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By Finian Cunningham
In a breathtaking display of absurdity, US secretary of defense Chuck Hagel and Britain’s Foreign Minister William Hague were among senior Western delegates to address the annual conference on “regional security” held in Bahrain at the weekend. These officials pontificated about regional threats, conflict, international law, human rights and so on; meanwhile out on the streets of Bahrain, not far from the venue, peaceful protesters calling for democratic freedom were being bludgeoned by regime police thugs.
How absurd can it get? Like a comedy double act.
Saudi Prince Bandar Bin Sultan, Director General of the Saudi Intelligence Agency has commanded thousands of militants to prepare to attack the Christian city of Saidnaya in the war-torn Syria.
By Felicity Arbuthnot
Accusing politicians or former politicians of “breathtaking hypocrisy” is not just over used, it is inadequacy of spectacular proportions. Sadly, searches in various thesaurus’ fail in meaningful improvement. The death of Nelson Mandela, however, provides tributes resembling duplicity on a mind altering substance.
by Adri Nieuwhof
“We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians,” on The International Day Of Solidarity With The Palestinian People in 1997 (“Address by President Nelson Mandela at the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.
by Dr. Paul Balles
When Helen Thomas told a Rabbi that the Jews should go back to where they came from, he asked where that would be. Her response was as honest and appropriate as it was direct: “Poland, Germany, America…” For that she lost her job as the best White House reporter America has had. Her response was also deserved, for the land theft from the Palestinians has been as massive and undeserved as that of any empire of thieves. Dr. Balles argues that settlers thieves and terrorists should be sent back to where they came from
by Philip Giraldi
The policy within the policy is designed to avoid having to confront directly the Israel Lobby, which is unrelenting in its drive to have its viewpoint be the only acceptable narrative to be found inside the Beltway. The Lobby is constantly bringing allies into the fold to challenge the White House.
by Franklin Lamb
The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states—Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates—along with certain Arab League countries, plus Turkey and Israel, have this past week reportedly committed themselves to raising nearly $6 billion to “beef up” the just-hatched Islamic Front (IF) in Syria. These “best friends of America” want the Obama administration to sign onto a scheme to oust the Syrian government by funding, arming, training, facilitating and generally choreographing the movement of fighters of this new front, a front formed out of an alliance of seven putatively “moderate” rebel factions.
The American Studies Association leadership has endorsed a boycott of Israeli universities over what it describes as the Israeli regime’s violation of international law and ethical codes.
The militants took the ancient quarter of Maaloula on Monday after heavy fighting with government forces. Syrian state media said they were holding the nuns captive in the Greek Orthodox monastery of Mar Thekla. Ambassador Mario Zenari told AFP that 12 Syrian and Lebanese Orthodox nuns had been abducted by rebels. All communications with the town have been cut since Monday, an AFP correspondent in Damascus said.
Syrian State TV
Syria’s UN representative, Bashar al-Jaafari, has stated in a press conference at the United Nations headquarters in New York that all Saudis fighting in Syria came to Syria with the knowledge and facilitation of Saudi authorities. Jaafari also said that most of them are members of extremist terrorist organizations such as al-Qaeda; they were prisoners who either received death sentence or imprisonment for long periods, but they were later released by the Saudi authorities in a pardon initiative in exchange for them conducting “Jihad” in Syria by killing Syrians through car bombings, beheadings, kidnappings, and forcing people to get displaced.