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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Syria Condemns US Position on Zionist Settlements in Occupied Palestinian Territories


Syria Foreign Ministry
November 19, 2019
Syria vehemently condemned as “null and has no legal impact” the US attitude towards the Zionist settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.
“Syria strongly condemns the US position towards the Zionist settlements in Palestinian occupied lands which forms a blatant violation of the International Law and UN resolutions on the legal status of the occupied territories,” an official source at Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said in a statement to SANA on Tuesday.
The source added that this position forms the most recent series in the US contempt for the International legitimacy and a continuity of the US aggression on the Arab Nation and the unlimited support provided by the USA to the expansionist Zionist entity in its continuous aggression against the Arab rights
Syria confirms, according to the source that the US position is void and has no legal impact as it is for Washington’s attitude towards al-Quds “Jerusalem” and the occupied Syrian Golan.
The source concluded by saying that this positions shows, once again, depth of the gap which separates the USA from the International Community due to its fool policies which are controlled by a mentality of hegemony and arrogance.
SourceSANA

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Putin announces the death of the dollar, and soon…

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November 18, 2019

Zionist Media Says Formula Changed: Syria Will Respond to Any Israeli Attack


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Zionist Media Says Formula Changed: Syria Will Respond to Any Israeli Attack

The Zionist media outlets highlighted the rocketry attack launched from Syria at the occupied Golan Heights, considering that the strategic formula in the area has changed.
The Israeli air defenses intercepted four rockets from Syria at the occupied Golan Heights, according to media reports which added that sirens and explosions were heard in the area.
The Israeli analysts considered that the formula has changed, adding that Syria would respond to any Zionist attack on its territories.

Zionist Media Says Rockets Fired from Syria’s Golan Hit Occupied Territories

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Israeli media reported that four rockets fired at the Palestinian occupied territories in the predawn hours of Tuesday morning.
The Israeli media quoted an Israeli military as saying said it had “identified four launches from Syrian territory toward Israeli territory that were shot down by soldiers operating the Iron Dome missile defense system.”
The occupation army said it was unlikely that any projectiles had landed inside the occupied territories borders.
Around the same time, Syrian official news agency SANA reported explosions at Damascus airport.
Ynet, meanwhile, reported that Defense Minister Naftali Bennett was expected to hold a security consultation on Tuesday morning with IOF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi and other senior officials in the defense establishment.
After the incident, the Golan Regional Council said no special safety precautions would be put in place, following consultations with the military. The authorities urged residents to keep to their routines, Times of Israel reported.
Source: Israeli media

Message for my Latin American friends (in the form of a song)


Dear friends,
I have to admit that I am absolutely heartbroken at the news coming out of Latin America.  Brazil, Venezuela, Cuba, Colombia, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Bolivia – everywhere the people are struggling against what has been known as “Yankee imperialism” for decades.  The pendulum of history has swung back and forth many times in Latin America.  I remember the civil war in Argentina just before the coup of 1976, I was still a kid, but I remember it all.  Then the coup, the vicious and ugly “dirty war”, the disaster of the (just!) war for the Malvinas, then the years of “democracy”.  Rivers of blood, and still the new era of freedom and peace everybody kept hoping for did not come.  Now, four or five decades later, the people of Latin America are still dying and suffering under the yoke of a CIA-installed and CIA-controlled comprador class which would gladly sell their mothers and daughters to Uncle Shmuel for a few bucks.
And yet.
And yet 40 or 50 years are short when seen from the point of view of history, other struggles in history have lasted much longer.  So, as a poignant reminder that we will never lose hope, nor will we ever accept oppression, here is a song by Pedro Aznar whose beautiful lyrics will be understood by everyone from Patagonia to Mexico’s northern border (including my Brazilian friends) and which beautifully expresses the hope common to all of us!
Venceremos!
PS: if somebody had the time to translate these lyrics into English, I would be most grateful.

Hezbollah: Pompeo’s Statements Come in Context of US Attempts to Eradicate Palestinian Cause


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November 19, 2019
Hezbollah denounced the statements made by the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and aimed at legalizing the Zionist settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, Hezbollah considered that Pompeo’s comments are worthless, unacceptable, illegitimate and illegal and contradict with the international conventions and customs that the United States of America falsely claims to abide by.
Hezbollah statement stressed that Pompeo’s stance as well as the hostile positions and actions previously taken by the US comes in the context of Washington’s continuous attempts to eradicate the Palestinian cause, stressing that this step will never change the reality that ‘Israel’ is an occupation entity and that all such entities will reach demise.
Hezbollah finally noted that the resistant Palestinian people are determined to liberate and regain every inch of its land, emphasizing that they will emerge victorious, God willing.

Iraqi Intel. Chief to CNN: Warns of Daesh Resurgence


Iraqi Intel. Chief to CNN: Warns of Daesh Resurgence
Senior members of Wahhabi Daesh [Arabic acronym for “ISIS” / “ISIL”] are plotting mass prison breaks and a resurgence of terror after taking refuge in Turkey, according to the head of Iraqi Military Intelligence.
Lt. Gen. Saad al-Allaq told CNN that Iraq had handed dossiers on nine alleged terror leaders to Turkey. The subjects included top financiers with access to “huge” amounts of money to fund operations around the world, he said.
And recent communications from Daesh point to plans to try to break prisoners out of camps and jails across Syria and Iraq, al-Allaq said.
“Huge international efforts should be taken to deal with this issue because these criminals … are able to leave these camps and go back to their countries and thus they pose great danger in countries like Europe, Asia and northwest Africa,” al-Allaq said.
There are an estimated 10,000 alleged Daesh militants including many foreign nationals in custody under the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces [SDF] in northern Syria. A nearby camp holds 70,000 women and children. Each has been described by the US as a “ticking time bomb,” even after the killing of Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and some of his deputies.
The intelligence al-Allaq has on Daesh figures emerged during a wide-ranging discussion about Iraq’s role in finding al-Baghdadi, who was killed in a raid by American troops in October.
The general said senior Daesh figures known as “emirs” have access to enormous amounts of cash and were forming new cells in Turkey.
They escaped from Daesh’s last stand in Baghouz in eastern Syria earlier this year and bribed their way through SDF lines to relative safety in Gazientep in southern Turkey, he said.
“Some of its important leadership fled north, I mean in the direction of neighboring countries and into border areas like Gazientep,” he said.
“They have secretly crossed into these areas from the Syrian-Turkish border – top leaders who have money. They crossed with the help of smugglers by paying large amount of money and have secretly entered Turkish territory.”
He added: “Those elements who are right now in Turkey play a key role in the recruitment of fighters and terrorists.”
He said a new Daesh mission the terror group codenamed “Break Down the Fences” intended to storm jails where their followers were being held and try to rebuild its structures from there.
Most European nations are refusing to repatriate either imprisoned fighters or their families. But that leaves them in camps where brainwashing into Daesh codes can continue.
Al-Allaq said that if Daesh was successful in regaining control over these vast reserves of supporters the results would be “a catastrophe”.

A History of U.S. Economic Warfare, from WWII to the Present


A Conversation with Michael Hudson

Global Research, November 18, 2019
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“Michael Hudson is the best economist in the world. Indeed, I could almost say that he is the only economist in the world. …If you have not heard of Michael Hudson it merely shows the power of the Matrix. Hudson should have won several Nobel prizes in economics, but he will never get one.” – Paul Craig Roberts (February, 2016) [1] .
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While many people understandably look to military force as the factor that maintains an empire’s grip on the territories in its domain, there are some seemingly more subtle ways in which power can be sustained.
Throughout the post World War II period a number of former colonies established independence, yet thanks to financial instruments, these seemingly autonomous districts would find themselves serving the interests of far away economies at the expense of their own citizens.
Key tools by which the United States in particular came to dominate the post-war world was through the Bretton Woods institutions, namely the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).[2]
In the last two decades and particularly since the stock market crisis of 2008, the pre-eminent global super-power is in crisis, with collapse on the horizon. This coinciding with the rise of China which is becoming an influential player threatening the autonomy of the U.S. superstate. [3]
To provide a primer on the historical trajectory that has taken the world to the current set of economic relations and options for alternative economic modes, the Global Research News Hour is privileged to benefit form the expertise and understanding of pre-eminent financial economist Michael Hudson.
Having built up his understanding based not only on his academic research, but on years of experience as a Wall Street analyst and as a balance of payments economist for both Chase Manhattan Bank and Arthur Andersen, he is among the most highly respected economic thinkers in the world. In his 1972 book  Super Imperialism: The Economic Strategy of American Empire, he became the first writer in the world to explain the impact of America’s departure from the gold-standard, and the use of U.S. Treasury bonds in foreign central bank reserves to finance U.S, military adventures in Vietnam and elsewhere.  [4]
In an exclusive, wide-ranging interview, recorded in the summer of 2019 while visiting Winnipeg, Canada, Professor Hudson explains how the Bretton Woods institutions came to be an instrument of the U.S. empire, the similarities and differences behind the paths to Chinese and US economic prosperity, the virtual impossibility of electing a genuine reformer to the White House, the case of Canada, and more.
A transcript of this interview can be found here.
This program includes an excerpt from a talk given at the University of Manitoba as part of the  14th Forum of the World Association for Political Economy (WAPE).
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Michael Hudson is a prominent U.S. critical economist and President of The Institute for the Study of Long-Term Economic Trends (ISLET). A Wall Street Financial Analyst and Distinguished Research Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, Dr. Hudson has acted as an economic adviser to governments worldwide, including Iceland, China, Latvia and Canada.
Dr. Hudson’s books include Killing the Host: How Financial Parasites and Debt Destroy the Global Economy (2015), J Is for Junk Economics – A Guide to Reality in an Age of Deception (2017), and his seminal work – Super Imperialism: The Economic Strategy of American Empire (1972), a critique of how the United States exploited foreign economies through the IMF and World Bank. His website is www.michael-hudson.com
(Global Research News Hour Episode 277)
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  2. Michael Hudson (2003), p. 31, ‘Superimperialism: The Economic Strategy of American Empire’, 2nd ed., published by Pluto Press
  3. https://www.globalresearch.ca/the-new-global-economy-rise-of-china-decline-of-the-united-states/5426933
  4. https://www.famouseconomists.net/michael-hudson

Monday, November 18, 2019

إيران والخطة ب


ناصر قنديل

– لم تكن إيران بحاجة لتقديم إثبات لتأكيد الطابع السياسي المرتبط بأجندة خارجية للاحتجاجات التي تشهدها، رغم اعتراف المسؤولين الإيرانيين بوجود بُعد شعبي نسبي لبعض التحرّكات. والكلام الإيراني مختلف عن كلام حلفاء إيران في لبنان والعراق حول صدقية التحركات الشعبية واستنادها إلى أسباب حقيقية، والاكتفاء بوصف التدخّل الخارجي، والأميركي الخليجي خصوصاً، كمحاولة سطو على التحرّكات الشعبية وتجييرها لحساب مشروع سياسيّ يخدم المصالح الأميركية، بالاستناد إلى الدور الأميركي في تجفيف المقدّرات المالية عبر نظام العقوبات، وإلى الإمساك بعدد من جمعيات المجتمع المدني، وعدد من وسائل الإعلام.

– بالنظر لطبيعة الموضوع الذي تفجّرت حوله الاحتجاجات في إيران، والناجم عن قرار حكومي برفع أسعار المحروقات، يكفي التساؤل عن التوقيت، الذي كان بمستطاع المسؤولين الإيرانيين التحكم به، خصوصاً في ظل مواجهة شاملة تبلغ ذروتها بين طهران وواشنطن، وهنا يشرح مسؤولون إيرانيون قراءتهم للقرار والوضع الناشئ عنه، بالقول إنها مواجهة تحت السيطرة، ويفسرون ذلك بالقول، إن القرار فتح الباب لتحرك جماعات معارضة تحرّكها واشنطن، أكثر مما أثار فئات شعبية واسعة تحت عنوان التضرّر من القرار، فيجب أن يعلم المتابعون أن سعر البنزين في إيران هو الأرخص في العالم، حيث سعر الصفيحة 20 ليتراً كان بأقل من دولارين 200 الف ريال ، وبعد الزيادة صار السعر للشريحة الأولى التي تستهلك أقل من 60 ليتراً شهرياً، ثلاثة دولارات فقط للصفيحة، بينما صار لمن يستهلك أكثر من هذه الكمية بستة دولارات، وهو أقل من نصف سعر الكلفة لصحيفة البنزين، والسعر الأعلى هو ثلث السعر المباع في الأسواق اللبنانية تقريباً.

– الحسابات الاقتصاديّة الإيرانيّة تقول، إن استهلاك مئة مليون ليتر في إيران يومياً يرتّب قرابة خمسة عشر مليار دولار كدعم سنويّ للخزينة الإيرانية، وكان السعر المخفض ولا يزال بالقياس لكل أسواق العالم، نوعاً من أنواع التوزيع العادل للثروة الذي تعتمده القيادة الإيرانية في التعامل مع الثروة النفطية للبلد، وهو رقم كبير في الظروف الراهنة لتدفق العملات الأجنبيّة من جهة، ومواصلته بالطريقة ذاتها مخالفة لمعايير العدالة نفسها مع تراجع القدرة على تصدير النفط، حيث العدالة تقتضي إعادة توزيع الأعباء، لكن دون المساس بالفئات الأشدّ فقراً في المجتمع الإيراني، التي تشملها فئة ما دون استهلاك الـ60 ليتراً في الشهر، والتي لن تزيد كلفتها الإضافية عن 2 – 3 دولار شهرياً ، بعد الزيادة، وهؤلاء يشكّلون قرابة 60 من الإيرانيين، بينما الزيادة على الطبقة الوسطى التي تستهلك قرابة ضعف الشريحة الأولى ستكون كلفتها الإضافيّة بين 10 – 20 دولاراً شهرياً، وهو متناسب مع دخلها وقدرتها على التحكم بفاتورة استهلاكها، أما الطبقات الميسورة فلن تتأثر بالتأكيد وليست طرفاً في التضرر. والأهم أن الاستهلاك انخفض مع القرار بنسبة 20 وأن قرابة 20 أخرى كان يتمّ تهريبها خارج الحدود ستنخفض إلى أقلّ من النصف على الأقل، ما يعني أن إجمالي وفر الخزينة، يقارب ستة مليارات دولار سنوياً، سيتم تدويرها لمجالات أخرى تتصل بحاجات أشد أهمية للشعب الإيراني مع توافر وسائل نقل عام عملاقة ومنتشرة في كل المدن والمحافظات، يتقدّمها المترو في طهران.

– في القراءة السياسية والأمنية، أن القرار وفّر لإيران فرصة غير مسبوقة لتقديم سبب يدفع واشنطن العاملة بكل جهدها لإضعاف القدرات المالية للدولة الإيرانية لاعتبار القرار الإيراني مصدراً لفرصة تحسين الوضع المالي للدولة يجب منعها، وبالتالي التسرّع في قراءة توافر فرصة انتفاضة شعبية عنوانها رفع سعر المحروقات الذي يشكل كعنوان مدخلاً دائماً للحديث عن الثورات، ليحتفل المسؤولون الأميركيون بما يصفونه بارتكاب القيادة الإيرانية حماقة قاتلة لا يجب تفويتها ، فيتمّ الزجّ المباشر وغير المباشر، بكل الذين تصل إليهم اليد الأميركية من جماعات معارضة ونشطاء وجمعيات وشبكات منظمة، ليخوضوا معركة فاصلة يظنّ الأميركيون أنها رابحة، ويراها الإيرانيون فرصة لقطع رأس التخريب بعزله عن الجسد الشعبي، الذي يثقون أنه لا يزال غائباً عن الاحتجاجات، فيما عدا بعض الذين جذبتهم التعبئة الإعلامية، أو مبدأ فكرة الاحتجاج، لكن بالتأكيد بقي الشعب الإيراني، الذي يفترض أن يحرّكه في أي بلد آخر قرار برفع أسعار البنزين إلى الشارع، خارج المسرح بسبب خصوصية تعامل الدولة الإيرانية مع هذه السوق، قبل الزيادة ومن خلالها، بصورة مدروسة لم ينتبه الأميركيون، إلى أنها مصيدة مناسبة لمعركة يخوضها الإيرانيون في أرض مكشوفة مع الجماعات التي أنفقت واشنطن مالاً ووقتاً لبنائها تذخيراً لمعركة يكون لها عمق شعبي، كحال لبنان والعراق. والمعركة من الزواية الإيرانية عملية استباقية مدروسة قاربت على النهاية بنجاح، ولن يتمكن الأميركي من دفعها للتصعيد، بل سيفتقد ما أعدّه وقام ببنائه، وقد تمّ كشفه واصطياده، بناء على معلومات مسبقة عن طبيعة الخطة الأميركية وانتظارها لمناسبة ذات طابع شعبي، فقام الإيرانيون، وهم يحققون خطوة اقتصادية مدروسة، بتقديم الإغراء للبعد الشعبي الافتراضي، وما يتمّ ميدانياً وفقاً للقراءة الإيرانية، مطابق للخطة التي تمّ كشفها وتتمّ متابعتها، ضمن رؤية لعزل الفئات الشعبية التي جذبتها الاحتجاجات، عن الجماعات المنظمة.

– الخطة ب تطبَّق اليوم وستظهر نتائجها قريباً، يقول أحد المتابعين للمشهد الإيراني عن قرب، وقريباً ترون النتائج، ويضحك كثيراً مَن يضحك أخيراً.

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