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USA oil and gas interests in Syria require dividing Syria territory into military occupation

Syria has the #1 reserves in oil and gas, in the sea and inland

The USA is doing its best to disseminate a fake news that its military presence will remain indefinitely in North_East Syria, on the ground of protecting its interest in the vast reserves in gas and oil. What western media refuse to acknowledge is that colonial behavior are no longer accepted by the people who have fought and are armed.

الولايات المتحدة الأميركية
فحيح العم سام وفخ النفط والغاز في الجزيرة السورية العليا

اذا ما صدقت صحيفة نيويورك تايمز الأميركية نقلا عن مصادر في وزارة الدفاع الأميركية ” ان الادارة الأميركية لن تسمح باي حل في سوريا دون موافقة الولايات المتحدة؛ حيث سترفض أية حلول تضعها روسيا بالاتفاق مع الدولة السورية ، ولفتت الى انه بات من المستحيل ضرب القوات الكردية وجيش سوريا الديمقراطية ، وهما يقعان تحت الغطاء الجوي الأميركي ، الذي سيمنع أية غارة أو اَي قصف مدفعي على مناطق الشمال السوري، اذ ستقوم المقاتلات الأميركية بقصف اَي مركز عسكري يقصف المناطق الشمالية في سوريا

“…اذا ما صدقت الصحيفة فان الأميركيين يخططون للبقاء طويلا في المناطق الشمالية الشرقية كمحتلين ؛ خصوصا بعد ان قاموا بتسليح القسم الأكبر من الشعب الكردي بالدبابات والمدرعات والمدافع وايضاً بعض العشائر العربية ، في ظل معلومات سربتها مصادر موثوقة مفادها بان الولايات المتحدة الأميركية تمكنت من تشكيل جيش يصل عديده الى اكثر من خمسين الف مقاتل سوري من كرد وعرب .
هذه التطورات العسكرية في الشمال السوري تزامنت مع تأكيدات التقرير السنوي لمؤتمر ميونخ ان الحرب على سوريا ستستمر لسنوات اخرى وربما لعقود ، وان احتمالات تطورها الى حرب عالمية بين القوتين العظميين قائمة في ظل الحرب الباردة المتفاقمة بين موسكو وواشنطن وفِي ظل الحشودات (المبهمة) من جانب دول الناتو .
وفِي المعلومات فان طائرات التحالف الأميركي. نفذت مؤخرا عمليات إنزال في قريتي ” تويمين” و ” ابو حامضة ” بريف الحسكة الجنوبي الشرقي ؛ ولفتت تلك المعلومات الى ان هذه الطائرات أجلت مسلحين من تنظيم داعش – بينهم قادة ارهابيون- الى مناطق انتشاره في الشدادي بريف الحسكة الجنوبي .
والسؤال المطروح : ماذا تريد الولايات المتحدة من سوريا ، التي باتت قريبة من اعلان النصر الكامل على المجاميع التكفيرية المدعومة – علنا – من واشنطن وباريس. ولندن؟

ولماذا هذا الصراخ والفحيح الأميركي في المحافل الدولية ضد الدولة السورية صاحبة السيادة ؟
نحن من موقعنا الإعلامي والسياسي المتواضع ، نرى ان الصراع الأساسي في العالم هو على الطاقة وحقول الغاز ومناطق توزيعه ؛ خصوصا وان دور النفط يتراجع لصالح الغاز في ظل الحاجة الى موارد نظيفة أولها الغاز ، الذي يشكل فعليامادة الطاقة الرئيسة في القرن الحادي والعشرين سواء من حيث البديل الطاقي نظرا لتراجع احتياطي النفط عالميا أو من حيث الطاقة النظيفة ؛ ولهذا فان السيطرة على مناطق احتياط الغاز في العالم تعتبر بالنسبة للقوى الطامعة القديمة والحديثة أساس الصراع الدولي في تجلياته الإقليمية .

وتجمع الدراسات الجيولوجية على ان منطقة الشرق الأوسط الْيَوْمَ هي أشبه بمنطقة الخليج العربي في مطلع القرن العشرين ، فهي تخزن موارد الطاقة من نفط وغاز ؛ والغاز سيكون المورد الأهم في القرن المقبل ، ما يعني ان الصراعات في المنطقة هي صراعات على الغاز بالدرجة الاولى …. وليس من شك ان الولايات المتحدة تاكدت من ان الاراضي السورية هي الأكثر غنى بالغاز مقارنة مع غيرها من دول المنطقة ، وان الموجود في منطقة المتوسط( البحر السوري ) هو من فائض الغاز المخزن في البر السوري

….وذلك وفق ما أكد مركز المعطيات والدراسات الاستراتيجية في دمشق .
ويتركز احتياطي الغاز والنفط في البادية السورية والساحل السوري بواقع 73 في المئة ؛ بينما يوجد في الجزيرة السورية فقط 22 في المئةخلافا لما هو معروف . واستنادا الى الدراسات الجيولوجية الحديثة، فان حقول الجزيرة السورية تبدأ بالنضوب بدءا من العام 2022 ؛ بينما باقي الحقول في البادية والساحل-ان بدئ استغلالها العام الجاري2018- ستبقى منتجة حتى العام2051 على الأقل ؛ الامر الذي سيجعل سوريا ثالث بلد مصدر للغاز في العالم بعد روسيا وإيران ، اَي انها ستحل محل قطر .

وفِي هذا السياق فان مركز ” فيريل” للدراسات قدر احتياطي الغاز السوري ب
28,500,000,000,000 ؛ في حين رأى بعض الخبراء ان ثلاثة حقول غاز متوسطة الحجم شمال تدمر تكفي لتزويد سورياكاملة بالطاقة الكهربائية 24 ساعة يوميا لمدة تسعة عشر عاما .
من هنا فان دعم الولايات المتحدة للجماعات الارهابية التكفيرية ومن ثم للأكراد بضرورة الوصول الى دير الزُّور وجنوبي الرقة مرهون بهذه الثروة النفطية والغازية في شمال شرقي سوريا ؛ عسى ان يستطيع الأميركيون ضمها لاحقا الى ” الفدرالية “في محافظة الحسكة… وليس من شك ان قيام مثل هذه ” الفدرالية” – وهو امر مستحيل- إنما هو انتحار اقتصادي ؛ خصوصا انه بعد العام 2022 ستكون سوريا من أوائل الدول المصدرة للغاز ؛ بينما يكون غاز الجزيرة السورية قد شارف على النضوب .

يبقى ، ان انتهاء الحرب على سوريا يشي بان موازين القوى بدأت بالتحول لصالح الدولة السورية ، عسكريا واقتصاديا ، لهذا سيتم تاجيج الصراعات واختلاق المعارك هنا وهناك، واثارة معزوفة ” الكيميائي ” ، ورفع وتيرة تزويد الإرهابيين والكرد بالسلاح والعتاد ؛ خصوصا بعد ان فشل الوكلاء/ الاجراء (دول الخليج وتركيا واسرائيل) في فرض شروط الولايات المتحدة فكان الاحتلال الأميركي المباشر لمناطق الجزيرة السورية العليا وايضاً لمناطق الفرات وارتكاب المجازر بحق السوريين ، كان اخرها قبل قليل اذ ارتكبت الطائرات الحربية الأميركية مجزرة جديدة بريف دير الزُّور الجنوبي الشرقي راح ضحيتها عشرات الشهداء .

ان الاحتلال الأميركي للمناطق الشمالية الشرقية من سوريا وايضاً الاحتلال التركي ؛ ما هو الا احتلال مؤقت ؛ والسوريون عازمون على خوض حرب الوجود(اسرائيل/أميركا ) وكذلك حرب الحدود ( تركيا) والتاريخ البعيد والقريب يشهد على وقفات آلعز القومي ؛ ولن تكون خزائن الغاز المكتشفة سوى سراديب خانقة للاميركيين والاتراك على السواء .
وشق الطريق لتحيا سوريا…
باريس في 2018/02/27
د. بيير عازار

 

 

State-sponsored hacking on the rise: The USA, France, Israel, China and now North Korea

North Korea only needed an Internet connection and computers to cripple an entire company like Sony Pictures Entertainment .

North Korea targeted Sony Pictures Entertainment because the studio planned to release “The Interview,” a satirical film depicting a plot to assassinate North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un.

Hackers calling themselves “Guardians of Peace” demanded that Sony stop the movie’s release, set for Christmas, or they would attack moviegoers in a 9/11-style assault.

Sony at first bowed to pressure and on Wednesday withdrew the film from theater distribution. But on Friday, criticized for giving the hackers what they wanted, the company said it hoped to distribute the comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco on “different platforms.”

Sony and the rise of state-sponsored hacking

North Korea has been blamed for one of the most destructive cyber-attacks on a company in US history. It’s just the latest in a string of hacks sanctioned and funded by governments

Ian Sherr  and Seth Rosenblatt posted this December 20, 2014

“This is absolutely a wake-up call,” said Bruce Bennett, an expert on North Korea and military defense for the RAND Corporation think tank. “We have North Koreans who built nuclear weapons. Why should we suspect they can’t do cyberattacks?”

While the latest cyberattack puts North Korea in the public eye, the country is not unique.

China, Israel, France, Syria and the US are among the world’s most powerful countries that have amassed armies of hackers engaged in cyberwarfare. These countries have reportedly used sophisticated computer skills to disable Iran’s uranium enrichment plants, cripple oil and gas production in Saudi Arabia and sabotage satellite and infrastructure systems around the world.

The number of cyberespionage attacks across the Web rose 15 % between 2011 and 2013, according to a report by Verizon. The annual cost of a successful cyberattacks increased to $20.8 million in the financial sector, $14.5 million in technology and $12.7 in the communications industry, according to a Heritage Foundation report released just before the attack on

Most attacks targeting the US come from China and France, in addition to those originating on American soil, according to Internet research firm Norse. State-sponsored hacking is “undeniably on the rise,” said Kurt Stammberger, senior vice president of market development at Norse.

In 2010, a malicious computer program called Stuxnet successfully damaged machines Iran was believed to be using to create nuclear weapons. Two years later, The New York Times said Israel and the United States were behind the attack.

Since then, hackers working on behalf of various countries have carried out plots against nations and corporations.

The Syrian Electronic Army, a group of hackers sympathetic to the dictatorial regime there, has defaced websites and taken control of social-media accounts.

The Chinese government is suspected of having breached the computer networks of government and spy agencies around the world, as well as large corporations including Google, Adobe, Yahoo and defense contractor Northrop Grumman.

President Obama also said he doesn’t believe North Korea worked with other countries in the attack against Sony.

In the not-too-distant future, warfare with traditional weaponry may take a backseat to potentially more destructive tactics: computer code attacking the companies and infrastructures, including electric grids and oil and gas pipelines, that society relies on.

That isn’t as farfetched as it once was, said Dmitri Alperovitch, co-founder of security services firm CrowdStrike. “From a technical perspective, this attack wasn’t unprecedented,” he said. “There’s no doubt we’ll see more of these in the future.”

While the attack on Sony may seem expansive in its destructive scope, it only affected shareholders, partner companies and employees. An attack on critical infrastructure of countries would be more devastating, said Evan Sills, a cybersecurity consultant at Good Harbor.

Many countries have the ability to do such damage but have so far refrained from such destructive attacks, Sills added. But that doesn’t mean terrorist groups will show similar restraint.

“What North Korea did to Sony, a terrorist group could do to them in three years,” Sills said. “In terms of how bad could it get? It could get pretty bad.”

 

Why US Cancels Mid East Conference on Nuke-Free Zone?

The US blamed regional turmoil for Canceling Mid East Conference on Nuke-Free Zone.

It was Israel’s refusal to attend that prompted cancelation…

And can’t this conference be of benefit if Israel is not present? Is it not worthwhile sitting and discussing without the negative presence of Israel in any conference in the Mid East region?

John Glaser posted on news. antiwar.com this Nov 24, 2012:

The US has called off a major international conference on establishing a nuclear weapons-free zone (NWFZ) in the Middle East, claiming turmoil in the region prevents action on the issue.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in a statement released Friday that the US supports the goal of banning nuclear weapons in the Middle East, but that conflict in Israel-Palestine and, ironically, Iran’s supposed defiance on the nuclear issue, required it be canceled.

The real reason that the US canceled the conference is because Israel – the only country in the Middle East with nuclear weapons – refuses to give up its regional monopoly on nukes.

A diplomat involved in the conference told the Associated Press that “Israel had decided not to attend,” and, “Key sponsors had said that the meeting was possible only if all countries, especially Israel, would participate.”

Iran is a member of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, has publicly pledged its opposition to nuclear weapons development, has subjected itself to thorough international inspections, and in fact has exactly zero nuclear weapons.

However, Israel has done none of the above and has approximately 200 nuclear warheads.

Iran is being severely punished and threatened with attack, Israel is supported with unparalleled economic, military, and diplomatic support.

If Israel agreed to dismantling its vast stockpiles of nuclear weapons and to a deal enforcing a nuclear weapons-free zone in the Middle East – a deal Iran and Israel’s Arab neighbors have repeatedly proposed – the supposed threats Israel faces in the region would disappear.

But Israel refuses to give up its nuclear monopoly, insistent on maintaining its excuse to build up its military and distract from the Palestinian issue.

As former CIA Middle East analyst Paul Pillar has written,

The Iran issue provides a distraction from international attention to the Palestinians’ lack of popular sovereignty.”

Drone “Kill List”: When to be reviewed and revised?

U.S. President Barack Obama used to be criticized for being too liberal. The past week witnessed a flurry of news reports targeting the credibility of Obama: Reports revealing he personally oversees a “kill list” for drone attacks in Pakistan and Yemen.

Daniel Klaidman, Newsweek editor, published “Kill or Capture: The War on Terror and the Soul of the Obama Presidency“

Many Washington insiders are quoting for this book.

The New York Times and Newsweek exposed Obama:

1. How Obama,came to the White House with no military background and negligible national-security experience,

2. Is now overseeing the counterterrorism meeting of two dozen security officials where the targets for drone attacks are decided every Tuesday.

3. How the president has presided over a massive secret surveillance of U.S. citizens by the National Security Agency.

The book is based on interviews with named and anonymous sources within the Obama administration.

AL ARABIYA published:

“University of Utah law professor Amos Guiora told the Guardian that one problem with the so-called “kill list” is that U.S. policy has not firmly defined how people get on it.

Guiora said: “If Bush did what Obama is doing, then the journalists would have been all over it.”

In fact, the media reports from last week revealed that the Obama administration defines a militant as “any military-age male in the strike zone during a drone attack unless there is specific information posthumously proving them innocent…”

The logic is, people in an area of known terrorist activity, or found with an al-Qaeda operative is probably up to no good.

Obama, who came to office with a pledge to break from the Bush-era, seems to be building on his predecessor’s national security platform.

He has made more government documents classified that any of his predecessors.

He has maintained CIA rendition flights and launched a crackdown on whistleblowers.

He has failed in meeting his promise of shutting down the controversial Guantanamo Bay Prison in Cuba.

The scope of Obama’s national security policy has shocked even keen Bush supporters and members of the Washington DC establishment.

Aaron David Miller, a Middle East policy adviser to both Republican and Democratic administrations, delivered a damning verdict in a recent issue of Foreign Policy magazine, writing that “Barack Obama has become Georges W. Bush on steroids.

James Badford told the Guardian: “Obama did not reverse what Bush did, he went beyond it. Obama is just able to wrap it up in a better looking package. He is more liberal, more eloquent. He does not look like a cowboy…” 

One example is a $2 billion heavily fortified building being constructed in the mountain deserts of Utah. Once the Utah Data Center is complete, it will be five times the size of the U.S. capital and house gigantic servers that will store vast amounts of data from ordinary Americans that will be sifted for traces of intelligence. It will cover everything from phone calls to emails to credit card receipts.

Obama added a clause to the National Defense Authorization Act that had such an ambiguous definition of support of terrorism that activists and journalist decoded to go to court claiming it threaded them with indefinite detentions for things like interviewing members of the Hamas-rulers of Gaza.

However it has been the drone attacks and the “kill list” that have emerged as the most hardline element to Obama’s national security policy.

In January 2009 when he came to power, the program only existed for Pakistan which has seen 44 attacks over five years. The attacks have since been expanded to Yemen, Afghanistan and Somalia with over 250 strikes.

Deliberations on targets even turned to legal justification when it included the deliberate killing of a U.S. citizen , al-Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki that was killed in Yemen last year. His 16 year-old son Abdul-Rahman was accidentally killed in the same attack.

It is impossible to determine with any certainty how many civilians have been killed in drone attacks due to the “covert” nature of the operations, lack of timely access to remote areas and the integral biases of the U.S. government, targeted terrorist organizations, and host governments.

Estimates by non-governmental experts vary widely. In 2009, Pakistani terrorism researcher Amir Mid said civilian deaths accounted for over 98 percent of deaths from drone attacks in Pakistan, while Georgetown University Professor Christine Fair, stated “actually drones are not killing innocent civilians.”

In April 2012, White House Senior Counterterrorism Adviser John Brennan vaguely stated: “Unfortunately, in war, there are casualties, including amok the civilian population. Sometimes you gave to take life to save lives.”

In response to the Newsweek and New York Times reporting last week, the White House spokesperson said, “I am not going to get into the specifics of the process [and] I don’t have the assessments of civilian casualties…we make great efforts to reduce the risk of civilian casualties.”

That same day, the Pentagon spokesperson told reporters, “Specifics I can’t get into … I can assure you that the number of civilian casualties is very, very low [and] we’re very confident that the number is very low.”

Read the response by Glenn Greenwald on these official leaks https://adonis49.wordpress.com/2012/06/11/news-leaks-or-spoonfed-official-news/

Note: For detailed accounts https://adonis49.wordpress.com/2012/01/15/more-drone-attacks-more-collateral-casualties-of-babies-and-civilians-glenn-greenwald/

Do you like Graphics on Job opportunities? And how to get Mitt Romney off his High Tree?

First, let’s consider the difficult positions Presidential Republican candidate Mitt Romney got stuck in.

Mitt Romney is conducting a campaign under the banner: “I am the most extreme of the right-wing Republicans…” and has no foreign affairs policy expertise: All his positions are meant to be contrary to what Barack Obama states. In all foreign issues, such as the war in Afghanistan, the Iranian nuclear program, the position on Russia, the economic policies with China, the “peace process” between Israel and the Palestinians (read link in note 2)…

For example:

1. Obama is negotiating with Taliban of Afghanistan: Never, says Romney. And what alternatives Romney has? Time to start condensed education and serious reflections for next debates with Obama…

2. So far, the negotiation with Iran is going well, so far, and Obama wants economic and financial sanctions to bring its fruits. Romney wants nothing to this “nonsense”. Romney wants to bomb Iran…as if he is fully aware of the US difficulties, militarily and economically, and the dire consequences to such foolish action…

3. Russia is no longer a superpower, and is Not the enemy number One as Romney insists on proclaiming high and loud. Apparently, Romney wants to project the image of an archaic dinosaur, as if the majority of US citizens are elderly conservatives of the Cold War…

Most former political public figures such as Henry Kissinger,  Brent Scowcroft, James baker, Robert Gates…disagree with Romney stands on foreign affairs…

The real problem is that the young Republicans advising Romney are as ignorant as their “leader” to be of any assistance in bringing Romney off the high tree he is perched on.

Mind you that Romney and Israel Netanyahu PM were college colleagues, as if personal acquaintances are the basic building blocks for considering the best interests of the State.

Graphic: Jobs, education, debt and quality of life for young Americans
Note 1: The first section was inspired from the weekly piece of correspondent Hisham Melhem to the Lebanese daily Al Nahar.

Where are the Tea Party and the Occupy Wall Street movement? It’s two-party presidential campaign, stupid!

Three years ago, the Tea Party seemed to be everywhere in the psychic of the US society. This party kept criticizing Obama policies for supporting multinational financial institutions, expanding the Federal government spending, failing to deal with budget deficit…and went too far into exhibiting racist tendencies.

The Tea Party was the spearhead into bringing back the Republicans as majority into the House of representatives. It’s “authority figures” were represented by Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachman, Rick Perry, Marco Rubio and Randal Paul…As the Republican regained majority in the House, the Tea Party receded into oblivion…and since then, the Republican Party maintained a sizeable distance with the Tea Party programs…

The same phenomenon occurred with the Occupy Wall Street movement that protested against Multinational financial corporations resuming their old habit of doing business, not paying the proper taxes, and bringing the country back to another recession…

In this presidential campaign, the Republican Party is in no mood to suffer moderates, and is proposing radical right programs: Senator Mark Rubio and South Carolina governor joined Mitt Romney…

The Democrats do not suffer conservative tendencies in its ranks.

And the struggle will be fierce during election time, to revert back to continuing “old-time well oiled” US policies as usual, of maintaining the 1%  richest citizens grabbing 40% of national wealth, and keeping 20% of the population under poverty level, no matter what…

Note: Post inspired from the weekly piece by Hisham Melhem to the daily Lebanese Al Nahar

Kissinger blurted it: “US strategy in Middle-East is denying dominion to any State…”

This statement of Henry Kissinger, State minister during Nixon in the 70’s,  and who opened the door to dialogue with China Mao and planned the civil war in Lebanon, is not an earth shattering news: It has always been the case in the Middle East since antiquity for an emerging power to try to occupy the entire land in the Near East.

The strategies of France and England since the 18th century was to deny any country in the Middle-East to dominate the region…The Roman Empire had the same strategy. Russia and China adopt the same strategy in the Middle-East…Why this strategy never changes?

The history of the Middle-East is a succession of invasion by nascent young powers to dominate the entire region from the Babylonian, the Assyrian, the Persian, the Pharaoh of Egypt, the Greek, the Roman, the Arabic Empires, the Ottoman Empire, the mandated powers of France and England, and lately the USA… Current Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Turkey, and even Syria (during the first Omayyad Arabic Empire) were dominant powers through antiquity during different periods…

The Middle-East is the carrefour for trading between the east and west Europe, and all caravans had to pass by this region, one way or another.  The successive nine Crusade military campaigns were meant to occupy Egypt and circumvent paying to every conceivable city-state the price of passage of the spices and aromatic products coming from the far east islands and Yemen…

Lately, England thwarted the ambitions of Mehmet Ali of Egypt in the 19th century to dominate the region after he conquered the Arabic Peninsula, Sudan, and Syria…England supported the radical Wahhabi obscurantist Emirs in the Arabic Peninsula (the family of Saud) since the 19th century, in arms and finances in order to keeping the Peninsula in a state of insecurity…and displaced the “legitimate” emirs in Mecca (the Hashemite) for the Saudi Arabia monarchy in order to maintain the deals on oil production and rob the “Arabs” of any archaic legitimate leader who could unify them after WWI.

The creation of the Zionist State of Israel was within the objectives of the superpower to keeping this region in constant disequilibrium and unrest.  The Zionist ideology was a continuum of the European ideology of nationalism and it suited well England and France to having a mercenary organization willing to gather the Jews in Palestine and die for their masters in colonial Europe.

After 1967, it suited the USA well that Israel was willing to wage its strategy for maintaining this region in a state of instability and division. Israel is basically a land air carrier with mercenary soldiers willing to fight the US strategy in return for supporting the archaic religious ideology of the Elite specie…

During WWII, the US decided that it was about time to expand its dominion to the Middle-East and thwarted the attempt of Iran to becoming a self-autonomous power in the 50’s and brought back the Shah of Iran from exile. The US thwarted Egypt Gamal Abdel Nasser ambitions to unifying politically the Arab States and armed Saudi Arabia and fomented alliances against Abdel Nasser.

Saddam Hussein of Iraq ambitions were checked by encouraging him to invade Iran under the pretence of recuperating “Arabic lands” and then by encouraging Saddam to invade Kuwait as another Iraqi provence…Bush Junior made the blunder of occupying Iraq that was already on its knees since 1991, and dilapidated most of the US resources during the 8 years of occupation of Iraq.  What can you do when Bush Junior claimed that his decisions emanated from God, and the US citizens responded by “Hail to the messenger of God?”

After the Arab Spring and the dissemination of a rejuvenated spirit in the Arab World, only Syria in the Near East exhibited the status of a unified, powerful enough, and economically self-sufficient State. The latest troubles in Syria are not meant to dislodge the Al Assad regime, but to weaken the society and reduce it to an unstable entity.  After all, if the regime in Syria was maintained for over 40 years it was mainly by the explicit support of the US: Syria was given mandated power over Lebanon for 20 years…

There are only two regional States that think they can dominate the Middle-East: Turkey and Iran.  Turkey made the strategic “faux pas” of alienating Syria after exposing itself as the model for power transitions in the region and opened the way for cessation tendencies within Turkey (Kurds, Alawits, “Arab tribes” in south Turkey…)

So far, only Iran has demonstrated that it is a homogeneous society and has plans for self-autonomy of the western powers, with or without the bombing of its nuclear facilities.

It is no mystery that the US has started in urgency the exploitation of its oil and gas resources and is now 50% self-autonomous in the production and consumption of these resources…Is that a policy in preparation for another long protracted war? Iran is too big a fish to chew on, within this fragile state in the world economy and finance, and problems in oil transportation is the last cataclysm to facing at this stage…

Does the US care if the Middle-East people will experience wild upheavals for years to come? Not a chance. As long as oil production and distribution are secured by mercenary leaders in the region, the entire population can go to hell…The US has no great economical trade with this region, except oil..but Europe has a big stake here…

The US main economical interests have refocused to China, Far East Asia, and India, and in 20 years the entire Middle-East region can go to oblivion, and the US will never bat an eye…

Occupy Wall Street movement: What happened in San Francisco?

Occupy Wall Street movement is covering almost all the US States and has vigorously spread to every European States.  This movement is unstoppable and will feed from the experience of the hundreds of sit-ins and marches around the developed States where liberal capitalism has impoverished the people for the benefit of 1% of the elite classes in every State.

I am disseminating this story of what happened in San Francisco:

“Last night, San Francisco Police officers showed up at Occupy San Francisco for the first hostile altercation that the SF movement has had with cops, and among the first police crackdowns on the larger Occupy Wall Street movement. The encampment was cleared of tents and supplies, but protesters remained at the site and the incident could serve to broaden the movement and strengthen its resolve.

Around 9:30 pm, a police officer pulled up in an unmarked car and, with little comment, distributed fliers amongst the approximately 200 protesters, camped out in front of the Federal Reserve building at 101 Market Street, where I was camping with the protesters and reporting a story for next week’s The Guardian.

The fliers stated that we were in “violation of one or more of the following local ordinances or State laws,” and listed six laws, including open flames on a city street without a permit, lodging in a public place, preparing or serving food without a permit, and violating the city’s sit/lie ordinance. The order did not look legitimate, as it did not include an author, a timeline for the police action, or any dates. The atmosphere turned tense as protesters tried to decide how to react.

The camp had substantial infrastructure at this point, with a kitchen area, medical tent, supplies tent, tech area, and about 20 other tents for meeting and for lodging. The kitchen was largely set up by Food Not Bombs and had a propane-powered stove. Kitchen committee members immediately turned off the stove and closed the kitchen upon receipt of the notice, eliminating any open flames and serving of food.

A general assembly was called and emotions ran high as protesters fleshed out the intricacies of nonviolent protest, resistance, and the consensus-based decision-making system, which had served them so well in past weeks, when faced with a more urgent and high-stakes situation. Despite anger and disagreements, the group vowed to remain nonviolent.

A call was put out via Twitter, Facebook, email, and phone for supporters to come to the scene. Within a half hour, at least 100 more people had come, including members of Occupy Oakland, which just began this week.

Around 11 pm, about 60 cops showed up as well as four Department of Public Works trucks. The cops stood on the far side of Main Street, seemingly awaiting orders. Thirty minutes later, one protester, Alexandra List, told the General Assembly that she had spoken to the commanding officer, Captain Charlie Orkes. Orkes told her that if the camp and all the food, equipment, and other items that the camp had amassed were not completely removed in 30 minutes, they would arrest everyone.

Some protesters sprang to action taking down tents, while others discussed the possibility of risking arrest. It was unclear what would happen to confiscated items and for many travelers and homeless individuals currently living and organizing at the camp: They risked losing most or all of their personal belongings. All the tents were taken down, but the stuff was not removed. The camp had been receiving truckloads of donations per day, and finding a vehicle and destination to transport it all was difficult.

Fear and anticipation mingled with the excitement of having so much support and interest, locally and around the country. One protester, Zaigham Kabir of Oakland, said “There’s been a lot of confusion. It looks like a couple hundred people just came here. I also heard that there’s 10,000 people watching on livestream right now.”

Sup. John Avalos – the only mayoral candidate to take part in last week’s rally and march – came to the site around 12:40 am. He spoke several times with Capt. Orkes and also reportedly called Police Chief Greg Suhr in an attempt to mediate the situation and protect the protesters. He was the only supervisor or mayoral candidate to arrive on the scene.

Around 1 am, protesters saw cops put on riot gear and bring out batons. They then marched up Main to Market and formed a line around the remainder of the physical encampment, blocking protesters from their belongings. As protesters sat on the ground, imploring the cops to leave their things alone and chanting “Join Us! You’re the 99 percent too!” DPW workers loaded everything into five trucks. Tubs of food were spilled on the ground as they dismantled the kitchen, taking donated food, water. and supplies (there was so much food in the kitchen that only hours before, protesters had begun turning away food donations).

It was 1:45 am when protesters began taking to the streets to block the trucks. About 20 ran in front of the line of trucks to link arms and stacked wooden pellets, which had been used to elevate the camp during the rain, to form a barricade. One man lay down in front of the truck, smiling with his banjo in hand. They yelled, “That’s not trash! Don’t throw it away!”

Soon, about 250 protesters were linking arms, surrounding the line of trucks. A few brought over municipal trash cans and road blocks to form a barricade around the perimeter.

Throughout the night, many protesters reported conflicted expressions on officers’ faces. One such officer stood now in front of a truck with an American flag that had flown in the camp, still valiantly flying from its post in the DWP truck-bed garbage heap.

Eventually, the trucks backed out of the circle and began driving down Main Street, as protesters ran to try to stand, sit, and lie in front of them. While trying to remove the protesters, one woman was hit and pushed and another man was beaten down and reportedly kneed in the stomach. There was one arrest. It has been reported that the officer responsible for most of this behavior was Officer Pascua, who apparently said to several protesters, including Dylan Brignon of Fremont, “I can’t wait til I get the chance to beat your faces in.

The Guardian has called Chief Suhr, Mayor Ed Lee, and the SFPD and is awaiting a statement on the tactics and decision to raid the camp.

The trucks made it out of there by about 2:30 am. About 50 cops and 100 protesters remained in a standoff on Main and Market, and protesters chanted, sang, and held a large sign reading “We love you” and police stayed in a silent line, batons in hand.

By 3 am, protesters had regrouped. All of the structure was gone, but the occupation was still there. Protesters pledged to remain indefinitely despite the night’s events, and to continue to grow. Around 4 am, some cops returned to the site, and throughout the night there were seven or eight police cars circling the block at all times.

Protesters awoke this morning to a dozen or so police officers guarding the Federal Reserve building. There had already been donations of money, blankets and sleeping bags at 3 am in response to the events, and at 7 am the first food donation since raid came in and the protesters ate a free breakfast.

Said Kabir, “The fact is, we’re all here in solidarity. We’re still here. And we’re not leaving.”

Note: You may read the Official statement on https://adonis49.wordpress.com/2011/10/05/occupy-wall-street-is-statement-official/

Not a good idea dying simultaneously with Steve Jobs: Who is Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth?

An Elder Statesman for Civil Rights, dies at 89 on (October 6, 2011).  Was Rev. Fred L. Shuttleswort marching in King’s Shadow?

I was on Faceebook.com and read: “It is a shame that Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth death is going unnoticed after Steve Jobs departure”. I asked: “Who is Fred L. Shuttlesworth?”.  I received this link:

DIANE McWHORTER wrote (with slight editing, my style):

“IF you recognized the name of only one of the two greats who succumbed to cancer on Wednesday, that’s perhaps because the work of the Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth, who died at 89 in a hospital in Birmingham, Ala., was about as low-tech as it gets.

Using an operating system of unadorned bodily witness, backed by a headlong courage that often tested the grace of his God, Shuttlesworth was the key architect of the civil rights revolution’s turning-point victory in Birmingham, the mass marches of 1963. The internationally infamous climax, the showdown between the movement’s child demonstrators and the city of Birmingham’s fire hoses and police dogs, gave President John F. Kennedy the moral authority he needed to introduce legislation to abolish legal segregation, passed after his death as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (during President Johnson).

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the reluctant leader whom Shuttlesworth virtually goaded into joining him in Birmingham, got the credit — along with the Nobel Peace Prize — for their accomplishment. But that’s partly because Shuttlesworth was the un-King, the product not of polished Atlanta, but of rough, heavy-industrial Birmingham.

As the public face of the movement, King was its ambassador to the white world, while Mr. Shuttlesworth was the man in the trenches.

Without Shuttlesworth’s strategic acumen and troops, justice would have been dramatically delayed.  Shuttlesworth’s failure to get his due may be yet another example of the country’s reluctance to face up to the “class warfare”, which not only animates the current Occupy Wall Street demonstrations (yet another variation on the Birmingham template), but has long roiled the black community as well.

Among his movement colleagues, Shuttlesworth was known as the Wild Man from Birmingham. He had been a lonely pioneer of nonviolent direct action in the 1950s, dispatching his followers to illegal seats in the front of Birmingham’s buses, the day after the Ku Klux Klan bombed his bed out from under him on Christmas night in 1956.  Later, Shuttlesworth would say: “And this is where I was blown into history”)

He became increasingly frustrated trying to prod King, with whom he and two other black ministers founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957, to fulfill their organization’s pledge to “redeem the soul of America.”

If King was Hamlet, not quite able to make up his mind and break away from the ceremonial demands of his role, Shuttlesworth sometimes resembled the Road Runner. Shuttlesworth said: “I literally tried to get myself killed”: He was involved in more bodily attacks, arrests, jail sentences and Supreme Court test cases than any other member of the S.C.L.C.

Shuttlesworth, born to young, unmarried parents and raised in hardship, had a long history of challenging not just white privilege, but the prejudices of what he called the “tea sippers” of his own race, who had shunned his largely working-class movement, until its success appeared inevitable, thanks to his efforts.

It was that experience that drove his often-tense relationship with King during the Birmingham protests. At one point, the S.C.L.C.’s “Atlanta crowd” had tried to call off the demonstrations, while Shuttlesworth was in the hospital recovering from injuries inflicted by one of the fire hoses of his equally determined nemesis, the arch-segregationist police commissioner Eugene (Bull) Connor.

Shuttlesworth, who readily acknowledged being a “cussing preacher,” used some hurtful profanity in letting King know what he thought of this capitulation — and overruled him, declaring the demonstrations back on.

When King traveled to Oslo the next year to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, won mainly because of the success in Birmingham, Shuttlesworth was not included in the sizable entourage that accompanied King. There is a sense that he was paying the price for being the first S.C.L.C. leader to buck King’s authority — with the added insult of being right.

Not surprisingly, the man forever being eased out of the limelight, had his own passing superseded within hours by the head-of-state mourning that greeted the death of Steven P. Jobs. Steve Jobs is being remembered as the “the man who invented our world,” in the words of one headline, celebrated for creating objects to which their owners relate as though they were human.

Shuttlesworth’s legacy reminds us of the not-so-distant era when the task of our heroes was to persuade society to regard as human a class of people who had long been treated as things.

A few years ago, after Mr. Shuttlesworth had survived a house fire, I teased him about his continuing record of close calls, saying that, even though the segregationists hadn’t done him in, somebody was going to get him one way or the other.  He replied: “Yeah, and when they do, God’s going to say, ‘They got a man.’ ” End of article.

Once, an officer approached  Shuttlesworth saying: “Reverend, I’ll tell you what I would do. I’d get outta town as quick as I could.”

Shuttlesworth responded: “Officer, you are not me. Tell your clan, if God saved me through all this, I am here for the duration. And the war is just beginning.”

I wonder: “Why President Obama cheated out his constituency from their rights?  Is proving to the White Elite Class that, by not diverging from their policies, he is giving the impression that high ranked Black leaders are for continuity, regardless of ignominy and indignity in the current political morass?

Note: Diane McWhorter is the author of “Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama, the Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution.”

Is Turkey doing the “bidding of the US” in the Middle East?

Apparently, the US has “contained” the Arab Spring revolts, though the US is far from getting a handle on its financial and economic problems: The US is not seriously facing its internal turmoil.

A few leading European States have vested traditional interests in northern Africa and the Middle East States, and thus, the European Union is not about to reach a consensus on political guidelines for confronting the “Arab” upheavals.

Wise Germany has realized that the Arab temporary governments have not relinquished the US as the leading leverage power for resolving their internal conflicts.  Consequently, Germany has declined to interfere in any military forms: Germany is waiting for the dust to settle and expand its economic export and industrial might in the Mediterranean basin.

The Moslem Brotherhood political parties in Egypt, Libya, Syria, and Yemen are very satisfied with the negotiations conducted with the US Administration.  In fact, Islamic movements in Yemen are cracking down on the youth movement and putting democratic demonstrators in jails:  Many Yemenites wished they didn’t weaken the regime of dictator President Saleh so badly. The Moslem Brotherhood in Egypt is assured a sizable share in the next parliament and government ,and actually confronting the youth movement for change.  Tunisia is back to harassing and suppressing demonstrations…

Turkey seriously wants the Syrian-kind of Moslem Brotherhood to share power with the Assad regime: It quickly gathered the Moslem factions in Turkey to meet and challenge the Syrian regime…Turkey strategy is to have inside power in Syria politics in order to balance out the strong influence of Iran and Syria in Iraq politic scene.  Consequently, Syria regime is not against reforms, but it has serious doubts about giving the Syrian Moslem Brotherhood party substantial influence on foreign policies (read note).  Turkey has to wait for better opportunities to obtaining equal weight in influencing Iraqi politics.

Syria responded by inviting all the opposition parties and leaders to meet in Damascus, thus diluting the Turkish strategy.

What about Turkey?

Erdogan party won the election (50% of the votes), but Erdogan PM was waiting, stone faced in the Parliament, for the opposition deputies to officially recognize him as the new leader:  The opposition failed to show up because many elected deputies are still held in prison!

It feels that Turkey and the US have agreed that the sharing of power with Moslem Brotherhood factions in the Greater Middle-East is the best alternative to maintaining their vested financial and economic interests in the Middle-East and northern Africa prospering as before the uprising.

Turkey, as the other colonial powers, made deals with the previous dictators and absolute monarchs:  It is so convenient and easy to deal with “stable” oligarchies.  For example, Mohammar Qadhafi invested billion in Turkey in order to bring the Erdogan Party to power. In fact, 27,000 Turkish engineers and professionals were working in Libya as the revolt started.

The time has come for Turkey to demonstrate that it can navigate among “democratic” regimes in the Arab World and is willing to deal with the people, as the source of power.

So far, Turkey is giving the impression that it filed the Palestinian case and is linking with Israel for various political reasons.  Turkey is giving the impression that it is no longer hot for the armada of humanitarian aid “Freedom 2” to reaching Gaza.  Had anyone read that Israel officially apologized to the assassination of the 9 Turkish peace “agitators” on “Freedom 1” convoy?  As if shelving the Palestinian cause for an independent Statehood and the return of Palestinian refugees has ever resolved any problem in the Middle East.

Turkey has been undertaking a slow but steady regional economic “imperialism” by eroding the emerging industries and production bases in the regional States with the flood of its cheaper export products.  The Syrian government was forced to subsidize its industries in Aleppo in order to maintain its development plans and programs.

Turkey is associating its geo-political strategy with the US, under the tacit US conditions.  This is not a good medium-term tactics:  The “Arabs” have revolted because they are indignant of the US and former colonial powers supporting and encouraging dictatorial and absolute monarchy regime for over a century now.  The anger against Turkey and its former Ottoman hegemony might resurface.

Note: In the 60’s, a Syrian by name of Marwan 7adid (Hadid= Iron), returned from Egypt and settled in Damascus, and began disseminated an extremist Islamic ideology acquired from the Egyptian “Islam brotherhood”.  Marwan got no responses, but he persisted and managed to gather a few extreme and violent Islamists. One of them was an officer in the army and machine-gunned many officers in Hama.  The response of late Hafez al Assad was to enter the city of Hama by force in 1981, and eradicate Islam extremist elements.


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