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Saturday, August 17, 2019

China’s Participation in US Mission in Persian Gulf ‘Wishful Thinking’: Paper


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The damaged US Navy destroyer USS Fitzgerald is towed back to Yokosuka Naval Base by a tugboat on Saturday after its collision with the container ship ACX Crystal off the coast of Yokosuka, Japan.
August 17, 2019
A state-run Chinese newspaper says it is “wishful thinking” to expect that Beijing will join a US-led naval mission purportedly aimed at protecting shipping lanes in the Persian Gulf.
The Global Times reported that the US bid to form a coalition of escorting vessels through the Strait of Hormuz is actually part of Washington’s strategy “to comprehensively crack down” on Iran.
However, only “a handful of countries” have responded to the US propaganda campaign against the Islamic Republic, the paper added.
Some Americans wish China would participate in the mission in a bid to mitigate tensions between the two sides, but such an expectation is very unlikely to happen as it would endanger the interests of both Beijing and Tehran, according to the report.
“This is obviously wishful thinking. Iran is a comprehensive strategic partner of China and China is dedicated to safeguarding peace and stability in the Persian Gulf. Such a coalition would only damage Iran’s interests and thus China’s,” it said.
It further highlighted China’s close cooperation with Iran in fighting pirates and its attempts to maintain regional stability and security.
China has sent naval fleets on escort missions to the Gulf of Aden as well as waters off Somalia and established a support base in Djibouti for the People’s Liberation Army ships, the report said.
“There should be a maritime coalition, but definitely not one led by the US or one meant to serve US strategies. The coalition should actually safeguard the interests of Persian Gulf countries and their legitimate trading partners,” it pointed out.
The Global Times report also complained about “Washington’s arrogance and reckless moves” which have caused turmoil in the Persian Gulf.
The United States has been trying to persuade its allies into joining a coalition with the declared aim of providing “security” for merchant shipping in the Strait of Hormuz through which about a fifth of all oil consumed globally passes.
Only Israel and the UK have welcomed the call, which has not been well received among Washington’s other allies.
The US is trying to project its campaign as a bid to secure the Persian Gulf, but “the Europeans argue that Washington created the problem in the first place by trying to kill off Iran’s oil exports”, the New York Times wrote this month.

Sayyed Nasrallah on “Grand Victory Day”: Any Future War Will Witness Live Streaming of Destroying ‘Israel’


Beirut – Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah delivered a televised speech during the Lebanese resistance party’s celebration of the 13th anniversary of the “Grand Victory” during the ‘Israeli’ 33-day July 2006 war on Lebanon.
Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that “The resistance took advantage of the July 2006 war experience, setting a developed military system to defend our land.”
He further noted that ‘Israel’ has been trying over 13 years to renovate its ground forces and its confidence to achieve victory but it is still disable to do that.
Voicing the strength of the axis of resistance, His Eminence stressed that the Zionists wanted during the July war to put an end to all the states of resistance in the region, however, he stated “today we have an axis of resistance that stretches from Palestine to Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Iran and Yemen.”
Sayyed Nasrallah reiterated an earlier promise that the enemy’s brigades and their tanks will be destroyed live on TV screens, adding that the world will witness the live broadcast of the destroying the ‘Israeli brigades that would enter Lebanon.”
His Eminence further explained that “The former head of the strategic planning at the ‘Israeli’ army confessed that the enemy’s entity is small and breakable, and that with a few number of accurate missiles, Hezbollah is able to inflict heavy costs on it in any war.”
Sayyed Nasrallah further highlighted the ‘Israeli’ domestic front’s chief’s saying that the “the borders between the domestic civil front and the military one will disappear in the first phases of any future war with Hezbollah.”
Resistance’s cost way less expensive than submission
Hezbollah Secretary General stressed that “We can now rely on the power of the axis of resistance which we boast belonging to,” noting that the martyrs of the stabbing operation that took place on Thursday in al-Quds are the sample of the Palestinian generation, the generation of the future and the resistance.”
Tackling the issue of resistance in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, His Eminence said “Syria endured the universal war and is heading with stable steps towards victory,” adding that “a strong and faithful resistance in Iraq forced the Americans to withdraw.” He then went on to say the “Yemen today is in a state of legendary endurance and stability, and that there are signs of the near defeat of the aggression.”
The resistance leader considered that “relying on the axis of resistance leads to stopping the aggression against Yemen thanks to the endurance, and will prevent Iraq from returning to the American hegemony.”
“With the might of the resistance front, al-Quds and the sanctities may be restores, and Gaza remains dignified with the hope filling the hearts of the Palestinians.”
His Eminence noted that “the cost of resistance is way less than that of submitting and compromising,” stressing that with the resistance the land, dignity, oil, sovereignty and honor remain, while with submission they would take them all.
Regarding the axis of resistance, Sayyed Nasrallah said that “when talking about a US war on Iran, the axis of resistance is the one that prevents the war through its solid stance, endurance and readiness to burst the region out.”
What prevents a war is the cohesion of the resistance front, Sayyed Nasrallah added.
Naming those pushing the region towards a war, Hezbollah Secretary General listed ‘Israeli’ Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and some Gulf countries: “We want to stop the wars in Yemen and Syria and preserve stability in Iraq and Lebanon.”
Hinting to US President Donald Trump’s retreat from waging a war on Iran, Sayyed Nasrallah explained that it is because Trump recognized how strong and capable Iran is on the military level, not to mention its courage and bravery.
Resistance didn’t spare Zionists from fleeing under fire
Regarding the square of confrontation (comprising the villages of Ainatha, Bint Jbeil, Maroun al-Ras and Aitaroun) where the celebration was held, Sayyed Nasrallah said this place witnessed one of the major battles during the July war, and it was a main decisive point during the war.
“The enemy was eyeing Bint Jbeil because it would have represented a moral and military achievement upon which it would build its achievements during the rest of the war,” the resistance leader explained, adding that “the Zionist war minister insisted on Bint Jbeil where the 200 Liberation celebration was held to deliver a speech in which he tells the world that ‘Israeli’ is not feebler than a spider web, but he also failed.”
Sayyed Nasrallah noted that “the resistance fighters confronted the enemy’s army a few meters away from one house to another and under tough military circumstances, and Allah blessed them with victory.”
The resistance didn’t spare the ‘Israeli’ from fleeing under, Sayyed Nasrallah said, explaining why the enemy committed massacres in the villages. “The ‘Israeli’ army wanted to present a field achievement but its defeat in Bint Jbeil made it desperate from making any ground achievement.”
Sayyed Nasrallah further praised the resistance men and the villagers who confirmed the spider web belief which the ‘Israeli’ was dying to eliminate.
Fire intended for the region will burn their faces
“The evidence on Iran’s power and will is the legal downing the US spy drone and the detaining of the British oil tanker,” Sayyed Nasrallah explained.
He further stressed that “The Iranian people refuse that their officials negotiate under pressure because their dignity is above all,” noting that “a war on Iran is a war on the entire axis of resistance, which means that the region will burn.”
Hence, His Eminence stressed that “the fire some are attempting to ignite in the region will burn their faces and entities, not only their fingers.”
The tripartite equation saved Lebanon
“Neither the US nor the international community and the Arab protection can remind Lebanon of a favor regarding its stability and freedom,” His Eminence said, adding that the tripartite equation of the Army, people and resistance is the one that made safety and stability in Lebanon.
“The scheme of 2006 war on Lebanon was supposed to crush the resistance in Lebanon and Palestine, crush the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, stabilize the US occupation of Iraq, eliminate resistance there, in addition to isolating Iran on the way to topple it,” Sayyed Nasrallah stressed.
“July war stopped for one reason which is that the US and ‘Israel’ recognized their failure in making any achievement in this war and their fear of things turning against them.
“Had ‘Israel’ continued the war after what it had faced over its course, it would have been heading towards a major catastrophe; and had the US scheme succeeded, it would have led to American hegemony in the region, and the starting point would have been the July 2006 war.”
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Friday, August 16, 2019

Paul Findley: A Man of Courage


Global Research, August 14, 2019
Paul Findley one of the most remarkable Congressmen that the US House of Representatives had produced since the Second World War passed away on the 9th of August 2019. He was 98 years old. He was first elected to Congress in 1960 from a district in Illinois once represented by Abraham Lincoln, his immortal hero.  Findley was elected 11 times from that constituency until his defeat in 1982.
As a Congressman, he played a significant role in the formulation of the War Powers Act which required the US president to notify Congress of foreign military engagements. He was also critical of wasteful pentagon spending. He was one of a handful of early legislators who opposed the Vietnam War.
But Findley’s “notoriety” is associated with something else. He was a consistent critic of the influence of the Israel Lobby over Congress. He could see how the Lobby shaped US policies especially in West Asia. He was very much aware of the tactics the Lobby employed to silence anyone who questioned even mildly the biasness of the US position in the Israel-Palestine/ Arab conflict.
Findley himself was a victim of the Lobby’s vicious targeting. Because of his concern over the conflict he had visited the late Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, who was then regarded by the US government as a “terrorist.” That visit became cannon-fodder for the Israel Lobby to mount a massive campaign against Findley which was one of the main reasons for his defeat in the 1982 Congressional election.
Following his defeat, he wrote a couple of books about the power of the Lobby in US public life and how institutions and individuals were confronting the Lobby. They Dare to Speak Out had a bigger impact outside the US than within. His next book, Deliberate Deceptions, revealed the nexus between US and Israel forged through money, corporate links and personal relationships. Findley was now perceived by the US Establishment as a staunch opponent of Israeli power over the US.
His explorations into Israeli and Zionist power in the US invariably compelled him to look into how that power determined public perceptions of Islam and Muslims in general. His tentative perspective on the issue received a boost when he was invited to participate in a workshop in Penang, Malaysia on perceptions of Islam and Muslims in the Western media organised by JUST in October 1995. That workshop, as Findley had observed many times since changed his outlook on not only Islam but also the West’s relationship with a civilization which often invoked negative sentiments especially among the ‘educated.’ He began to realise that the roots of the antagonism towards the religion and its followers were deeply embedded in the West’s history and entangled with the crusades and colonialism  and post-colonial structures of global power and dominance.
On his return he produced a Friendly Note on his Muslim Neighbour which was widely circulated and later authored a book entitled Silent No More that sought to demolish America’s false images of Islam and Muslims. The book sold 60,000 copies.
As Findley’s mission to combat ignorance about, and prejudice against, another civilisation was beginning to make some progress, it suffered a severe setback through two major events at the start of the new century. Both the destruction of the twin towers in New York on the 11th of September 2001 — the infamous 9-11 incident — which was the rationale for the US helmed ‘War on Terror’ and the Anglo-American invasion of Iraq in March 2003 made bridge-building between Christians and Muslims a monumental challenge. Nonetheless, Findley persevered. He continued to lend support to the work of the Council on American—Islamic Relations (CAIR) and other such causes.
His last correspondence with me was in January 2016. He had written an article for the JUST Commentary January 20, 2016 entitled, “Truth Seeking About Islam.”  He lamented that his eye-sight was failing — though his spirit was still high.
Findley was a man of extraordinary courage. The positions he adopted on Israeli power or on Palestinian rights or on justice for Muslims in the US incurred the wrath of many. He was often isolated and marginalised. But he never abandoned his principles.
The tenacity with which he adhered to them was what made him a man of integrity and dignity. He knew the price would be heavy.  But it was a price he was prepared to pay.
It is this — his moral conduct in the face of adversity — that will be his lasting legacy.
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Dr. Chandra Muzaffar is the President of the International Movement for a Just World (JUST), Malaysia. He is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization.

That’s How #Hezbollah Navy Struck #Israel’s Warship SAAR-5 in 2006 War: Video


“Army to Be Drowned”: Al-Manar Documentary that Raises Eyebrows in ‘Israel’

August 16, 2019
Hezbollah anti-ship missile
HEZBOLLAH REVEALS DETAILS OF 2006 ATTACK ON INS HANIT WARSHIP (VIDEOS)
Mohammad Salami
In a special interview with #Army_To_Be_Drowned documentary broadcast via Al-Manar TV, Hezbollah navy commander revealed the details of the operation in which #Israel’s warship SAAR-5 was struck in 2006 war.
The documentary started with showing the Israeli reports about the strike and the a testimony made by one of the Zionist soldiers who were on board when the warship was struck.
The reports highlighted the damage inflicted upon SAAR-5 warship, noting that it was moved to Ashdud seaport after evacuating the corpses of the four dead soldiers. More Here

HEZBOLLAH REVEALS DETAILS OF 2006 ATTACK ON ISRAEL’S INS HANIT CORVETTE (VIDEOS)

On August 15, Lebanon’s al-Manar TV broadcasted a special documentary revealing extensive details about the 2006 Hezbollah attack on Israeli Navy ship Hanit.
Hezbollah used anti-ship missiles in the attack, which occurred on the third day of the 2006 Israeli-Lebanese war [July 14]. INS Hanit, a modern Sa’ar 5-class corvette, was damaged as a result.
Four of Hanit’s crew members, Staff Sergeant Tal Amgar, Corporal Shai Atas, Sergeant Yaniv Hershkovitz and First Sergeant Dov Steinshuss, were killed.
The new documentary, “Army to Be Drowned,” reveals how Hezbollah detected and successfully targeted the Israeli warship and shades some light on the Lebanese group’s costal defense capabilities.
Detection and Identification of INS Hanit:
The first part of the documentary reveals how Hezbollah personnel were able to detect and identify INS Hanit.
The Lebanese group apparently used a land-based Kelvin Hughes SharpEye naval search radar to achieve this task. Manufactured by Britain’s Kelvin Hughes, the radar is available for commercial use.
In March of 2011, the Israeli military seized two radars of the same type aboard the vessel Victoria, which was allegedly smuggling weapons from Iran to the Hamas Movement in the Gaza Strip. Six Chinese-made C-704 anti-ship missiles were also seized.
A normal video camera was used to properly identify the warship, which was sailing few kilometers off the Lebanese shores, and also to document the whole operation.
The strike:
The documentary’s second part contains footage of the actually targeting of INS Hanit by Hezbollah.
Hezbollah fighters can be seen preparing then launching at least two Chinese-made C-802 anti-ship missiles at the Israeli warship at exactly 20:00 PM [Beriut time] on 14-8-2006.
The Lebanese armed group used a truck-mounted tripartite missile launcher. The Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) uses similar launchers for the C-802 missile.
Hezbollah Reveals Details Of 2006 Attack On INS Hanit Warship (Videos)
Click to see full-size image, By Tasnim News Agency
Hezbollah’s costal-defense capabilities:
Army to Be Drowned provided us with a rare look at a part of Hezbollah’s costal-defense capabilities.
The documentary confirmed that Hezbollah owns C-802 and C-704 anti-ship missiles. The first has a range of no less than 180km, while the second’s range is limited to 35km. Both missiles are guided with active radar homing (ARH), which means that they don’t require any radar correction after launch.
While the documentary confirmed that C-802 missiles were used in the attack on INS Hanit, it remains unclear if C-704 missiles were used by Hezbollah in other attacks. The Lebanese group announced several attacks on small Israeli vessels during the 2006 war.
Conclusion:
Hezbollah’s ability to operate such advanced anti-ship weapons poses a serious threat to the Israeli Navy, which have been working since 2006 to improve its counter-measures.
This new documentary will likely inflame the tension between Lebanon and Israel. Over the last year, Israeli leaders threatened to take military action against Hezbollah’s missile arsenal on many occasions and even sent threats to Beirut.

Punishing the World With Sanctions


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Philip Giraldi
August 15, 2019
Sanctions are economic warfare, pure and simple. As an alternative to a direct military attack on a country that is deemed to be misbehaving they are certainly preferable, but no one should be under any illusions regarding what they actually represent. They are war by other means and they are also illegal unless authorized by a supra-national authority like the United Nations Security Council, which was set up after World War II to create a framework that inter alia would enable putting pressure on a rogue regime without going to war. At least that was the idea, but the sanctions regimes recently put in place unilaterally and without any international authority by the United States have had a remarkable tendency to escalate several conflicts rather than providing the type of pressure that would lead to some kind of agreement.
The most dangerous bit of theater involving sanctions initiated by the Trump administration continues to focus on Iran. Last week, the White House elevated its extreme pressure on the Iranians by engaging in a completely irrational sanctioning of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. The sanctions will have no effect whatsoever and they completely contradict Donald Trump’s repeated assertion that he is seeking diplomacy to resolving the conflict with Iran. One doesn’t accomplish that by sanctioning the opposition’s Foreign Minister. Also, the Iranians have received the message loud and clear that the threats coming from Washington have nothing to do with nuclear programs. The White House began its sanctions regime over a year ago when it withdrew from the JCPOA and they have been steadily increasing since that time even though Iran has continued to be fully compliant with the agreement. Recently, the US took the unprecedented step of sanctioning the entire Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, which is part of the nation’s military.
American Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has made clear that the sanctions on Iran are intended to cause real pain, which, in fact, they have succeeded in doing. Pompeo and his accomplice in crime National Security Advisor John Bolton believe that enough pressure will motivate the starving people to rise up in the streets and overthrow the government, an unlikely prospect as the American hostility has in fact increased popular support for the regime.
To be sure, ordinary people in Iran have found that they cannot obtain medicine and some types of food are in short supply but they are not about to rebel. The sanctioning in May of Iranian oil exports has only been partially effective but it has made the economy shrink, with workers losing jobs. The sanctions have also led to tit-for-tat seizures of oil and gas tankers, starting with the British interception of a ship carrying Iranian oil to Syria in early July.
Another bizarre escalation in sanctions that has taken place lately relates to the Skripal case in Britain. On August 2nd, Donald Trump signed an executive order imposing a package of new sanctions against Moscow over the alleged poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in England in March 2018. The order “prohibit[s] any United States bank from making any loan or providing any credit… except for loans or credits for the purpose of purchasing food or other agricultural commodities or products.” The ban also includes “the extension of any loan or financial or technical assistance… by international financial institutions,” meaning that international lenders will also be punished if they fail to follow Washington’s lead.
The sanctions were imposed under the authority provided by the US Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act adopted in 1991, which imposes penalties for use of chemical weapons. Novichok, which was reportedly used on the Skripals, is a chemical weapon developed in the labs of the Soviet Union, though a number of states are believed to currently have supplies of the agent in their arsenals. Russia can appeal the sanctions with 90 days by providing “reliable assurance” that it will not again use chemical weapons.
Russia has strenuously denied any role in the attack on the Skripals and the evidence that has so far been produced to substantiate the Kremlin’s involvement has been less than convincing. An initial package of US-imposed sanctions against Russia that includes the export of sensitive technologies and some financial services was implemented in August 2018.
Venezuela is also under the sanctions gun and is a perfect example how sanctions can escalate into something more punitive, leading incrementally to an actual state of war. Last week Washington expanded its sanctions regime, which is already causing starvation in parts of Venezuela, to include what amounts to a complete economic embargo directed against the Maduro regime that is being enforced by a naval blockade.
The Venezuelan government announced last Wednesday that the United States Navy had seized a cargo ship bound for Venezuela while it was transiting the Panama Canal. According to a government spokesman, the ship’s cargo was soy cakes intended for the production of food. As one of Washington’s raisons d’etre for imposing sanctions on Caracas was that government incompetence was starving the Venezuelan people, the move to aggravate that starvation would appear to be somewhat capricious and revealing of the fact that the White House could care less about what happens to the Venezuelan civilians who are caught up in the conflict.
Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez condemned the move as “serious aggression,” and accused the Trump Administration of trying to impede Venezuela’s basic right to import food to feed its people.
One of the most pernicious aspects of the sanctions regimes that the United States is imposing is that they are global. When Washington puts someone on its sanctions list, other countries that do not comply with the demands being made are also subject to punishment, referred to as secondary sanctions. The sanctions on Iran’s oil exports, for example, are being globally enforced with some few exceptions, and any country that buys Iranian oil will be punished by being denied access to the US financial and banking system. That is a serious penalty as most international trade and business transactions go through the dollar denominated SWIFT banking network.
Finally, nothing illustrates the absurdity of the sanctions mania as a recent report that President Trump had sent his official hostage negotiator Robert O’Brien to Stockholm to obtain freedom for an American rap musician ASAP Rocky who was in jail after having gotten into a fight with some local boys. The Trumpster did not actually know the lad, but he was vouched for by the likes of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, both of whom have had nice things to say about the president. The negotiator was instructed to tell Sweden that if they did not release Rocky there would be “negative consequences.” Who can doubt that the consequences would undoubtedly have included sanctions?
It has reached the point where the only country that likes the United States is Israel, which is locked into a similar cycle of incessant aggression. To be sure Donald Trump’s rhetoric is part of the problem, but the indiscriminate, illegal and immoral use of sanctions, which punish whole nations for the presumed sins of those nations’ leaders, is a major contributing factor. And the real irony is that even though sanctions cause pain, they are ineffective. Cuba has been under sanctions, technically and embargo, since 1960 and its ruling regime has not collapsed, and there is no chance that Venezuela, Iran or Russia’s government will go away at any time soon either. In fact, real change would be more likely if Washington were to sit down at a negotiating table with countries that it considers enemies and work to find solutions to common concerns. But that is not likely to happen with the current White House line-up, and equally distant with a Democratic Party obsessed with the “Russian threat” and other fables employed to explain its own failings.
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US Waging Wars on Multiple Fronts: Cold Wars, Hot Wars, Economic Wars, Propaganda Wars …


Supported by both hawkish wings of its war party, the US is waging hot wars, cold wars, economic wars, financial wars, trade wars, anti-social justice wars, anti-human rights wars, anti-democracy wars, propaganda wars, sanctions wars, tariffs wars, protest wars, homeland wars, and environmental wars on multiple fronts worldwide — ordinary people everywhere the losers.
During decades of Cold War years, the US got along with Soviet Russia, even if uneasily at times. Nixon went to China. Relations today with both countries and many others are more dismal and dangerous than any previous time in the post-WW II period.
New wars could erupt without warning. The threat of possible nuclear war is ominously real by accident or design.
The land of opportunity I remember as a youth is now consumed by its hubris, arrogance, rage to colonize planet earth, control its resources and exploit it people.
New Deal, Fair Deal, Great Society years I grew up in were replaced by neoliberal harshness, endless wars on humanity at home and abroad, a growing wealth disparity exceeding the robber baron years, along with mass unemployment and underemployment, growing homelessness, hunger, and poverty, as well as a ruling class dismissive of the public welfare.
Current US leadership is militantly hawkish and anti-populist, led by a racist geopolitical/economic know-nothing/reality TV president.
Dark forces run things, headquartered on Wall Street and in corporate boardrooms, the rule of law replaced by police state governance, a free and open society by mass surveillance and growing totalitarianism.
Challenging authority disruptively with collective activism when vitally needed is absent.
The US reached peak power, prominence, influence, and leadership on the world stage following WW II, the only major nation left unscathed by its ravages.
Its preemptive war of aggression on nonbelligerent North Korea, a nation threatening no one, started its downward trajectory.
Today it’s a nation in decline while China, Russia and other countries are rising. It spends countless trillions of dollars for militarism and warmaking against invented enemies. No real ones exist.
Its preeminence as a military super-power was overtaken by Russia, China heading toward becoming the world’s leading economic power one day, multi-world polarity replacing unipolarity the US favors to dominate other nations.
Its rage for maintaining a global empire of bases as platforms for endless wars of aggression came at the expense of eroding social justice on the chopping block for elimination altogether.
The myth of American exceptionalism, the indispensable state, an illusory moral superiority, and military supremacy persist despite hard evidence debunking these notions.
Democracy in America is fiction, not fact, a system of governance its ruling class abhors, tolerating it nowhere, nations like Venezuela targeted to replace it with fascist rule.
The US is plagued by the same dynamic that doomed all other empires in history.
It’s an increasingly repressive/secretive/intrusive warrior state, spreading death, destruction and human misery worldwide.
It exploits ordinary people to serve privileged interests — a pariah state/declining power because of its unwillingness to change.
Its war machine never rests. Its criminal class is bipartisan. Its governance meets the definition of fascism — wrapped in the American flag.
It’s a corporate/political partnership over the rights and welfare of ordinary people, exploiting them for power and profits — at home and abroad.
It’s way too late for scattered reforms. The American way is too debauched to fix.
Nothing short of revolutionary change can work. Yet there’s not a hint of it in prospect because of a know-nothing populace distracted and controlled by bread, circuses, and the power of state-approved/media disseminated propaganda.
A decade ago, the late Doug Dowd said “(t)he world now stands on a cliff’s edge.”
He envisioned “four related groups of horrors: existing and likely wars, a fragile world economy, pervasive and deepening corruption, and the earth dangerously near the ‘tipping point’ of environmental disaster.”
It’s not a pretty picture, things worse now than years earlier.
A permanent state of war exists with no prospect for peace in our time — while freedom in the US and West erode toward disappearing altogether the way things are heading.
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His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”
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Sayyed Nsrallah… The Well-Trusted ‘Enemy’, Hezbollah’s Biggest Secrets


Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah
August 15, 2019
Although the Zionist entity has been striving to eliminate Hezbollah’s No.1 in order to weaken the Lebanese resistance group, Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah became through his TV appearances the most trusted personality by the Israeli public during the 2006 July War.
Ody Levyl, an Israeli political psychology researcher at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, affirmed the relationship between Sayyed Nasrallah and the Israeli public, according to a poll conducted in 2006 and cited by Al-Mayadeen, Beirut-based Pan-Arab TV Satellite Channel.
He said that the Israelis, during the 33-day war, had only one reference in which they could trust to know what was really happening in the battlefield.
“There was only one leader for the Israeli home front in the war, [Sayyed] Hassan Nasrallah. Because Israelis have seen in this man, who wear a black turban, a sincere and much more competent person than their leaders, “Levyl wrote.
According to the poll, the Israelis believed that the one who provided them with real information on the course of fighting and military actions taking place during the war, and who had great credibility was their No.1 enemy, Sayyed Nasrallah, andn without any competitor.
Levyl added, “The hatred against Nasrallah because he represents what hurts us, is a hatred of a different kind. A hatred that has never existed before towards a leader who is hostile to Israel.”
“Guess What’s in Nasrallah’s Head”
In an investigative report published by Israeli Yedioth Ahronoth in July 2007, a group of 15 experts described Sayyed Naasralah as “an intelligent man in a surprising way.”
The report, entitled “Experts inside Nasrallah’s Head”, found out that the Hezbollah leader “prepares well for his appearances” and “shows no sign of fear of death.”
“Nasrallah believes seriously about having a future, but he still has to face the challenges before him,” added the report, prepared by the group of experts.
The group, which included intelligence analysts, orientalists and psychologists among others, relied in their findings on a set of data including Sayyed Nasrallah’s body language and facial expressions.
“Biggest Secrets”
Furthermore, in the aftermath of the July War, the Washington Post had devoted an article to Hezbollah and its leader on August 14, 2006.
It described Hezbollah as “the best guerrilla group in the world”, attributing its power to its brilliance, secrecy, and Iranian funding.
The article also concluded that Hezbollah Secretary General, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah “is absolutely one of biggest secrets” of the Lebanese resistance group.
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Ezzidine to Al-Ahed: I Will Serve Hezbollah March that Was Baptized With Blood, Sacrifice


Hezbollah MPs and ministers should be attested for their relentless endeavor to serve their people and society. Both their friends and foes know this fact. Those closely following the magnitude of the files that Hezbollah is responsible for and the degree of effort they are exerting understand the true meaning of the concept of “Hezbollah Secretary General’s trust”. This confidence means a lot to anyone who is chosen by the Hezbollah leadership to represent the party no matter what their responsibilities may entail.
Hezbollah’s candidate for the by-elections in the Tyre constituency, Sheikh Hassan Ezzedine, underscored this point.
Sheikh Ezzedine extended his gratitude to the leadership that placed such a degree of confidence in him.
“It will be a great responsibility for me, I hope I am worthy of it,” the candidate says.
In a statement to al-Ahed News, Ezzedine vowed to “strive to serve the path of the resistance and martyrs. I will also be a servant of this march, which was baptized with blood and the sacrifices of the wounded, the captives and their families.”
Moreover, he promised to stay on their path and approach. “This path that gave so much in the way of sacrifices is imperative when it comes to serving the people that can only be described as “the whole good” as the Messenger of Allah [PBUH] said”.
Ezzedine only hopes that he can live up to their expectations, carry their agonies and hopes and live their pains.
He also promised to be a resounding voice in the defense of these people and their demands as well as to be the cure that alleviates the pain of those who sacrificed in this march and were an essential part of its progress.
Hezbollah’s candidate stressed that he will be a deputy for all of Lebanon. He will be among the people of Tyre. He promised to live with their joys and sorrows, embrace their issues and be vocal when it comes to demanding what they aspire to and want to be.
“What I can do, I will do to the fullest. And what I cannot do, I will continue to fight for,” Ezzedine added. “Especially for our people in the resilient South and the Tyre District.”
“I will be the voice that responsibly carries the trust to serve these people,” he concluded.
Ezzeddine in brief
– He was born in Maaroub – Tyre District in 1953.
– His name was tabled as a candidate in the 1992 election – the first polls that Hezbollah participated in.
He held several positions within the party, including:
– Hezbollah central media official after the 2000 liberation.
– Head of the Arab Relations Unit to date.
– Today he is Hezbollah’s candidate for the Tyre seat in the September 15, 2019 by-elections.