American Horrors: Regime Change in Iraq to the Rise of ISIS

Subscribe to the Intercepted podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, Radio Public, and other platforms. New to podcasting? Click here. Trump is gloating over the reported death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. This week on Intercepted: Amidst the grandstanding and partisan bickering, no one wants to talk about the decades of U.S. policy that helped give rise … Continue reading “American Horrors: Regime Change in Iraq to the Rise of ISIS”

L’Otan sur le point d’imploser

Le Conseil atlantique s’est réuni au niveau ministériel, les 24 et 25 octobre 2019 au siège de l’Otan à Bruxelles. La réunion a donné lieu à de très vifs affrontements entre d’un côté l’Allemagne, le Benelux et la France, de l’autre les États-Unis et la Turquie. Les anciens États du Pacte de Varsovie, soucieux de … Continue reading “L’Otan sur le point d’imploser”

Bipartisan Thirst for More War: 75% of US Congress Calls on Trump to Boost Intervention in Syria, to ‘Pressure’ Iran and Russia

While the Donald Trump administration is threatening two new wars on Iran and Venezuela, a substantial majority of the US Congress is clamoring for more immediate action. Nearly 400 Congress members from both chambers — roughly 75 percent of all … The post Bipartisan Thirst for More War: 75% of US Congress Calls on Trump … Continue reading “Bipartisan Thirst for More War: 75% of US Congress Calls on Trump to Boost Intervention in Syria, to ‘Pressure’ Iran and Russia”

New Syria Chemical Attack Blamed on Government. Reports Fostered Divisions Among U.S. Allies

On May 19, 2019, several Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (ex. Jabhat al-Nusra) militants reported on the use of the chemical weapons in settlement of Al-Kabina by the Syrian Army (SAA). The mainstream media immediately replicated this news and a number of … The post New Syria Chemical Attack Blamed on Government. Reports Fostered Divisions Among U.S. … Continue reading “New Syria Chemical Attack Blamed on Government. Reports Fostered Divisions Among U.S. Allies”

Accusations of Chemical Weapons Use by the Syrian Army Nullified by Fact-Checking

Syrian government forces allegedly committed yet another chemical attack, local opposition affiliated media reported last Sunday. Despite the seriousness of the accusations the reports did not provide any details. Nothing was certain except for the location of the incident – … The post Accusations of Chemical Weapons Use by the Syrian Army Nullified by Fact-Checking … Continue reading “Accusations of Chemical Weapons Use by the Syrian Army Nullified by Fact-Checking”

Trois Français condamnés à mort en Irak pour appartenance à Daesh

Un magistrat de la cour de Bagdad a indiqué à l’AFP que trois Français, qu’il a jugés, avaient été condamnés à mort le 25 mai pour appartenance au groupe terroriste Etat islamique. Il s’agit de Kévin Gonot, Léonard Lopez et Salim Machou, arrêtés en Syrie par une alliance arabo-kurde anti-Daesh avant d’être transférés en Irak en février. … Continue reading “Trois Français condamnés à mort en Irak pour appartenance à Daesh”

Putin’s Buddy Erdogan Is Waging a Proxy War Against Him in Syria, Has Amped Up Weapons to Rebels — Reuters

Editor’s note: According to Reuters here Erdogan tried and failed to convince Moscow to stop the Idlib offensive, so he amped up arms shipments to rebels instead. Not sure what to make of that—if it’s true or not, so I’ll stick it here and let you decide for yourself. There were Turkish-supplied armored cars in the … Continue reading “Putin’s Buddy Erdogan Is Waging a Proxy War Against Him in Syria, Has Amped Up Weapons to Rebels — Reuters”

New Chemical Attack Reports Fostered Divisions Among U.S. Allies

On May 19, 2019, several Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (ex. Jabhat al-Nusra) militants reported on the use of the chemical weapons in settlement of Al-Kabina by the Syrian Army (SAA). The mainstream media immediately replicated this news and a number of states brought charges against Damascus. Thus, the State Department’s new spokeswoman, Morgan Ortagus, said there … Continue reading “New Chemical Attack Reports Fostered Divisions Among U.S. Allies”

L’anomie et le règne des hors-la-loi

Par Alexandre Moumbaris – Le 15 mai 2019 – Source Les Dossiers du BIP Anomie [« ανομία » provient du grec « α » (négatif) et « νόμος », loi ou principe] est le contexte dans lequel les lois et les principes font défaut, et en occurrence aussi les règles, la foi accordée aux traités, à la parole donnée… Par conséquent un contexte d’anomie … Continue reading “L’anomie et le règne des hors-la-loi”

«L’Etat islamique est une émanation de la CIA»

Pour lui, la résolution du conflit palestino-israélien ne peut se faire qu’en «mettant fin au système d’apartheid, comme cela s’est réalisé en Afrique du Sud ou même en Algérie». C’est une accusation grave qu’a portée hier l’historien et ancien ministre libanais Georges Corm à l’encontre de l’Occident en général. Invité à l’émission «Géopolitis» de la … Continue reading “«L’Etat islamique est une émanation de la CIA»”

Allemagne : les autorités déconseillent aux juifs de porter la kippa, pour leur sécurité

«Je ne peux pas conseiller aux juifs de porter la kippa partout tout le temps en Allemagne», a déclaré le 25 mai Felix Klein, commissaire du gouvernement allemand en charge de l’antisémitisme, dans un entretien au groupe de presse régional Funke, ajoutant avoir à ce sujet «hélas changé d’avis par rapport à autrefois». Felix Klein, dont … Continue reading “Allemagne : les autorités déconseillent aux juifs de porter la kippa, pour leur sécurité”

La prospérité, la sécurité et la dignité du peuple algérien ne sont pas négociables.

Il semblerait que notre général en chef va régulièrement « en consultation » à Dubaï (cf. papier joint ci-dessous). Même s’il faut évidemment faire attention à toutes sortes de manipulations et d’intoxications (et Le Point et les BHL sont très actifs dans les coulisses), il n’est pas question que l’avenir de notre pays se discute … Continue reading “La prospérité, la sécurité et la dignité du peuple algérien ne sont pas négociables.”

Boondoggle, Inc.

by William D. Hartung and Mandy Smithberger 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 … Continue reading “Boondoggle, Inc.”

Chemical Attack Claims Aimed at Curbing Syrian Anti-Terrorism Efforts – Damascus

“There is nothing but another last-ditch attempt by western countries that obey to their master — the United States — to ease pressure on their terrorist slaves in Idlib. And it is an obviously pathetic attempt to delay the advance of the [Syrian] military in these regions”, the statement, conveyed via a state-run TV broadcaster, read. On Tuesday, the US Department of State claimed that Washington saw signs … Continue reading “Chemical Attack Claims Aimed at Curbing Syrian Anti-Terrorism Efforts – Damascus”

“We’re Being Played”: Tucker Carlson Features Leaked Syria Chemical Attack Memo (VIDEO)

On Thursday night Fox’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” featured rare prime time coverage of the bombshell leaked OPCW report which refuted key events surrounding the April 2018 alleged chemical gas attack in Douma, Syria — which resulted in massive US and allied airstrikes on Damascus, nearly leading to a major war at the time. And now new allegations are looming which could once … Continue reading ““We’re Being Played”: Tucker Carlson Features Leaked Syria Chemical Attack Memo (VIDEO)”

AL ULA, le fabuleux roman de la France-Arabie … Par Hedy Belhassine

Source : Proche & Moyen-Orient, Hedy Belhassine, 29-04-2019 Le premier roman de tous les temps en Arabie saoudite a été écrit il y a tout juste soixante ans par une femme native de La Mecque. Samira était fille de l’unique chirurgien du Royaume et mère de Dodi, celui-là même qui en 1997 dans le tunnel … Continue reading “AL ULA, le fabuleux roman de la France-Arabie … Par Hedy Belhassine”

Venezuela : comprendre la guerre qui vient.

Alors que les tensions s’aggravent toujours un peu plus entre le Venezuela et les Etats-Unis, le journaliste Romain Migus livre son analyse d’une guerre qui semble aussi inéluctable que protéiforme. Le rôle des Etats-Unis et de leurs alliés «Toutes les options sont sur la table.» Le 23 janvier 2019, date de la tentative de coup … Continue reading “Venezuela : comprendre la guerre qui vient.”

Foreign Policy and the Establishment of Religion

by Paul R. Pillar The opening line of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution bans any law “respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”. It is no accident that this prohibition has pride of place in the Bill of Rights. It is fundamental to the founding of the republic. Several … Continue reading “Foreign Policy and the Establishment of Religion”

A Survey of Arab Youth Highlights Gaps between Policies and Aspirations

by James M. Dorsey Results of a recent annual survey of Arab youth concerns about their future suggest that Arab autocracies have yet to deliver expected public services and goods, explain autocratic efforts to promote nationalism, and indicate that jobs and social freedoms are more important than political rights. The survey provides insights that should … Continue reading “A Survey of Arab Youth Highlights Gaps between Policies and Aspirations”

‘Without Putin, Syria Would Have Ceased to Exist’: Interview with Flemish Priest Living in Syria

The text of this interview was published by Global Research on June 15, 2017 According to the Flemish Father Daniel Maes, who has lived in Syria since 2010, the coverage of the Syrian war is based on lies. President … The post ‘Without Putin, Syria Would Have Ceased to Exist’: Interview with Flemish Priest Living … Continue reading “‘Without Putin, Syria Would Have Ceased to Exist’: Interview with Flemish Priest Living in Syria”

War is War on Mother Earth

Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair “In order to achieve the massive systemic and cultural transformations required for mitigating climate change…we’re going to have to deal with the socially sanctioned, institutionalized violence perpetrated by U.S. foreign policy that is pouring fuel on the fire of global warming.” – Stacy Bannerman Climate Change Causes War  There is … Continue reading “War is War on Mother Earth”

Gulf of Tonkin ‘Crisis’, Iranian Style

Photograph Source: United States Navy – Public Domain The United States government is always beating the war drums; it’s what violent, rogue nations do. Currently, a non-issue in the Middle East is being seized upon as a threat to the mighty U.S. The headlines were sensational: ‘Saudi Arabia says Oil Tankers Attacked as Iranian Tensions … Continue reading “Gulf of Tonkin ‘Crisis’, Iranian Style”

Senate Committee Votes to Raise Defense Spending for Second Year in a Row to $750 Billion

The Senate Armed Services Committee advanced a major defense spending bill in a closed session this week, agreeing to the Trump administration’s $750 billion request and raising U.S. defense spending to levels not seen since the height of the Iraq War. If it passes the House and Senate, the bill would authorize the second major … Continue reading “Senate Committee Votes to Raise Defense Spending for Second Year in a Row to $750 Billion”

L’UNRWA rejette l’appel américain à son démantèlement

L’Agence des Nations unies pour les réfugiés palestiniens (Unrwa) a rejeté jeudi l’appel américain à son démantèlement, estimant qu’elle ne pouvait pas être tenue responsable de l’impasse dans le processus de paix entre Israéliens et Palestiniens. Le commissaire général de l’Unrwa, Pierre Krähenbühl, a réfuté les critiques émises mercredi par Jason Greenblatt, conseiller du président … Continue reading “L’UNRWA rejette l’appel américain à son démantèlement”

Video: Al Qaeda Militants Develop Large-scale Advance on Syria Army Positions

Militant groups are attacking key military and civilian infrastructure in the government-controlled area. The Reconciliation Center for Syria revealed that militants launched 17 rockets at the Russian Hmeimim airbase early on May 22. 8 rockets did not reach the base. … The post Video: Al Qaeda Militants Develop Large-scale Advance on Syria Army Positions appeared … Continue reading “Video: Al Qaeda Militants Develop Large-scale Advance on Syria Army Positions”

Amnesty Urges U.S. to Pay Reparations to Syrians After Killing 1,600 Civilians in Assault on Raqqa

Amnesty International is calling for the United States to pay reparations to survivors of the U.S.-led military coalition attack on Raqqa. A recent investigation by Amnesty International and Airwars showed the U.S.-led coalition killed more than 1,600 civilians during the 2017 offensive to oust ISIS militants from the Syrian city. The coalition launched thousands of … Continue reading “Amnesty Urges U.S. to Pay Reparations to Syrians After Killing 1,600 Civilians in Assault on Raqqa”

Leaked OPCW Report Raises New Questions About 2018 Chemical Attack in Douma, Syria

The State Department said Tuesday that the Syrian government may have used chemical weapons during recent fighting in Idlib. The State Department warned that the United States and its allies would respond quickly and appropriately if it is determined that chemical weapons have been used. This all comes as new questions are being raised about … Continue reading “Leaked OPCW Report Raises New Questions About 2018 Chemical Attack in Douma, Syria”

Syrian Army Shoots Down Drone Launched Near Hama Airport (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Video uploaded on Twitter by bystanders showed the Syrian air defense systems in action. #Syria #IdlibDrone attack on #Hama airbase: Syrian Air defense system in action. pic.twitter.com/oYpbvXfw7u — MrRevinsky (@Kyruer) May 22, 2019 ​Once the drone was shot down, observers noted it appeared to be GPS-guided and similar to weaponized drones used by rebel forces to attack Russian airfields in Syria. #Syria: 1st photos showing … Continue reading “Syrian Army Shoots Down Drone Launched Near Hama Airport (PHOTOS, VIDEO)”

Turkey Has Folded to US Pressure, Is No Longer Importing Any Iranian Oil

Turkey blasted US sanctions but decided not actually to run afoul of them Turkey has closed its ports to Iranian oil, fully complying with U.S. sanctions against its main supplier, despite Ankara publicly criticising the United States’ move to end import waivers and warning of a struggle to tap alternative producers. The U.S. decision to … Continue reading “Turkey Has Folded to US Pressure, Is No Longer Importing Any Iranian Oil”

Video: Syrian Army Is Repelling Large Militant Attack on Kafr Nabudah

On May 21, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (the former branch of al-Qaeda in Syria) and its Turkish-backed allies launched an attack from the direction of al-Habit and Qusaybiyah in northwestern Hama on positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in Kafr … The post Video: Syrian Army Is Repelling Large Militant Attack on Kafr Nabudah appeared … Continue reading “Video: Syrian Army Is Repelling Large Militant Attack on Kafr Nabudah”

Turkish Army Pullout Will Bring Peace to Northern Syria?

In mid-January 2018, the Turkish General Staff announced the beginning of Olive Branch Operation. The goal was to oust the Kurds from the outskirts of Afrin, as well as to create a buffer zone along the Syrian-Turkish border. These steps … The post Turkish Army Pullout Will Bring Peace to Northern Syria? appeared first on … Continue reading “Turkish Army Pullout Will Bring Peace to Northern Syria?”

Ayssar Midani – SitRep Syrie n°62 du 15 mai 2019..

Vous savez que les USA, accusent un fois de plus Bachar el Assad d’utilisation d’armes chimiques. Madame Ayssar Midani nous explique la situation de la Syrie et du combat des palestiniens. Partagez ! Volti ****** Source Thom Aldrin Pour toutes questions relatives à cette émission ou aux prochains SitRep sur la Syrie et adressées a … Continue reading “Ayssar Midani – SitRep Syrie n°62 du 15 mai 2019..”

The Belligerence of Empire

Photograph Source: Sgt. Ajenis Nunez – Public Domain “Capitalism’s gratuitous wars and sanctioned greed have jeopardized the planet and filled it with refugees. Much of the blame for this rests squarely on the shoulders of the government of the United States. Seventeen years after invading Afghanistan, after bombing it into the ‘stone age’ with the … Continue reading “The Belligerence of Empire”

Madonna’s Fake Revolution: Eurovision, Cultural Hegemony and Resistance

Photograph Source: chrisweger – CC BY-SA 2.0 Rim Banna, a famous Palestinian singer who translated Palestine’s most moving poetry to song passed away on March 24, 2018, at the age of 51. Rim captured the struggle for Palestinian freedom in the most dignified and melodious ways. If we could imagine angels singing, they would sound … Continue reading “Madonna’s Fake Revolution: Eurovision, Cultural Hegemony and Resistance”

Living in a Nation of Political Narcissists

Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair In this country, reactions to the Mueller report have been all-American beyond belief. Let’s face it, when it comes to election meddling, it’s been me, me, me, 24/7 here. Yes, in some fashion some set of Russians meddled in the last election campaign, whether it was, as Jared Kushner improbably claimed, … Continue reading “Living in a Nation of Political Narcissists”

So Many Wars: Remembering Friends in Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Kurdistan and Turkey 

It’s been so long since I have written, that I don’t know where to begin. I pick up a binder and begin scanning through past “Dear Friends” letters.  As I read, memories of trips to Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Kurdistan and Turkey begin to flood my consciousness.   So many beautiful faces and stories.  So many years … Continue reading “So Many Wars: Remembering Friends in Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Kurdistan and Turkey “

Jihadis Partly Push Back Syrian-Russian Offensive in Mechanized Counterstrike

Jihadis reinforced the battlefield with hundreds of fighters from other sectors of the front and struck back Of the two bigger towns taken by the Syrian army since the start of its offensive earlier this month one has been restored to rebel control. The Islamist rebels accomlished that in a large counterstrike spearheaded by two car … Continue reading “Jihadis Partly Push Back Syrian-Russian Offensive in Mechanized Counterstrike”

Newly Revealed Documents Show Syrian Chemical “Attacks Were Staged”

The British-based Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media recently revealed an internal engineering assessment by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons that undermines claims justifying U.S. attacks on Syria. Last year, many claimed that the Syrian government … The post Newly Revealed Documents Show Syrian Chemical “Attacks Were Staged” appeared first on Global Research.

War with Iran: The Pretext of Proxies

by Kevin L. Schwartz The prospect of war between the United States and Iran is more likely than it has been in decades, with the pretext for justifying a U.S. military strike or invasion already in place. In recent weeks, leading Iran hawks in the Trump administration have presented a framework to assign culpability to … Continue reading “War with Iran: The Pretext of Proxies”

Syrie : Washington accuse Damas d’attaque chimique… même l’OSDH et les Casques blancs démentent

Les Etats-Unis prennent-ils comme source d’information en Syrie, les djihadistes du Front al-Nosra ? Tout porte à le croire. Le 21 mai, le département d’Etat américain a en effet assuré que Washington disposait d’«indications» selon lesquelles «le régime de Bachar el-Assad» serait responsable d’une «attaque présumée au chlore dans le nord-ouest de la Syrie au matin du 19 … Continue reading “Syrie : Washington accuse Damas d’attaque chimique… même l’OSDH et les Casques blancs démentent”

Turkish army pullout will bring peace to Northern Syria

In mid-January 2018, the Turkish General Staff announced the beginning of Olive Branch Operation. The goal was to oust the Kurds from the outskirts of Afrin, as well as to create a buffer zone along the Syrian-Turkish border. These steps were sharply criticized by the world community, but Ankara hastened to declare that the presence … Continue reading “Turkish army pullout will bring peace to Northern Syria”

US Accuses Syria of More Chemical Attacks Just as Chemical Weapons Narrative Crumbles

You may be certain that Syria remains a geo-strategically crucial location for the U.S. empire because its keeps working to manufacture consent for interventionism there, writes Caitlin Johnstone.  By Caitlin Johnstone CaitlinJohnstone.com The Institute for Public Accuracy published a report Tuesday about the…Read more →

Projection : We need to take guns

Tourné à Raqqa, ce film présente le Bataillon International de Libération (IFB), unité combattante révolutionnaire au Rojava, au nord de la Syrie. Soirée le 25 mai à 18.30h co-organisée par Solidaires 13, le Centre Culturel Kurde de Marseille et Les Squales Marseille. Prenant pour modèle les Brigades Internationales qui avaient défendu la république espagnole en … Continue reading “Projection : We need to take guns”

Pays-Bas : accusé d’omission dans la délinquance des migrants, un secrétaire d’Etat démissionne

Une omission qui coûte cher : après avoir été accusé d’avoir sciemment caché les chiffres des crimes les plus graves commis par des demandeurs d’asile dans le pays, le secrétaire d’Etat néerlandais à la Justice et à la Sécurité, Mark Harbers (VVD, centre-droit), a annoncé sa démission le 22 mai. Depuis une semaine, le responsable … Continue reading “Pays-Bas : accusé d’omission dans la délinquance des migrants, un secrétaire d’Etat démissionne”

Projection/débat : « Après le Printemps… » au Saint-Sauveur

Projection/débat du film « Après le Printemps. Vie ordinaire de combattants syriens » au Saint-Sauveur, Adresse : 11 Rue des Panoyaux, 75020 Paris, le dimanche 2 juin à 18h30 Les combats font rage dans les rues de Morek, une petite ville de Syrie au nord d’Hama. Les insurgés Ahmad, Abu Moraï, Mohammed et Abu Jihad continuent de vivre malgré … Continue reading “Projection/débat : « Après le Printemps… » au Saint-Sauveur”

Fox in the Henhouse: Shanahan Is Industry’s Man in the Pentagon

John McCain is looking down on Washington and he is definitely not smiling. The late senator had very little in common with the anti-interventionist principles of this magazine, but in the brighter moments of his 35-year career in Congress, he was the Senate’s most vociferous watchdog of Pentagon waste and contractor malfeasance. His grilling of military brass … Continue reading “Fox in the Henhouse: Shanahan Is Industry’s Man in the Pentagon”