Faux Humanitarian Irwin Cotler, the White Helmets, and the Whitewashing of an Appalling Agenda

Cotler’s campaigns for foreign regime change or intervention almost always march in lock-step with neoconservative U.S. foreign policy. His “humanitarian” branding is but a thin veneer of hypocrisy to conceal his establishment policies — policies that almost always serve the interests of Israel.

On July 22, 2018, Israel organized and facilitated an exceptional evacuation of White Helmet operatives from southern Syria, claiming the operatives were at risk from an advancing Syrian Arab Army. A number of NATO member states backed the move, calling on Israel to bring their intelligence assets to safety. 

The White Helmets have been discredited and exposed as a British-government-incubated project by a number of independent geopolitical analysts, including Scott Ritter, Philip Giraldi, John Pilger, Seymour Hersh, Eva Bartlett, Graham Porter, Rick Sterling , Cory Morningstar and many more.  

This journalist’s extensive work has shown that the U.K. Intelligence-manufactured group of pseudo “humanitarians” — financed by the majority of member states within the U.S.-led interventionist alliance waging war against Syria — is nothing more than an auxiliary of the Al Qaeda generic offshoots in Syria. The White Helmet image has been professionally polished by a vast network of PR agencies, billionaire philanthropists, and media outlets aligned with their respective government objectives to overthrow the Syrian government and reduce Syria to a “failed state,” as they succeeded in doing with Libya.

Israel has a history of supporting terrorism in Syria since the start of the U.S. coalition war against the nation officially began in 2011. Israel has offered medical treatment to the various militant groups previously occupying areas of southern Syria. Stories abound of Israeli troops providing covering fire for groups dominated by Al Qaeda affiliates or rebrands as they came under attack from the Syrian Arab Army legitimately reclaiming territory lost to internationally-backed armed groups. 

As journalist Sharmine Narwani pointed out in her article “Are Al Qaeda affiliates fighting alongside U.S. rebels in Syria’s south?

If forced to choose, Israel prefers the presence of terrorist groups to Iranian influence […] Israel is so heavily [in]vested in keeping Syria and its allies away from its borders, it has actively bolstered al-Qaeda and other extremists in Syria’s southern theater.”

Israel’s evacuation of the White Helmets was an extension of its terrorist-supporting operations in southern Syria — and a response to a cry for help from a U.S. ally that has also supported proxy terrorism in Syria for the last eight years. Certainly Israel would not lift a finger to help any entity opposed to its existence in the Middle East, regardless of the pressure brought to bear by its allies in the U.S. or the U.K. It must also be noted that Israel and NATO member states did not offer the same humanitarian assistance to ordinary Syrian refugees gathered at the borders with Jordan and in Israeli annexed territory. 

The following video footage of the Israel forces enabling the White Helmet evacuation process was published on Twitter by former Israeli security affairs expert Shai Ben-Ari:

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White Helmets and families evacuated by IDF

During my time in the southern region of Syria, I visited numerous abandoned White Helmet centers located, as they always seemed to be, next to armed group centers or in shared complexes, usually former schools, hospitals or industrial buildings that had been converted into military headquarters and munitions factories.

I followed the route taken before me by the White Helmets as they exited Syria into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights before being transported to Jordan for their onward journey to asylum in the U.K., Canada, France or Germany. Locals in the area told me that a significant number of leaders and fighters from armed groups had been evacuated alongside the White Helmets with no opposition from Israel. 

On September 20, 2018, I managed to enter a still-operating White Helmet center in Daraa Al Balad, south of Damascus, and interview White Helmet members as they continued to work in areas still under the control of armed groups during ongoing Russian-brokered reconciliation talks. One of the White Helmets, Abu Mohanad Al Mahamid, told me: 

There are some [armed] factions connected with Israel; those factions were gathered by Israel in Quneitra and were told that you will [they would] leave with the White Helmets. By the way, the number of White Helmets in the southern area is 635, but those who left were 800. This means that there are [armed] factions who work with Mossad and they were extracted alongside the White Helmets… Not all those who left were White Helmets; there were people who left from Quneitra. There were terrorists; some left from the Yarmouk Basin.” 

When asked to clarify who the terrorists from Yarmouk Basin were, Al Mahamid confirmed that they were ISIS fighters. 

During the dramatic evacuation of the White Helmets, former U.K. Ambassador to Syria Peter Ford responded to a statement issued by U.K. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt. Ford raised a number of questions regarding the extradition of the White Helmets, perhaps one of the most pertinent being this:

Might the British government have been afraid of this particular group being caught and interrogated, revealing perhaps the truth about alleged chemical weapons incidents?”

In December of 2018, Jordanian Member of Parliament Tareq Khoury demanded that the “dregs of White Helmets” still in Jordan be extradited as traitors to their homeland to face justice inside Syria.

“It is known they are traitors,” he said, adding:

Treason is a shameful and disgraceful act. Whoever betrays his homeland and his people will not spare the homeland of others. There are many stories throughout history in which traitors are eliminated by their operators when their dirty missions against their homelands are finished… I urge the Jordanian government to hand over those remaining [White Helmets] to the Sryian state to try them for betraying their homeland.”

 

Who orchestrated this exceptional rescue?

When the pedigree of those behind the White Helmet evacuation is more closely examined, Israel’s outsized role in the promotion and protection of the internationally financed group becomes more even more apparent.

Rewind to the hatching of the White Helmet “rescue” plan. On July 24, 2018, The Globe and Mail ran a story headlined: “How Canada’s woman in Istanbul began the daring rescue of the White Helmets.” The article outlines how White Helmets leader Raed Saleh approached Robin Wettlaufer, Canada’s Istanbul-based special envoy to Syria, for help.

Saleh has a history of being refused entry to the U.S. He was turned back at Dulles Airport in 2016 because of his suspected ties to extremist groups in Syria. This inconvenient fact was wiped from his immigration slate by former Obama administration Secretary of State John Kerry and Saleh was subsequently allowed to enter the United States in September 2016. Kerry met Saleh during a closed-door session at the U.N., where the then-secretary of state had convened a meeting with members of the Syrian opposition, including members of armed groups. Incidentally, it was during these talks that Kerry famously admitted to the Obama administration’s support for ISIS in Syria in leaked audio published by the New York Times.

According to the Globe and Mail, Canada was being “hailed for its leadership” of the White Helmet rescue mission. Chrystia Freeland, Canadian foreign minister and former Globe and Mail editor, used a July NATO summit in Brussels to issue a plea on behalf of the White Helmets, which persuaded both Germany and Britain to accept a number of the high-profile “refugees.”

Former MI6 intelligence operative and creator of the White Helmets, James Le Mesurier, praised Canada’s initiative and singled out Wettlauger for praise. “Robin has been absolutely extraordinary; …the drive, the galvanization came from Canada,” Le Mesurier told the Globe and Mail.

As time passed, another individual was revealed to have been at the forefront of the Canada-led campaign. In October 2018, the Globe and Mail ran another story identifying Irwin Cotler’s role in the operation.

Renowned international human-rights lawyer Irwin Cotler is nominating Syria’s famed White Helmets, a group of volunteer humanitarian workers Canada helped rescue from the war-torn country, for the Nobel Peace Prize 2019.”

Cotler, the former Liberal minister of justice and attorney general for Canada, was a crucial element in the White Helmets rescue bid and was called upon to broker an agreement for the mission with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. 

 

Why is Irwin Cotler so invested in the White Helmets?

Cotler’s history and connections reveal a high-profile global player who has consistently defended Israel’s appalling human-rights record in Palestine and is a tireless promoter of the responsibility to protect doctrine or R2P. 

R2P is one of the most enterprising propaganda initiatives of the global powers aligned with U.S. supremacy and neo-colonialism. It effectively provides the moral justification to invade or attack any country whose government is deemed repressive toward its people.

Of course, those who decide what countries are repressive are the same ones with a history of militarily subjugating sovereign nations, plundering their resources, and in most cases ultimately reducing the quality of life for those same “repressed people.” This, on top of the years or even decades of bloodshed that leave behind depleted uranium and psychological trauma that will affect those “repressed people” for generations once the campaign has succeeded in reducing these nations to failed states. 

The R2P doctrine has become one of the most insidious instruments used by global hegemons to manufacture consent for the myriad forever-wars of various intensities that are currently plaguing most regions of the world. It sells the “humanitarian value” of war and obfuscates hidden interests that are the true driver of modern-day colonization projects. 

Cotler has hung the R2P Sword of Damocles over the heads of both Syria and Libya. In 2016 he accused Canada of “defaulting” on its responsibility to intervene in Syria, reinforcing the hyperbole used to facilitate another “humanitarian” war:

That doctrine [R2P] says that whenever there is a situation of war crimes and crimes against humanity and, God forbid, genocide, and the country in which it takes place is the author of that criminality, there is a responsibility to intervene and protect the innocent civilians. And I think we have defaulted on that — not just Canada, the international community — with respect to Syria.”

In 2011, Cotler argued that intervention in Libya to effectively bring down President Muammar Qaddafi would be a “test case for the UN Security Council and its implementation of the R2P doctrine.” History has since revealed that many of those “mass atrocities” so vehemently condemned by Cotler were little more than narratives designed to manufacture consent for the wholesale destruction of Libya by NATO member states. 

The reality of Cotler’s campaigns for foreign regime change or intervention is that they almost always march in lock-step with neoconservative U.S. foreign policy. His “humanitarian” branding is but a thin veneer of hypocrisy that attempts to conceal his establishment policies — policies that almost always serve the interests of Israel.

Canadian author and journalist Yves Engler has waged a long-time campaign against Cotler’s crypto-neocolonialism. When former Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin nominated Cotler for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019, alongside Cotler’s own nomination of the White Helmets, Engler wrote an article titled “Canada’s Dershowitz, apologist for Israeli war crimes, nominated for Peace prize.”

In the article Engler lays out a convincing argument that Cotler is a serial apologist for Israel’s genocidal policies towards the Palstinian people. Engler reveals that Cotler was a long-time unofficial advisor to the former Israeli military chief of staff, General Moshe Ya’alon. Ya’alon is on the record saying that Israel “has a right to every part of the land of Israel.” In 2002, Ya’alon told a conference of rabbis in Jerusalem: “The Palestinian threat harbors cancer-like attributes that have to be severed and fought to the bitter end.”

Cotler’s own daughter, attorney Michal Cotler-Wunsh, was included in a joint list of Israel’s Resilience and Telem Party candidates headed by former Chiefs of Staff Benny Gantz and Moshe Ya’alon. Cotler-Wunsh was “born in Jerusalem, served in the Israeli military and obtained law degrees from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.” The Cotler family connections to extreme right-wing elements of the Israeli ruling elite could not be stronger or better defined. 

To launch the Telem Party campaign, Gantz released a video celebrating his role in the massacre of 2,200 Palestinians during the 2014 “mowing the lawn” bombing campaign in Gaza. For Gantz, “parts of Gaza [being] sent back to the Stone Age” was a victory for “peace” in the region. A “peace” that only Israel would benefit from. In his article, Engler points out that Gantz faces a war-crimes case in the Netherlands for his participation in the 2014 campaign that claimed the lives of civilians in Gaza and reduced much of the besieged enclave to rubble, destroying infrastructure and ensuring living conditions were reduced to sub-third-world status. 

In his staunch defense of Israel, Cotler has described illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank as “disputed territories” and justified the 2006 Israeli war on Lebanon that left 1,200 mostly civilians dead. He has consistently attempted to derail investigations into Israeli war crimes — savagely attacking Richard Goldstone, who led the UN investigation of Israel’s Operation Cast Lead, which killed 1,400 Palestinians in Gazain 2008 and 2009.

 

Cotler and Venezuela

It should come as no surprise that Cotler’s support for U.S.-backed foreign interventions extends to the other side of the Atlantic as well. In Venezuela, he has been instrumental in furthering the U.S. agenda and undermining governance in an independent and sovereign state. 

Cotler has gone so far as to state that “recognizing Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s leader is not a coup, it’s an embrace of democracy.” Cotler has called for the delegitimization of the Maduro government, and the sanctioning of top officials to hasten the demise of Maduro and to “speed the transition to democratic governance” in Venezuela. He described the Venezuelan government as being responsible for the “worst ever humanitarian crisis in the region,” while ignoring the U.S. role in creating and maintaining that “humanitarian crisis” through crippling sanctions aimed at undermining the Maduro government. This is such a textbook regime-change script and Cotler adheres to it without deviation. 

In his exposé on Cotler, Engler claims that Cotler has been working with Guaido’s right-wing Popular Will Party for four years with the aim of ousting the Maduro government. Regional media outlet VenezuelaAnalysis pointed out that Cotler was “one of three international experts” responsible for a 400-page Canadian-backed Organization of American States (OAS) report on rights violations in Venezuela. The panel recommended OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro “submit the report to the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC [International Criminal Court] and that other states refer Venezuela to the ICC.” 

Cotler’s dedication to the “mobilization of shame against human-rights violators” is invariably directed against states and leaders who oppose U.S. global supremacy.

 

Cotler on Iran and Syria

In 2012 the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported that the U.S. State Department had reportedly removed Iran’s Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) from the terrorism list. According to the article:

Iranian Americans sympathetic to the plight of MEK enlisted the support of a number of pro-Israel figures, including Nobel Peace laureate and Holocaust memoirist Elie Wiesel; Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz; and Irwin Cotler, the former Canadian justice minister. “ (emphasis added)

As an aside, earlier this year the White Helmets were recipients of the Elie Wiesel Award from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (HMM) for their “work” in Syria. Raed Saleh was available to receive the award on behalf of Al Qaeda’s auxiliaries and simultaneously picked up a check from the U.S. government for $5 million to “help us with acquiring ambulances and to help us with search and rescue operations.” 

Former CIA counter-terrorism officer Philip Giraldi wrote a scathing article condemning the hypocrisy of the award, the irony of the taxpayer-funded HMM honoring what he called a “terrorist group … used in support of Israeli propaganda vis-a-vis Syria.” Giraldi concluded: 

Perhaps, while they are at it, the museum’s board just might also want to check out Elie Wiesel, for whom the award is named. Wiesel, who was a chronicler of Jewish victimhood while persistently refusing to acknowledge what Israel was doing to the Palestinians, notoriously mixed fact and fiction in his best-selling Holocaust memoir, Night. Ironically, the award and recipient are well matched in this case, as mixing fact and fiction is what both Elie Wiesel and the White Helmets are all about.”

Cotler, Wiesel’s comrade in defending the MEK and promoting the White Helmets, was responsible for the organization of three “Iran Accountability” weeks. In 2014 Cotler invited Maryam Rajavi, leader of the MEK, to appear in the program alongside UN human-rights officials and “pundits from a hawkish American think tank.” Cotler later argued that Rajavi’s inclusion in the event was “issue specific,” but his prior support for this brutal terrorist cult undermines such an argument. 

Cotler employs blatant “human rights” double standards in his condemnation of governments in U.S. and Israeli crosshairs, while systematically ignoring the appalling human-rights records of governments or organizations included within the U.S. circle of power.

As in Syria, it seems that prominent neoconservatives will favor terrorist groups over legitimate governments that are perceived to threaten Israeli security in the region. 

Cotler is also a member of the International Council of Jewish Parliamentarians (ICJP). The ICJP has operated under the auspices of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) since 2006. Democratic Congressman Eliot Engel (NY-16), is chairman of the ICJP and vice president of the WJC. Engel is another vociferous supporter of the MEK. 

Engel presented a “gift of appreciation” to Cotler during a dinner at the King David Hotel in 2015, on behalf of the WJC. “If one looks to this generation and seeks a role model, that would be Irwin Cotler,” Engel said. 

Engel connects again with Cotler in his condemnation of the Syrian government and support for increased “humanitarian” military intervention in Syria. Engel was responsible for the Caesar Civilian Protection Act, which was ostensibly introduced to increase economic sanctions against the Syrian government based upon claims made by an alleged former Syrian military photographer in the questionable Caesar Report. That report was commissioned by the government of Qatar, a Gulf State heavily invested in the financing of terrorist groups and the White Helmets in Syria. 

The Caesar Civilian Protection Act will effectively collectively punish the Syrian people for resisting efforts to destabilize their country and topple their elected government in the time honored tradition of U.S. Coalition sanctions that can only be considered siege warfare or economic terrorism. The orchestrators of this vindictive measure clearly have their roots in the neoconservative camp in the U.S. 

There are now two more elements of Cotler’s influence on the global stage that I would like to examine in some detail. Cotler has been at the forefront of the new cold war campaigns to criminalize Russia, but that warrants an entire article dedicated to Cotler’s war against the Russian government’s perceived “culture of corruption and criminality.” Cotler was instrumental in introducing the controversial “Magnitsky Law” (Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act) in Canada to “fight Russian thuggery,” and for promoting the adoption of the Magnitsky Act by all aligned governments. 

 

The Cotler-Dershowitz partnership 

Alan Dershowitz, a controversial figure in his own right, has described Cotler as “his mirror image in Canada.” The Cotler-Dershowitz double act is a longstanding and powerful partnership with far-reaching influence among the world’s most powerful entities.

Dershowitz, and American lawyer and academic, was heavily implicated in the recent Jeffrey Epstein scandal that has sent shock waves through the establishment ruling classes, exposing decades of depravity among the most powerful sectors of society and a blackmail cartel that profited from the sexual perversion of their billionaire clients from within capitalist, political and intelligence inner circles.

Dershowitz negotiated the “sweetheart plea” for Epstein that allowed him a “work release provision throughout his 13 months in Palm Beach County Jail” in 2008, when Epstein faced charges of sexually abusing under-age girls at his Palm Beach mansion. Dershowitz denied claims that an under-age child and a woman were forced to have sex with him by Epstein and his girlfriend, British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell. 

Award-winning journalist Whitney Webb is publishing a series of articles for MintPress News detailing the horrifying implications of the Epstein case and the origins of this underworld-sanctioned debauchery. I asked Webb for a comment on the Dershowitz connections to Epstein and his role in furthering the U.S./Neocon “humanitarian” war agenda. 

She told me: 

Alan Dershowitz is an individual deeply involved in the pro-Israel lobby and has close ties to influential figures in the U.S. and Israel like casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson. In his pro-Israel activism, Dershowitz fits well with Cotler’s efforts to “shame” groups that run counter to their policy goals, and this has recently been seen in how Dershowitz has sought to initimidate and shame the young women who have accused him and his friend Jeffrey Epstein of rape.”

In 2016 Dershowitz nominated Cotler for the Nobel Peace Prize. Like his “heroes” in the White Helmets — who have, themselves, been unsuccessfully nominated several times — Cotler has yet to succeed in his bid for the ultimate “humanitarian” prize. 

While Cotler may promote his hawkish policies under the cover of “humanitarian” branding, Dershowitz has openly advocated torture under specific condtions and argued that non-lethal “torturous techniques of interrogation should indeed be legally authorized.” 

Dershowitz seems to endorse torture if the government makes the decision to torture an individual under any “reasonable” pretext. This is effectively the legitimization of state torture, which could very possibly be used against anyone classified by the government as high risk.

 

The Jewish Coalition for Kurdistan

The Brussels-based Jewish Coalition for Kurdistan (JCFK) counts Dershowitz and Cotler among its pro-Israel members. The JCFK website declares its mission to support independence for Iraqi Kurdistan: 

The Jewish Coalition for Kurdistan is committed to deepening friendship between the Jewish and Kurdish people worldwide, and supporting the further development and consolidation of relations between Kurdistan and the State of Israel, the only two democratic and pro-Western societies in the Middle East.” (emphasis added)

This project brings Cotler and Dershowitz into alliance with Bernard Henri Levy, a French-Jewish philosopher with a deadly reputation for fomenting and supporting neocolonialist projects around the world, but perhaps most notoriously in Libya. Levy has been a long-time supporter of Kurdish “independence.” 

While it would take a separate article to fully explore the neoconservative weaponization of Kurdish independence to weaken, destabilize and partition target states, including Syria, Iraq and Iran, the involvement of these three empire builders in the “cause” and the marketing of Kurdistan as the other “democratic and pro-Western society” in the Middle East must indicate the direction in which this campaign is heading: the balkanization of the Middle East. 

 

Bringing down nations and trafficking children

Cotler must be considered a “humanitarian” fraud when one takes into account the extensive damage caused to nations that have had to resist one interventionist war after another by his neocon-aligned policies. Policies designed to remove non-aligned governments and collectively punish the non-aligned citizens of those countries. 

In his 2019 petition against the nomination of Cotler for the Nobel Peace Prize, Iranian-Canadian activist Mehdi Samadian states: 

The petition organizers believe that Irwin Cotler has supported and advocated for political actors and policies instigating conflicts and prolonging instability at the international stage.”

Cotler’s protectionist campaign on behalf of the White Helmets should raise alarm bells among the legions of Palestinian movement supporters and ostensibly pro-Palestine journalists and talking heads who have promoted the concept of a grassroots “Syrian revolution” to their substantial Western audiences.

Whether wittingly or unwittingly, media personalities like C.J Werleman, George Monbiot, Nafeez Ahmed, Jon Snow of U.K. Channel 4, and many others have vehemently leapt to the defense of the White Helmets and joined the chorus of attacks and smears against journalists and academics who have dared to question the credibility of the organization financed by the U.S. Coalition that so clearly collaborates with the terrorist groups committing heinous crimes against the Syrian people. 

Israel’s involvement in the evacuation of the White Helmets and the subsequent promotion of the group by personalities and governments heavily invested in expanding Israel’s interests must highlight who the organization serves in the region — and I do not believe it is the Syrian people, as their PR agencies claim.

Cotler’s “human rights credentials are a sham” according to Engler. Much has been made of his role as legal advisor to late South African President Nelson Mandela. Yet South Africa’s ambassador to Venezuela, Pandit Thaninga Shope-Linney, apparently denies this claim, thus stripping Cotler of his most potent “humanitarian” identity. According to Engler, Mandela himself does not name Cotler in his biography, although he does mention other lawyers by name. 

Cotler has been merciless in pursuit of China for its alleged record of “gruesome organ trade.” Why then does Cotler not equally condemn Israel for its appalling history of organ trafficking and theft, particularly in Palestine? 

In 2009, Nancy Scheper-Hughes was Chancellor’s Professor of Medical Anthropology at the University of California Berkeley, the founder of Organ Watch and author of a number of academic books on organ trafficking. I have taken the following quote from an article by long-time author and journalist Alison Weir: 

While Scheper-Hughes emphasizes that traffickers come from numerous nations and ethnicities, including Americans and Arabs, ‘Israel,’ she states, ‘is at the top. It has tentacles reaching out worldwide.’ … In a lecture last year she explained that Israeli organ traffickers ‘have a pyramid system at work that’s awesome…they have brokers everywhere, bank accounts everywhere; they’ve got recruiters, they’ve got translators, they’ve got travel agents who set up the visas.”

What is perhaps even more disturbing and ominous is the fact that Cotler has not addressed the accusations of organ trafficking levied against the White Helmets themselves by the Syrian civilians who were forced to live under their occupation in areas of Syria formerly under the control of terrorist groups partnered by the very organization that Cotler nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 2019.

Cotler has not only defended the White Helmets, but he has also lauded them and invested his reputation in the whitewashing of their image. Cotler is a powerful sympathizer of the Israeli government and influencer with connections that reach into the darkest corners of state affairs in Canada, the U.S. and Israel. He has not chosen to ally himself with this fraudulent and criminal organization by chance. 

Cotler’s mirror image in America is Alan Dershowitz, this, according to Dershowitz himself, accused of sexual abuse, defense lawyer for a convicted serial child-abuser and advocate for state-controlled torture. More recently, Dershowitz argued that “puberty is arriving earlier, particularly among some ethnic groups,” in light of which Dershowitz proposes that the age of consent in America should be lowered. Or, as Whitney Webb commented, “Alan Dershowitz is now making a ‘constitutional’ argument to legalize statutory rape.” Dershowitz is effectively suggesting that if a child reaches puberty at the age of 10, they are to be considered a legitimate target for sexual predators — interesting timing as the Epstein scandal storm gathers.  

We can only speculate that there is a connection between the White Helmets, accused of multiple child abductions and organ trafficking, and the nefarious activities connected to one of their staunchest supporters: Irwin Cotler and his double-act partner Alan Dershowitz. It certainly warrants a deeper investigation.

Feature photo | Graphic by Claudio Cabrera

Vanessa Beeley is an independent journalist and photographer who has worked extensively in the Middle East – on the ground in Syria, Egypt, Iraq and Palestine, while also covering the conflict in Yemen since 2015. In 2017 Vanessa was a finalist for the prestigious Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism which was won by the much-acclaimed Robert Parry that year. In 2018 Vanessa was named one of the 238 most respected journalists in the UK by the British National Council for the Training of Journalists. In 2019, Vanessa was among recipients of the Serena Shim Award for uncompromised integrity in journalism. Vanessa contributes regularly to Mint Press News, Russia Today, UK Column, The Last American Vagabond, Sputnik radio, 21st Century Wire and many other independent media outlets. Please support her work at her https://www.patreon.com/vanessabeeley Patreon Page.

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Cry of The Dying Empire- Sanctions! Embargo! Sanctions!

It’s obvious when an entity is in terminal decline throwing sanctions, stamping embargoes through a raft of useless demands and jumps headlong into making illegality legal via a rule book made up weekly that it is fast plummeting into a chaotic end game. Cursing and accusing the rest of the world for the sins itself manufactures merely signs off on that truth.

Back in the day when sanctions on South Africa produced over a goodly period of time the resultant death of the apartheid state, it was seen to be working. There was a righteous cause well fought for.

Today in the American Empire’s world view, a wholly unrighteous cause, is pummeled onto the world who see and wish to change things for the better. The warmongers need their wars for profit of the few and the garnering of natural resources for their greed. They see no imperative to trade for it reasonably and equitably.russiasanctions

Russia, China and sane others have, while developing their own interests and the betterment for their own people have stood up and challenged the reigning hegemony. Like a spoiled brat the United States can only throw its weight around, litter parts of the globe with economic hitmen and a CIA that has for decades committed crimes and subterfuge while trying break the will of powers far less powerful.

Today the sanction bullet turns into a relatively empty cartridge. Of course it inflicts inconvenience, pain and becomes a bloody nuisance. However for Russia it has become a gift that keeps on giving. It has demanded the development of self sufficiency that not only increases Russian internal industry and development but also gets the sanctions makers tearing their hair out wondering why their antics do not produce the effects they demand. The bite back then becomes their own weapon returning against themselves.

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The Chinese are now dumping their stock of dollar reserves in their billions. This hurts the US economy making Americans even worse off than they actually are. The so called ‘richest economy in the world’ is having its camouflage and American dream ripped off it and seeing itself disappear like dust in a dust devil, up its own dust bowl.

The record of economic sanctions in forcing political change is dismal, but as a way of reducing a country to poverty and misery it is difficult to beat. There is nothing very new in this. Economic sanctions are like a medieval siege but with a modern PR apparatus attached to justify what is being done. A difference is that such sieges used to be directed at starving out a single town or city while now they are aimed at squeezing whole countries into submission.

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“Death of 500K Iraqi children was worth it”

North Korea, Iran, Iraq under Saddam all these aimed to inflict misery. They do that, however without the concomitant result of gaining submission. The collateral damage sanctions impose on nations weak already is massive. However with the past record the US has in killing millions to gain territory and natural resources this comes as par for the course. Humanitarian care is and never has been in the rule book for these murdering political and corporate rodents.

In Russia’s case whatever sanctions the US load onto her, it is definitely tiresome however the resolve, determination to work around these impositions is actually taking its toll in reverse. Although not producing headline banner exclusives, the specious lies needing to be told backing up sanctions are backfiring each day onto a more and more indoctrinated population. With China taking its time to ricochet the bullets back to sender, Trump and his business acumen are self suiciding in the best possible way.

The US will learn the hard way that you cannot impose by sanctions or other ways on powers that are equal if not stronger than you.

As an old Nigerian proverb goes:

“A baby that wants to punish the mother by not letting her sleep. It too will not sleep”

The Russian stock market flourishes. The Ruble-traded MOEX stock index is enjoying a bumper week as it reaches all-time highs on an almost-daily basis.The growth is linked to the strengthening Russian currency despite a threat of new US sanctions and high oil prices.bannedrussia

As for its agricultural base, Russia remains the leading exporter of grain in the world with than margin growing. Its determination to remain an organic food supply is and will in the future only strengthen its control over the global market. As US/European corporate interests endeavour to suffocate the food chain into GMS hell and pesticide filled crops, the need for ‘clean’ organic produce will only strengthen Russia’s position. No amount of sanctions will prevent the inevitable from taking place as half the world relies on Russia for its supply.

China’s Foreign Ministry this week sharply attacked the US for its demands for China to stop purchase of Russian Su-35 fighter jets and S-400 surface-to-air missile system. Beijing has threatened that Washington will face “consequences” if it doesn’t withdraw the recent batch of sanctions against China over military cooperation with Russia.

What is happening is the US seems intent on creating for itself some very serious consequences as it slams sanctions East, West and South in its pathetic attempts to control a world fast slipping out from any control it may have previously imagined it had. The world is changing and this leviathan of bluster and bullets is being strangled through a thousand finely incised cuts.

Sanctions are economic warfare. A failing dollar as world benchmark is slowly being replaced by a new economic order able to ditch the dollar. Arrogant blindness to a reality developing fast is the precursor to extinction.

Screen Shot 2018-09-21 at 12.01.22As its desperation becomes more dramatic the US reportedly ordered Chinese official state-run news agency Xinhua and the China Global Television Network (CGTN), to register as foreign agents under the Nazi-era Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). Having thrown that tool at the Russians a while back, the US seems intent on having all the slings and arrows showered back into their own back yard, now in serious danger of being left to return to tumbleweed.

One thing Trump is successfully doing is bring his acumen taking  many businesses he started as an entrepreneur into bankruptcy, into the global arena where the US falls into dereliction and destitution. Its people mere collateral damage as the corporate vultures retain their evil pickings on the way. He may very well be remembered as the greatest President but for taking down his country, not the building up of it.

 

RUSSIA IMPOSES “NO-FLY” ZONE FOR ISRAELI MILITARY AIRCRAFT AROUND SYRIA

Action has been swift and taken disallowing any Israeli aircraft movement around the territories of Syria.

russian-Su-34-airforce-jetThe Russian government has informed Israel that, as a consequence of their actions which resulted in the shoot-down of a Russia IL-20 Electronic Intelligence aircraft, Russia is imposing a NO FLY ZONE for Israeli military aircraft around Syria.

This No Fly zone will be from Flight level 000 to Flight Level 190 until September 26.

Any Israeli military aircraft operating outside the sovereign territory of Israel in violation of this No Fly Zone risks being shot down.

The Russian government has instructed 14 Russian Naval Vessels in the Mediterranean to begin enforcing this immediately.

 

Yesterday Russia also asked Iran for permission to station Russian fighters, bombers and refilling craft and tankers at the Nojeh Military Air Base in northwestern Iran as seen on the map below:

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positioning of such equipment will allow Russia full air superiority over ALL of Syria 24/7.

Iranian planes are already bringing the S-300 defence weapons into Syria.

The result of all this renegotiating of assets and the no fly zone will be interesting.

If Israeli war planes fly below 19,000 feet, they risk being shot down by Russian Naval Vessels “accidentally” during this “exercise.”  In order to avoid that, the Israeli planes must fly above 19,000 feet, which makes them sitting ducks for Syria’s old S-200 anti-aircraft missile defenses.

The Russians look as if they now have the antics of Israel ‘covered’.

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Iran 747 Flight path

With the Russians having imposed a “NO-FLY” Zone against Israel, they are now unable to attack this shipment for at least a week without having their war planes shot down.  And in that week, the S-300 systems can be installed, set-up, tested, and made active  . . . . which then allows Syria to shoot down planes as far away as INSIDE ISRAEL.

This was a “Red Line” for the Israelis a year ago, and their sneaky actions which caused a Russian plane to be accidentally shot down, have now come back to bite them in the ass.  With these new S-300 systems, Israel will no longer be able to attack Syria with impunity.

This is, by far, the largest escalation of events inside Syria in recent memory.  This is a DISASTER for Israel; and they’ve brought it upon themselves.

Destroying Evolution Of The Species – The Empire’s Last Stand

When a rabid animal is cornered it will fight tooth and claw to maintain its threatened status. So it is with the present Western imperialism cornered, exposed and found to be the parasitic, psychopathic destructive arrogant entity it has always been.

In illustration of this we need look no further than the total demonisation of Russia. What Russia represents is a major exponent of a new way. An evolving state of being for humanity that is total anathema to an Old World Order American led Empire.

With the fall of the USSR, the vulture capitalists’ descent on the carcass and a brief sojourn of chaotic rule, it became obvious the West, its bankers, corporate capitalist raiders saw their moment for victory and the thousand year empire of imperialist hegemonic rule. However like a phoenix rising from the ashes fortune and history placed a vital new President in the Kremlin. Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin raised through the ranks of the secret service knew and had learned the wily ways of how deception, divide and rule worked and manifested. He is a patriot in the very best sense of the word. He cares for what Mother Russia was and is at her essence. That essence is its people. He knew without care, nurture and support of the people nothing grew to fruition.

He had witnessed the brutality, sacrifice and steely strength the Russian soul had endured. It is both personal and collective his vision for the resurgence of Russia as its own master. His mission in short is to se its own being and humanity reinstated in full. The forces ranged against him were and still are as much from within as external.

The Western  hegemony knows this. Thus the many colour, mind altering revolutionary attempts to paint Putin’s Russia out of the picture and into the lost memory of history.

Today we face illegal bombings by the score and attempted destruction of a Syrian sovereign nation standing in the way of the Western tyrannical desire for world dominance. It is prosecuted by both Israel, US, UK and European allies endlessly. header-for-HLNews-israeljetsThe latest shooting down of the Russian aircraft over Latakia fuel ever more condemnation of Russia, Syria and Iran. Illegal acts are sold as medicine for the virus of sanity and lawful right that has infected humanity.

Russia in the guise of Putin and the Russian ethos looks like seceding to the ever able criminal acts enacted by the State of Israel. He is made to look weaker and weaker as every criminal act rains down on his reputation and upholder of Russian identity.

The ongoing idiocy and pure farce known as Skripal is a British attempt to stigmatise and vilify Russia merely to cover its own sorry pile of excremental disaster self created. As russophobiafor Russophobia exiting the bowels of the Exceptional Empire to anyone with two cents for brains it moves from farcical to boringly repetitive. The echoes ring on and on. As much as those seeing sense might tire of all this criminal malfeasance, there are so many still supping the Kool Aid of Western BS as true. This can be found all over the media and now more so in  Alt Media where the propagandists have invaded under guise of Me Toos. The War of Mind is in full swing. It has to be as the critical point is in full view.

That Russia responds appropriately to all this is essential. Knee jerk, pleasing the crowd reaction is fatal. It is what the criminals want, it is their MO. They know precisely how to answer that in their thuggish way. This is their playbook. Putin is so aware of that and thus his game of chess is way beyond the parasitic, brainless play of the warmongers.

In Russia they have an expression “Haste is only needed when catching fleas”.

online-rantsFrom the armchair the crowd bay for reaction little knowing the razor’s edge. Utterly without comprehension of the bigger picture and the longer timeline.

It is true to say the Greater Israel project, where the Middle East becomes the State of Israel for sake of argument, is virtually terminated. The entry of Russia as legal support for Syria has put a huge nail in that coffin. Yet as all Grand Masters know victory does not come merely through a flourish and right move.

Within Russia there are those who as fifth columnist, Zionist admiring power holders are struggling to emasculate Putin’s vision. Helped on and supported by the US and Israel, Putin’s response by way of negotiating relations with both Israel and the US would be dealt a severe set back if he were to suddenly bomb Israel, destroy the Idlib presence and other ill thought out actions. The poisonous reptile that is the many headed hydra of the West is centuries old, inveigled into every orifice of life within and outside Russia and its Eastern and global partnerships. A skilful hand is never more called for than now.

Russia offers an evolutionary move forward for humanity. It is part of an imperative calling all of us to find renewed all inclusive ways forward where respect, tolerance, respect and empathic relationship becomes the norm. Where peaceful coexistence and collective partnership in growth is celebrated.

For each partner in this project the safety and security of every nation is absolute. Any unipolar ideas of becoming tyrannical emperor over all others is the direct antithesis of this idea. Russia knows its role in the major shift in human consciousness being prosecuted and as their leader Putin is charged with delivering it.

It is easy to see the absence of these goals within the present warmongering, empire building entity endeavouring to assert its might.  To destroy at every opportunity this new forward movement, multi polar if you will, is the single most important aim of those guiding the despotic Old World Order, sold as the New World Order incredibly. Many of us realise the head honchos of this movement and those we are forbidden to criticise are the very ones who are at the vanguard of this brutality.

That Israel  bombs a sovereign state as an act of war and pleads innocence is precisely the mentality of these criminals’ behaviour over and over.

They feel immune to criticism and any rebuttal and continue ad infinitum. Putin’s response so far has fuelled many professing support for him and Russia to suddenly feel betrayed, let down. Their reaction is to cry, “He’s weak” and accuse Putin of being yet another pocketed by the criminals. They scavenge every  scrap of distraction thrown by the West as proof. Like baited dogs they yap, turn on their own and fight at each at every opportunity with ignorant facts.

israeli_hasbara_imageThe Alt Media is infested with the trolls and hasbara sowing BS, propaganda and lies. It does not only exist in the MSM. Yet people brainlessly take it as truth and support it to further their intellectual vacuity.

The audience changes tune on a daily basis having little or no idea of the real game played. Far easier to sign petitions, rule the petty empire of the screen in front of them and rage anger, intolerance and ill informed spouting as knowledge and right.

Putin knows precisely what is on the table. He is fully appraised of the influential Zionist supporters in high places in  Russia. His detractors bombard the people with mendacious rubbish and propaganda. His wish not to support any option to kick start WW3 through maintaining the protection of the Russian people is absolute. Any action giving the excuse to start the lunacy will be leapt upon. Putin plays the long game as he recognises it.

The long game the West  plays, having exhausted its continual unsuccessful gambits to russia-electionsbait and trick Russia into playing by their rules, now comes to the fore. That end game is to queer the 2023 elections in Russia so much by demonising Putin, as to allow his ratings to plummet. Through this the population will lose faith in the great reformer the belief goes. They  will put their votes behind a useful lackey of the West and by deception the Empire gains the long, lusted after, control over Russia it has always worked towards. Garbbing its resources through the defeat of its nemesis makes them finally victorious.

Between these delusional dreams and reality lie a few years and many potential lunatic actions.

As much as it is obvious the Zionists, along with their useful controlled partners, advance guards, lobbyists and Machiavellian spin masters, direct the play. The greater and ever more ridiculously arrogant demonstrations they pronounce merely serve to enlighten a put upon people as to the true deception. As desirous as the warmongers and military industrial corporate highwaymen might wish it, the single greatest obstacle never learned is the spirit, soul and continued existence through everything down the centuries that is the Russian people.

The criminals care not one jot for the people. The few have always discarded in every meaningful way the many. When that truth dawns on billions the compass will reset itself.

The Achilles heel of the present empire is not only in its arrogant hubris but the utter inability to read reality as it exists for everyone outside its bubble. Putin stands there, leading the move forward, his mission – the conquest of terror. He always stated his sole battle in helping the Syrians was to wipe terrorists off the face of the earth. It goes without saying the greatest terrorists are the very criminals wishing to bring Peace and Democracy to independent sovereign countries around the globe. If they wish then to act  as such then so be it, they go the same way.

How Putin deals with the mind bending difficulties diplomatically needed with these snakes surrounding him will surely test him to the limit. Against those who bay for his and Russia’s blood he still looks the epitome of health and strength, in spite of the MSM railing otherwise.

The war was never won through weak minds and ignorance. The War for Mind and Soul is won through persistence, patience and a total commitment to peace, justice as bedrock.

May we all, for the sake of our collective evolution, help towards that with every sinew of our being.

 

Jonathan L. Trapman

Author and photographer writing since aged 9 and  photographer since aged 16. Beginning his professional career as a photojournalist, working for some of the top titles in Fleet Street among them the London Times, Daily Express and a very short and boring stint with the Sun newspaper., he became exposed to the amount of propaganda and half truths demanded from photo/journalists in the ‘70s and 80s. Deciding his soul was worth more than shekels earned from the news rooms of corporate cronyism, he went on to  become one of the industry’s foremost photographers. He enjoyed getting to know the world, its peoples and a far wider vision of life on earth on others’ behalf and at others’ expense. He has appeared on TV and radio including the BBC, France Inter and online radio. Invited to speak at creative and literary conferences across the globe, in early 2012, in partnership with his wife, having accomplished several translations of foreign writers they made the first ever English translation, in over 900 years, of 11th century Sufi founder and mystic saint Hoja Ahmed Yassawi’s Diwani Hikmet (Divine Wisdom) poetry and sacred verse. Currently he is working on a 7 volume opus The Freedom Cycle, Dreams and Realities being the first.

 

The Crowds Bay For World War Clueless As to What That Entails

It is a very sad, even pitiful moment when the crowd bay for world war. Such a war would most likely wipe humanity from the face of the earth. Yet they bay and cry for nuclear revenge.

politics-cartoonIt is understandable so many are enraged with the servitude they voted in, as meaningless pawns they obediently allow themselves to become. Taking responsibility for the state of the world each and every one of us have helped create, is  more often than not a pill too gross to swallow.

What is totally unacceptable is that we all decide to stand on the sidelines, spectate with  our trusty, not trusted, social media accounts. To rant and rave as to how pitiful the world has become. Allowing generations totally alien to any semblance of involvement in a real World War watch as fashion styles, divisive shenanigans, left/right embroilment and petty disputes are heralded as The Most Important Issues of the day, is criminal. While real wars are waged in our name and for the profit of the few without any perceptible resistance is also criminal.LGBT_Bathroom-650x365

The imperative to stop wars is undeniable. Yet we continue personal war within and around us. The script of the next soap, the latest innovative technology, even the trans LGBTQXYZ discussions, the rights issues, white versus black, is pedophilia a disease to accept and find cures arguments are all utterly meaningless, in the face of what is truly real and important. We wage war with those who offend us while baying for a quick nuke fix.

This is the epitome of total denial.

The generations of the Obsessively Offended, brought to believe Shakespeare must be banned because he does not respect the latest cultural parameters. That those who fought for the very freedom now espoused to be toxic and  denied on irrational dogma and cut from revisionist history published daily after each offended insult. It makes a mockery of everything we call evolution.

nu-clear_end_city_explosion_fire_sky_hd-wallpaper-1911916If we feel so empowered as to warrant expressing a world war, nukes galore and extermination of the pests to be a timely solution and the next ‘must have‘, then we surely have hit rock bottom. Even the rats leaving the ship have greater mental acuity than those left.

No one on this mental level has ever been incarcerated, deprived of anything more than the next cocktail or meal. So  few are witness to what death and destruction really looks and feels like. It is always over there, someone else’s problem. The liberty to swear and curse at strangers across cyber space because they are not in your face proffers people dutch courage to feel their alleged omnipotence infinite.

Ask a survivor of Hiroshima or Nagasaki whether they enjoyed the experience even though they survived and pretty soon you will have young generations OD’ing, going mental (real mental, not that hip phrase) and confronted with reality they only thought existed on Grand Theft Auto or Call of Duty.

None of these, for want of a better word, brainless, ponerised people recognise what reality is. Conditioned to be ignorant, to believe lies and deceit served cold, they are told everything has an instant answer. Click of a finger and hey, presto…. Well, why not? I can media-injectionget an instant answer online, order a pizza, find a rave, chat to a friend, bang, get whatever to deliver – just like that.

Hollow Wood has conditioned people really well, the recipe for mind control has exceeded expectations. Mass media has been a dutiful servant of the devil. The food chain has done grand in starving the population of what is truly healthy and the Big Pharma Boyz have drugged everyone directly or through the water supply, sea and environment. Add to that the 5G entry of total mental imprisonment and maybe a war will not be needed. The surrender was complete the day mobile, wi-fi connectivity became embedded.5g

Little known fact was that the British Army rid themselves in the 50s of the wavelengths mobile telephony works within as they saw first hand how many of their soldiers it killed, mentally ruined and incapacitated. They gave it to Government who sold it on to the Telecoms – job done!

Today a war in Syria is at such a serious crossroads where the Zionist psychotic lunatics, always thinking they are several rungs on the ladder above and beyond the rest of us. Syria, Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, South East Asia, Africa all serve the Military Industrial Corporate Complex.  Greater Israel looks within reach. Their patsies in the US, UK and Europe wait for the crumbs to fall to them as Russia stands with China, Iran and a multi polar solution and buffer to ultimate madness.military men-used

The people bay for war as they have never read anything other than the question – Do you accept? and they always in impatience and carelessness answer “Yes!” never having read or recognised any terms and conditions. Too hurried they get down and play, obsess, check out from reality and become über distracted. They become blind, deaf and dumbed down like deer in the headlights.

Protests are happening everywhere I hear you say. Sure but for what? At least in the 60s for all the good it did, they protested war. The students got up and stood above the parapet. The awareness, knowledge and desire to question even the most simplistic statement of stupidity is an alien land for so many. They adore their Zombie films without realising they are watching autobiography.

Stupid has become royalty. Brainless is King and Queen is manifest obedience to the puppeteers. The awakened, the critical thinkers, all those opposing the status quo, their narrative and orders are seen as the enemy. The world is truly upside down without the need for a polar shift. The ones with rocking horse brains cry “Woke” which summarises the whole pandemic. It never was a word in the way it is used and never will be. It does however enter the lexicon of buzz words meaningless, senseless with zero anything!

The Earth is flat. Flat broke of intelligence. The rounded globe of multiplicity of difference, respect, tolerance and empathy are today squeezed into a bottle and thrown overboard in the hope they never reappear. The Oceans of Time may be vast yet their currents bringing the karmic vessel’s return are far stronger than any human arrogance believing itself to be beyond retribution.

Many people are wondering whether Russia has been too swayed, too dumb, giving yet one more chance, inch etc. The Great Game has many moves. We humans are only as good as our best move and next step. If we have never seriously studied the rules of engagement then we are hollow tin drums, doomed with or without chess masters. One thing is damn sure. Russia will not launch itself into global obliteration for the hell of it. Others may feel they are immune or exceptional enough to do so. History has proven these ones never win, let alone come out unscathed. We have to accept we are the solution and we have an imperative to find which part, pronto!

The Oceans of Time always cleanse density, educate stupidity through hard knocks and at least offer multiple opportunities for growth. They also offer all enough time to decide collectively whether we are worthy continuing or merely more fetid trash for the extinction heap.doomsday

Our choice: has ever been thus. It is imperative to fast track the brainless to at least a point of awareness of the severity of their imperilment. Our duty is to inform and for others to act and hopefully change.

Definitely not a good week for extinction but we know not the currents of the timeless oceans.

Life belt anyone?lifebelt-1463427__340

Israel Feeling Immune Continues State Terrorism as Act of War

Screen Shot 2018-09-18 at 12.50.38Late evening on Monday four Israeli fighter jets used the radar signature of a Russian IL-20 maritime patrol aircraft to hide behind as they attacked positions around Damascus and Latakia. Although the responsible weapon was a Syrian missile, the using of the cover enabled the Israelis to have Syria score on a Russian plane.

In response the Russians issued this statement adding that Russia has the right to respond accordingly:

“The blame for the downing of the Russian plane and the deaths of its crew members lies squarely on the Israeli side,” Minister Shoigu said. “The actions of the Israeli military were not in keeping with the spirit of the Russian-Israeli partnership, so we reserve the right to respond.”

The Russian Ministry of Defence also said:

“We consider these provocative actions by Israel as hostile. Fifteen Russian military service members have died because of the irresponsible actions of the Israeli military. This is absolutely contrary to the spirit of the Russian-Israeli partnership,” the statement said. “We reserve the right for an adequate response.”

“The Israeli pilots used the Russian plane as cover and set it up to be targeted by the Syrian air defense forces. As a consequence, the Il-20, which has radar cross-section much larger than the F-16, was shot down by an S-200 system missile,” the statement said.

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Israel has come back with blame on Damascus and crocodile tears for the dead:

In the IDF statement.

Israel said that it “expresses sorrow for the death of the aircrew members” of the Russian plane. However, it stated that  the government of Bashar Assad “whose military shot down the Russian plane,” is “fully responsible” for the incident.

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Apart from Damascus, Israel put the blame on the “unfortunate incident” on Iran and the Hezbollah group.

In a series of tweets the Israel Defense Forces explained that its jets were targeting a Syrian facility “from which systems to manufacture accurate and lethal weapons were about to be transferred on behalf of Iran to Hezbollah in Lebanon.” It claimed that the weapons were “meant to attack Israel.”

Of course if Israel attacks Syrian sovereign land then Syria has every right to attack the Israeli planes bombing them. That the Israelis use the lame old excuse it was the Iranians meaning to attack Israel is just the way these specious, arrogant operatives work.

The impunity with which Israel goes about its illegal attacks, invasions and killings is jaw dropping. Nothing new however as its MO is as the MOSSAD motto – “By Way of Deception, Thou Shalt do War“. It was most certainly that deception used to hide behind the Russian signature that caused the disaster.

It is hoped that Russia in response does everything in its capacity to show Israel they cannot act as terrorists with other sovereign states.

There is very good reason that Vladimir Putin has been keeping a close eye on Israel and allowing Benjamin Netanyahu to feel he has special privileges. However the gloves are off and it will be fascinating to see how the “grand master” deals with his unruly and criminal charge.Screen Shot 2018-09-18 at 13.00.19

 

US Pot Disguised as Kettle Calls Everyone Else Black

One thing most people get pissed at is when the school bully stomps around telling everyone else how big, great and omnipotent he is. There are always a few impressed by this grandstanding, usually the neutered and enfeebled. There comes a time when someone, usually a smaller yet highly intelligent individual calls time and the bully’s bluff.

When that bully is a nation state pretending to be the all powerful policeman and emperor of the world we enter a playground that has the potential to wipe out humanity or wipe out the arrogance, hubris and downright pretentious behaviour of the bully and his butt.

The US has today absolutely nothing, as a nation state, by way of any convincing morality, ethics or wish to respect international law. Like its own fantasy breastfed its children, the Wild West full of cowboys slaughtering the Indians and reclaiming their sovereign rights, it invades, interferes and harasses independent sovereign states with the vastest war chest imaginable. Its concomitant intelligence in foreign affairs is the total reverse of its chest size.

Texas_Governor_Rick_Perry_speaking_at_the_Values_Voter_Summit_in_October_2011In Moscow this week we have the spectacle of the US Energy Secretary, Rick Perry spouting forth a vile truth and open description of the true American character. In front of his Russian counterpart and the world media he stated:

We expect the Iranian government to abide by what we consider a civilized activity

Unfortunately for him and his country’s leaders the rest of the world, at least the sane rest, know precisely the quality and content of American civility. It is ugly at best and rank evil at next best. He then has the temerity, one expects nothing less from those placing themselves on pedestals above everyone, to say:

The message to the Iranian government is clear: if you cannot … participate as a reasonable citizen, there will be sanctions that will cost you…

The jaw dropping arrogance needs to be heard to be believed. Perry then added:

“the United States is in a position today to send a message to countries that do not participate in a civilized way that they will be punished.”

The saving grace with all such talk is they demonstrate how enfeebled, how weak and terminally ill this empire has become. It does nothing to cure the situation however it does waken a few more to the real virus we have in our midst.

Describing Saudi Arabia – one of the US major allies in the Middle East and Iran’s long-time arch-rival in the region – as:

very supportive of the activities we are involved in”

while  finding Tehran’s behavior “unacceptable.” leaves no doubt in any mind as to where the humanitarian heart of America lies, if it exists at all. That Perry announces these conceits in Moscow is akin to Hitler announcing a new wave of social aid at a bar mitzvah.

While this grandstanding carries on there are a few thousand illegal US military tenants in the deserts of Syria loudly proclaiming their right to break international law with impunity. Having taken supper with their allies Al Qaeda and allied ‘FSA’ forces known as Maghawir al Thawra and the rest of the al Tanf criminal terrorists partners, they expect both Syria and Russia to lay off bombing them to hell.

USartillery-gun-cutoutColonel Sean Ryan, a US military spokesman described the operations conducted with these terrorists, supposedly who the US is meant to be fighting, as “a show of force,” showing the Russians ands sovereign Syrian army just how they will be met when they try to take back what is rightly theirs.

We feel they will be the ones with no recollection of that short journey to hell they will be blasted into.

The razor’s edge Moscow and Damascus have to tread in order not to excite a global conflict from these efforts demands as cool a head as you might find bare-headed in a Siberian winter – incisive!

The difference between the Russian mindset and game plan and the American one is total chalk and cheese. On one side a lunatic psychopathic crazy with absolutely no comprehension or care for its actions and reactions against a centred, master chess player so adept and battle trained in any climate and condition. One has the patience required of a master, the other the petulance of a spoiled child rampant of an overdose of self inflicted drugs with no idea as to the repercussive consequences it has unleashed.

smaug_hobbit_3It may not end happily for one or all however the end result will be the final desolation of SmaugUSA.

Many await the subjection of a vital dose of reality. The State of Israel, the goading, appropriating cowards behind so much of this war filled horror will by its own sense of self superiority fall crashing into the deserts of a land illegally possessed. As for Twerp Turkey, a slithering double-faced actor in this play, it may go down in history as the spark igniting a world war through its devilish dervish dances, however it will be one of the first to receive the blowback it rightly deserves. This part of history is real.

The recent Tehran Accord with Russia, Iran and Turkey unable to come to an agreement turns out to be a clever chess move by Russia to feign weakness of the triumvirate.

The UK, France and Germany in their stuttering, farting follow up vehicle merely add to the noxious gasses emitted by the carcass of a dying empire and will like all dross, flotsam and jetsam be washed up on the shores of irrelevance when the tsunami retreats.

Let the games begin!

Russia Working Overtime to Beef Up Syria

… and Moscow wants it known publicly 

As I wrote in Russia As A Cat, Russia will continue to “eat chicken” at her own pace ignoring angry monologues from the “democratic world” and will continue extermination of unicorns and humanitarian terrorists in Idlib apace. The process continued today with new airstrikes against those “rebels”.

It is symptomatic, then, that Russia’s Ambassador to Syria gave this statement to TASS. I offer this news piece in full and wish to remind everyone, that Russia’s high level military and diplomatic figures DO NOT make statements off the wall. Those statements are always sanctioned from above:  

DAMASCUS,September 7. /TASS/. Russia is helping Syria restore and modernized its air defense system, Russia’s Ambassador to that country, Alexander Kinshchak, told TASS on Friday.

“We are helping our Syrian partners to restore, modernizeand boost the efficiency of the integrated air defense system,” he said when asked how well Syria is protected against possible airstrikes by Western nations.

“Much is yet to be done because everything was in utter devastation, but certain results can already be seen,” he said.

In late April, chief of the main operations directorate of the Russian General Staff,Sergei Rudskoi, said that Syria would soon receive new air defense systems and promised that Russian specialists would help the Syrian military to master them. He refrained from details of the systems, saying only that the S-125, Osaand Kvadrat systems used by the Syrian army had been restored and modernized with Russia’s assistance.

In late August, the Russian Defense Ministry warned about a possible provocation plotted in the Syrian Idlib governorate by militants under supervision of British special services. Thus, according to the ministry, militants were planning to simulate the use of chemical weapons against civilians by Syrian government troops to furnish the United States, the United Kingdom and France with a pretext to deliver an airstrike on Syriangovernment and economic facilities.

So, it is becoming increasingly clear that Russia is on the move. In fact, things are getting in the open very fast. Such as the situation in Donetsk after the murder of Alexandr Zakharchenko. As Andrei Babitsky noted from Donetsk–there are no vacancies left in any more or less decent hotels in Donetsk–all occupied by FSB people. This is not to mention some other interesting developments which need to be verified, but it looks like Moscow is moving in big time and openly.video-ukraine

That is why this report, about Russia’s Uragan systems being deployed, as MoD said “just in case”, near Russian and the LDNR border. The message is clear:

There will be no UAF “victory” under any circumstances and it seems that Russia is about to openly (before that it was hidden by a fig leaf) take charge in defense of the republics with all that follows, which is, well… turn on your imagination.

But the funniest, in a good sense, thing is that while the US imposes sanctions on Russia, it continues to buy Russia’s hi-tech products such as rocket engines and now aircraft.

As TASS reports (in Russian) at Gelendzhik exhibition of hydro-aviation, US (Seaplane Global Air Services) and Russia (Beriev Corp.) signed the contract for delivery of 4 of these excellent fire-fighting jets, plus option for 6 more is also envisioned.saving-water-russian

It is well known fact that US, especially southern states, suffers from serious forest fires and BE-200s are perfect planes to fight those fires. They already have shown their worth in Portugal, Greece, Spain, Russia, just to name a few countries.

 

This post first appeared on Russia Insider – written by Andrei Martyanov

 

 

 

Turkey Sends Troops, Tanks to Syria’s Idlib to ‘Deter’ an Offensive

Article by Jason Ditz  Originally appeared on Antiwar.com
Turkey sends more military aid to rebels for ‘protracted battle’

Turkish officials announced Wednesday that they sent hundreds of additional special forces, along with tanks, armored vehicles, and other equipment, across the border into Syria’s Idlib Province. They are intended to reinforce Turkish military posts in northern Syria.

 

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Turkish officials say that the intention is to deter the Syrian military from launching an offensive against the Idlib Province, which is under the control of various Islamist rebel factions, the largest of which is al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front. Turkey is aligned with some of these fighters in supporting regime change in Syria.

In addition to boosting their direct military presence in Idlib, Turkey has also sent a large amount of additional weapons and ammunition for the rebels to use.

Rebel sources say they have been told Turkey will provide military support “for a long, protracted battle.”

Idlib and neighboring areas are the last major rebel enclave inside Syria. For Syria to recover the territory would effectively end the war, though doing so is likely to take a major offensive. Syrian and Russian planes have been conducting airstrikes along the outskirts, trying to soften up defenses before a ground invasion. There is no timetable for such an invasion.

 

UK Government Desperate to Divert From Their Chaos

With the news that 50 UK MPs from the Conservative party have been huddled in a weekend burrow researching ways they can oust Theresa May, the Prime Minister it seems the present incumbents in Number 10 Downing St are looking for distraction bait with which to take the focus and heat off their plight.

180708-distraction-technique-dead-catAs has been the norm with this failure of a government when hit by inner turmoil, the search for distracting the general population with chemical poison attacks, opposition attacks on the their leader,  involvement in illegal sorties into foreign sovereign territories under the guise of freedom and democracy have been the go to positions of choice.

The bullhorn of choice for disseminating distraction news is as always the BBC, the publicly funded state propaganda outlet. Reported by them that representatives from the European Research Group (ERG) discussed “how best you game the leadership election rules,” a source said as cited by the BBC.

Since July when opinion polls began to show the overwhelming disapproval of the British public towards the handling by the Tories of the Brexit fiasco. So bad has the mood been that even a loud mouthed, erratic lunatic veering ex Foreign secretary, Boris Johnson has been preferred to May’s continual reversals of tactics. His referral to May’s Brexit plans being “a suicide vest” and detonator handed to Brussels ruffled many feathers in the Establishment around the viability of a successful exit.

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David Davis

Brexit ongoing failures to resolve has seen a swathe of resignations, prominent among them was the chief negotiator Brexit secretary, David Davis. A no confidence vote submitted by Conservative MP Philip Davies to the chairman of the Conservative 1922 Committee of backbench MPs, Graham Brady, would require  48 letters from Conservative MPs need to be submitted.

With the meeting this weekend of at least 50 MPs we can expect reaction to be desperate and swift.

As the British stand by to launch an illegal strike along with their US terrorist loving allies on the democratic and sovereign state of Syria on trumped up, eye watering propaganda supplied by their alleged White Helmets unit aligned with the terror groups in Idlib, we can expect the well documented illegal set up to offer distraction and credence for such international law breaking.

The British people are, in spite of the venomous specious attacks on the opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, hungry for a change of government. It may be that with the Conservatives biting their own, regenerating chaos and confusion at the beginning of the Autumn sitting, we could be in for a fast and furious General Election. One which despite Labour in fighting will return a truly socialist, for the many not the few Prime Minister and party. One able not only to ride into the economic tsunami ahead but which will cohere the whole nation to endure what appears to be oncoming – the roughest journey in living memory.

Change always brings with it pain on some level, however the suffering dealt by the last eight years of Tory policies will be seen to be far more injurious than surviving the upcoming world economic crisis to take place under Labour’s watch. Somehow the usual bitter pill left by the outgoing tyranny that is the Tories.

Seat belts on, popcorn at the ready. The biggest show looks like opening to a kaleidoscope of reviews and to run for some time being as entertaining as any we have so far experienced.