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Monday, October 24, 2016

‘Feminist’ Hillary Clinton Pays Women Staffers Less than Men

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[ Ed. note – the latest batch of Clinton emails from Wikileaks has produced a rather surprising revelation. Clinton, if nothing else, would have a strict policy of paying her female staffers on an equal par with her male employees–or so most of us would assume. Apparently, however, this is not the case. According to latest disclosures from Wikileaks, Clinton’s female staffers are paid considerably lower than the men. This may be the most interesting email leak yet–interesting in that it is not what we expected.
Clinton’s speeches before Goldman Sachs in which she spoke of her great admiration and affinity for bankers–well that’s interesting, of course, but at the same time it’s exactly what we would expect. But that a politician who parades herself as a champion of women turns out to have been paying her female staffers just 72 cents for every dollar paid to male employee–well, needless to say it’s likely to give rise to a level of stupefaction among among Hillary’s true believers. ]
Hacked emails reveal the both the Clinton Foundation and her U.S. Senate office paid women just 72 cents for every dollar that male employees earned.
While U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton proudly declares her ‘feminist’ credentials, the latest cache of emails published by Wikileaks reveals that both the Clinton Foundation and her Senate office paid women staffers just 72 cents for every dollar paid to male employees.
In the hacked emails, Clinton campaign staffer Karuna Seshasai wrote to Democratic operative Ian Mandel, saying, “3 out of the 11 highest paid employees of the Foundation are women. Avg salary of the highest paid men is US $294,157.50, while the avg salary of the highest paid women is $181,576.66 ($112K difference). Median salary of the highest paid men is $346,106, while the median salary of the highest paid women is $185,386 ($190K difference),” she wrote.
Mandel forwarded her email to campaign manager Robby Mook and campaign research director Tony Carrk, adding, “Given the story yesterday about pay equity at the State Department, I wanted to flag something that came out of our research on pay equity at the Foundation. There are huge discrepancies, and it wouldn’t surprise me if they went here next.”
The story Mandel was referring to, reported that even as senator, Clinton paid women 72 cents for every dollar she paid men.
Another batch of emails published by Wikileaks found that in 2011 the Clinton Foundation paid men an average of $8,000 more a year than women.
The 72 cents on the dollar that the Clinton Foundation pays its women staff is even lower than the average for nonprofits in the country, 75 cents.
While the gender wage gap is listed as Clinton’s first priority under the “Women’s rights and opportunity” section on her campaign website, Clinton has proven again her neoliberal bonafides.
In another recent spate of Wikileaks exposures, most notably of her paid speeches to behemoth financial institutions and corporate audiences, her amicable support of Wall Street, a vision of unfettered international trade, and praise for a budget-balancing plan that would have required cuts to the popular Social Security program, have also been revealed.

When US Marine Speaks the Truth

We will repeat it over an over again until the sheep WAKE UP.

Vote For Clinton is a Vote for War — Friends of Syria


As we have witnessed time and time again, just how heartless this woman is, who will stop at nothing for power and money, in the most evil way.
There is no doubt that this woman will not only continue to keep the US in a state of war, with her statements that she is going to topple Assad and attack Iran.
Some people are under the delusion that only men want war and a woman leader will support peace. How wrong they are, with Margaret Thatcher taking Britain to war with Argentina, over the Falkland Islands. Madeleine Albright justifying the killing over over 500,000 children and Hillary Clinton laughing at the butchering of Muammar Gaddafi. You are probably unaware that before she killed him, she killed his grandchildren in a US attack on their house. The very next morning they claimed to have killed Osama Bin Laden as a cover up.

These women have no heart when it comes to sending your sons and daughters to war. They are born killers for power, with Hillary Clinton not even caring about her own Ambassador Chris Stevens.
Gone are the days when leaders were the first to lead their country into war, the present cowardly politicians send their sons and daughters to fight on their behalf. Until, in recent years we have seen the US training terrorists to do their dirty work, as they know their would be an outcry if any more sons and daughters, get killed in the name of oil.
Veterans from around the world are sickened by the knowledge that their country is now supporting the very same terrorists that have killed so many of their compatriots. Veterans Today claims that Sakra, one of al-Qaeda’s top five kingpins, turned out to be on the CIA payroll. Like Osama Bin Laden, code-named “Tim Osman,” and al-Qaeda’s main operational terror organizer, Ali Mohamed, Laui Sakra was a Western intelligence asset whose job was to manufacture phony “Islamic terrorism” in service to Western and Zionist geo-strategic goals.
Obama has been itching for a war in Syria, with him declaring red lines on false flag attacks as an excuse to invade. Every time this has happened, Putin has put a stop to it. Putin has prevented a US invasion  for 6years now, with the closest ‘red flag’ attack happening with terrorist using chemical weapons massacring innocent civilians in Syria, to put the blame on Assad. Chemical weapons that we have now found out was orchestrated by Hillary Clinton.
The US military were in Jordan at the time, taking part in military exercises, but they were told to get ready to invade Syria. This was only stopped when Putin persuaded Assad to give up his chemical weapons to put a stop to these false flag attacks.
Carla del Ponte, a member of the U.N. Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, told Swiss TV there were “strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof,” that rebels seeking to oust Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad had used the nerve agent.
Obama is now getting desperate to remove Assad, before he steps down as President. Probably frightened that if Trump wins the election, the war will finish and the truth will get out.
When the US coalition attacked the Syrian Arab Army killing over 60 soldiers illegally, they claimed it was and accident. They expect us to believe plans from three countries attacking the Syrian army, for over an hour was a mistake and they didn’t know the SAA were there. When it was well publicised that the SAA had just sent in 1,000 elite military into the area. Even we had reported it.  Everyone over the world knew they were there, except the US Coalition with all of their intelligence, would have us believe they missed this news.
There is no way that this was an accident and the US just want to brush it off as ‘Oops sorry, we did it, sorry it was an accident, get over it’. Well if the boot was on the other foot and Russia “accidentally” killed 60 US soldiers, the US would call it an act of war and use it as an excuse to attack Russia.
Even after this incident when the US coalition broke the ‘Peace Deal’, they are still trying to blame Russia on breaking it.
For six years we have endured lie after lie from the US and its allies. So much so that we cannot believe a thing they say anymore, as the lies are getting even more ridiculous.
With only a few weeks to the elections now, Obama is going to do whatever it takes to make sure that Assad goes before he does and to hell with the consequences. If he fails then Hillary Clinton will continue the fight.
These cowardly politicians don’t care if they start a nuclear war, because they know they will survive in their nuclear shelter.
While the US was continuing with the Arab Spring and regime change in the Middle East, Putin decided to built 5,000 more nuclear shelters by 2012.
The US already have their nuclear shelters for the elite, but they don’t care about anyone else. With houses that get blown away in a hurricane, US citizens will stand no chance in a nuclear war. Japan has enough nuclear shelters for everyone since the second world war, but how does your country rate? Where will you go if there is a nuclear war?
I was at school when the Cuba Crises was happening in 1962, not old enough to understand what was really happening, but we were all given brochures at school on what to do if there was a nuclear war, which really frightened us. Well the present threat is even more dangerous, than it was back then.
The following video shows where the US elite will be living and it wasn’t built over night. Where will you go? Who cares about you? Nobody. When you vote for the election, you have the choice to vote for war or peace.
J. Cunningham/FOS

World SITREP October 23rd, 2016, by Baaz

Via the saker

The Russian anti-terrorist operation in Syria is about to get more ‘patriotic’. On Friday, the Defense Ministry confirmed that it has deployed a group of UAZ Patriot pickups equipped with Kord 12.7 mm heavy machine guns and AGS-17 grenade launchers to the war-torn country. The vehicles are likely to be assigned to protect humanitarian convoys.
  • Russia: Four-year-old girl who speaks seven languages stuns RT’s Moscow studio
She has four lessons every day, each lasts for 1.5 hours.

[How to understand the sheer insanity of NATO junta in Kiev mishandling radioactive materials.
In simple terms, Ukrainian population is living under the occupation by the US and the European NATO members. The US regularly uses radioactive materials, like depleted uranium against civilian populations of Europe, in Serbia, and the Middle East, in Iraq and Syria. Scott]
After months of denials, CENTCOM admitted  yesterday that US is using depleted uranium against ISIS in Syria.
Ukraine to stop paying Russia for nuclear waste disposal. Next year Ukraine is not going to pay Russia $200 million annually to remove spent nuclear fuel from the country, according to Ukrainian Energy Minister Igor Nasalik. The country will build its own spent nuclear fuel storage facility, the minister announced.
The storage site chosen is in the exclusion zone of the Chernobyl nuclear power, but it is not designed to store nuclear waste for a long time.
In August, the former director of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant Mikhail Umanets warned of the rising number of emergency situations in Ukraine’s nuclear energy sector, stressing the country would face a “collapse” in the sector within seven years.
“The nuclear power industry today provides security for the whole country. Energy security, economic security, social and political security as well. If it collapses, we face slavery. Totally and forever,” he said.
Ukraine’s nuclear sector has faced several high-profile incidents recently. In July, a power unit at the Khmelnitsky plant in western Ukraine was disconnected from the grid due to a leak in its steam generator. A month earlier, the second reactor in a plant in the Nikolaev region of southern Ukraine went into forced shut down after workers tripped the station’s safety systems.
Earlier this year, Kiev and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Developmentsigned a memorandum on €40 million of funding for the construction of a nuclear storage facility in Chernobyl.”

Donetsk and Lugansk republics
Ukrainian crisis has been frozen, because the main battle goes on in Syria. Who wins in Syria, will win in Ukraine.
A listener on air asks about the possible ways to to stop daily shelling of Donbass by the armed forces of Ukraine.  Against my expectations, Ichenko has not mentioned the possibility to deploy the armed OSCE police how it was offered by President Putin twice, in 2015 and now.  Important to mention that Russia is the member of OSCE, along with Kazakhstan,  Armenia, Azerbaijan; Belarus; Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. Armed police forces from these OSCE members would stand like a shield between the NATO foreign legion in Ukraine and the civilian population. The fact that Donetsk republic officials are opposing to the President of Russia’s plan to separate the militants and the civilians with the use of the OSCE police, demonstrate that Russia doesn’t have an absolute control over the Donetsk republic’s government. Scott
  • Vladimir Zhoga (Voha), Motorola’s second, is the new commander of Sparta Battalion.
[Foreign troops fighting with the population is an indication that the war in Ukraine is not s “civil war” but a colonial occupation war conducted by the governments of the US, Canada, Poland, and the Baltic States. Scott]
Hundreds of foreign mercenaries have arrived to the contact line in Donbass, Chief of the Staff of the People’s Militia of the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR), Oleg Anaschenko, said, citing reconnaissance units of the republic. Reportedly, the fighters come from such countries as Poland, the Baltic States, Canada and the US.
Anaschenko also noted that the Ukrainian side has created three training camps in the Ukrainian-controlled settlements of Bobrovo and Bobrovskoye, located near Severodonetsk. According to the LPR People’s Militia, Ukrainian soldiers are being trained there in urban combat, as well as in reconnaissance by foreign instructors.
Anaschenko also said that an arrival of about 150 foreign mercenaries, armed with US-made assault rifles, as well as of off-road vehicles, infantry combat vehicles, armored fighting vehicles has been spotted in the settlement of Polovinkino in Starobelsk. According to Sputnik news agency, LPR intelligence sources reported that foreign mercenaries, armed with NATO-standard light weapons, have also been noticed in Trekhizbenka village in Slavyanoserbsk.
This information was confirmed by Eduard Basurin, a speaker of the Donetsk republic.  Hospitals in Mariupol treat wounded mercenaries that talk to each other in Polish and English languages. Also, Basurin pointed out that the Nazi battalion “Azov” has started recruitment efforts via Social media, which confirms that this irregular armed formation participates in attacks on Donetsk.

The EU
  • German media started carefully talking about the possible Hillary Clinton’s presidency as an outright expansion of wars across the globe.
Falkin im Weißen Haus? Die aggressive Außenpolitik von Hillary Clinton, Monitor, Das Erste, WDR

Eurasia and India
Russia is eying the multi-billion dollar deal for P75-I project of India under which six conventional submarines are to be built with Air Independent Propulsion systems and the next aircraft carrier project besides the deal to jointly develop a fifth generation fighter aircraft.
A good question: “If Pakistan is causing problems for India, why rush to the UK or the US? It seems like children fighting and one child runs to nanny and says, ‘Look he hit me. Punish him’. Do people think that the British disapproval of Pakistan would make a jot of difference to Pakistan’s behaviour? It is 70 years since Independence. Why do people run to the old Empire for redress? Can America make any difference?”

SYRIA and the Middle East

  • “Fall of Assad causes terror attacks in Europe”
Oct 22, 2016 – The Kremlin spokesman says Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must remain in power to prevent the country from falling into the lap of terrorists. Dmitry Peskov said any attempt for the removal of Assad is “thoughtless”, adding that the fall of the Syrian government would lead to a new influx of refugees and more terror attacks in Europe. He also noted that Russia remains committed to the removal of all terrorist organizations in Syria. Pescov further noted that Moscow makes every effort to prevent the disintegration of the war-torn country. Syria has been gripped by over five years of war due to foreign-sponsored militancy and terrorism. Over 200,000 have lost their lives during the crisis, and millions have been displaced. An interview with the editor of “Veterans Today,” who agrees with the Peskov’s statement.

The US
  • Russia-US relations must be reset – Budowsky to RT
Oct 23, 2016 – One of WikiLeaks’ releases contains a conversation between Brent Budowsky, columnist for The Hill & Huffington Post, and John Podesta, chairman for Clinton’s presidential campaign, in which Budowsky recommends that Hillary ‘slaughter’ the Donald. RT talked to Budowsky to find out more.
The author suggests that the hacking was done by the “computer hacker community: those who hope to discover the “mother lode” of secret files allegedly held by the U.S. government on alien visitations and UFOs.”
Washington, in response, called Russia’s interest in observing the elections a PR stunt. “The fact that they [Russia] have chosen to not join the OSCE observation mission makes clear that this issue is nothing more than a PR stunt,” Kirby said.
The Russian Embassy countered in its statement that any such monitoring is part of the normal “functions of a diplomatic mission” according to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961. The body also voiced its frustration over Washington’s “unfriendly way” of blocking Russia’s “desire to pursue normal diplomatic work.”
“The US did not invite any international mission to monitor their elections for a long time. Generally and principally did not invite,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov

  • On Contact: The Perversion of Islam with Hamza Yusuf
Who are the “new fascists”? A  definition by Chris Hedges
Oct 22, 2016 – On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges explores Islam and the Muslim world with Hamza Yusuf, President of Zaytuna College. Yusuf, one of the most prominent Islamic scholars in the U.S., discusses the disenfranchisement of Muslim youths and the perversion of Islam by terror groups. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil examines the wave of Islamophobia in the U.S. after 9/11.

The Fourth Estate
The Western journalists invent stories, with the Western politicians and military reacting to those invented stories as if they are real.
  • We’re seeing the death of journalism in America, opinionism instead – GOP strategist
An upbeat account of the UK media reaction to the Russian fleet
Nature and Environment
An amazing flower(Diphylleia) , growing in Russian Far East, turns transparent when it rains
Thank you for your time,

Assad, Aoun and US Elections الأسد وعون والانتخابات الأميركية

سامي كليب

جريدة السفير بتاريخ 2016-10-24

قبل 8 تشرين الثاني المقبل يجب أن يُحسم ملف الانتخابات الرئاسة اللبنانية، وقبل نهاية الشهر المقبل ينبغي حسم مصير حلب. لو حصل هذا فعلا، يكون الرئيس السوري بشار الأسد قد نجح في البقاء رئيساً الى فترة غير محددة، ويحقق الجنرال ميشال عون حلمه وحلم كثيرين معه في الوصول الى سدة الرئاسة آخر الشهر. هكذا تكون المنطقة اذاً أمام انقلاب كامل في المشهد لمصلحة محور سوريا – إيران ـ «حزب الله» برعاية روسية. بالمقابل، يستطيع حينها الرئيس باراك أوباما توديع آخر أيامه في الحكم بتقديم تحرير الموصل على أنه انتصار أميركي كبير على «داعش».

لكن ماذا لو لم يحصل ذلك؟ هل تتعقد الأمور وتعود الى نقطة الصفر مع الفوز المتوقع لهيلاري كلينتون التي ستضع الملف السوري في أولوياتها؟

ماذا، أولاً، في الوقائع؟

ختم الأمين العام لـ «حزب الله» السيد حسن نصرالله الأسبوع المنصرم بالحديث عن «الانتصار». قال «إن معالم فشل المشروع الآخر بدأت تتضح وإن هزيمته باتت قريبة ونتطلع الى الانتصار الحقيقي». يستطيع قول ذلك لو بقي حليفه السوري ولو فاز حليفه اللبناني.

ما قاله نصرالله ينطبق تماماً مع ما صرّح به السفير الأميركي السابق في سوريا والسعودية ريتشارد مورفي بقوله لصحيفة «الأخبار» حرفياً: «إن الأسد ليس على وشك ترك السلطة. يقول البعض إن على الأسد الرحيل، قبل البدء بأي عملية مصالحة. أعتقد أن واشنطن غيّرت موقفها، وهي تقول إن ذلك لن يحصل على أرض الواقع، ويجب إطلاق مفاوضات يمكن أن تؤدي إلى الاعتراف بالأسد رئيساً انتقالياً». يقول مورفي ما يفكر به كثيرون هذه الأيام مقابل بعض الصقور الذين وصلوا الى حد الحديث عن احتمال اغتيال الأسد (راجع الفورين بوليسي).

ما قاله مورفي ونصرالله يلتقي تماما مع كلام مفاجئ من الناطق باسم الكرملين ديمتري بسكوف الذي قال إن «التدخل العسكري الروسي في سوريا يهدف الى تحريرها من الإرهابيين وبقاء الأسد». هذا تطور مهم في الموقف الروسي الذي كان يتجنب الحديث عن شخص الأسد.

أوروبياً، حققت زيارة وزير الخارجية التشيكي الى دمشق تقدماً في سياق بعض الانفتاح الغربي على سوريا، خصوصاً أن قدوم الزائر الأوروبي لم يحصل إلا بعد التنسيق الدقيق مع وزيرة خارجية الاتحاد الأوروبي فيديريكا موغيريني وفق معلومات دقيقة من الاتحاد.

عربياً، كشف التصويت المصري لمصلحة مشروع القرار الروسي في مجلس الأمن، ثم الإعلان السوري شبه الرسمي عن زيارة رئيس مكتب الأمن الوطني اللواء علي المملوك الى القاهرة، ثم نشر السفير السوري في القاهرة د. رياض سنيح مقالة في « الأهرام» بعنوان «مصر وسوريا رسالة الحق للبشرية»، أن ثمة موقفاً مصرياً يتغير يوماً بعد آخر حيال دمشق حتى ولو تخطى بعض الخطوط الحمراء الخليجية.

ولو توقفنا مع الخطاب الأخير للرئيس سعد الحريري نجد عنده أيضاً رغبةً في تحييد لبنان عن سوريا (خلافاً للانخراط السابق) ولكننا نجد أيضا تمهيداً لإعادة فتح العلاقات معها. هو قال: «إذا ما انتهت الأزمة واتّفق السوريون على نظامهم وبلدهم ودولتهم، نعود إلى علاقات طبيعية معها». ماذا لو اتفق السوريون على بقاء الأسد؟

ماذا، ثانياً، في العقبات؟

فيما كانت كل هذه الأجواء الإيجابية توحي بشيء من الأمل في المنطقة، وبينما كان الجيش السوري يرسل تعزيزات كبيرة الى جبهة حلب ومعه «حزب الله» بغطاء روسي كبير، بدأ وزير الدفاع الأميركي آشتون كارتر يتصدر واجهة المشهد الأميركي ويتحدث عن حتمية الدور التركي في العراق وسوريا. هل جاء يهدئ اندفاعة الأتراك نحو الموصل والتي تعارضها الحكومة العراقية، أم جاء يعيد احتضان تركيا في مسعى لسحبها من سياق التقارب الكبير من روسيا ووضع أسس جديدة للتوازن العسكري مع الروس في سوريا؟ الأرجح أن يكون هدفه الأول إعادة احتواء هذه الدولة الأطلسية على حساب المحيط العربي وألا يسهل عمل الروس.

ما إن ودّع كارتر تركيا، حتى وصل اليها أمير قطر الشيخ تميم، على أن يزور وزير الخارجية التركي غداً الثلاثاء الدوحة. هذه اللقاءات القطرية التركية أعقبت لقاءات تركية خليجية حصلت على خلفية التصادم الخطابي بين الرئيس التركي رجب طيب اردوغان ورئيس وزراء العراق حيدر العبادي.

ترافقت هذه التحركات الديبلوماسية والأمنية مع محاولات حثيثة لتوحيد الفصائل المقاتلة في سوريا، تماماً كما تزامنت مع اختراق «داعش» لكركوك في العراق ولمناطق في دير الزور وغيرها. واضح اذاً أن محاولة استكمال الدولة السورية السيطرة على حلب بالتعاون مع ايران و «حزب الله» وروسيا ستصطدم بمواجهة قد تكشف عن وجود صواريخ مضادة للطائرات.

أما على صعيد العلاقات الروسية الأميركية، فالواضح من تبادل الاتهامات الأخيرة بين الطرفين على خلفية الرغبة الروسية بمراقبة الانتخابات الأميركية، وما تخللها من تلويح أميركي بريطاني بفرض عقوبات جديدة على روسيا وسوريا، أن نهاية عهد أوباما لن تحمل جديداً كبيراً باستثناء تهدئة متقطعة في حلب وتقديم مساعدات إنسانية، وهي خطوات قد تنهار جميعها لو بدأت المعركة الكبرى لاستعادة شرق حلب قريباً.

ماذا، ثالثاً، في المعلومات:

لا شك بأن لقاء الحريري مع سفيرة الولايات المتحدة الأميركية والسفير الروسي في لبنان عشية إعلانه ترشيح عون كان استمزاجاً إيجابياً لرأي البلدين. لكنّ ثمة انقساماً واضحاً عن الأميركيين حيال وصول «حليف حزب الله» الى الرئاسة. فالبعض يعتبر أنه ما عاد مهماً من يصل، ما دام لبنان قد تحوّل الى «مخيم كبير للاجئين السوريين» ويجب مساعدته، والبعض الآخر يرى أن وصول عون سيعزز فرص «حزب الله» وإيران وروسيا في المنطقة. لعل التحفظ الذي أبداه وزير الخارجية الأميركي جون كيري لم يكن صدفة حتى ولو تم توضيحه لاحقاً من الخارجية الأميركية بالقول إن أميركا ستؤيد ما يختاره الشعب اللبناني. (لا ندري أين ترى للشعب كلمة في هذا البازار؟).

تفيد بعض المعلومات بأن جيفري فيلتمان نائب الأمين العام للأمم المتحدة للشؤون السياسية، ومساعد وزيرة الخارجية الأميركية سابقاً، عبّر منذ فترة وعبر قنوات اتصال مع مسؤولين لبنانيين وبعضهم من أصدقائه عنتحفظ حيال خطوة الحريري بترشيح عون. لعله بذلك يعبّر عن وجهة النظر الأميركية الرافضة أو المتحفظة. لعل هذا ما جعل رئيس اللقاء الديموقراطي وليد جنبلاط أقرب الى التحفظ بشأن عون بالرغم من تواصل إيجابي حصل يوم الثلاثاء الماضي بين الطرفين عبر مبعوث جنبلاطي الى الرابية. حين تعود السفيرة الأميركية من واشنطن ستحمل جواباً يعرف بعض تفاصيله لا شك قائد الجيش الجنرال جان قهوجي الموجود هناك.

أما على الصعيد الأوروبي فتقول مصادر من داخل الاتحاد إن «الجميع يتابع بدقة ترشيح عون مع حرص على عدم إبداء أي موقف لا سلبي ولا إيجابي، وإن الشعور الطاغي هو وجوب ملء الكرسي بأي ثمن باعتبار أن الدخول في تقييم المرشحين هو ترف في الوقت الراهن. وإن الأولوية للأمن والاستقرار ومعالجة موضوع اللاجئين».

ثمة تطور مهم حيال الأزمة السورية داخل الاتحاد الأوروبي يفيد أنه من الضروري انتظار الانتخابات الأميركية قبل أن ينخرط الاتحاد بتنشيط دوره في الأزمة السورية ووضع استراتيجية أوسع للمرحلة النهائية لكونها تجعل المرحلة الانتقالية أكثر سهولة. هنا يبرز رأيان، ففرنسا وبريطانيا تحاولان كبح جماح الاتحاد الراغب بالانفتاح على كل الفرقاء (بمن فيها الأسد نفسه) والذي كان من نتيجته إرسال وزير الخارجية التشيكي الى دمشق. تريد باريس ولندن مزيداً من التشدد حيال سوريا وروسيا. يقول مسؤول أوروبي إنه «إذا تمكّن الروس من تهدئة احتقان الرأي العام الدولي بخصوص حلب من خلال الهدنات التجميلية، يمكن أن يساعدوا أوباما في تمرير الشهرين الباقيين كما يرغب، أي من دون خطوات دراماتيكية. أما مسار لوزان الذي يجري استكماله فما هو إلا لإنقاذ ماء وجه الجميع عبر التسلي باقتراح ستيفان دي ميستورا بالفصل بين «النصرة» وبقية الفصائل. فالاقتراح يلقى تشكيكاً أوروبياً باعتباره غير قابل للتنفيذ…».

المنطقة اذاً تبدو في سباق مع الوقت، فإما أن تحسم الأمور في الأسبوعين المقبلين في لبنان وحلب، أو اننا سندخل في مرحلة من إدارة الأزمة والحروب. ربما لذلك ثمة من يسارع الى حسم الرئاسة اللبنانية في 31 الجاري والانتهاء من شرق حلب في الأسابيع القليلة المقبلة… هذا بالضبط ما يعنيه نصرالله بقوله للطرف الآخر: «إن الحالة الوحيدة التي تعيدنا الى لبنان هي انتصارنا في سوريا». هل ثمة أكثر من هذا الربط بين الملفين؟ أوليس هذا شرطاً مسبقاً أمام الحريري مقابل الكلام عن «الحياد»؟ وهل كلام الرئيس نبيه بري عن «قانون جاستا» وتلميحاته الإيجابية حيال السعودية في جنيف سوى محاولة لترطيب الأجواء قبل الدخول في نفق ما بعد الانتخابات الأميركية؟

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Syrian, French researchers discuss 'geopolitical dimensions of war on Syria'

Under the title ‘Geopolitical dimensions of the War on Syria’, the Ahfad Ashtar Institute organized Saturday a symposium in Damascus University Center with the participation of the French Retired Colonel Alain Corvez and the researcher Richard Labeviere  .
The speakers in the symposium expressed solidarity with the Syrian people and criticized the U.S and western policies towards the war on Syria.
They also focused on the shameful relationship between France and the Saudi Arabia , which has been rejected by most of the French people, and discussed the international shifts.
 Mr. Corvez told the Syria times e-newspaper that  Russia’s military support to Syria has changed a lot of things. “The U.S. strategy has failed and that is  big problem as many politicians in Washington do not want to recognize their failure… The U.S. mentality is based on ruling the whole world and winning everywhere,” he added.
The retired colonel clarified that the purpose of his participation in the symposium is to say that most of the French people do not agree with what he described as the ‘bad’ policy of the French government towards Syria.
He has visited Syria several times and he is going to give lectures in France, Germany and other countries on the events taking place in Syria and the role of media outlets in misleading the public opinion.
Friendly relations between Syria and France
On his part, Mr. Labeviere told us that Syria faces a global war led by the U.S., Gulf states and Israel, referring to the strong effect of Israel on the French policy and the failure of the so-called ‘Arab Spring’ in Syria.
He indicated to a statement said by one of his colleagues: ” al-Nusra Front [Jabhat al-Nusra] and ISIS are our enemies, but the Syrian army does not pose a threat to France and it fights terrorism.”
The French researcher also asserted that his current visit to Syria aims to express friendly relations between the French and Syrian peoples.
He underlined the need to explain the reality of events in Syria to the coming authorities in France in order to stop mistakes and follies perpetrated by the previous and current French authorities.
“We have to learn from history and to take into consideration Syria’s relations with France.. Actually, America has made France pay a high price for its stances towards the war on Iraq in 2003,” Mr. Labeviere said, adding : “the French people do feel the pain of the Syrian people and there is disagreement between the French diplomats and the French people in this regard.
Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban, the Presidential Political and Media Advisor, who gave a short speech during the symposium, affirmed that the friendly relations between the peoples of Syria and France date back to historic relation between the two countries.
“We have no doubt that there are a lot of nobles in Europe, who contradict the western policies that have caused damage to the Syrian people. Here, we ask, does Europe moves under the umbrella of the United States?  France and Britain have been spearheads in the American project  which has failed!” she added.
Dr. Shaaban clarified that democracy and freedom are noble values but we have to consolidate the democracy that goes with our culture, religion and people.
She addressed the two French researchers in the symposium:
” your visit to Syria does not serve President Bashar al-Assad it serves your homeland because you show to the Syrian people that the French people do not stand by the western policies.”
Sovereignty or chaos
Another short speech was given by the Syrian Researcher Dr. Imad Fawzi Shueibi , who said that the conflict in, on and with Syria will lead either to countries’ sovereignty or chaos.
He says that there are attempts to replace the principle of sovereignty with the principle of humanitarian intervention.
 Dr. Shueibi also pointed out that there is a conflict on power and pipelines of power, which pass through Syria.
On her part, chairwoman of the ‘Ahfad Ashtar’ Institute Dr. Aysar al-Midani affirmed that the US-led coalition is a mask to fights Syria’s sovereignty.
“The war on Syria has political and cultural dimensions. And terrorists are tools used by the countries that want to attack Syria,” she added, stressing that French researchers are defending Syria’s sovereignty and a new world based on equal relationships.
The participants in the symposium called for holding a world conference against terrorism in Damascus in order to form a group to put pressure on countries that support terrorism and to enhance understanding of rebuilding homeland as well as to reinforce thinking.
It is worth noting that the Mr. Alain Corvez is a military strategic expert served as Deputy Chief of  counter-espionage in France, a security advisor to French Prime Minister, an advisor to commander of the United Nations peacekeeping forces in Lebanon.
He is working now as a strategic analyst and professor in the French Military Academy. He has written many articles.
While Mr. Richard Labeviere  is a French researcher and writer specialized in political affairs. He worked for the French Television and Radio and the Press Agency for a long time. He has written 15 books on terrorism, Islam and Syria.
Reported by : Basma Qaddour

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The Oil-Gas War Over Syria, in Maps

The Oil-Gas War Over Syria, in Maps
ERIC ZUESSE | 24.10.2016

The Oil-Gas War Over Syria, in Maps

Turkey’s Anadolu News Agency, though government-run, is providing remarkably clear and reliable diagrammatic descriptions of the current status of the U.S – and allies versus Russia – and – Syria – and IRAN in the current oil-and-gas war in the Middle East, for control over territory in Syria, for construction of oil-and-gas pipelines through Syria supplying fuel into the world’s largest energy-market: Europe. Russia is now the dominant supplier of both oil and gas, but its ally Iran is a Shiite gas-powerhouse that wants to share the market there, and Russia has no objection.
Qatar is a gas-powerhouse and wants to become the main supplier of gas there, and Saudi Arabia is an oil-powerhouse, which wants to become the major supplier of oil, but Saudi oil and Qatari gas would be pipelined through secular-controlled (Assad’s) Syria, and this is why the U.S. and its fundamentalist-Sunni allies, the Sauds, and Qataris, are using Al Qaeda and other jihadists to conquer enough of a strip through Syria so that U.S. companies such as Halliburton will be able safely to place pipelines there, to be marketed in Europe by U.S. firms such as Exxon. Iran also wants to pipeline its gas through Syria, and this is one reason why Iran is defending Syria’s government, against the U.S.-Saudi-Qatari-jihadist invasion, which is trying to overthrow and replace Assad.
Here are the most-informative of Anadolu’s war-maps:
The first presents the effort by many countries to eliminate ISIS control over the large Iraqi city of Mosul. A remarkably frank remark made in this map is “An escape corridor into Syria will be left for Daesh [ISIS] so they can vacate Mosul” – an admission that the U.S. – Saudi – Qatari team want the ISIS jihadists who are in Mosul to relocate into Syria to assist the U.S. – Saudi – Qatari effort there to overthrow and replace the Assad government:
The second is about the Egyptian government’s trying to assist the Syrian government’s defense against the Saudi – U.S. – Qatari invasion of Syria, at Aleppo, where Syria’s Al Qaeda branch is trying to retain its current control over part of that large city. The Saud family are punishing the Egyptian government for that:
Here is Russia’s proposed gas-pipeline, which would enable Russia to reduce its dependence upon Ukraine (through which Russia currently pipelines its gas into Europe). Obama conquered and took over Ukraine in February 2014 via his coup that overthrew the democratically elected neutralist Ukrainian President there:
In addition, there is the following map from
That map shows the competing Russia-backed and U.S.-backed gas-pipelines into Europe — the central issue in the invasion and defense of Syria.
On 21 September 2016, Gareth Porter headlined «The War Against the Assad Regime Is Not a ‘Pipeline War’», and he pointed out some errors in Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s account that had been published under the headline «Syria: Another Pipeline War». Porter argued:
«It’s easy to understand why that explanation would be accepted by many anti-war activists: it is in line with the widely accepted theory that all the US wars in the Middle East have been ‘oil wars’ — about getting control of the petroleum resources of the region and denying them to America’s enemies.
But the ‘pipeline war’ theory is based on false history and it represents a distraction from the real problem of US policy in the Middle East — the US war state’s determination to hold onto its military posture in the region». Porter ignored the key question there, as to why «the US war state» has a «determination to hold onto its military posture in the region». Opening and protecting potential oil-gas-pipeline routes are important reasons why. Clearly, Kennedy’s documentation that the CIA was trying as early as 1949 to overthrow Syria’s secular government so as to allow to the Sauds a means of cheaply transporting their oil through Syria into Europe, remains unaffected by any of the objections that Porter raised to Kennedy’s article. The recent portion of Kennedy’s timeline is affected, but not his basic argument.
Furthermore, any military strategist knows that «the US war state» is intimately connected to the U.S. oil-and-gas industries, including pipelines («oilfield services») as well as marketing (Exxon etc.). And Porter got entirely wrong what that connection (which he ignored) actually consists of: it consists of U.S. government taxpayer-funded killers for those U.S. international corporations. Here is how Barack Obama put it, when addressing graduating cadets at West Point, America’s premier military-training institution:
Russia’s aggression toward former Soviet states unnerves capitals in Europe, while China’s economic rise and military reach worries its neighbors. From Brazil to India, rising middle classes compete with us, and governments seek a greater say in global forums. And even as developing nations embrace democracy and market economies, 24-hour news and social media makes it impossible to ignore the continuation of sectarian conflicts and failing states and popular uprisings that might have received only passing notice a generation ago.
It will be your generation’s task to respond to this new world. The question we face, the question each of you will face, is not whether America will lead, but how we will lead – not just to secure our peace and prosperity, but also extend peace and prosperity around the globe.
He was saying there that America’s military is in service to U.S.-based international corporations in their competition against those of Russia, Brazil, China, India, and anywhere else in which «rising middle classes compete with us». Those places are what Gareth Porter referred to as «America’s enemies».
Economic competitors are «enemies». Obama thinks that way, and even a progressive journalist such as Porter doesn’t place into a skeptical single – quotation – mark – surround, the phrase ‘America’s enemies’ when that phrase is used in this equational context. On both the right (Obama) and the left (Porter), the equation of a government and of the international corporations that headquarter in its nation — the treatment of the military as being an enforcement-arm for the nation’s international corporations — is simply taken for granted, not questioned, not challenged.
RFK Jr. was correct, notwithstanding some recent timeline-errors. Syria is «Another Pipeline War», and Obama is merely intensifying it. (On 9 November 2015, I offered a different account than RFK Jr. provided of the recent history — the Obama portion — of the longstanding U.S. aggression against Syria; and it links back to Jonathan Marshall’s excellent articles on that, and to other well-sourced articles, in addition to primary sources, none of which contradict RFK Jr.’s basic view, «Syria: Another Pipeline War».).
Another portion of Porter’s commentary is, however, quite accurate: America’s ‘Defense’ (or mass-killing-abroad) industries (such as Lockheed Martin) are not merely servants of the U.S. government, but are also served by the U.S. government: «the US war state’s determination to hold onto its military posture in the region» is protection of the major market — the Middle Eastern market — for U.S. ‘Defense’ products and services. It’s not only America’s firms in the oil, gas, and pipelines, industries, which benefit from America’s military; it is also America’s firms in the mass-killing industries, that do.
To the extent that the public (here including Barack Obama and Gareth Porter) do not condemn the presumption that «the business of America is business», or that a valid function of U.S. – taxpayer – funded military and other foreign-affairs operations is to serve the stockholders of U.S. international corporations, the hell (such as in Syria) will continue. Gareth Porter got lost among the trees because he failed to see (and to point to) that forest.