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The Saker interviews Jorge Valero, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

Source February 19, 2019 [This interview was made for the Unz Review] I am continuing to try to understand what is really happening in Venezuela by talking to those who actually know that and, following my interview with Michael Hudson, it is today it is my immense privilege and honor to present you with a full interview I made with His Excellency Mr. Jorge Valero, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. Permanent Representative of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva. I am immensely grateful to Ambassador Valero for taking the time to answer my questions in extenso just a few days away from what might well turn out to be a US false flag or even invasion of Venezuela (promised to all by Trump and Guaido for the 23rd of February).  May God grant him and the Venezuelan people the wisdom, courage and strength to defeat the Empire! The Saker
——- The Saker: My first question is about you personally.  There is a W…

Pakistan to Release Indian Pilot on Friday as ‘Peace Gesture’

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TEHRAN (FNA)– Prime Minister Imran Khan stated that the Indian pilot who was captured by Pakistani forces will be released on Friday, after New Delhi called upon Islamabad to release and return the Indian pilot who was arrested by the Pakistan Army after his aircraft had been shot down. “As a peace gesture we will be releasing him tomorrow,” Khan told parliament in Islamabad on Thursday, RIA Novosti reported. Khan, making the announcement in an address to both houses of Parliament, added that he tried to reach Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday with a message that he wants to de-escalate tension. Talking about the incident, he stated that he had feared that India could have launched a missile attack, but the situation was later calmed. Tensions between India and Pakistan escalated as the two countries engaged in an air battle. Pakistan claimed on Wednesday that it had downed two Indian warplanes which entered its airspace over the disputed Kashmir border, and captured an…

Arab Analyst: Assad’s Visit to Tehran Hits Severe Blow to US-Israeli-Arab Alliance زيارة الأسد إلى إيران… تتويج لانتصار حلف المقاومة وسقوط أهداف الحرب الإرهابية

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Arab Analyst: Assad’s Visit to Tehran Hits Severe Blow to US-Israeli-Arab Alliance TEHRAN (FNA)- A prominent Arab analyst described the Monday visit by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to Tehran as a new stage in relations between Iran and Syria, saying that it showed failure of the US-Israeli-Arab coalition. “The trip by Bashar Assad to Tehran hit a painful blow and heavy defeat at the alliance among the US, the Zionists and the reactionary Arab countries because their most important goal that has been launching a terrorist and global war against Syria was breaking the alliance between Syria and Iraq,” Hassan Hardan was quoted as saying by the Arabic-language al-Nashrah news website on Wednesday. He referred to the US proposal, mediated by Saudi Arabia, to Assad to desist from his relations with Iran, and said the Syrian president’s visit was the peak of victories of the resistance front against the terrorists and their supporters. “The trip emphasizes that the resistance front’s str…

حصان حزب الله الرابح

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عبدالله قمح |الثلاثاء 26 شباط 2019 ليبانون ديبايت – عبدالله قمحعندما حانَ موعد السّباق وكانت الظروف تلزم حزب الله دخول المعترك خاصة مع توفّر عوامل تحدّي تُحتّم عليه أنّ يكون طرفاً، رأى أنّه من الأجدى أن يدخل شريكاً وليس مشاركاً. بهذا المعنى دوزنَ الحزب خياراتهِ ثم لجأ إلى موسوعتهِ لينتقي منها الحصان الجيد. جاء بالحصان، زيّته، حضّره، أدخلهُ المضمار وقال لمنافسيه: «أنا جاهز للتحدّي.. هاتوا أحصنتكم»!لقد رمى حزب الله على عاتقه حملاً كبيراً ليس فقط حين قبل تحدّي وزارة الصحّة بلّ لأنّه اختارَ فيها شخصاً تقنيّاً بحتاً غير منضوي في الحزب رسميّاً، صاحب نزعة طبيّة غير سياسيّة، إذاً لم يُثبت أنّ خاضَ الوزير الدكتور جميل جبق أي تجارب سياسيّة قبلَ ذلك، عند هذه النقطة يكونُ حزب الله قد طبّق قاعدة «التكنوقراط» في تمثيلهِ الوزاري.ثمّة من نصحَ حزب الله حين تأكّد لديه أنّ الأخير ماضٍ في توزير شخصيّة غير سياسيّة، أن ربّما هو مخطئ في خياراته، لأنّ الحزب مقبل على مواجهةٍ سياسيّة الطابع عند تولّيه غمار وزارة الخدمات الأولى، حتّى أنّ هذا الفريق كان شديد التلميح إلى التحضيرات الأميركيّة للمواجهة وإنّ واشنطن و…

UK Must Justify Hezbollah Ban Expansion – Labor Party

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By Staff, Agencies UK’s opposition Labor Party stressed on Tuesday that Home Secretary Sajid Javid had to provide evidence to justify his decision to widen a ban on Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement. Britain said on Monday it plans to ban what it referred to as ‘all wings of Hezbollah due to its destabilizing influence in the Middle East’, branding the resistance movement as a ‘terrorist organization.’ “The Home Secretary must therefore now demonstrate that this decision was taken in an objective and impartial way, and driven by clear and new evidence, not by his leadership ambitions,” a Labor spokesman said. Asked about the comments, British Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman said it was for Labor to explain their decision. “Hezbollah itself has publicly denied a distinction between its military and political wings,” the spokesman said. The British ban, which will come into force on Friday subject to parliament’s approval, means anyone who is a member of Hezbollah or invites …

Why the Political is Dead

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February 26, 2019  /  Gilad Atzmon By Gilad Atzmon In the good old days when the terms Left and Right meant something the distinction between the two was clear. The Left believed that the resources and wealth of the state ought to be shared equitably. The Right’s position was that since only a few people in society are capable of handling capital properly, transforming prosperity into more prosperity, those few should be given a free hand and be taxed lightly to enable them to make the state more prosperous. Noticeably, both of these viewpoints were both patriotic and intended to benefit the nation state and its citizens.  The Left wanted equality for the good of all. The Right maintained that Laissez-faire policies actually benefited the working class as well as the rich. Metaphorically we can think of the state’s wealth as a cake. The Left believed that the cake should be sliced equally to provide each member of society an equal portion, while the Right contended that if those who kn…

“What You’re Not Being Told About Venezuela Crisis. w/Abby Martin” is locked What You’re Not Being Told About Venezuela Crisis. w/Abby Martin

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Juan Guaido: A Traitor To His People

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Source The self-proclaimed “Provisional President of Venezuela,” Juan Guaidó, is an expert in dangerous actions, who — in pursuit of his unending ambition — will go down in history as a person that broke all the rules of decency and democracy. Colombian journalist Rafael Croda recalls that Guaidó was elected Chairman of the Venezuelan National Assembly, a body that has proclaimed its unwillingness to accept the mandate of the duly-elected president of the country, Nicolas Maduro. Since the President of Venezuela was elected by a sizable majority of the population in free, democratic elections, the step taken by Guaidó is unconstitutional. The other two politicians that shared the leadership of his political formation are two criminals sanctioned by the courts.  One is Leopoldo López, who is serving a term of house arrest, and the other is Freddy Guevara, a fugitive of justice who is enjoying temporary asylum in the Chilean Embassy in Caracas. When the opposition group in the National …

PHILIP GIRALDI: “ATTACKING IRAN”

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Written by Philip Giraldi; Originally appeared at The Unz Review Observers of developments in the Middle East have long taken it as a given that the United States and Israel are seeking for an excuse to attack Iran. The recently terminated conference in Warsaw had that objective, which was clearly expressed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but it failed to rally European and Middle Eastern states to support the cause. On the contrary, there was strong sentiment coming from Europe in particular that normalizing relations with Iran within the context of the 2015 multi party nuclear agreement is the preferred way to go both to avoid a major war and to prevent nuclear weapons proliferation. There are foundations in Washington, all closely linked to Israel and its lobby in the U.S., that are wholly dedicated to making the case for war against Iran. They seek pretexts in various dark corners, including claims that Iran is cheating on its nuclear program, that it is developing ba…