That Time North Korea Fought Israel

A statue of the muzzle and bayonet of an AK-47, given to Egypt by North Korea, honors the military partnership between the two countries While the Yom Kippur War is a well known Cold War engagement between Soviet and Western aligned forces which took place in the midst of the Vietnam War, pitting the forces … Continue reading “That Time North Korea Fought Israel”

Notre Nakba et leur indépendance

L’anniversaire de la Nakba a lieu chaque année en mai. Mais nous, les Palestiniens de 1948, vivons en mémoire de la Nakba dans des circonstances différentes de celles de tous les autres Palestiniens. Ici, de l’intérieur d’Israël, nous pouvons entendre les sirènes annonçant le début de la célébration observée par ceux qui nous ont occupés … Continue reading “Notre Nakba et leur indépendance”

POURQUOI L’AMERIQUE S’ATTAQUE À L’IRAN ?

Attention. D. Trump n’est un clown, ni un demeuré. Il sait parfaitement ce qu’il fait pourquoi il le fait et au service de qui il le fait. POURQUOI L’AMERIQUE S’ATTAQUE À L’IRAN ? Abdelhak Benelhadj, Le Quotidien d’Oran, J. 16 mai 2019 L’histoire bégaye. * Prenant prétexte de l’« attaque » de deux de ses … Continue reading “POURQUOI L’AMERIQUE S’ATTAQUE À L’IRAN ?”

Trump and the Middle East: a Long Record of Personal Failure

Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair Many American presidents have blundered in the Middle East and the Persian Gulf, but Donald Trump’s personal involvement in the region has been particularly disastrous.  President Eisenhower introduced the CIA to the world of covert action, when he ordered the overthrow of the legitimate government of Iran in 1953.  President … Continue reading “Trump and the Middle East: a Long Record of Personal Failure”

Iran Notes

“Boys go to Baghdad, but real men go to Tehran” – Bush official, 2003 Gibbon in his The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire writes of the Romans, “They endeavored to convince mankind that their motive was not the temptation of conquest but was actuated by the love of order and justice.” West Asia, the Middle East … Continue reading “Iran Notes”

Les projets secrets d’une unité de propagande britannique visent les musulmans français

Un contrat consulté par MEE montre que la France compte parmi les pays ciblés par l’Unité de recherche, communication et information du Home Office pour influencer l’opinion publique musulmane dans le cadre d’un programme secret de lutte contre l’extrémisme. Une obscure unité de propagande du gouvernement britannique qui confie en privé qu’elle s’efforce de « … Continue reading “Les projets secrets d’une unité de propagande britannique visent les musulmans français”

La folie de mener une guerre contre l’Iran…

…alors que c’est la Chine et la Russie qui la gagneront Par Moon of Alabama – Le 15 mai 2019 La tactique d’induire la peur en menaçant d’une attaque contre l’Iran continue de plus belle. Bolton se tape sur les cuisses de constater la facilité avec laquelle il peut jouer de cette menace qui ne … Continue reading “La folie de mener une guerre contre l’Iran…”

Europe is Powerless in Growing Conflict Between the US and Iran

Photograph Source: rockcohen – CC BY-SA 2.0 Brexiteers in Britain are denouncing the EU as an all-powerful behemoth from whose clutches Britain must escape, just as the organisation is demonstrating its failure to become more than a second-rate world power. The EU’s real status – well behind the US, Russia and China – has just … Continue reading “Europe is Powerless in Growing Conflict Between the US and Iran”

Tel Aviv Is Afraid of “The Axis of Resistance”

The Australian political economist and author Professor, Tim Anderson, has emphasized that the Zionist entity is afraid of the unrelenting Palestinian resistance, of Syria’s looming victory and of an enhanced Axis of Resistance facing the occupied parts of Lebanon … The post Tel Aviv Is Afraid of “The Axis of Resistance” appeared first on Global … Continue reading “Tel Aviv Is Afraid of “The Axis of Resistance””

The Mysterious “Sabotage” of Saudi Oil Tankers: a Dangerous Moment in Trump’s Escalating Conflict With Iran

Saudi Arabia’s claim that two of its oil tankers have been sabotaged off the coast of the UAE is vague in detail – but could create a crisis that spins out of control and into military action. Any attack on shipping in or close to the Strait of Hormuz, the 30-mile wide channel at the entrance to the Gulf, … Continue reading “The Mysterious “Sabotage” of Saudi Oil Tankers: a Dangerous Moment in Trump’s Escalating Conflict With Iran”

Did a Third Party Hit Saudi Tankers to Push America to War With Iran?

Editor’s Note: Britain’s reaction has been to says the incident highlights the danger of “a conflict happening by accident” between the US and Iran. However if ships are damaged by mines that is no accident. Video has emerged showing damage to the Norwegian-flagged oil tanker Andrea Victory following a purported “sabotage” attack on multiple oil tankers off the coast of … Continue reading “Did a Third Party Hit Saudi Tankers to Push America to War With Iran?”

Iran Crisis Exposes the EU as a Second-Rate Power in Thrall to Trump

So long as Trump sticks with sanctions he is in a strong position, but if the crisis with Iran becomes militarised then the prospects for the US become less predictable Brexiteers in Britain are denouncing the EU as an all-powerful behemoth from whose clutches Britain must escape, just as the organisation is demonstrating its failure … Continue reading “Iran Crisis Exposes the EU as a Second-Rate Power in Thrall to Trump”

Ephéméride des luttes : 10 mai

Dans l’éphéméride des luttes, le 10 mai a une place explosive. Aujourd’hui, beaucoup de monde joue avec la chimie et la poudre, parfois pour rappeller leurs engagements à certains. Et globalement, les fascistes (et tous leurs dérivés) nous font sacrément chier. 1857 : En Inde, révolte des cipayes contre la compagnie anglaise des Indes. Le … Continue reading “Ephéméride des luttes : 10 mai”

Les États-Unis et Israël mèneront-ils une « guerre d’été » ?

Par Moon of Alabama − Le 8 mai 2019 Un de nos lecteurs, J. Swift, commente  à la fin de notre fil de discussion sur le traité iranien JCPOA (mise en caractères gras ajoutée) : Après m’être endormi avec toutes les déclarations de plus en plus stridentes de Bolton & Cie, dans le but de renforcer … Continue reading “Les États-Unis et Israël mèneront-ils une « guerre d’été » ?”

Boondoggle, Inc.: Making Sense of the $1.25 Trillion National Security State Budget

In its latest budget request, the Trump administration is asking for a near-record $750 billion for the Pentagon and related defense activities, an astonishing figure by any measure. If passed by Congress, it will, in fact, be one of the largest military budgets in American history, topping peak levels reached during the Korean and Vietnam … Continue reading “Boondoggle, Inc.: Making Sense of the $1.25 Trillion National Security State Budget”

L’art de la vidéo sous toutes ses formes

Sous le thème de «Transhumanisme», la 25e édition du Festival international d’art vidéo de Casablanca a connu la participation de 25 pays, dont l’Espagne, la France, l’Italie, l’Allemagne, le Portugal, la Russie, l’Ukraine, la Roumanie, le Canada, la Chine, l’Inde, la Colombie, le Brésil, l’Australie, l’Autriche, le Liban, la Tunisie, l’Iran, et le Maroc. Cette … Continue reading “L’art de la vidéo sous toutes ses formes”

Israël bombarde à nouveau Gaza – Mais « en réponse » à quoi ?

Par Moon of Alabama – Le 5 mai 2019 Depuis vendredi midi, un échange de tirs entre les Palestiniens assiégés de la bande de Gaza et Israël a dégénéré en bombardements et tirs de missiles. La couverture médiatique du conflit par les médias américains prouve une fois de plus qu’ils ne sont pas en mesure … Continue reading “Israël bombarde à nouveau Gaza – Mais « en réponse » à quoi ?”

Syrian Army Offensive on Idlib Al-Qaedastan Is a Go, Tigers Leading the Charge

Question is, do the Syrian forces have the authorization to drive back AQ as far as they can, or is this just a limited offensive that will avoid stepping on Turkish toes? That Syrian-Russian offensive on jihadi-held “Greater Idlib” I told you looked like it was being prepared? It has now kicked off this morning. … Continue reading “Syrian Army Offensive on Idlib Al-Qaedastan Is a Go, Tigers Leading the Charge”

Pourquoi la Russie, gavée de pétrole, n’aide-t-elle pas son allié syrien qui subit une grave crise énergétique ?

Par Andrew Korybko – Le 17 avril 2019 – Source eurasiafuture.com Il apparaît inexplicable à nombre d’observateurs que la Russie, l’un des principaux producteurs de pétrole, n’aide pas son allié à survivre à l’une des crises du pétrole les plus marquées qu’il n’a jamais connues, mais à y regarder de plus près, et en y réfléchissant bien, … Continue reading “Pourquoi la Russie, gavée de pétrole, n’aide-t-elle pas son allié syrien qui subit une grave crise énergétique ?”

Are the US and Israel Preparing for War in the Middle East? Lebanon is Next?

Despite the lack of visible preparation for war, the Lebanese authorities consider it important to take all necessary precautions for a possible Israeli attack on Lebanon. Israel is not alone; this time its forces enjoy unlimited military support from the … The post Are the US and Israel Preparing for War in the Middle East? … Continue reading “Are the US and Israel Preparing for War in the Middle East? Lebanon is Next?”

What Past Civil Wars Tell Us About the Future of Syria

Photograph Source: Mahmoud Bali (VOA) – Public Domain When Syrian government soldiers first recaptured the small village of Deir Hafar from Isis in 2017, they found the black-painted but hurriedly abandoned Islamic “court” strewn with piles of documents. These hundreds of pages contained terrible proof of how the Syrian civilians there had behaved under at least … Continue reading “What Past Civil Wars Tell Us About the Future of Syria”

Gaddafi, Existentialist

Former Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi was known predominantly in the West as a strange and eccentric dictator. An often-comical man who fit the West’s stereotype of the “foreign” villain. In 2009, Gaddafi insisted on staying in a Bedouin tent during a trip to New York, and set it up on an estate owned by … Continue reading “Gaddafi, Existentialist”

Tensions Rising among Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE

by Cinzia Bianco Despite recurring indications that King Mohammed VI of Morocco was due to visit King Salman of Saudi Arabia in Riyadh at the end of April, no such visit has yet materialized—a new sign of rising tensions between the two monarchies. The possible cancelation of this trip takes place amid a deterioration of … Continue reading “Tensions Rising among Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE”

GOP Lawmaker Gave Pro-War Speech on Yemen — by Reading Saudi Lobbyist’s Talking Points Verbatim

Rep. Ed Royce, a senior Republican who, at the time, chaired the Foreign Affairs Committee, gave a speech on the House floor in November 2017 imploring his fellow lawmakers to maintain support for the Saudi Arabian-led war in Yemen. Royce warned that foreign adversaries — namely, Iran — could gain a foothold in Yemen through the Houthi rebels. “Part of … Continue reading “GOP Lawmaker Gave Pro-War Speech on Yemen — by Reading Saudi Lobbyist’s Talking Points Verbatim”

Can Recycling Save Lebanon?

by Austin Bodetti Lebanon’s problems with waste collection have become notorious. After Beirut’s primary landfill closed in 2015 without a backup, what Lebanese dubbed “garbage mountains” engulfed the capital. The Lebanese government’s impromptu solutions, such as dumping refuse into the Mediterranean Sea, are no long-term fix. Many Lebanese consider recycling the most viable alternative to … Continue reading “Can Recycling Save Lebanon?”

Iran-USraël : compte à rebours vers la guerre

Combien de temps avant qu’USraël et l’Iran n’en arrivent aux coups directs ? Le compte à rebours a commencé. Quelques jours seulement nous séparent du 2 mai, lorsque le deuxième et dernier stade des sanctions US contre l’Iran entrera en vigueur. L’administration Trump veut mettre fin à toutes les exportations de pétrole de l’Iran, qui … Continue reading “Iran-USraël : compte à rebours vers la guerre”

L’Avertissement de Brzezinski à l’Amérique

Par Mike Whitney − Le 13 Avril 2019 − Source Unz Review Crédit : Jack E. KightlingerL’ordre mondial libéral, qui a duré depuis la fin de la Seconde guerre mondiale à ce jour, est en train de rapidement s’effondrer. Son centre de gravité se déplace d’Ouest en Est, en direction de la Chine et de l’Inde … Continue reading “L’Avertissement de Brzezinski à l’Amérique”

Art and activism at the Lebanese-Syrian border

Refugee camp in the Bekaa Valley. Anaïs Ortega, Author providedJanuary 2019. It’s 7:30 am and the air is freezing here in the refugee settlements in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon. We are five educators on site this morning. Muzaffar, one of our students, is not wearing shoes and he is swinging his purple feet over the … Continue reading “Art and activism at the Lebanese-Syrian border”

The Mueller Report Depicts a White House Where Orders Are Optional

One of the outstanding features of the Mueller report was its portrait of Donald Trump’s presidency, in which the orders and directives he gives are routinely ignored by his own White House staff and cabinet members. In some instances, his lack of follow-up or his later acceptance of a contrary suggestion may indicate that his … Continue reading “The Mueller Report Depicts a White House Where Orders Are Optional”

How Do You Prefer Your Empire: Coarse or Polite?

You have owners; a corporate, political, and media elite charged with maintaining the military-industrial behemoth. And your owners have only allowed you the illusion of choice, of democracy It amounts to a matter of taste; how you prefer the emperor to behave. Such is political life in the late-stage American Empire. Both major parties offer … Continue reading “How Do You Prefer Your Empire: Coarse or Polite?”

Who is Cassandra?

A wonderful interpretation of the ancient Trojan prophetess in a performance by the theoretical physicist Sabine Hossenfelder on her always interesting blog “Backreaction” But who was Cassandra? I can tell you that from personal experience. She appeared to me in person — well, as a ghost, actually. Let me reproduce the relation of that encounter as … Continue reading “Who is Cassandra?”

Israël libère deux détenus syriens en échange de la dépouille d’un soldat

Israël a libéré, ce 28 avril, deux prisonniers syriens après la restitution de la dépouille de l’un de ses soldats porté disparu depuis 1982, a annoncé l’armée. «Les détenus syriens ont été remis au Comité international de la Croix-Rouge (CICR)» au point de passage de Qouneitra, sur le plateau du Golan, dont la majeure partie … Continue reading “Israël libère deux détenus syriens en échange de la dépouille d’un soldat”

Four Years of Hell: To Crush Yemen’s Independence, US-Saudi War Created World’s Worst Humanitarian Crisis

Saudi airstrikes kill 50 civilians a week. Yemenis have gone from surviving on $4.5 a day before the war to just $1.8 a day a year into the Saudi invasion March 26, 2019 marks the fourth anniversary of the US-Saudi bombing campaign in Yemen. These four years have unleashed Hell on Earth for millions of civilians. … Continue reading “Four Years of Hell: To Crush Yemen’s Independence, US-Saudi War Created World’s Worst Humanitarian Crisis”

Iran Didn’t Blow up the Saudi Khobar Towers. It Was a Frame Up

Editor’s note: In light of US proclaiming the Iranian Revolutionary Guards of being a terrorist organisation it is worth examining the two biggest terrorist attacks, in Argentina and Saudi Arabia, which the US has blamed on Iran, as well as US links (or not) to the terrorist MEK and Jundallah. Al-Qaeda had carried out an earlier … Continue reading “Iran Didn’t Blow up the Saudi Khobar Towers. It Was a Frame Up”

EU in the Middle East: Punching Below the Weight

by Eldar Mamedov At the end of May, citizens across the European Union will elect a new European Parliament for the next five years. The outcome of these elections will determine the future direction of the EU. By the end of 2019, a new European Commission, a new president of the Council, and a new … Continue reading “EU in the Middle East: Punching Below the Weight”

The Future of UN Peacekeeping in the Middle East

by Dennis Jett If it is one thing that the U.S. government does not like to pay for it is the cost of UN peacekeeping operations. The Trump administration could save American taxpayers about $170 million a year on peacekeeping if it wanted to, but it won’t. Here’s why. While she was ambassador to the … Continue reading “The Future of UN Peacekeeping in the Middle East”

Israel Plans to Launch a Surprise War against Lebanon

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah held a private meeting this week with his top military commanders in which he warned them to prepare for a hot Summer because Israel plans to launch a surprise war against Lebanon. Sayyed Nasrallah has … The post Israel Plans to Launch a Surprise War against Lebanon appeared first on … Continue reading “Israel Plans to Launch a Surprise War against Lebanon”

John Bolton Rumored Israeli attack on Lebanon. Going After Hezbollah Donors?

John Bolton sent out the following tweet yesterday ahead of the rumored Israeli attack on Lebanon this summer that will target civilians (according to Israeli Major General Amir Eshel).  . . . Today’s @StateDept announcement that they will be … The post John Bolton Rumored Israeli attack on Lebanon. Going After Hezbollah Donors? appeared first … Continue reading “John Bolton Rumored Israeli attack on Lebanon. Going After Hezbollah Donors?”

Le général américain Wesley Clark: «Daesh est une création israélienne»

Le général Wesley Clark, ancien commandant des forces armées de l’OTAN, a déclaré à la chaîne de télévision américaine CNN que l’Émirat islamique (Daech) avait été « créé par nos amis et nos alliés pour vaincre le Hezbollah ». Dans une interview accordée à la chaîne américaine CNN, le général Wesley Clark a déclaré que … Continue reading “Le général américain Wesley Clark: «Daesh est une création israélienne»”

L’Union européenne est contrainte de participer aux guerres US

Depuis le Traité de Maastricht, tous les membres de l’Union européenne (y compris des pays neutres) ont placé leur défense sous la suzeraineté de l’Otan ; laquelle est exclusivement dirigée par les États-Unis. C’est pourquoi, lorsque le Pentagone délègue au département du Trésor le siège économique des pays qu’il veut écraser, tous les membres de … Continue reading “L’Union européenne est contrainte de participer aux guerres US”

US Maximum Pressure on Iran Is Still Floundering

Almost a year after President Trump reneged on U.S. commitments in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), otherwise known as the Iran nuclear deal, there is not the slightest sign that this move is achieving the declared objective of Iran crawling back to the negotiating table to negotiate a “better deal.” Tehran instead has … Continue reading “US Maximum Pressure on Iran Is Still Floundering”

U.S. Ends OIl Sanctions Waivers for Iran

by Aveek Sen U.S. sanctions waivers for Iranian oil that the United States issued to China, India, Japan, South Korea, Italy, Greece, Turkey, and Taiwan won’t be renewed on May 2, according to the White House. Iran retaliated by saying that it will close the Strait of Hormuz, a major naval choke-point, through which a … Continue reading “U.S. Ends OIl Sanctions Waivers for Iran”

La France aurait mis en garde le Liban contre une possible attaque israélienne

La partie française a prévenu le Liban qu’une possible attaque de l’armée israélienne visant une usine de missiles du Hezbollah pouvait survenir, selon le journal Al-Hayat. Des officiels français ont averti le Liban d’une possible attaque israélienne visant un site de fabrication de missiles de précision du Hezbollah, affirme le journal Al-Hayat se référant à … Continue reading “La France aurait mis en garde le Liban contre une possible attaque israélienne”

L’administration Trump entrera-t-elle en guerre ?

Par The Saker – Le 10 avril 2019 – Source thesaker.is via Unz Review Depuis que M. MAGA est entré à la Maison Blanche, je suis émerveillé par le niveau de stupidité cristalline et, franchement, par l’immoralité de cette administration. Obama était presque aussi incompétent et diabolique, mais Trump a vraiment apporté un changement qualitatif à ce que … Continue reading “L’administration Trump entrera-t-elle en guerre ?”

La neige bloque les routes et endommage les cultures dans tout le Liban

Plusieurs routes ont été bloquées et les récoltes ont été endommagées dans tout le pays dimanche en raison de la neige et de la grêle, qui devraient s’estomper dans la soirée. Le service météorologique de l’aéroport de Beyrouth a déclaré que de la neige est attendue à 1 200 mètres d’altitude tout au long de … Continue reading “La neige bloque les routes et endommage les cultures dans tout le Liban”

On “Letters from Baghdad”

What Gertrude Bell’s Letters Remind Us About the Founding of Iraq Elias Muhanna | NewYorker.com (Culture Desk) I first encountered the work of the British traveller, archeologist, and spy Gertrude Bell many years ago, while hunting in the archives for a Carmelite priest named Père Anastase-Marie de Saint-Élie, an obscure figure in the history of Arabic … Continue reading “On “Letters from Baghdad””

On Reza Aslan’s “Believer”

Last month, I wrote an essay for NewYorker.com about Reza Aslan’s new CNN show, “Believer.” Here’s the first paragraph with a link to the rest of the piece. In other news, I’m on my way to Lebanon this evening to attend the School of Mamluk Studies’ annual conference, which is being held this year at the … Continue reading “On Reza Aslan’s “Believer””

Assad and ISIS

A veteran journalist, Roy Gutman, has written a series of three articles for the Daily Beast with the suggestive titles, “Assad Henchman: Here’s How We Built ISIS” (part 1); “How Assad Staged Alqaeda Bombings” (part 2); and “How ISIS returned to Syria” (part 3). The gist of the series is that the Assad regime was complicit … Continue reading “Assad and ISIS”