaza.

Overnight Israeli forces pounded multiple sites across the Gaza Strip, including the enclave’s sole power plant, and said it was meeting stiff resistance from Hamas Islamists, as diplomats sought to end the bloodshed.

In a blow to Israel’s economy, U.S. and European air carriers halted flights in and out of Tel Aviv citing security worries after a militant rocket from Gaza hit a house near the airport. Israel urged a re-think, saying its airspace was safe.

Displaced Palestinians sleep on the floor inside Gaza City's Greek Orthodox church. Around 600 people, mostly women and children, are sheltering in the church compound in the old part of Gaza City, after escaping the inferno of neighbouring areas like Shejaiya which have been pummelled by Israeli army bombardment

Displaced Palestinians sleep on the floor inside Gaza City’s Greek Orthodox church. Around 600 people, mostly women and children, are sheltering in the church compound in the old part of Gaza City, after escaping the inferno of neighbouring areas like Shejaiya which have been pummelled by Israeli army bombardment

Displaced Palestinian children sleep on the ground at a UN school in the northern Gaza Strip refugee camp of Jabalia where displaced families have taken refuge after fleeing heavy fighting

Displaced Palestinian children sleep on the ground at a UN school in the northern Gaza Strip refugee camp of Jabalia where displaced families have taken refuge after fleeing heavy fighting

Mourners carry the body of Palestinian man Adnan Habib, who medics said was killed by Israeli shelling, during his funeral in Gaza City

Mourners carry the body of Palestinian man Adnan Habib, who medics said was killed by Israeli shelling, during his funeral in Gaza City

Palestinians search for belongings under the rubble of a residential building, which police said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike

Palestinians search for belongings under the rubble of a residential building, which police said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike

A Palestinian boy carries blankets donated to the United Nations school where hundreds of families sought refuge after fleeing their homes due to heavy Israeli missile strikes in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have fled their homes and are staying in 77 UN shelters, according to UNRWA, the U.N. refugee agency for Palestinians. The number of people who have been forced to seek shelter has increased nearly six-fold since the start of Israel's ground operation. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

A Palestinian boy carries blankets donated to the United Nations school, left and right, relatives mourn the loss of a family member

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was in Egypt and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in Israel, spearheading international efforts to secure a ceasefire. Hamas ally Qatar was also working in the background to seek a solution.

Israel launched its offensive on July 8 to halt missile salvoes by Hamas Islamists, which was angered by a crackdown on its supporters in the nearby occupied West Bank and suffering economic hardship because of an Israeli-Egyptian blockade.

After failing to halt the militant barrage through days of aerial bombardment, Israel sent ground troops into Gaza last Thursday, looking to knock out Hamas’s missile stores and destroy a vast, underground network of tunnels.

Some 630 Palestinians, many of them children and civilians have died in the conflagration, including a seven-year-old hit by a shell in southern Gaza early Wednesday, a medic said.

Injured Israeli soldiers board a helicopter as they are evacuated from Israel's border with the Gaza Strip as the conflict entered its third week with neither side showing any sign of willingness to pull back

Injured Israeli soldiers board a helicopter as they are evacuated from Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip as the conflict entered its third week with neither side showing any sign of willingness to pull back

Israeli soldiers evacuate their wounded comrades at an army deployment area near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip

Israeli soldiers evacuate their wounded comrades at an army deployment area near Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip

The Israeli army spokesman said that while militants continued to fire out of Gaza, there had been 'a substantial decline' in attacks over the previous 24 hours

The Israeli army spokesman said that while militants continued to fire out of Gaza, there had been ‘a substantial decline’ in attacks over the previous 24 hours

An Israel gunner on an APC (Armoured Personnel Carrier) on patrol at an unspecified area in southern Israel near the Gaza Strip border

An Israel gunner on an APC (Armoured Personnel Carrier) on patrol at an unspecified area in southern Israel near the Gaza Strip border

Israel soldiers on a small all terrain vehicle with two stretchers moving in southern Israel 

Israel soldiers on a small all terrain vehicle with two stretchers moving in southern Israel

Hamas says it will keep fighting until its demands are met, including the release of several hundred supporters recently arrested in the West Bank and a freeing up of Gaza's borders

Hamas says it will keep fighting until its demands are met, including the release of several hundred supporters recently arrested in the West Bank and a freeing up of Gaza’s borders

Some 29 Israeli soldiers have been killed, including a tank officer who was shot by a Palestinian sniper overnight.

Two civilians have been slain by rocket fire.

The military says one of its soldiers is also missing and believes he might be dead.

Hamas says it has seized him, but has not released his picture.

Clouds of black smoke hung over the densely populated Mediterranean enclave, with the regular thud of artillery and tank shells filling the air.

‘We are meeting resistance around the tunnels … they are constantly trying to attack us around and in the tunnels. That is the trend,’ said Israeli military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Lerner.

He said 30 militant gunman had been killed overnight, bringing the total to 210 since the offensive started.

US Secretary of State John Kerry (right) meets with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Jerusalem. Kerry said today that diplomacy to end the Gaza bloodshed has made progress, but warned more time was needed

US Secretary of State John Kerry (right) meets with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Jerusalem. Kerry said today that diplomacy to end the Gaza bloodshed has made progress, but warned more time was needed

Israel's President Shimon Peres (right) and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon leave after delivering joint statements to the media

Israel’s President Shimon Peres (right) and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon leave after delivering joint statements to the media

Hamas’s armed wing, the Izz el-Deen Al-Qassam, said its fighters had detonated an anti-personnel bomb as an Israeli army patrol passed, killing several troops.

There was no immediate confirmation from Israel.

There was also violence in the occupied West Bank, where a Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli troops near Bethlehem. The army said soldiers fired a rubber bullet at him during clashes with Palestinians hurling rocks and Molotov cocktails.

The Palestinian decision-making body led by U.S.-backed President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday endorsed demands by Hamas for halting Gaza hostilities with Israel, a closing of ranks that may help Egyptian-mediated truce efforts.

Egypt has tried to get both sides to hold fire and then negotiate terms for protracted calm in Gaza, which has been rocked by regular bouts of violence since Israel unilaterally pulled out of the territory in 2005.

Hamas, which refuses to recognise Israel’s right to exist, has baulked at Cairo’s offer, saying it wanted assurances of relief from an Israeli-Egyptian blockade and other concessions.

The dispute was further complicated by distrust between Egypt under President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Hamas.

In a move that could effectively turn Abbas into the main Palestinian point person for a Gaza truce, his umbrella Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) on Wednesday formally supported core conditions set by the Hamas-led fighters.

Egyptian sources, speaking on Tuesday as top U.S. diplomat Kerry visited Cairo to advance truce efforts, said a unified Palestinian position could help achieve a deal. Unlike Hamas, the PLO has pursued peacemaking for two decades.

Israel faced mounting international alarm at the civilian death toll, as well as increased economic pressure from lost tourism revenues after the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) took the rare step on Tuesday of banning flights to Tel Aviv’s Ben-Gurion International Airport for at least 24 hours.

The parents of Sergeant Max Steinberg grieve at his coffin during his funeral today in Jerusalem, Israel

The parents of Sergeant Max Steinberg grieve at his coffin during his funeral today in Jerusalem, Israel

Soldiers carry the coffin of Sergeant Max Steinberg during his funeral today in Israel 

Soldiers carry the coffin of Sergeant Max Steinberg during his funeral today in Israel

John Kerry also offered 'profound gratitude' to what he described as 30,000 Israelis who spontaneously lined Jerusalem streets on Wednesday for the funeral procession of Israeli soldier Max Steinberg

John Kerry also offered ‘profound gratitude’ to what he described as 30,000 Israelis who spontaneously lined Jerusalem streets on Wednesday for the funeral procession of Israeli soldier Max Steinberg

Tens of thousands of people attended the funeral of Max Steinberg the 'lone soldier' who left the US and volunteered to join the Israel Defense Force and died fighting in the Gaza Strip

Tens of thousands of people attended the funeral of Max Steinberg the ‘lone soldier’ who left the US and volunteered to join the Israel Defense Force and died fighting in the Gaza Strip

Max Steinberg, was a 24-year-old American citizen who grew up in Southern California's San Fernando Valley

Max Steinberg, was a 24-year-old American citizen who grew up in Southern California’s San Fernando Valley

European airlines also cancelled flights to Israel, whose own carriers continued to operate.

An Israeli official said Netanyahu had asked Kerry to help restore the U.S. flights. A U.S. official said the Obama administration would not ‘overrule the FAA’ on a security precaution but noted the ban would be reviewed after 24 hours.

Because Washington, like Israel and the European Union, deems Hamas a terrorist group, they have no direct contact and Washington must rely on proxies such as Egypt, Qatar and Turkey.

In a sign of the intensity of the U.S. diplomacy, Kerry spoke to Netanyahu and to Qatari and Turkish foreign ministers after meeting Sisi for two hours, a senior U.S. official said.

‘The Egyptians have provided a framework and a forum for them to be able to come to the table to have a serious discussion together with other factions of the Palestinians,’ Kerry said. ‘Hamas has a fundamental choice to make and it is a choice that will have a profound impact for the people of Gaza.’

The departure area in Ben Gurion Airport in Lod,Israel, just outside Tel Aviv, showing in red the cancelled flights from European capitals such as Frankfurt and Zurich

The departure area in Ben Gurion Airport in Lod,Israel, just outside Tel Aviv, showing in red the cancelled flights from European capitals such as Frankfurt and Zurich

A rocket fired from Gaza on July 22 landed just a few kilometres north of the airport, leading airlines to halt flights to Israel, as the UN chief urged an end to a conflict that has killed more than 630 Palestinians in just over two week

A rocket fired from Gaza on July 22 landed just a few kilometres north of the airport, leading airlines to halt flights to Israel, as the UN chief urged an end to a conflict that has killed more than 630 Palestinians in just over two week

Hamas says it will keep fighting until its demands are met, including the release of several hundred supporters recently arrested in the West Bank and a freeing up of Gaza’s borders.

Adding to the enclave’s woes, residents said Israel shelled their power plant which provides electricity to half the people of Gaza. Electricity supplies from Israel were hit last week, with Israel saying militant rockets had damaged infrastructure.

The upcoming Eid al-Fitr festival – Islam’s biggest annual celebration that follows the end of the fasting month of Ramadan this weekend – could provide all sides with a convenient moment to agree to a cease-fire.

Asked about Eid, a senior Obama administration official said: ‘It’s a potential opportunity. We want there to be a cease-fire as soon as possible basically, and insofar as that’s a marker that can compel Hamas to the table that would be a good thing, but the bottom line is they’re going to have to stop firing rockets.’

The Israeli army spokesman said that while militants continued to fire out of Gaza, there had been ‘a substantial decline’ in attacks over the previous 24 hours.

A banner depicting the names of Palestinians killed in Israel's ongoing assault on the Gaza Strip hangs on the landmark Pigeon Rock in Beirut's Rawshe seafront

A banner depicting the names of Palestinians killed in Israel’s ongoing assault on the Gaza Strip hangs on the landmark Pigeon Rock in Beirut’s Rawshe seafront

Dr. William L. Pierce: Special Treatment for Jewish Criminals

By Dr. William L. Pierce (1999)

St, Martin’s Press has just published a fascinating new book. It’s by journalist Gordon Thomas and is titled Gideon’s Spies: the Secret History of the Mossad. Mossad is the name of Israel’s official espionage and assassination agency. The history of the Mossad is an interesting enough subject in itself: all of the gory details about how our gallant, little, democratic ally in the Middle East carries out state-sponsored assassinations, terrorist bombings, and other hanky-panky, with nary a word of protest from that great enemy of terrorism we have in the White House. Bill Clinton likes to wax indignant about the terrorism of Osama bin Laden and Colombian rebels and Hutus in Uganda and others — that is, about the terrorism of everyone except our gallant, little, democratic ally in the Middle East.

What makes Thomas’s book especially interesting and relevant at the moment, however, is that he details some Mossad espionage inside the Clinton White House. Specifically, he reveals that Clinton knew that his steamy telephone-sex sessions with his Jewish bimbo/intern Monica Lewinsky were being tapped by the Mossad. We know that Clinton knew, because he told Monica about it after an oral-sex session in the Oval Office, and she told Special Prosecutor Ken Starr, in sworn testimony, what Clinton had told her. Clinton knew, because the FBI’s counter-espionage people knew and had warned him.

Now, this is not really new, because it was in the published Starr report. The Congress knew all about it during the impeachment process and the Senate trial. What is new is that it’s finally beginning to get a little press coverage, the result of the publication of Thomas’s book. It was all over the front page of the New York Post ten days ago. Why didn’t it get a lot of press coverage earlier? Well, the obvious answer is because the telephone tapping was being done by our gallant, little, democratic ally in the Middle East, and neither the media people nor the politicians in the Congress want to say anything bad about Israel; it’s not good for one’s career.

Why is it important? Well, just think what it tells us about Mr. Clinton’s character. He knew that his telephone-sex sessions with Monica were being recorded by the Israelis, because the FBI told him, but he didn’t care. And he also didn’t care that the FBI was tapping Monica’s telephone too. He warned Monica about it so that they could prepare a cover story in case the press learned about it, but he kept right on having telephone-sex with Monica. Such irresponsibility is hard to fathom. To Clinton, being President is a game. The idea of the game is to have as much fun as possible while pretending to be a serious world leader. If you’re a skillful enough liar and a good enough actor you can get away with it, especially if your friends in the media cover for you — and if the people who like you because you feel their pain keep giving you a “thumbs up” on the popularity polls. Well, as I told you a long time ago, Clinton is a constitutional psychopath, and this is just one more indication of that fact.

More important than what this telephone-tapping tells us about Clinton’s character and attitude is what it tells us about our relationship with our gallant, little, democratic ally in the Middle East. The Israelis, of course, always have waged an espionage war against America. Every time they get caught — as, for example, in the Jonathan Pollard case — they promise they will never do it again, and their apologists in the media and in the Congress explain that they really shouldn’t be blamed, because they’re only spying on us so that Israel will be secure. They’re surrounded by enemies in the Middle East, and they need every bit of national security information they can get. They can’t trust anyone but themselves with their security, because during the “Holocaust” everyone else let them down, we’re told.

Well, actually, we know from past experience that the Israelis not only steal our secrets, they sell these secrets to our enemies. Selling U.S. military and diplomatic secrets to the Soviet Union back during the Cold War was standard operating procedure for the Israelis. These days they have a willing buyer for stolen secrets in the form of China. Beyond selling secrets, Israeli spying has a much more sinister purpose, as former Central Intelligence Agency Director William Casey indicated to Thomas in an interview. Most countries spy for security purposes. Israel spies in order to control the country on which she is spying, primarily through the blackmail of politicians. In the case of the Lewinsky telephone taps there are strong indications that the Israelis used the information they collected to blackmail Clinton. They wanted him to halt an FBI search for an Israeli agent on the White House staff, otherwise they would leak their recordings of his telephone-sex with Monica to the press.

The White House denies there was any blackmail, and of course the Israelis deny it. Gordon Thomas says that he has no evidence of direct Israeli blackmail and suggests that it probably was more subtle and indirect than that. All he can be sure of is that the Mossad was recording Bill and Monica’s telephone-sex sessions, and that the FBI was looking for an Israeli spy in the White House. Beyond that it’s just speculation. But the search for the Israeli spy in the White House was halted, and then Mr. Clinton went right on having telephone-sex with Monica, knowing that it was being recorded and in addition suspecting that some Jew on his staff was working secretly for the Mossad — but he didn’t care. Can you imagine how frustrating that sort of thing must be for the FBI and other counter-espionage agencies?

Well, that’s life in the Clinton era. And of course, when the Senate voted on Clinton’s articles of impeachment last month, every Jew in the Senate, Republican as well as Democrat, voted for acquittal. There are 11 Jews in the U.S. Senate — which, incidentally, is more than four times their quota of the U.S. population. During the impeachment hearings and the trial some of these Jews said they were for Clinton, and some said they were against him. New York’s Jewish Democrat Senator Charles Schumer loudly supported Clinton throughout the process. Connecticut’s Jewish Democrat Senator Joseph Lieberman and Pennsylvania’s Jewish Republican Senator Arlen Specter publicly denounced Clinton. But when the final showdown came all 11 Jews quietly voted to keep Clinton in office. It makes one wonder about the genuineness of their denunciations of Clinton during the trial. What counted in the end was that Bill Clinton cannot say “no” to Israel, and he has appointed more Jews to his administration than any three other Presidents, and all the Jews in the Senate and in the media appreciate that. That is what counts with them.

The FBI is not the only American law-enforcement agency which is frustrated by the unwillingness of Bill Clinton to say “no” to the Israelis. Israel continues to be the hideout of choice for Jewish criminals of all sorts fleeing from justice. A Jew commits a murder or a rape or some other serious crime in the United States, and if he’s worried about being caught and punished he simply catches the next flight to Israel. That country has a custom of refusing to extradite any Jewish criminal wanted for an offense against non-Jews in another country. Once a Jewish criminal reaches Israel, he is safe from prosecution and can thumb his nose at the world, no matter how heinous his crime.

A recent example of this is the case of Maryland Jew Samuel Sheinbein. In September 1997 Sheinbein and another Jew, Aaron Needle, killed a non-Jewish teenaged neighbor, Alfredo Tello, in an argument over drugs. After the two Jews had bludgeoned, stabbed, and strangled Tello, they slashed his throat. Then they cut Tello’s body up with a power saw, and burned some of the parts. When the Maryland police came looking for him, Sheinbein got some money from his wealthy parents and hopped the next flight to Israel. He’s been there ever since. The Israelis consider it immoral to turn a Jew over to Gentiles to be punished, and they have refused all requests by Maryland authorities for his extradition. Just over two weeks ago, on February 25, the Supreme Court of Israel handed down a final ruling against efforts to extradite Sheinbein. The Israelis say they will put Sheinbein on trial in Israel for the murder of Alfredo Tello. So far they haven’t gotten around to it. And if they ever do, don’t bet on a conviction.

Another recent case of this sort of thing is that of Dror Goldberg, a Jew who committed an especially vicious murder in Houston, Texas. On November 27 of last year the 20-year-old Goldberg walked into a wig shop near his Houston apartment, pulled out a knife, and began stabbing and slashing the two owners and a clerk. The owners survived the attack, but the 54-year-old clerk died of her wounds. Police familiar with Goldberg’s past activities suspect that it was a thrill killing: he simply wanted to kill someone with a knife to see what it felt like. Goldberg was arrested, but, like Sheinbein, he has wealthy parents. His parents put up bail to get him out of jail, and now Houston police say they have reason to believe that Goldberg has fled to Israel to escape prosecution.

Now, let me tell you, if it were any country but Israel the U.S. government wouldn’t tolerate this sheltering of criminals who have murdered U.S. citizens. At the very least diplomatic relations would be cut off and economic sanctions would be imposed. But of course, Israel gets special treatment. Israel can do no wrong, not only in the eyes of the Clinton government, but in the eyes of virtually every government the United States has had in the last 50 years. When Jews in the United States collaborated in the theft of nuclear materials from a U.S. nuclear fuel processing plant and the smuggling of the material to Israel in 1962, President John Kennedy and the media here were interested only in covering it up, not in holding Israel and its collaborators to account.

When the Israelis deliberately attacked and tried to sink a U.S. Navy vessel, the U.S.S. Liberty, in the Mediterranean in 1967, killing 35 U.S. citizens in the process, President Lyndon Johnson and the controlled news media in the United States didn’t give a thought to punishing or even criticizing Israel for the murderous attack. Their entire concern was to keep the affair covered up, to keep the American public in the dark about it, and to protect Israel from any blame. The Liberty sent out an emergency call for assistance while it was under attack by the Israelis, and the U.S. Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean sent jet aircraft speeding to the rescue. As soon as Lyndon Johnson learned that it was the Israelis who were trying to sink the Liberty, however, he ordered the U.S. jets recalled and left the Liberty on its own. He was terrified of the potential political reprisals against him if Israelis were killed by U.S. jets. Better to let the Israelis sink the Liberty and kill her entire crew. Even today the government’s official story is that the attack on the Liberty was a “mistake,” and beyond that, “no comment.”

And as it was with Lyndon Johnson in 1967 and with other U.S. Presidents both before and since then, so it is with Bill Clinton today. U.S. government policy is that Jews can do no wrong; Israel can do no wrong. This policy is excused on the basis that Israel is our gallant, little, democratic ally in the Middle East, and that’s why we give her special consideration in all things. But really, that’s no excuse. Israel is no ally; Israel is and always has been nothing but an enormous liability for America.

And it’s not just Israel which gets special treatment. It’s Jews generally, whether they run to Israel for protection or not. I’ll give you an example of the special treatment reserved for Jews which has gotten a very slight coverage in the news recently, and has been noticed by those of us who notice such things: that’s the case of Ira Einhorn. Einhorn was a Philadelphia-area leader of the so-called “counter-culture revolution” of the 1960s and 1970s, a revolution which Jews like to brag turned America upside down and changed young people’s values. Bill Clinton was part of that revolution as a cheerleader for the Viet Cong and Ho Chi Minh and as an enthusiastic user of illegal drugs.

Ira Einhorn was a smart, fast-talking Jewish con man, who moved in the same circles as other Jews of his ilk in that era: Jerry Rubin, Abbie Hoffman, Allen Ginsberg. Einhorn was much more than just a cheerleader for the Viet Cong. He was a full-fledged New Age guru. He managed to promote himself successfully as a spokesman for everything that was trendy: the marvelous effects of LSD and other psychedelic drugs, pyramid power, various oriental religious cults, transcendental meditation, UFOs and extraterrestrials, CIA conspiracies: you name it; Einhorn was able to pass himself off as an authority on it. He also was a drug dealer.

But mostly he was a very wordy and very self-confident Jew-boy, who was able to mesmerize Gentiles young and old and bring them under his sway — especially Gentile women. He managed to convince them that whatever nonsense he spewed on any subject was profound wisdom. This was the case despite the fact that he was fat, hairy, greasy looking, and otherwise singularly unattractive: almost a stereotype of the Jew for whom the name “kike” was coined. Of course, the Jewish media and Jews in the Philadelphia establishment helped Einhorn maintain his “guru” image by taking him seriously and giving him good press.

One of the young Gentile women Einhorn mesmerized was a beautiful, blonde girl from the little East Texas town of Tyler, Holly Maddux. Holly was not only beautiful, she was very bright and personable. She was a cheerleader in her high school and graduated as salutatorian. Then in 1965 she went off to Bryn Mawr University in Philadelphia. Bryn Mawr had been founded by Quakers, and in the 1960s it was a hotbed of everything liberal, trendy, and destructive of the old-fashioned values Holly had learned in Texas. Holly began sleeping with Jews while she was at Bryn Mawr. She was fascinated by their wordiness and their self-assurance, which she mistook for genuine intellectual qualities, as many another naive Gentile girl has done.

Eventually she met Ira Einhorn, who had risen to become the head Jewish hippie of Philadelphia, and she fell under his spell. Einhorn persuaded Holly to move into his apartment, and she lived with him for five years, cooking and cleaning for him and sexually “servicing” him and letting herself be humiliated as he showed off his blonde shiksa slave to his Jewish friends. Then Einhorn murdered Holly and stuffed her corpse into a trunk on an enclosed back porch attached to his apartment. The odor finally attracted the police, who obtained a search warrant and discovered the girl’s decomposing body. Einhorn was arrested and charged with Holly’s murder in March 1979. Einhorn hired Philadelphia Jewish lawyer Arlen Specter, now a Republican U.S. senator, to get his bail reduced from $500,000 to $40,000. Einhorn put up the required $4000 cash and split. He went to Canada and then to Europe in order to avoid prosecution for the murder of Holly Maddux. In Europe he continued his role of New Age guru, and he continued attracting and using Gentile women. Well . . . Jewish women too: his biggest financial supporter has been Barbara Bronfman, of the infamous Bronfman liquor-merchant and media family, which has been much in the news recently with demands for billions of dollars in reparations from the rest of the world because we haven’t been treating Jews right. And for 20 years, this Jewish hippie guru has been living high in Europe, being supported by various women, and no one seems willing to hold him accountable for the murder of Holly Maddux. The French government finally decided a few weeks ago that he should be deported, but they have given him two years to appeal their decision. I have a suspicion that two years from now Ira Einhorn will be in Israel.

Well, these are just a few miscellaneous examples of the sort of special treatment Jews routinely get. Part of the reason they get it is the consequence of Jewish media control, which leads politicians and bureaucrats to handle Jewish criminals with kid gloves, lest anyone think they are being “anti-Semitic.” Part of it undoubtedly is the consequence of Israeli espionage and blackmail of the sort we have seen in the Clinton administration. But part of it also is that too many ordinary Americans let themselves be buffaloed by Jews. We let ourselves be flummoxed by the Jews’ fast talk and air of self-confidence. When an Aryan meets a Jew it is like a slow-talking country bumpkin meeting a slick, fast-talking carnival huckster.

Our ancestors evolved in forest and field and on farms, fighting and working; their ancestors have spent the past 10,000 years in the market-places and bazaars of the Middle East, buying and selling, wheeling and dealing, haggling and swindling. To us words are for communication, for exchanging information; to the Jews words are to disarm, to hypnotize, to mislead, to deceive.

Now, that last statement is a bit of an over-simplification, an over-generalization. But it is nevertheless substantially true. Despite all of the individual exceptions each of us can think of, despite all of the individual Jews we have met who are not especially tricky and all of the Gentiles we have met who are, the general truth remains that as a race we have let ourselves be taken advantage of by a tribe of very tricky con men. We are letting the Jews as a whole do to us, to our society, and to our civilization what Holly Maddux let Ira Einhorn do to her. And we must put an end to this situation very soon. We must put an end to the special treatment we have been giving Jews, or we certainly will end up the way Holly Maddux did.

And for those Americans who really want to get Israel off our backs and get Jewish influence out of our lives, we’re going to have to change our ways. We’re going to have to forget about the exceptions. We’re going to have to look at everything in black and white, with no shades of gray. Our situation is like that of Perseus in attempting to cut off the head of Medusa: one look for Perseus and the game would have been lost. If our people listen to the reasonable Jews, to the supposedly patriotic Jews, the honest Jews, we fall under their spell again. If we let them give us advice on how to deal with their tricky tribesmen, it’s like the country bumpkin meeting the carnival huckster all over again. So it’s going to be a rough and unpleasant future for us for a while yet.

Additional Reading

Gordon Thomas, Gideon’s Spies: The Secret History of the Mossad (St. Martins Press, 1999)
Steven Levy, The Unicorn’s Secret: Murder in the Age of Aquarius (Penguin Books, 1988)
James Ennes, Jr., Assault on the Liberty (Random House, 1979)


Source: Free Speech magazine, March 1999, Volume V, Number 3



How about… Jewish warcrimes?

 

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Postby Szczerbiec » 26 May 2003, 03:00

Too often we see Jews as poor victims. Was it really the case?
What do you think about Morel’s case? Was this justified?

The Guardian (UK)
January 25, 2003
Solzhenitsyn breaks last taboo of the revolution
Nobel laureate under fire for new book on the role of Jews in Soviet-era
repression
Nick Paton Walsh in MoscowAlexander Solzhenitsyn, who first exposed the horrors of the Stalinist
gulag, is now attempting to tackle one of the most sensitive topics of his
writing career – the role of the Jews in the Bolshevik revolution and
Soviet purges. In his latest book Solzhenitsyn, 84, deals with one of the
last taboos of the communist revolution: that Jews were as much
perpetrators of the repression as its victims. Two Hundred Years Together –
a reference to the 1772 partial annexation of Poland and Russia which
greatly increased the Russian Jewish population – contains three chapters
discussing the Jewish role in the revolutionary genocide and secret police
purges of Soviet Russia.But Jewish leaders and some historians have reacted furiously to the book,
and questioned Solzhenitsyn’s motives in writing it, accusing him of
factual inaccuracies and of fanning the flames of anti-semitism in Russia.

Solzhenitsyn argues that some Jewish satire of the revolutionary period
“consciously or unconsciously descends on the Russians” as being behind the
genocide. But he states that all the nation’s ethnic groups must share the
blame, and that people shy away from speaking the truth about the Jewish
experience.

In one remark which infuriated Russian Jews, he wrote: “If I would care to
generalise, and to say that the life of the Jews in the camps was
especially hard, I could, and would not face reproach for an unjust
national generalisation. But in the camps where I was kept, it was
different. The Jews whose experience I saw – their life was softer than
that of others.”

Yet he added: “But it is impossible to find the answer to the eternal
question: who is to be blamed, who led us to our death? To explain the
actions of the Kiev cheka [secret police] only by the fact that two thirds
were Jews, is certainly incorrect.”

Solzhenitsyn, awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1970, spent much of
his life in Soviet prison camps, enduring persecution when he wrote about
his experiences. He is currently in frail health, but in an interview given
last month he said that Russia must come to terms with the Stalinist and
revolutionary genocides – and that its Jewish population should be as
offended at their own role in the purges as they are at the Soviet power
that also persecuted them.

“My book was directed to empathise with the thoughts, feelings and the
psychology of the Jews – their spiritual component,” he said. “I have never
made general conclusions about a people. I will always differentiate
between layers of Jews. One layer rushed headfirst to the revolution.
Another, to the contrary, was trying to stand back. The Jewish subject for
a long time was considered prohibited. Zhabotinsky [a Jewish writer] once
said that the best service our Russian friends give to us is never to speak
aloud about us.”

But Solzhenitsyn’s book has caused controversy in Russia, where one Jewish
leader said it was “not of any merit”.

“This is a mistake, but even geniuses make mistakes,” said Yevgeny
Satanovsky, president of the Russian Jewish Congress. “Richard Wagner did
not like the Jews, but was a great composer. Dostoyevsky was a great
Russian writer, but had a very sceptical attitude towards the Jews.

“This is not a book about how the Jews and Russians lived together for 200
years, but one about how they lived apart after finding themselves on the
same territory. This book is a weak one professionally. Factually, it is so
bad as to be beyond criticism. As literature, it is not of any merit.”

But DM Thomas, one of Solzhenitsyn’s biographers, said that he did not
think the book was fuelled by anti-semitism. “I would not doubt his
sincerity. He says that he firmly supports the state of Israel. In his
fiction and factual writing there are Jewish characters that he writes
about who are bright, decent, anti-Stalinist people.”

Professor Robert Service of Oxford University, an expert on 20th century
Russian history, said that from what he had read about the book,
Solzhenitsyn was “absolutely right”.

Researching a book on Lenin, Prof Service came across details of how
Trotsky, who was of Jewish origin, asked the politburo in 1919 to ensure
that Jews were enrolled in the Red army. Trotsky said that Jews were
disproportionately represented in the Soviet civil bureaucracy, including
the cheka.

“Trotsky’s idea was that the spread of anti-semitism was [partly down to]
objections about their entrance into the civil service. There is something
in this; that they were not just passive spectators of the revolution. They
were part-victims and part-perpetrators.

“It is not a question that anyone can write about without a huge amount of
bravery, and [it] needs doing in Russia because the Jews are quite often
written about by fanatics. Mr Solzhenitsyn’s book seems much more measured
than that.”

Yet others failed to see the need for Solzhenitsyn’s pursuit of this
particular subject at present. Vassili Berezhkov, a retired KGB colonel and
historian of the secret services and the NKVD (the precursor of the KGB),
said: “The question of ethnicity did not have any importance either in the
revolution or the story of the NKVD. This was a social revolution and those
who served in the NKVD and cheka were serving ideas of social change.

“If Solzhenitsyn writes that there were many Jews in the NKVD, it will
increase the passions of anti-semitism, which has deep roots in Russian
history. I think it is better not to discuss such a question now.”

————-
JOHN SACK – “AN EYE FOR AN EYE”
————-
Lola Potok. One month after escaping from Auschwitz, she wore a Luger and commanded a prison for 1,000 Germans. At first vicious, later she risked her life to save the Germans she hated.
——–
Shlomo Morel. “I am a Jew,” he told his German prisoners. “I was at Auschwitz and swore that I’d pay you Nazis back.” He then beat the Germans to death with clubs, crowbars, stools and the Germans’ own crutches.
——–
Adam Krawecki. Liberated from Auschwitz, he beat the Germans until they “confessed,” then sent them to Shlomo’s concentration camp. “Our judges, I’m sure, will show mercy,” he once told a German priest.
——–
Barek Eisenstein (with his wife). “My blood is boiling,” he thundered, becoming the first man from Auschwitz in the uniformed organization: the Office of State Security. To his surprise, three-fourths of the officers there were Jews.
————-
Shlomo Singer (with his wife). A man who couldn’t hurt a beetle, he still joined the Office of State Security. Then, at the risk of his life, he told the Jews who tortured the Germans, “This isn’t right. You must stop it.”
———-
Chaim Studniberg. The Director of Prisons for Silesia, he copied the SS’s evil eye and the SS’s twisted lip and, for the 5,000,000 Germans of Silesia, longed for the same solution that Hitler had had for the Jews.
———-
Pinek Maka. At age 23, he was Secretary of State Security for Silesia. He told the Red Cross, which wanted to inspect his Silesian camps, “You didn’t help the Jews, and I won’t oblige you. Go to hell.”
———–
Jacob Berman. A doctor of philosophy, a man who wore tailored suits fit for Wall Street, he was the chief of the Office of State Security. In his custody from 60,000 to 80,000 Germans died.

SOURCE: The Toronto Star DATE: December 16, 1998

Israel’s hypocrisy is indefensible
by Lubomyr Luciuk, Director of Research, UCCLA
Re: Extradition of Jew Refused (Dec.8).

Shlomo Morel was the brutally notorious commandant of the Schwientochlowitz Communist concentration camp in Poland. Thousands of innocent men and women were tortured, raped and murdered there by Morel and other members of the barbarous Office of State Security.

His war crimes and crimes against humanity, and those of his comrade killers, some of whom live in Canada, have been objectively documented by an American-Jewish journalist, John Sack, in his 1993 book, An Eye For An Eye.

That Israel would refuse to extradite Morel to Poland, there to stand trial for his murderous deeds, allowing him to instead hide behind the expiry of a statute of limitations, is indefensible.

How can organizations like the Simon Wiesenthal Center, or B’Nai Brith, or the World Jewish Congress, who have together orchestrated such a concerted demand for bringing alleged Nazi war criminals to justice, now allow such rank hypocrisy in Israel to go unchallenged?

Lubomyr Luciuk
Kingston

Long before Hitler had emerged on the world stage, a young journalist who’s name was Winston Churchill had written as follows in the Illustrated Sunday Herald, London, on the 08.02.1920:

“There is no need to exaggerate the part played in the creation of Bolshevism and in the actual bringing about of the Russian Revolution by these international and for the most part atheistic Jews. It is certainly a very great one. It probably outweighs all others. With the possible exception of Lenin, the leading figures are Jews. Moreover, the principal inspiration and driving power comes from Jewish leaders. Thus Tchitcherine, is eclipsed by his nominal subordinate Litvinoff, and the influence of Russians like Bukharin or Lunachasski cannot be compared with the power (Petrograd) or of Krassin or Radek – all Jews. In the Soviet institutions the predominance of Jews is even more outstanding. And the foremost, if not indeed the principal part in the system of terrorism applied by the Extraordinary Commission for Combating Counter-Revolution has been taken by Jews, and in some notable cases, by Jewesses.”

* GENRIKH YAGODA

Alexander Solzhenitsyn is recognised as the “father of democracy” in Russia. In one of his books, the first volume of “Gulag Archipelago,” he wrote about how the communists in Russia, who consisted of only the Jews and a tiny minority of Russian criminals, amoral opportunists, and welfare rabble were able to maintain their grip on all of Russia by keeping the Russian majority, which hated them, too frightened to resist.

Solzhenitsyn writes of the period in 1934 and 1935, when the Jewish commissar Genrikh Yagoda headed the Soviet secret police, and Yagoda’s black vans went out every night in St. Petersburg, known then as Leningrad, to round up “class enemies”: former members of the aristocracy, former civil servants, former businessmen, former teachers and professors and professional people, any Russian who had graduated from a university. A quarter of the population of the city was arrested and liquidated by Yagoda during this two-year period.

And Solzhenitsyn laments that the citizens of St. Petersburg cowered behind their doors when the black vans pulled up at their apartment houses night after night to arrest their neighbours. If only the decent Russians had fought back, Solzhenitsyn says, if only they had ambushed some of these secret police thugs in the hallways of their apartments with knives and pickaxes and hammers, if only they had spiked the tires of the police vans while the thugs were in the apartments dragging out their victims, they could easily have overwhelmed Yagoda’s forces and forced an end to the mass arrests. But they didn’t fight back, and the arrests and liquidations continued. And so, Solzhenitsyn concludes, because of their
cowardice and their selfishness the Russians deserved what the communists did to them.

Only a few managed to survive Morel’s rules.

“There is no extradition agreement between Israel and Poland. In spite of the fact that we have signed the European Agreement on Extradition, our law does not foresee the situation when after certain period of time the crime of genocide cannot be punished, ” said ZW Michal Sobolman, spokesman for the Israeli Embassy in Poland.

The Germans are also interested in Morel’s case. It is the District Attorney’s Office in Dortmund which, by way of legal help, has passed to the Poles voluminous evidence material.

Several months ago our journalists located Salomon Morel. At first he agreed to be interviewed but then he refused.

Morel’s case has lingered on since 1992 when the District Commitee for Researching Crimes Commited Against the Polish Nation, with headquarters in Katowice, began the interrogations on extermination of prisoners of Swietochlowice camp.

In 1997 the Attorney Bureau in Katowice issued an international warrant against Salomon Morel charging him with the crime of genocide. He himself murdered at least 1,538 prisoners.

After The Red Army entered Silesia, communist authorities decided to reactivate one of the death camps which had existed on that territory (trranslator: i.e. were established by the Germans) This was done in Swietochlowice.

The camp was first under Soviet NKVD then it was taken over by the Polish UB [Urzad Bezpieczenstwa – Internal Security Services]. It was Morel who became its commander.

From February do November 1945, that is to say until the camp was closed down, about 4 thousand prisoners were detained in the camp – half of which were either murdered or died.

Germans, Volksdeutsche [ethnic Germans] and opponents of the new regime were thrown into it. It was on orders of NKVD and UB that people were thrown into the camp – generally without any evidence whatever, it was enough when someone libellously claimed to have been guilty of some imaginary crime or offence. Epidemies of various contagious diseases (typhoid and dysentery) spread amongst the prisoners all the time until the end. About 20-30 prisoners died daily. The daily food ration was 125 g of bread or soup.

Jerzy Szostak

Adam LeBor

The Indepedent | December 29, 1998

An extradition request by Polish authorities for an alleged former commander of a Stalinist-era detention camp now living in Tel Aviv has been rejected by Israel.

Salomon Morel is wanted by the prosecutor’s office in the southern Polish city of Katowice. He is charged with crimes against humanity while he was commander of the Swietochlowice camp where more than 3,000 prisoners, mainly Germans, but also including several citizens of allied and neutral nations, were held during 1945.

A reply sent to the Polish Justice Ministry from Israeli authorities said that Israel would not extradite Mr Morel. Officials said the crimes with which he is charged are not perceived in Israel as genocide, and so are subject to the statute of limitations, the Polish news agency PAP reported.

The demand by Polish authorities for Mr Morel’s extradition is the second attempt this month to bring back former Communist officials. The Polish military prosecutor in Warsaw recently issued an arrest warrant for Helena Brus, formerly Wolinska, now married to an Oxford don.

During the 1950s Ms Wolinska worked as a military prosecutor in Warsaw, issuing arrest warrants. Many of those detained under her orders were later hanged. Both Mr Morel and Mrs Brus are Jewish.

Swietochlowice was set up by the Soviet NKVD – forerunner of the KGB – after the Red Army’s liberation of southern Poland. The camp was later handed over to the Polish secret service, the notorious UB.

Stalin’s policy was to put Jews in charge of camps. Their experiences during the Nazi Holocaust would mean that Germans and Poles held there could expect little mercy. More than half of the 3,000 prisoners at Swietochlowice were murdered or died there, according to PAP.

Dorota Boriczek, a camp survivor, remembers Salomon Morel as a barbaric and cruel man who, with his colleagues, was responsible for many killings of inmates. “I knew Morel in the camp. He was a very brutal man. He was young then. He would come in at night. We could hear the cries of the men then. They would beat them and throw the bodies out of the window,” Mrs Boriczek, now 68 andliving in Ludswigberg, Germany, told The Independent.

“I was taken there when I was 14, with my mother. I still don’t know why we were there and I still want to know. They told us when we arrived, ‘You are here, and you are here to die, although nobody will shoot you, because ammunition is too expensive’.”

Conditions in the camp were horrific, said Mrs Boriczek, who has begun a legal process in Katowice to try to find out why she was sent to the camp.

“There was nothing to eat, a hunger that you cannot imagine. We were lucky to have a piece of bread once a day, nothing else, and water. Both my mother and I had typhus. We were separated and I didn’t know she was alive. I had a high fever and when I opened my eyes, I was sleeping next to a lady from Switzerland. I slept with her under one blanket. I was happy that she was dead, because that meant I could have her blanket.”

Mr Morel, born in 1919, lost much of his family in the Holocaust before joining the partisans, in his case a Jewish military unit, according to John Sack, the American author of An Eye for An Eye: The Untold Story of Jewish Revenge Against Germans in 1945.

In 1995, 50 years after her imprisonment at Swietochlowice, Mrs Boriczek saw Mr Morel in the Katowice prosecutor’s office. She said she felt more pity than hatred.

“I hated him all my life and then when I saw him I saw an old, fat man. I could see he was ill. I would even have given him my hand. I asked him why he did these crimes. He told me I was lying and everybody loved him.”

Mr Morel refused to speak to The Independent. A man in Tel Aviv who identified himself as Mr Morel’s son said his father did not talk to journalists

ANY PERSON WHO KNOWS SALOMON MOREL’S WHEREABOUTS IS ASKED TO COME FORWARD
Salomon Morel was the commandant of the death camp Auschwitz III in Shvientochlovitz from Feb. 2 through the end of November 1945. He and his Jewish camp crew murdered at least 1538 Christians – innocent civilians, most of them women and teenagers, priests and intelligentia.The camp prisoners died of beating, inflicted injuries, shooting, immersing in icy water, freezing to death, starvation, malnutrition and exhaustion, deplorable conditions, and of unprevented typhus epidemy. Morel held thousands incarcerated without an arrest order. His and his Jewish crews’ excesses terrorized the population and subjugated Silesia to the oppresive regime of the Jew Jakub Berman. Subsequently, he was the commandant of the concentration camp in Jaworzno, and state prison in Katowice, where he was responsible for unaccounted yet number of deaths and torture of political prisoners. In 1988, Morel retired as a colonel of SB (Sluzba Bezpieczenctwa), the secret police, and lived in Warsaw at the expense of the Polish state.In 1993, had been alerted by communists that a criminal investigation against him is being conducted, he escaped to Israel, where he allegedly participated in violent police actions against incarcerated Palestinian patriots. In 1996, he lived in Tel Aviv in an apartment rented on the name of his sister. On March 4, 1997, the County Attorney in Katowice issued an arrest order through the Interpol indicating his place of stay in Israel.

The District Attorney in Tel Aviv, and the Israeli government pretend that they cannot find him. Morel is protected under the doctrine on “Holocaust survivors” although during the war he was hiding in the Lublin woods where he robbed, and allegedly murdered local peasants.

Any person who has witnessed Morel’s criminal activity is asked to come forward with a testimony and contact any of the following authorities:

Criminal Department of the County Attorney in Katowice, Poland:

Prokuratura Wojewodzka Wydzial Karny, ul. Wita Stwosza 31, 40-042 Katowice,

phone: 32-511-354, 32-511-733, fax: 32-510-241

regarding case No. (Sygn. akt) V Ds 67/95/;

The Attorney General in Dortmund,Germany:

Oberstaatsanwaltschaft, Litten Str. 5, Postfach 102942, 44-029 Dortmund, Germany,

phone: 011-49-23-1/54030,

regarding case No. (Aktenzeichen) 7c Js 371/94;

Interpol;

or the closest Polish or German consulate.

June 28,1998

PROKURATURA WOJEWODZKA

in Katowice

The Labour Camp in ÿSwiêtoch³owice-Zgoda and its Commander

The activity of the apparatus of repression in Poland during the years 1944-1947 encompassed both opponents of the „people’s rule” and thousands of persons uninvolved in any undertakings aimed against the new authorities. In addition, in Upper Silesia, the repressions affected the majority of the local population, regarded as German, interned in the former sub-camps of KL Auschwitz, now taken over by the Security Office. The inmates were beaten, starved and employed in mines and metallurgical works. In this way, the system of terror supported production.
One of the harshest labour camps was the one in ¦wiêtoch³owice-Zgoda (February-November 1945). The camp was composed of seven wooden barracks, a brick building housing the camp authorities and economic outbuildings. The whole complex was encircled by a barbed wire fence, with guard towers situated in the corners. In July, the outbreak of a typhoid fever epidemic led to the death of more than 100 inmates daily. It is estimated that in the course of the 300 days-long existence of the camp 1 800-4 000 people perished as a result of beatings, starvation and illnesses.
The camp commander was Salomon Morel, who personally attacked and murdered the inmates, claiming that he was taking revenge on the Germans who killed his whole family in KL Auschwitz. This was not so: Morel came from a Jewish family in the village of Grabów (the Lublin region) and, together with his brother, was saved by the Poles. ( In November 1983, Józef Tkaczyk received the „Just among the Nations of the World” medal, awarded by the Yad Vashem Institute in Jerusalem, for helping the Morel family to survive the occupation). After the liquidation of the camp, Morel continued to work in the prison system, and even wrote an M. A. thesis on Inmate Labour and its Significance, presented at Wroc³aw University. He ended his career in May 1968 as the head of a prison in Katowice. At the beginning of the 1990s, his criminal past was recollected by the inmates of ¦wiêtoch³owice-Zgoda , primarily Dorota Boreczek and the American journalist John Sack. In this situation, an inquiry was initiated by the Regional Commission for Research into Crimes against the Polish Nation in Katowice; Morel, however, managed to escape punishment and left for Israel.

Andrzej Zaæmiñski,

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Zgoda labour camp

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Camp Zgoda, main gate – monument

The Zgoda labour camp (Polish pronunciation: [ˈzɡɔda]) was a concentration camp for SilesiansGermans, and Poles,[1][2] set up in February 1945 by the Soviet NKVD in Zgoda district of ŚwiętochłowiceSilesia. It was controlled by the communist secret police until its closure by the Stalinist authorities of Poland in November of the same year.[3]

Between 1943 and January 1945 during World War II, the camp in Świętochłowice operated as German Nazi Arbeitslager. It was a labour subcamp (Arbeitslager Eintrachtshütte) or the Eintrachthütte concentration camp of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz. After the NKVD transfer of the facility to MBP, Colonel Salomon Morel became the commander of the renamed Zgoda camp on 15 March 1945.[3][4]

Memorial plate


 

End of WW II – German Prisoners of War return home in 1955 from Russia

German soldiers return in 1955 from Russia

Approximately three million German prisoners of war were captured by the Soviet Union during World War II, most of them during the great advances of the Red Army in the last year of the war.


Victims of YaltaVictims of Yalta: The Secret Betrayal of the Allies—1944-1947

By Nikolai Tolstoy. This book tells the sordid tale of the betrayal of millions of anti-Bolshevik Russians who fought back against the Soviet terror before and during World War II, and how they were betrayed by the Allies in what is called “Operation Keelhaul.”

After the war, literally millions of anti-communist Cossack fighters and civilians came under the control of British, French and American forces.

Tolstoy says these Russians included prisoners of war, forced laborers, collaborators, refugees and émigrés. Some were Russian POWs who had fought against the Soviets in Waffen-SS units. Still others were captured Soviet soldiers.

(Unfortunately for them, Stalin considered any Soviet soldier who surrendered a traitor and deserving of death.) And many were merely average Russians who had fled the USSR to escape the Soviet terror campaigns. . . .

But no matter the status of the person, the secret Moscow agreement of 1944, confirmed at the 1945 Yalta conference, demanded that ALL Soviet citizens in the West be forced to return to Russia.

This was a death sentence by execution or forced labor in the Gulag for the vast majority, and Churchill, FDR and the other Western Allied leaders were well aware that they would be ensuring millions of people certain death.

According to Tolstoy’s estimate, based on data from a former NKVD officer, in the end, a total of 5.5 million Russians were “repatriated” from areas formerly occupied by the Axis.

Of these, 20% received a death sentence; 20% received a 25-year labor camp sentence; about 17.5% received sentences of five to 10 years; 10% were exiled for six years or more; 15% worked as conscripts in assigned areas and were not allowed to return home; and about 17.5% were allowed to return home but remained blackballed, thus finding it difficult to survive.

Of course not all Russians went peacefully, so the Allies used either force or subterfuge to get the Cossacks and their families to agree to relocation. For instance, at Camp Peggetz near Lienz, Austria, the British guaranteed a group of thousands of Cossacks that they were attending an important British conference to determine their fate, when in fact they were being delivered into Soviet hands.

When the Cossack men figured out the plan, they refused to board the military transport trucks and fought back. The Brits truncheoned the disarmed Cossacks into unconsciousness and threw their bodies like “sacks of potatoes” onto the trucks bound for the Soviet camp, according to one witness.

Women and children thus went more willingly. “Repatriation programs” were also enacted in France, Belgium, Holland, Finland, Switzerland, Sweden and Norway. The only country known to have resisted forced repatriation of Russians was Liechtenstein.

In the end, this massive betrayal of millions of human beings remains one of the blackest stains on the West and helps explains the general distrust Russians even today have for the trustworthiness of Western politicians.


Heroes Hang When Traitors Triumph

A professional writer since 1975, Michael Walsh provides international media with articles covering human, global and political issues. He joins us to speak on the subject matter of his latest books, “Heroes Hang When Traitors Triumph” and “Heroes of the Reich.” In the first hour, Mike gives an overview of the negative propaganda surrounding the period of the Russian Revolution to the end of Nazi Germany. We consider why it is essential to look back to the stories of the defeated during this time frame when scrutinizing the post-WWII reconstruction era controlled by the banking system and mainstream media. Mike takes us back to the story of the iconic Lawrence of Arabia, a highly principled man who was deeply opposed to a war with Germany and ultimately removed from the equation. Then, we discuss Britain’s track record of widespread meddling and backstabbing and its pro-WWII lobby campaign that set the narrative against the Germans despite an overwhelming opposition to the war by her people. Mike identifies how the supposed evil ideology of Hitler could have been so attractive to intelligent academics during his chancellorship, and why so much conflicting propaganda popped up around Germany, who at the time was one of the most prosperous countries in the world.

We move on to deliberate the globalist program of suppressing the best expressions of mankind, such as the heroic Norwegian figure Vidkun Quisling, who was a champion for the Ukrainian people and later vilified by hypocrites. In the second hour, we delve deeper into the story of Holodomor, the genocide of ethnic Ukrainian people carried out by the Soviet Union. Mike explains how the Bolshevik occupied Russia robbed and starved the Ukrainians as a means to repay Wall Street for financing the Russian Revolution. Later, we look at today’s shifting political narrative and the watering down of negative publicity encircling violent and radical factions that are being used for NATO’s ends. We also discuss how National Socialism could have been seen as the only viable option in the fight against Communism and, conversely, how Communism once seemed to be a feasible way out of the suffering brought on by Capitalism. At the end, we compare the current state of the EU and US to what was happening in the Eastern Bloc 25 years ago, emphasizing the importance of reconciling the past century of history in order to understand the root of our present identity crisis.

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Holy Land: When Jewish Doctors Killed Tens of Thousands of Arab Children – The Ringworm Scandal

South Asia Area with high growth rate of population and scarcity of resources collectively creates opportunities for socio-political and economic instability resulting into conflicts.

Must Read: Radicalization trends in South Asia

 

Asif Haroon Raja

Geo-strategic Importance of South Asia

South Asia is house to around 1.5 billion people who represent one quarter of the world’s population. With high growth rate of population and scarcity of resources collectively creates opportunities for socio-political and economic instability resulting into conflicts.

This vast region is sandwiched between the great mountain chains and the Indian Ocean. In the north and northeast it is surrounded by mighty Himalayan mountain ranges, while in the north-west by the Karakorum, the Hindu Kush and Makran ranges. In the east it is enclosed by Purvanchal Hills and Bay of Bengal, while in the south it penetrates into the Indian Ocean and in the south-west by Arabian Sea.

Politically the entire South-Asian region has witnessed convulsive politics in the last seven decades. The causes are mainly religious, linguistic, castes, ethnic and economic disparities and uneven resource distribution. Another cause of political turbulence is mutual suspicion and mistrust and a lack of confidence in each other’s motives and intentions.

The disputes among South Asian countries have remained an area of unresolved and dangerous conflict involving external powers, arms proliferation and ethnic and religious hatred that go back to the evolution of India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, the countries that form South Asia.

Due to its strategic location and natural wealth, the region has acquired a very important position from a geostrategic point of view. While India taking advantage of her size, diplomatic clout, military power and economic strength, has all along striven to dominate South Asia, external powers such as Russia, USA and China in their quest for geo-strategic and geo-economic ambitions, seek to engage South Asian countries as well as with neighboring regions rich in energy resources.

The politics of violence and extremism in South Asia is mainly the result of faulty national policies and interference of external powers. The region’s vast potential is hostage to unresolved inter-state conflicts, mostly left behind by Britain and now being exploited by India which considers itself to be the successor of former colonial power which ruled and plundered the resources of this region for 200 years. USA which filled the power vacuum after 1947 has also been meddling into the affairs of South Asia in its quest for attainment of global ambitions.

Indian Factor

One reason behind South Asia’s backwardness and rise in extremist tendencies is the imperialist designs of India which has all along aspired to create mythical Akhand Bharat. While dealing with neighbors much smaller in size, resources and military strength, India is always in a mood to bully, to terrorise and to dictate terms.

The favorite means employed by India to make the defiant neighbor bend to its dictates are diplomatic pressure, economic blackmail, military coercion and application of military instrument. It also resorts to sabotage and subversion, abets insurgency, and uses Kautylian tactics such as propaganda war, disinformation, deception and false flag operations.

India has trained RAW in this game and over a period of time, it claims to have excelled in the art of disinformation campaign, espionage and subversion. There is no country in its neighborhood which has not been jolted by India through immoral methods, be it Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bhutan and Tibet.  Pakistan has suffered the most at its hand and continues to endure.

SAARC which could have played a big role in the economic development of South Asia is in limbo due to Indian unilateralism.

Frenetic modernization of Indian armed forces and India’s expansionist designs have compelled the South Asian states to spend sizeable part of budget in upgradation of defense capability.

Lackadaisical Role of Governments

Besides the Indian interventionism, the governments of South Asian states have also not been able to provide their people with the basic, minimum human security since these states became independent. Governments and ruling classes, instead of focusing on dealing with the issues of human survival and development, embarked upon perpetuating their power and influence. Subsequently, no South Asian country has been able to free itself from discriminatory and exploitative policies, which increased insecurity and led to the rising number of communal and terrorist outfits.

Despite the problems these outfits have created, no serious efforts were made by the governments or the civil society to curtail the rise in extremist trends at the initial stages. All of the regional states are facing the menace of extremism and terrorism in one or other form.

In most of the states, the governments have failed in providing good governance and solving social problems such as unemployment, social injustice, and poverty. The political culture in these states was unable to meet the imperatives of globalization.

In addition, instead of promoting unity and integration (both at national and regional levels) it led to ethnic solidarities and identification with religion and culture.

Role of Masterminds

Terrorism grows enormously when powerful nations do injustice with the developing nations by gobbling up their resources or keeping the weaker nations under their thumb through neo-colonization. Easiest way is to buy the loyalties of the ruling class of the third world, which readily toes the dictated line of the Master minds to stay in power and get out of sync with the public. Humanity has been trapped by Criminal Masterminds which is causing Global Poverty and Artificial Global Famine.

Poverty Exploited

Deliberately injected poverty in selected countries/regions pave the way for breeding grounds for the youth to deflect towards Global Terrorism and Global Crimes. Poverty and famine tend to make the poverty stricken people to do anything for little money for their survival. Masterminds can easily find them, twist them including their beliefs/faiths and forcefully use them according to their own desire.

In every targeted country after 9/11, proxies were hired to create disturbances and topple regimes. Hired mercenaries were from the deprived class. Purpose behind this gory drama on part of the Masterminds is to rob the wealth of the globalized world in stages.

Wars fought on fake narratives

Masterminds also fool their citizens, and create a scenario to prove that war is inevitable and war must be fought at all cost. Hidden motive behind all wars is to run their war related businesses and become richer than ever before.

Many wars in the past were based on lies. War mongers fooled their own citizens, e.g. Vietnam War, Gulf War on the issue of Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq. EBOLA, SARS, AIDS & Chicken Pox could be biological weapons to wipeout people in other parts of the world as well as creating artificial famine.

Americans have lived under the broken umbrella of an empire controlled by 1% dirty rich that cares not to protect the overwhelming majority. They live under the auspices of a regime that spends half of common people hard earned tax dollars on phony wars, illegal foreign occupations and excessive militarism at home. Tens of thousands are lucky to afford the bare necessities of life.

Israel in Middle East and India in South Asia are the cat paws of imperialist USA. The jingoistic trio is committing worst human rights abuses and state terrorism.

Grave Threats Faced by South Asia

The South Asian region currently faces a grave security threat due to increasing extremism and terrorist activities. The politics of violence and extremist trends in South Asia can be linked to the contradictions arising as a consequence of faulty national policies.

The nature and political economy of the states have been instrumental in creating the current crisis. The South Asian states tend to operate in the interests of a coalition of classes and ethnic groups, thereby influencing development policies and the distribution of resources. The pace, content and dynamics of the uneven development patterns in South Asia are among the predominant causes of violence in the region.

Besides the failure of transition to modernity among these South Asian states, political culture has also led to ethnic solidarities and identification with religion and culture.

Interference from external powers and from neighboring and extra-regional elements (both governments and independent groups) has given a dangerous tilt to the existing volatile situation.

With the marked rise of extremism and increasing terrorist activities, particularly in the past decade, South Asia is among the regions in the world with the highest annual number of fatalities caused by terrorist violence. Ethnic, ideological and political conflicts pose a serious threat to stability and interstate relations.

Each state faces multiple concerns ranging from fundamentalists to ethno-political violence, which are consolidating along with the worsening socio-economic conditions.

The situation has become all the more dangerous and alarming in the wake of nuclearisation of two arch rivals India and Pakistan and unresolved Kashmir dispute which has become a nuclear flashpoint. Indo-US-Afghan-Israel nexus offensively poised against nuclear Pakistan fighting an internal war on terror and confronted with economic and political challenges finds itself in a dangerous situation but is determined to deal with any military adventure squarely.

War on terror initiated by USA to make the world safe and secure has intensified extremism and terrorism and today the world has become more unsafe and insecure.

Causation of Growth of Extremism

Terrorism and the rise of extremism has been occurring in South Asia for a variety of reasons, including perpetration by tyrannical and aggressive regimes and rebel groups, social injustice, ideological contradictions, religious beliefs and foreign interference. However, deteriorating socio-economic conditions, government policies and outside interference in all South Asian countries have been the primary factors responsible for the rise of extremism in the region. Terrorism and its political consequences have directly and visibly affected interstate relations in South Asia and have also led to destabilization in the region.

Main Causes. The main causes of Extremism are appended below:

Poor economic growth along with high population growth has led to the problems of mass unemployment, hunger and income inequality.

The economic inequalities and deprivation has created frustration and insecurity among the masses, leading to an increasing criminalization of society in which there are available targets for exploitation by the extremist elements in and outside the governments.

Along with the deteriorating economies of South Asia, governmental policies have accentuated the extremist trend in all these states.

Extra-regional actors are primarily responsible for the ongoing wave of terrorism and rising extremism.

The extremist trends have been boosted in the South Asian countries due to the interference by the neighboring and extra-regional countries in the internal affairs of the states.

The separatist and ethnic movements have also been supported from across the border, by the governments or any particular group, for its interests.

The Bangla national movement in 1971, which resulted in partition of Pakistan and formation of Bangladesh, could not have succeeded without physical military intervention of India aided by former Soviet Union.

Sri Lanka too is an old victim of Indian machinations and Tamil Tigers insurgency was Indian manufactured. Similarly the Maoists in Nepal are known to have collaboration and sponsorship from India.

The Kashmiri freedom movement in India has received only moral, political and diplomatic support from the Pakistan since its hands have been tied by new laws on terrorism. Indian forces are breaking all records of state terrorism and human rights to quell popular unarmed uprising seeking right of self-determination.

Pakistan has bagful of concrete evidence of India’s RAW deep-rooted involvement in Baluchistan, FATA and Karachi. Indian leaders have often bragged about it and are threatening Pakistan to break it into four pieces. Besides covert operations, India is resorting to water terrorism to make Pakistan dry.

Governed by mutual strategic interests, India is being fully supported by USA, Israel, the West and Afghanistan to destroy Pakistan.

 

Growth of Extremism in Pakistan

There were several factors and events that have led to extremism, sectarianism and terrorism in Pakistan. These factors include:

  • Early demise of Quaid-e-Azam and murder of Liaqat Ali Khan resulted in leadership crisis, which persists to this day.
  • Uneven development of provinces and growth of regionalism gave rise to fissiparous tendencies and strengthened centrifugal forces in smaller provinces.
  • Insensitivity and callous attitude of the elites towards the deprived class bred resentment.
  • Selective accountability and pro-rich judicial system added to the frustration of the have-nots.
  • Corruption in all government, judicial and police departments eroded moral turpitude and scruples.
  • Unresolved Kashmir dispute and State terrorism of India against Kashmiris heightened Jihadi tendencies.
  • Western hatred towards Muslims and hounding and persecution of religious elements dubbed as terrorists intensified anti-US feelings.
  • Promotion of western values and demeaning of Islam by liberals, sharpened secular-Islamist divide.
  • Divisive education system provided unequal opportunities for social growth.
  • The impact of regional events like Iranian revolution, Afghan Jihad and emergence of Taliban.
  • Impact of Freedom Struggle in Kashmir and Palestine issue.
  • Unresolved Kashmir dispute which has resulted in three major wars and several local conflicts and has led to nuclearization of South Asia.

 

  • To counter Soviet intervention in Afghanistan in 1979, the United States supported and sponsored Pakistan and also the Jihadi groups during the period 1979-1989, which in post-1990 period became a threat for the security and stability of Pakistan.
  • After Soviet withdrawal and diminishing of US interests in the region, Pakistan was left in a complete lurch for dealing with the menace of terrorism and extremism spread over the decade of its war against Soviets.
  • With the 9/11 incident, Pakistan once again became a frontline state in the war against terrorism. The renewed interference by US in Pakistan, and Pakistan’s support against Taliban and Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan once again aggravated the extremist and anti-US elements, having extensive implications on internal security situation.
  • The US initiated war on terror in Afghanistan was purposely fomented in Pakistan with ulterior motives to destabilize, secularize, denuclearize and balkanize Pakistan.
  • Unstable Afghanistan was used as a base of operation to achieve the objectives against Pakistan through massive covert war and hybrid war.

 

Way Forward

War is not an option in which economy dies again and again, BUT Love is, which starts from forgiveness as mentioned in the Quraan, (Ref: Al_Quraan_041:035).

South Asian countries should assume the responsibility for internal reforms, avoid extremism and confrontation and ensure economic and social development, through ensuring respect for human right and paying special attention to human resource development programs.

The West particularly the United States should seek to resolve all political disputes that become breeding grounds of terrorism, reject equating Islam with terrorism and assist the Muslim world in poverty alleviation and socio-economic development.

Socio-economic problems and human security issues need to be accorded the highest priority by governments, as these are the main cause of frustration among the masses and particularly among the educated and unemployed youth, who become easy recruits for radical organizations which involve them in their terrorist activities. In addition to individual state efforts to deal with extremism, a concerted regional effort is also required as the problem has an additional external dimension to it.

There is no shortcut to eradicating regional problems since they are the result of a consistent and gradual failure of the state to deal with the issue of public security and grievances, and also the failure of society to curb tendencies of extremism and intolerance. Without formulating a comprehensive approach to deal with the issue of extremism at the state, society and regional level, the menace of radicalism cannot be eradicated.

There is dire need to address root causes of extremism and terrorism by providing an equitable social and economic order and just judicial system at the global level.

It is time for Global World to wake up and be careful from Mastermind Criminals/Terrorists and prevent humanity from those by joining Global Unity without any discrimination of Religion, Race, Sect, Gender, Color, Nationality, Rich, Poor, Young or Old, etc. Otherwise they could be next in line.

To Protect World from Criminals/Terrorists which is causing Global Poverty and Artificial Global Famine as well, we must understand Criminal Masterminds, and we must find the roots of all Crimes, starting from Mother Womb till the Grave.

It is not Wealth (Gold or Silver etc.) or Power which can save the Global World. Allah seized Qaroon, Pharaoh, and Hamaan and many more, for their crimes against humanity and nothing could save them, not even their wealth, power, or people, etc., (Ref: Al_Quraan_029:039). The World didn’t end there, but it re-developed after a Great Revolution.

One sure way of curbing extremist tendencies is China’s policy of peace and friendship and connectivity through One Belt One Road project of which CPEC is the fulcrum, for collective growth and development of the region.

The writer is a retired Brig, war veteran, defence analyst, columnist, author of five books, Vice Chairman Thinkers Forum Pakistan, Director Measac Research Centre. Email: asifharoonraja@gmail.com 



US aggression: Pentagon will deploy underwater drones in South China Sea

spratly islands

© REUTERS/ U.S. Navy/Handout via Reuters

In the latest sign that the US has no intention to back down in the South China Sea, the Pentagon has announced plans to launch underwater drones near the Spratly archipelago.

Over the past year, Washington has expressed outrage over a series of land reclamation projects by Beijing in the South China Sea. In a show of opposition, the Pentagon has conducted several provocative actions in the region, including Navy patrols within the territorial limits of those islands and surveillance flights through Chinese airspace.

“Countries across the Asia-Pacific are voicing concern with China’s land reclamation, which stands out in size and scope, as well as its militarization in the South China Sea,” US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said during a visit to the USS Stennis in the South China Sea on Friday.

While Beijing has repeatedly urged for calm, Washington has ratcheted up its maneuvers, announcing new plans to deploy a fleet of unmanned submersibles into the waterway.

Carter said that the Pentagon is perfecting “new undersea drones in multiple sizes and diverse payloads that can, importantly, operate in shallow water, where submarines cannot.”

The Pentagon plans to spend as much as $8 billion over the next year on submarines, both manned and unmanned, but the priority will be on arming autonomous submersibles.

“The idea is that if we were ever to get into a bust-up in the South China Sea, the Chinese would not know for sure what sort of capabilities the US might have,” Shawn Brimley of the Center for a New American Security, a think tank, told Financial Times.

“This might have deterrent impact on the potential for provocative behavior.”

Submersible drones have many of the same advantages of unmanned aerial vehicles. Without a crew, unmanned craft can be made smaller and cheaper, while still housing sonar and other surveillance systems. The affordability allows the Pentagon to deploy devices in larger numbers.

The smaller size also means that the craft will be harder to detect. Unmanned submersibles could slip undetected into enemy waters for reconnaissance or attack.

“The use of undersea drones opens up a whole new area of capabilities,” Brimley said.

While the Pentagon is funneling large sums into submarine development, it is simultaneously developing a fleet of unmanned surface ships. Created by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Sea Hunter has earned the nickname “ghost ship” for its ability to autonomously and clandestinely search the world’s oceans for submarines.

This ship is meant to counter both Beijing and Moscow.

“We’re working on it because we’re deeply concerned about the advancements that China and Russia are making in this space,” said Peter Singer of the New America Foundation, a think tank based in Washington DC.

A highly contested region through which nearly $5 trillion international trade passes annually, the South China Sea is claimed by China, though there are overlapping claims by Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, and Brunei.

The United States has no claims in the region.

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On Quora: Putin recently stated that not many countries have real sovereignty (particularly Germany). Is he right?

Answers:

Maurice Ewing

I believe you are referring to Mr. Putin’s remarks at the 2017 St Petersburg Economic Forum—if so, yes, of course he is right.

But let’s fully appreciate what he is saying. Mr. Putin was responding to a reporter’s question regarding Angela Merkel’s recent, publicly displayed frustration with Germany’s dependence on the US under Mr. Trump’s leadership (‘Atlanticist’ Merkel rams home frustration with Trump after summits).

But Ms. Merkel’s comments are a clear reflection of what anyone awake to foreign policy has known for decades: The US has created a world of “us” and “them”, such that our politicians, warmongers and special interest whores in Washington continually repeat the mantra, “Either you are with us or against us.”

Those with us—such as the EU—must do what we say, or else.

That, “or else,” though not explicit, usually involves sanctions or some other sort of foolishness, and is a direct violation of sovereignty, even if a voluntary one. That is what Mr. Putin is referring to, and that is, no doubt, extremely frustrating to countries like Germany, which once held meaningful power and sovereignty, but today maintain military forces largely for the sake of making local parades look colorful and entertaining to tourists.

Perhaps, stupidly, the reporter was thinking Mr. Putin would empathize with Germany and much of the rest of the world (outside China, India and a few other countries), thinking perhaps he would submit that Russia somehow depends on the US. But he cannot and does not empathize. Russia today, unlike the “former Soviet Union” of the 90s—where and when we almost took control through the oligarchs, NGOs and paid politicians—is no longer our puppet state.

Russia does not fear our, “or else”.

Moreover, the fact is, if Russia wanted Europe—and there has been no indication Russia would actually want Europe, except perhaps during the summer vacation period—it could take it in under 3 days, even with our giving the EU our full, military support (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/…).

But in fact, Russia is in a better position now, without militarily dominating Europe, since the EU is almost fully dependent anyway upon Russia for energy (Europe‘s vulnerability on Russian gas) and other economic needs. With economic dependency, who needs war? That way, there’s no reason to spend a kopeck managing serfs from boring places like Bruges.

But let’s put this into fine and civilized perspective: France, with all its arrogance—along with its Napoleonic history of trying to invade and takeover Russia—would receive the spanking of its life in the time-span of a long weekend should Russia decide to send its B-team, and there is little more they could do about it than prepare to learn some Russian phrases and jettison the wine and cheese for something a bit more manly (and womanly), like vodka and gurkens.

That’s got to be frustrating! Think about it, less than 100 years ago, those same European countries (along with Canada and a few New York families) financially supported low-life peasants like Lenin, Trotsky, the churlish Bolsheviks and the cowardly, Francophone, White Russians in killing Rasputin, assassinating the Czar family and bringing about the worst scourge on the face of the Earth—the USSR.

Now, the USSR they brought about is no more, but the Russia they sought to destroy is regaining its formidable stature, and those European sovereigns, once powerful, once rich, once influential—though still devious, still underhanded, still cowardly—face the choice between humbly crawling back to Russia and begging for forgiveness (like Turkey, Turkey ‘sorry for downing Russian jet’ – BBC News) or listening to the commands of a reality TV star and New York slum lord living in Washington.

That’s not to take anything away from Mr. Trump—I actually think he’s good, and needed fresh air, and he’s also entertaining—but it is sad for countries in Europe who once were something. It’s still sadder because they still believe they are something when they aren’t. They aren’t sovereigns (An ‘EU foreign policy’ is a total nonsense).

Thus, in slavish fashion, when the US declared sanctions on Russia, the EU had no choice but to follow suit, “or else”—even though their support is killing them (EU Extends Sanctions Against Russia Killing Their Own Economy).

And when Mr. Obama, shamefully refused to appear at Russia’s Victory Day ceremony in 2015 (U.S., other Western leaders snub Russia’s Victory Day parade), EU leaders cancelled their tickets in solidarity with their master (Russia, you might remember, saved the world from the Nazis, when the rest of the Europe was either vanquished or in support of them, and the US was no where around, Don’t forget how the Soviet Union saved the world from Hitler).

But there’s poetic nuance here. Wasn’t it the EU countries who were so vocal about defending Ukraine’s “sovereignty” (EU Slams Russia Over Crimea Annexation On Third Anniversary) when we, the US, instigated a coup in Ukraine (i.e., interfered with its sovereignty), causing Russia to defend its naval operations in Crimea (In Ukraine, the US is dragging us towards war with Russia | John Pilger)?

Weren’t those same EU politicians claiming, despite a much better education in history and geography than most of us Americans, that Crimea was part of Ukraine, when it never actually was (Why Did Russia Give Away Crimea Sixty Years Ago?)?

Beneath Mr. Putin’s comments he is, no doubt, enjoying an historical moment. The once proud and rich European “sovereigns” that nearly destroyed his country, his people, his culture and his religion, are now rapidly declining member states of a union of American serfdom—and getting the just desserts of their historical actions. And they’ve no where to hide from the fallout except Washington: where it looks like they’ve run out of friends.

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Jon Davis

If we are talking about sovereignty as the power to make their own choices according to their values, rather than having their choices completely determined by the geopolitical realities of much more powerful nations, then yes, he’s completely right.

It’s especially true for nations like Germany.

Consider two realities to Germany.

  • Little in the way of energy resources
  • Aging population

These two realities have determined far more of Germany’s stances in international affairs than have their values.

Consider first their energy resources. Germany is reliant on Russian natural gas for their energy. They import over 30% of their gas and oil from the official unofficial distributor of Russia, Gazprom. Gazprom, which is one of the world’s largest energy suppliers and one of the chief suppliers to Europe, just so happens to be the main energy exporter of Russia, not to mention once being an actual branch of the Soviet government, which explains a level of government intermingling and corporate international manipulation in favor of their benefactor that exists on an unheard of scale for most in the West. We in the US can’t imagine a company like Coke literally attempting to starve other nations to support American foreign policy if need be, but Gazprom literally does just that.

In 2015, Russia was able to threaten Europe that it would literally turn off the lights if international demands weren’t met. [1] They made real on these threats in both 2009, when they cut gas in during the European winter, leaving Europe with a very cold lesson in geopolitics[2]. Just so you can see how much Russia has Europe by the Weinerschnitzel, have a look at how much in bed Gazprom is with major powers throughout the European continent.

If you’ve at all been curious why so much of Europe is so quiet about its condemnation of Russia, relative to how much they are owed, this is why. Because of that map.

Next is, an age distribution diagram map of Germany. Notice anything?

Here’s a clue.

See how fat it is down at the bottom and gently tapering off with that bulge there between 45 and 65? That’s closer to how it should look. What it means is that there are many young people who will be able to be working and contributing to the economy and tax base as the elder generation goes into retirement. In all honesty, the US doesn’t even look that good right now, as the baby boomers will soon be leaving the workforce, throwing several generations of debt on the thirty something year old Millennials. At that point, the immigration debate in the United States is going to sound completely different. That is what a crisis is going to look like in the United States sometime around 2024. That said, if the US is what a potential crisis will look like, then Germany is looking down the barrel of complete collapse. This is what happens when people don’t have babies ladies and gentlemen.

Having said that, it made far more sense from a near future seeing economic standpoint to make many of the decisions they did, namely allowing the immigration of millions of unvetted Syrian refugees and many others from the Islamic world.

This has had obvious consequences to Germany in the form of realized threats on their security and the creation of new rifts in their culture. This is causing significant friction among German citizens as the truly open border welcome has alienated many who still favor strong security in light of the numerous acts of Islamist inspired terrorism. In response, the German government under Merkel has issued out numerous statements of open mindedness, globalism, and humanitarianism, while castigating those who are skeptical of the plan as racists and bigoted towards Islam. Given how few of the migrants actually are fleeing refugees, the backlash from this rhetoric has resulted in a right-wing resurgence with aims to democratically overthrow the German government and undo as much of what has already been done by Merkel’s government.

All that said, Merkel, in spite of her holier than thou position towards her right leaning counterparts, likely cared little about the Syrian refugees or anyone else. They were simply a means to rebalance the age distribution and prevent a future economic collapse of Germany.

Given the fact that this policy was patent opportunism of the Syrian crisis, and threw open the door to Islamist infiltration and jihadism, to say nothing to the risks of German cultural heritage, we’ll see if that gamble was worth the cost.

Having said all that, twenty years from now, it’s doubtful that Germany will be as relatively powerful as it is today. There are many factors that govern it, almost none of them being the values of the German citizens. They are in many ways, slave to fate in the heart of the European Continent, which I am guessing matches pretty closely with what Putin meant. The truth of the matter is that if nations like Germany exist on a second tier to their neighbors like Russia because of numerous strategic weaknesses and the realities of those weaknesses. Putin is very aware of this and has never had the slightest qualms with exploiting the fact.


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Footnotes

[1] What happens if Putin turns off Europe’s gas?

[2] Russia Cuts Gas, and Europe Shivers

This is the standard line of argument to come from Putin and other Russian government officials. Do not mistake Putin’s comment as some kind of deep, philosophical statement on the meaning and status of sovereignty. This is not the kind of statement he is making and it is certainly not his intent. His intent behind these kinds of statements are part of a larger tactic, to spread disinformation, and help relativize “supposed” western democracy with the Russian system of government, call westerns to question the legitimacy of their own governments, sew discontent and distrust, and ultimately manipulate the western masses into destabilizing their own countries. This is similar to the kind of tactic Putin uses, and often times used in the same breath, that would be referred to in latin as the “tu quoque”, where when he or Russia is accused of something bad, he attempts to deflect it by stating that someone else engages in the same thing, or simply counters with an accusation of his own.
What matters is that comments like these coming from Russia have been the norm from the beginning of the Cold War, and certainly as a tactic, has been greatly stoked in a post 2000 Putin environment.
This is the case because a large part of Russia’s grand strategy rests on making its own citizens feel as though western democracy is nothing more than a charade, and that relatively speaking, individual freedom and levels of government corruption are on par or worse in Western countries. While at the same time, Russia wants to do everything it can to destabilize western governments and institutions. It does this by deploying the same tactics.
In an ideal world, amongst other things, Russia would want to be surrounded by weak, loyal, and subservient neighbors, have warm water ports, and to go back to a type of pre WWI style of diplomacy and statesmanship, where supranational organizations like the EU and multinational security organizations made up of democratic nations that attempt to bring stability to parts of the world as opposed to sewing instability, such as NATO, do not exist. Russia sees this as crucial to its survival, although it is much more interesting and nuanced than I am making it sound. To not have this, brings the threat of instability internally and externally, and possibly the collapse of the Russian empire and along with it the shot of ever achieving what it believes to be its rightful place amongst the nations of the world.
To provide an example, and to go much further out on a limb, the Trump/Comey scandal playing out in the American media is a perfect example of the what Putin wants to achieve. Ironically, in my opinion, it was the FBI director himself, more than anyone, that played the role of the useful idiot for the Russians by helping to publicly foment the specter of scandal and corruption amongst what was supposed to be (and actually was) an honorable and trustworthy democratic election. Trump certainly didn’t help in this regard with his tweets. Furthermore, the Russians have probably gotten much more out of the tactics they deployed during the election period than they had ever thought realistically possible. Would the Russians love to recruit a spy, wittingly or unwittingly, close to the white house or even within Trump’s close inner circle? Yes, of course. However, it is highly unlikely that has happened, but what has happened, the Russians will certainly take. Which is, to call to doubt the legitimacy of the American election, to have an embattled American President at the outset of his presidency who also has no formal experience in government, to muddy the waters in Washington – to get it disorganized and constantly looking over its shoulder and taking its focus off of its real job, create divisions within government and amongst the populace, etc.

And that is why Putin said what he said and says what he says.

Robert Neal

All that glitters is not gold in Russia. I assume that Putin wants to distract from Russian problem with these, provocative sayings

Contrary to the remarks of Jon Davis, Russia has never blackmailed Germany with it’s gas supplies. Germany was and is a reliable buyer for Russian Gas and Corporations like Gazprom and paid the bills on time. Russia had never threatened to stop gas supplies. For what reason should Russia scare off a punctually paying customer ?

The background of the gas dispute was a dispute between Russia and Ukraine. In fact, Ukraine has branched off Russian gas destined for Europe and Germany.

In addition, Germany is still looking for alternative energies – solar energy or fusion energy.

Apparently, Jon Davis is not versed in the history of the Federal Republic of Germany. The Federal Republic or West Germany was never a “colony” of the USA. Since 1949, it has been an autonomous state under the control of the Western Victory Powers, and has been a sovereign state since 1955.

It is true that Germany did not have full sovereignty up to the 2 + 4 treaties. With these treaties the Allied rights have been extinguished.

Nevertheless, our sovereignty is, of course, limited because we are involved in various organizations. This would be the EU treaties, the NATO treaties and the UN regulations, to name only the most important ones.

Today, however, these are voluntary memberships. Regarding the EU, this has always been the case, with regard to NATO. Today, however, we can decide to leave the EU and NATO – even the UN could say “Adios”.

Jens Böttiger

Germany has real sovereignty. There is simply a cost to asserting it. If Germany asserted it the way Russia did, then it would be similarly isolated and end up with a similarly pathetic economy, due to frightened investors, a fleeing intelligentsia, and restricted trade.

Cooperation and compromise are an essential part of building partnerships.

Having friends as a person requires you to sacrifice aspects of your personal sovereignty (the asshole parts). That doesn’t mean that you couldn’t choose to pee on your friend’s leg and punch his child. It just means that you restrict your own freedom to do so in order to maintain good relations and retain the benefits thereof.

Idy Udoma-Udofa

Political independence isn’t the same thing as economic independence, politically you can do as you please , economically not so, especially when you have to import essential things like oil, gas etc.

Yvan Testu

Absolutely and especially Germany…

There is no such thing as a sovereign german army and who would complain after WWI and WWII?

All advanced countries are linked into a long term project “The Liberal Order” they can benefit from others countries innovations and production but that limit also their sovereignty, any country willing to conform to a minimum set of values, free trade and democracy, is welcomed to join.

America is leading the pack but as well as Japan, Arabia, UK and British dominions, Europe and Russia. Some others are moving in the direction like Bresil, China, India. To build that takes time so not all members, like Arabia and China, of the Liberal Order conform yet to the democratic standards but are nevertheless important economic partners.

The good thing is that population has more freedom

Christian Larsen

Before answering, we need to discuss what sovereignty means. From a legal perspective, I would disagree. From a political perspective, no country is sovereign in the sense that it’s deprived from interdependence with trade partners, other states posing a Security risk etc.

Alexis Alejandro Bueno Norambuena

His opinion based on his 19th century understanding, so? You bet

I think due to the desperation of Russia in the international stage, so Putin tends to run Russia like a model of “independence”. In here, independent from the Americans

He aims on the American role rather than anything else. Putin wants that, and he used Germany like a good excuse for his blaming. Typical KGB

So in my opinion, yes, not many countries are independent as long as

  1. The US still remains – Putin language
  2. Or, Russia keeps absorbing others – how about that?

Tõnis Maldre

If country makes diplomatic agreements and intends to keep them, then you may say that said country loses part of their sovereignity. They are not free to do whatever they wish, but they are bounded with international obligations. Germany is certainly country that keeps his promises. Putin’s Russia seems really to be much more sovereign.


Mafia, alcoholics and illiterates: Macron’s view of the French mapped insult by insult

Mafia, alcoholics & illiterates: Macron’s view of the French mapped insult by insult
A map of France shared on social media has swapped the names of the regions with jibes that President Macron has directed at their citizens. And there are few areas left which he didn’t make a dig at.

Macron’s political opponents, Nadine Morano, who currently serves as Member of the European Parliament, and former French politician and the founder of the Christian Democratic Party, Christine Boutin, took to social media to ridicule the president on Tuesday. They posted a map with some of the “unpleasant vocabulary” Macron has used.

Nadine Morano

@nadine__morano

La carte de France du vocabulaire désobligeant du Président Macron, en prochaine édition la carte d’Europe de sa vulgarité … la Lèpre, le cynisme des italiens etc etc …

The edited map of France emerged on the heels of the leader’s gag about folk from Brittany, who he called “the French mafia,” as he introduced Pope Francis to Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.

“He’s a Breton. Bretons are everywhere. Bretons are the French mafia,” Macron told the pontiff.

So Brittany is swapped on the map for “Mafia” and also has “illiterate women” written nearby. That’s in reference to Macron’s remark describing employees of the Gad slaughterhouse, also in Brittany. He made that quip in 2014, when he held the office of the Minister of Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs.

‘Alcoholics’ is written in place of Hauts-de-France. This comes from Macron’s ill-fated quote about the spread of alcoholism, made when he visited the commune of Nœux-les-Mines as a presidential candidate last January.

READ MORE: Macron sparks outcry after telling workers protesting job cuts ‘to look for a job’

The Paris area is dubbed “people who are nothing.” Macron let that remark slip as he visited a hi-tech startup center, located near a train station, in the summer of 2017. Back then, he said train stations are places paths where people “who succeed” and “people who are nothing” cross.

“Slackers” adorns the center of the map. That’s the term used by the president to dismiss those who don’t agree with his reforms. The map was reposted by French-speaking social media users, who rushed to condemn Macron for his lack of respect for his own people.

“There is no more room on the map, so you can stop insulting the people,” one Twitter user wrote.

J0rdy@JB3ss0n

@EmmanuelMacron “Les bretons c’est la mafia française”.

STOP ! Arrêtez de tenter de faire de l’humour Mr le Président, vous n’avez pas été élu pour ça.

Au passage, il n’y a plus de place sur la carte, vous pouvez donc arrêter d’insulter le peuple. pic.twitter.com/4ctxnQrMfd

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Israel, Islamism Loom Between Macron, Jews

Are the President-elect and his French Jewish supporters on a collision course?

 May 9, 2017, 11:36 am

A Jewish man looks at an election poster of the independent centrist French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron at the French consulate in Jerusalem, on May 7, 2017 during the second round of the French presidential vote. JTA

A Jewish man looks at an election poster of the independent centrist French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron at the French consulate in Jerusalem, on May 7, 2017 during the second round of the French presidential vote. JTA

PARIS (JTA) — French Jews may have voted en masse for Emmanuel Macron in the final round of France’s presidential elections, but that doesn’t make him their dream president.

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Like many other supporters of the 39-year-old former investment banker, who on Sunday became the youngest French president in recent history, Jews voted for Macron mainly to block his far-right opponent, Marine Le Pen. The centrist won with 65 percent of the vote to 34 percent for Le Pen.

Leaders of French Jewry said they were relieved and even “happy” to see Macron elected — but the honeymoon may be short lived.

A self-declared progressive with a foreign policy rooted in human rights, Macron even during the campaign demonstrated that like his Socialist predecessor, Francois Hollande, he is willing to clash over Israel and Islamism with the conservative and pro-Israel mainstream of French Jewry.

Supporters of French presidential election candidate for the En Marche ! movement Emmanuel Macron wave French national flags as they celebrate in front of the Pyramid at the Louvre Museum in Paris on May 7, 2017, following the announcement of the results of the second round of the French presidential election.
Emmanuel Macron was elected French president on May 7, 2017 in a resounding victory over far-right Front National (FN – National Front) rival after a deeply divisive campaign. / AFP PHOTO / Eric FEFERBERG (Photo credit should read ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images)

To be sure, the youthful-looking Macron has charmed many voters, Jews and otherwise, on his own merits. He is known for an energetic oratory style, a profound understanding of finance and a passion for inter-European cooperation, and he promises to heal France’s deeply divided society by building a post-partisan consensus based on tolerance.

His good looks, coupled with his apparent devotion to his wife – his former high school teacher, who is 24 years his senior – have endeared him to women especially, according to Elle.

Yet in a town hall meeting on March 22 with hundreds of Jewish voters Macron, an independent politician who had served for two years as Hollande’s industry minister, showed why he and the Jewish mainstream may be on a collision course over Israel and Muslim extremism.

For the first 90 minutes of the meeting, sponsored by the the CRIF Jewish federation, Macron discussed his economic vision lucidly and in great detail. Juggling data and well-chosen anecdotes, he was clearly in his element as he explained his support for free-market labor reforms, greater cooperation with Germany and no new taxes on corporations’ revenue-producing capital.

PARIS, FRANCE – MAY 07: Leader of ‘En Marche !’ Emmanuel Macron addresses supporters after winning the French Presidential Election, at The Louvre on May 7, 2017 in Paris, France. Pro-EU centrist Macron is the next president of France after defeating far right rival Marine Le Pen by a comfortable margin, estimates indicate.Getty Images

But then he turned to foreign policy — a weaker subject for the wunderkind who became the first candidate in decades to win a presidential election in France without the support of its main political parties.

“My policy is to continue the current line of French diplomacy,” Macron told the crowd of 700.

To his evident surprise, the promise of continuity did not sit well with his listeners, whose hisses and booing forced him to pause.

“Oh, no?” he mumbled in surprise when the booing started. “Perhaps it’s not your policy, but it is mine,” he said in the unapologetic style that helped him through debates with more seasoned speakers, including former Prime Minister Francois Fillon of The Republicans and the fiery far-left candidate, Jean-Luc Melenchon.

Apparently unwittingly, he touched one of the raw nerves of French Jewry under Hollande, who has led a firm line — and according to some critics at times even a hostile one – on Israel.

Macron’s attempts to appease the audience by proclaiming his attachment to Israel’s security “as well as to the two-state solution” did not seem to have a particularly mollifying effect.

Apparently unwittingly, he touched one of the raw nerves of French Jewry under Hollande, who has led a firm line — and according to some critics at times even a hostile one – on Israel.

Leaders of French Jewry were especially angry when France voted last year in favor of at least two resolutions by UNESCO, the cultural body of the United Nations, that ignored Judaism’s attachment to Jerusalem. Unusually, the country’s chief rabbi, Haim Korsia, issued a written condemnation of the votes.

CRIF condemned France’s failed bid earlier this year to stage a Middle East peace conference in Paris without Israel’s support. Hollande said France was organizing the conference out of a commitment to peace and as a “friend of Israel,” but CRIF President Francis Kalifat clearly had his doubts.

“Some pretend to be Israel’s friend, but there is no such thing as friendship: There are proofs of friendship,” Kalifat said at a protest rally in January against the summit in front of Israel’s embassy in Paris.

Israel’s refusal to attend the conference ultimately led the Palestinians to pull out. CRIF called the ensuing summit a “grotesque” event in light of international inaction on the wholesale slaughter of civilians in Syria.

French Jewry’s mainstream also objected to France’s leading role within the European Union in singling out Israeli West Bank settlements and their products, and to Socialist Party lawmakers who supported a unilateral declaration of Palestinian statehood.

During the town hall meeting, Macron said that like Hollande, he would recognize a Palestinian state only after a negotiated settlement agreed upon by Israel and the Palestinians.

“I disagree with him on many issue — Israel, his vision of French history… But his background is in banking, in business. He’s accomplished. And he understands the power of compromise.”

Then there are fears that Macron’s tolerance-driven agenda is too accommodating to Muslim fundamentalists. Many French Jews perceive Islamism as the main threat facing their communities following a string of deadly jihadist attacks on Jewish and non-Jewish targets.

In Macron’s official platform, he speaks of “fighting with determination against all radical streams that distort the values” of Islam. But whereas Le Pen and the right-of-center Fillon proposed concrete punitive steps, including revoking the French nationality of radicals and deporting them, Macron has remained vague, proposing to conduct the fight by “helping French Muslims to achieve the [restructuring] of their institutions.”

Sensing he was losing the audience’s affection, Macron told the CRIF crowd, “Hang on, I can return to the UNESCO vote, which is a different matter.” He added: “It’s a mistake and I condemn it.” But Macron also insisted that the UNESCO vote was a technical glitch, provoking more dismissive boos and laughter from dozens of listeners and an intervention by Kalifat.

“Yes, but there were two votes, Mr. Macron,” Kalifat said. “They were definitely not unintentional.”

Macron also infuriated prominent members of the French Jewish community when he visited a Holocaust monument during the last stretch of the campaign. Although the visit was meant to draw a contrast with the Holocaust denial roots of Le Pen’s party, the prominent French-Jewish philosopher Alain Finkielkraut said Macron’s actions turned the genocide into a “campaign argument.”

Regardless of their differences, Macron is nonetheless someone French Jews can respect, according to Philippe Karsenty, a French Jewish politician and pro-Israel activist who supported Fillon in the first round but switched to Macron against Le Pen.

“I disagree with him on many issue — Israel, his vision of French history,” Karsenty told JTA. “I think he’s too naïve, like former U.S. President Barack Obama or Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. But his background is in banking, in business. He’s accomplished. And he understands the power of compromise.”


‘No problem’: Tsipras cool with Germany sending migrants back to Greece to ‘share the burden’

‘No problem’: Tsipras cool with Germany sending migrants back to Greece to ‘share the burden’
Athens “doesn’t care” if some migrants return from Germany to Greece as part of a possible deal with Berlin, PM Alexis Tsipras said. His words are in sharp contrast with the mood on Greek islands overwhelmed by the migrant influx.

“We don’t care about the fact that maybe we’ll have some returns from Germany if this will help, in order to give the signal to the smugglers [that Europe is tackling illegal migration flows],” Tsipars told the Financial Times. The Greek leader was commenting on German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s plans to seek bilateral deals with some EU countries. Merkel is seeking to curb “secondary movements” of migrants and refugees who arrive at Europe’s southern borders and then travel further north, often heading for Germany.

Tsipras also said that he believes the bloc has to find a way “to share the burden and to not have this unfair position for the frontline countries but also for Germany,” adding that “it’s not fair all these people to go to Germany, if we believe that this is a European problem.” The PM reassured people that any deal with Germany would not have any negative effects on Greece, saying only between 50 and 100 migrants and refugees cross its northern border a month.

“For us it is not the problem,” Tsipras said. The reassuring words, however, flew in the face of the problems facing the Greek islands in the Aegean Sea, where locals have been staging protests over the immigration pileup. The border islands receive 75 new arrivals daily, according to the Greek Kathimerini newspaper. In total, over 13,000 people have arrived to Greece by sea since the start of this year alone.

The UN Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees Kelly Clements called the situation in Greece a “reception crisis” saying that refugee camps on the Greek islands are overcrowded while conditions in them are close to “crisis point.” Greece is currently hosting over 60,000 refugees and migrants according to the UN, including 14,000 on the islands.

A local community leader on the island of Lesbos, which hosts one of the biggest refugee camps in Greece, briefly went on a hunger strike to protest against the sewage and garbage from the camp as well as frequent fires originating there, which put local properties at risk. In early May, Lesbos also witnessed violent protests as anti-migrant protesters clashed with police during Tsipras’ visit to the island. Some 2,500 people flocked to the streets of the island’s main town, Mytilene, to demand an immediate evacuation of migrants from the refugee camp that currently hosts about 9,000.

Meanwhile, the agreement of border EU states to “share the burden”is crucial to Merkel who faces enormous pressure over her migration policy at home. Her key coalition ally and the Interior Minister, Horst Seehofer, effectively set the chancellor a deadline by saying that he would unilaterally begin turning away some migrants and asylum seekers at the German border if she fails to negotiate a solution during a European Council meeting on June 28-29.

Other potential negotiation partners for Merkel, however, seem to be less cooperative than Greece. Italy, which is now led by a coalition of right-wingers and Euroskeptics, has started turning away rescue boats carrying migrants. Government officials of Austria and Italy, together with Seehofer, also agreed to form an “axis of the willing” to apparently fight illegal migration in their own way.

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NATO won’t support Tel-Aviv if war with Iran erupts

NATO Secretary General says organization doesn’t involve itself in Middle East conflicts, security guarantee doesn’t apply to Israel.

ed note–putting aside Stoltenberg’s ridiculous statement concerning Iran’s ‘funding of terror’ that contributes to the ‘instability in the region’, nevertheless there is a lot to read into this statement vis NATO and any future conflicts involving Judea Resurrecta.

Firstly, what it reveals is that indeed the possibility/probability that a very real shooting war is about to erupt between Murder, Inc and the Islamic Republic of Iran to the point that it is now being discussed and addressed at very official levels within what is the world’s largest and most powerful military organization. Furthermore, despite what appear to be confusing and contradictory noises coming out of Russia these days and what APPEARS to be a certain degree of distancing between Russia and Iran, nevertheless the head honchos at NATO understand that Russia and Iran have worked very closely with each other as of late and that if indeed there is any distance between the 2, this is likely to evaporate immediately upon any shooting war that erupts, and especially if Russia’s gains in Syria are threatened.

Whatever the particulars are, the bottom line however is that–as it always is–the Jews and their infernal, irrational demands are once again acting as the blasting cap in a situation that could set off a chain reaction that threatens all life on earth , and once again, ‘GAAAAWD’S chosen people’, with their religious license to murder, steal, deceive and engage in every other form of criminal behavior adjudged by the civilized Gentile word to be such throughout the course of human history, simply must act in accordance with the spiritual code that has been written onto their collective mental harddrive in acting as a toxic foreign body upon the collective human condition.

Israel National News

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg announced that NATO will not support Israel in the event that Iran decides to attack the Jewish State.

Speaking to Der Spiegel, Stoltenberg said “the security guarantee [of NATO] does not apply to Israel” because Israel is not part of the alliance.

He also said that NATO has no interest in involving itself in conflicts in the Middle East.

Israel formed a partnership with NATO in 1994, but is not a full member.

Stoltenberg also said he did not believe that the 2015 “Iran deal” would last after the US pulled out, and expressed concern over Iran’s activities in the Middle East. According to him, Iran’s funding of terror contributes to the “instability” in the region.

This moment will go down in history: the US has given up on the overthrow of Assad in Syria

When Washington ‘understands the difficult conditions’ its militia allies are facing and says it ‘advises’ the Russians and Syrians not to violate a ceasefire – which was Moscow’s idea in the first place – you know that the Americans are pulling the carpet from beneath another set of allies

ed note–so much for all the ‘exs-purts’ claiming with dogmatic certainty that Trump was there to start WWIII for the benefit of Judea Inc, who had road sign after road sign after road sign telling them the opposite but which they refused to consider due to the confining borders and requirements of their own brand of identity politics.

independent.co.uk

It will be called ‘the great betrayal’, and it was a long time coming. But the grim message from Washington to the anti-Assad fighters of southern Syria – that they could expect no help from the West in their further struggle against Assad’s regime or the Russians – will one day figure in the history books. It’s a turning point in the Syria war, a shameful betrayal if you happen to belong to the wreckage of the “Free Syrian Army” and its acolytes around the city of Deraa, and a further victory for the Assad regime in its ambition to retake all of rebel Syria.

Already Russian missiles and Syrian bombs are embracing the countryside south and east of Deraa and outside Quneitra and Sweida after the opposition fighters refused a negotiated peace last week. Refugees are again fleeing the towns. But the words of the American message to the fighters, seen by Reuters and so far not denied by the US, are both bleak and hopeless: “You should not base your decisions on the assumption or expectation of a military intervention by us … We in the United States government understand the difficult conditions you are facing and still advise the Russians and the Syrian regime not to undertake a military measure that violates the [de-escalation] zone.”

When Washington “understands the difficult conditions” its militia allies are facing and says it “advises” the Russians and Syrians not to violate a ceasefire – which was Moscow’s idea in the first place – you know that the Americans are pulling the carpet from beneath another set of allies.

But the US also realises that its millions of dollars worth of training and weapons have been passed on to al-Nusra – aka al-Qaeda of 9/11 infamy – and that the Nusra front holds villages and positions within the area outside Deraa nominally held by those well-known “moderates” of the FSA (whose mythical strength, you may remember, was once put at 70,000 by one David Cameron).

Neither the Hezbollah nor the comparatively fewer Iranian Revolutionary Guards appear to be involved in the battle for southern Syria; and be assured that the Americans and the Russians – and thus the Syrian government – have agreed that this should be a Russo-Syrian offensive. Both Vladimir Putin and whoever thinks they speak for Donald Trump will have assured the Israelis that this will be an internal battle and will not endanger the Israeli-occupied Syrian Golan Heights. The so-called Military Operations Centre in Amman – its acronym “MOC” almost sums up its ambitions – is supposed to arm and finance the group of militias still fighting in north of the Jordanian border. But no more, it seems.

The Israelis have hitherto attacked Syrian and Iranian targets in Syria – but never the cult-Islamist ISIS executioners nor Nusra/al-Qaeda. US policy, despairing of ever “collapsing” Assad, now appears to have given up on the armed opposition to the Damascus government, presumably advising Israel that a return to the status quo on Golan which existed before the Syrian war – where Israeli and Syrian forces were separated by a UN buffer zone – is preferable to risking a shootout with Iran or, indeed, with the Syrian army.

The MOC, according to a former opposition fighter in Damascus, chose to control all rebel activities – in theory, the “FSA” – and specifically refused help four years ago when fighters in the capital sought mortars and artillery to assault the presidential palace. The MOC officers – a British major and a Saudi officer, according to the source – offered only a resupply of small arms. But this was only a warning of things to come. The Kurds have since learned what this means in the north of Syria.

They, of course, have twice supped from the vile chalice of betrayal. Kissinger served it up to them when he made peace between Saddam Hussein and the Shah of Iran in 1975, cutting off a $16m (£12m) CIA operation to help the Kurds assault the Iraqi dictator. Then the Americans watched Saddam destroy the Kurds in 1991 after telling them to rise up against the Baghdad regime following the liberation of Kuwait.

Syria fears that the Israelis will now create their own “buffer zone” below Golan, similar in style, weaponry and ruthlessness to Israel’s former occupation zone in southern Lebanon. This lasted for 22 years, but fell to pieces when Israel’s local Lebanese militia, the South Lebanon Army – as inefficient, untrustworthy and occasionally as fictitious as the “Free Syrian Army” – retreated along with the Israelis in 2000.

Across the map of Syria, however, it is the West’s power which now appears to be in retreat. If it is prepared to turn its back on its erstwhile allies in southern Syria and in the north, then Russia is the winner (as well as Assad) and all the eggshell militias which remain – in Idlib, along the Turkish border and certainly in the south, are doomed. The instruction from the US to its allies outside Deraa – “surrender” might sum it up best – may be presented as a small victory: Washington can claim to have kept Iran away from Israel. But it will also mean that America and Nato have given up on the overthrow of the Assad family.

Assad denies reports in JMSM that Russia is ‘coordinating with Israel’ on IAF airstrikes and on deal to remove Iran

ed note–very important for many reasons and on several levels.

1. Recall in times past the manner in which organized Jewish interests attempted to sow confusion and consternation within the ranks of any Gentile resistance against them by releasing false information, specifically those ‘news report’ that came from out of nowhere announcing that Ghaddafi, Arafat, Ahmadinejad et al were ‘Jewish’ and the effect it had on what was the very powerful support that each had amongst his constituents. Today, we see the same thing happening with the totally discredited ‘Hitler was Jewish’, the ‘Trump’s real name is Drumpf and is Jewish’ and the ‘Putin’s mother was a Jew’ memes, and despite the fact that there is no evidence to support any of these assertions, nevertheless there are entire swaths of self-declared ‘experts’ claiming membership in the Gentile Defense League who pass this nonsense along without an ounce of skepticism as to the real origin of these ideas.

And likewise with these various ‘reports’ coming out of the Jewish press concerning the supposed rifts taking place between the various players making up the ‘axis of resistance’, meaning Iran, Syria, Russia, and Hezbollah. They are inserted into the dialogue for the purposes of causing doubt and confusion and of weakening Gentile resolve in the same manner that organized Jewish interests manipulate the value of a certain stock which they plan to crash and then buy up for pennies.

The bottom line is as follows–Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah are in Syria and are mopping up the floor with the ISIS terrorists which Israel and the West created and it has been an operation and political disaster for all parties involved making up Judea, Inc. Besides the operational and political disasters that this represents, there is the other item as well, which is that the West, the US and the Jewish state are suffering a complete reversal of fortune in terms of public perception worldwide, a void which the Axis of Resistance stands ready to fill–and especially amongst the world’s 2 billion Muslims and the rest of the developing and the 3rd world–threatening to replace and supplant the uni-polar (i.e. Zionist) control of the Middle East and all its resources.

With this in mind, discerning watchers of all the drama taking place obviously need to be cautious when considering anything coming out of the mouth of the JMSM (and especially anything that by its very nature contributes towards division amongst those otherwise aligned against the designs of the Jewish state) because, as we like to point out often on this website, almost as if it is governed by the laws of gravity itself–fish swim, birds fly, and Jews lie.

Times of Israel

Syrian President Bashar Assad denied Russia coordinated or even knew in advance about reported Israeli strikes inside his country and downplayed Moscow’s role in determining Iran’s presence there, in an interview published Sunday.

“Russia has never coordinated with anyone against Syria, either politically or militarily. How could they help the Syrian Army’s advance while at the same time work with our enemies in order to destroy our army,” Assad told the British Daily Mail newspaper.

When pressed on whether Russia knew in advance of airstrikes carried out by Israel, Assad responded “that’s not true, definitely. We know the details.”

Israeli officials have praised their ongoing coordination with Russia amid efforts to push Iranian forces and allied Shiite militias away from the border on the Golan Heights. Israel fears Iran is attempting to gain a foothold near the border to launch attacks against the Jewish state,

Several unconfirmed reports in Israel have claimed Moscow was informed of airstrikes on Syrian and Iranian positions as tensions have risen in recent weeks.

“The State of Israel appreciates Russia’s understanding of our security needs — especially on our northern border,” Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman told Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu during a visit to Moscow on May 31 to discuss Syria and Iran. “It is important to continue the dialogue between us and to keep an open line between the IDF and Russian army.”

On May 10, Israel unleashed a heavy bombardment against what it said were Iranian military installations in Syria after an Iranian rocket barrage targeting the Golan. It was the most serious military confrontation between the two bitter enemies to date.

Israel has been mostly using Lebanon’s airspace to strike targets inside Syria in an apparent move to avoid any conflict with Russia’s warplanes that fly over Syria. Russia has a major air base near Syria’s coast from where warplanes have been taking off to strike at insurgents throughout Syria.

“There is increasing evidence showing that Russia has turned a blind eye to Israel’s airstrike in Syria against Iran’s military presence,” said Fawaz Gerges, professor of Middle Eastern politics at the London School of Economics. “This is a direct message that Russia does not want Iran to have a hegemonic position in Syria.”

Russia and Iran have been the main backers of Assad but Moscow also has close relations with Israel whose Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Russia several times over the past two years. On one trip last month, he stood close to Putin while attending a massive parade for Russian troops marking victory in World War II.

Russia has been reportedly mediating for Iranian troops and Hezbollah fighters to withdraw from areas close to the Israeli border where Syrian troops are expected to launch an offensive against rebels.

However Assad claimed Russia, which is his biggest backer, was not involved in making decisions about Syria, though he hinted that Moscow and Damascus may not see eye to eye on the issue.

“They have never, during our relationship, tried to dictate, even if there were differences. Because there is a war and because there’s tension now in the region, it’s natural to have differences between the different parties, whether within our government or other governments; Russia-Syria, Syria-Iran, Iran-Russia, that’s very natural, but at the end the only decision about what’s going on in Syria and what’s going to happen, it’s a Syrian decision,” he said.

Calls for Tehran to end its military presence in Syria have been on the rise in recent weeks, hinting at tensions between Moscow and Damascus.

At a meeting with Assad, who visited the Russian city of Sochi last month, Russian President Vladimir Putin noted that a political settlement in Syria should encourage foreign countries to withdraw their troops.

Putin’s envoy for Syria, Alexander Lavrentyev, later commented that the Russian leader’s statement was aimed at the United States and Turkey, along with Iran and Hezbollah. It marked a rare instance in which Moscow suggested Iran should not maintain a permanent military presence in the country.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a list of demands last month for a new nuclear deal with Iran, including the pullout of its forces from Syria. Israel has also warned it will not accept a permanent Iranian military presence in Syria.

Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mikdad however has said on Russia’s Sputnik news agency that “this topic is not even on the agenda of discussion, since it concerns the sovereignty of Syria.”

During the interview published Sunday Assad seemed to admit the presence of Iranian troops in his country, days after denying there were any there.

“The Russians were invited by the Syrian government, their existence in Syria is a legitimate existence, the same for the Iranians,” he said. He also said Syria was fighting the Islamic State with the help of Russia and Iran.

In an interview on May 31, Assad dismissed reports that Iranians had been killed in recent Israeli airstrikes, saying there were no Iranian fighters in the country.

“We do not have Iranian troops. We never had, and you cannot hide it,” he told the Russia Today news outlet, “Like we invited the Russians, we could have invited the Iranians.”

But he also added in the RT interview that “We have Iranian officers who work with the Syrian army.”

Tensions in the Syria-Iran-Russia axis came to the fore last week when a Russian force deployment on the Syria-Lebanon border in a Hezbollah stronghold sparked protests by the Lebanese militant group, prompting the force to withdraw from its positions only a day later in a rare sign of tension between the allies.

The Russian move was not expected as Moscow’s military police have been deploying in areas controlled by Syrian government forces and close to insurgent positions. The outskirts of the Syrian town of Qusair where the Russian troops set up three observation positions on Monday have been held by Hezbollah and Syrian troops since 2013, when they drove rebels from the area.

The Russian deployment and subsequent withdrawal shows that as rebels are being defeated in different parts of Syria, frictions could rise between Assad’s main foreign backers — Russia and Iran — and the militias Tehran backs throughout Syria.

“They came and deployed without coordination,” said an official with the so-called “Axis of Resistance” led by Iran, which includes Iran, Syria, Hezbollah and other groups fighting alongside President Bashar Assad’s forces.

“It’s better if they don’t come back. There is no work for them there. There is no Daesh or any other terrorist organization,” the official said, referring to the Islamic State group and other insurgents that the Syrian government and its allies call terrorist organizations. “What do they want to observe?” he asked.

Asked if there is tension between Hezbollah and Russian troops, the official refused to comment, speaking to the Associated Press by telephone from Syria on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief reporters. He said that after the Russian troops left, Syrian forces belonging to the army’s 11th Division replaced them.

In 2013, Hezbollah, an Iranian proxy group, openly joined the Syrian civil war along with Assad’s forces capturing the then rebel stronghold of Qusair in June that year after losing dozens of its battle-hardened fighters.

The Russian deployment outside Qusair came after Israeli warplanes struck the nearby Dabaa air base on May 24, according to Syrian activists who said Hezbollah arms depots were hit. There was no word on casualties.

A top Iranian security official said that Tehran will maintain an advisory role in Syria and continue to support “resistance groups.” The secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani meanwhile told Al-Jazeera TV that as long as Syria faces a “terrorist” threat and Damascus requests its presence, “we will stay in Syria.”

And for his part, Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said in a speech Friday that “if the whole world tried to impose on us a withdrawal from Syria they will not be able to make us leave,” adding that his group would only leave at the request of the Syrian government.