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Sunday, 11 December 2016

أقمار حلب تهزم قريش وأربابها...!



أقمار حلب تهزم قريش وأربابها

محمد صادق الحسيني
وأنا أشاهد عصابات القتل والإرهاب والحقد والدمار الشامل تتساقط كأحجار الدومينو أمام زحف رجال الله في حلب…

لو كنت أميركياً لكتبتُ: أنّ العالم بدأ ينهار أمام أعيننا ولا نملك القدرة على فعل شيء، انتهت اللعبة، باي باي أميركا…!

لو كنت «إسرائيلياً» لكتبتُ: أنّ حزب الله وإيران والأسد هزموني مجدّداً شرّ هزيمة…!

لو كنتُ تركياً أردوغانياً لكتبت: لقد تحوّلت أحلامي الامبراطورية إلى سراب…!

لو كنتُ سعودياً لكتبتُ: لقد هُزمت قريش من جديد على أسوار قلعة حلب…!

مع بدايات العام 2012 حصل اجتماع مهمّ جداً في «غرفة عمليات هاتاي» في تركيا حضره يومها كلٌّ من رئيس جهاز المخابرات الأميركية «سي أي آي» ورئيس جهاز المخابرات التركية ورئيس المخابرات السعودية ورئيس القسم الخارجي في المخابرات «الإسرائيلية» ورئيس جهاز المخابرات القطري وضابطان رفيعا المستوى من مركز عمليات الناتو قرّروا خلال اللقاء فصل حلب عن حضن الدولة السورية بأيّ ثمن كان وإعلانها إمارة مستقلة بمثابة مقدّمة لتفكيك الدولة السورية…!

كان هذا بمثابة قرار مخابراتي دولي بقيادة واشنطن هدفه إسقاط حكم الرئيس السوري المنتخَب وتدمير الدولة الوطنية السورية وتمزيقها الى دويلات…!

وهكذا تدفقت العصابات وقطاع الطرق والأموال والأسلحة والمستشارين باتجاه حلب وصار الجميع في الغرب وعند الأعراب يتحدّث عن ضرورة تغيير النظام في سورية وانّ الأسد راحل لا محالة وأنه غير قادر على الصمود والبقاء…!

يومها لم يكن أحد يتصوّر ولا للحظة واحدة أنّ ثمة من يملك في المقابل الرؤية الواضحة والبصيرة التامة والعزيمة والبأس والقرار لوقف حركة التاريخ بالتوقيت الأميركي مهما حصل…!

وأنه قادر بقدرة قادر أن يوقف عقارب الساعة الأميركية الإسرائيلية التي انطلقت في سورية، وأن يغيّر القدر لصالح دوران الساعة العربية الإيرانية الحزب اللهية المشتركة. نعم ودوران تاريخ ما قبل عصر الظهور، بل وحتى إن لزم الأمر تاريخ ما قبل يوم القيامة…!

وهكذا كان القرار في بيت قصر الشعب السوري، مع انطلاق المشهد الدمشقي الشهير، يوم اعتلى السيد حسن عبد الكريم نصرالله مع شقيقيه الرئيسين الإيراني محمود أحمدي نجاد والسوري بشار حافظ الأسد سدة رئاسة عصر ما بعد الزمن الأميركي المتقهقر على بوابات الشام وتخوم حلب وأسوار الجليل الأعلى…!

هي الساعة التي تدور اليوم في حلب تماماً، الساعة التي تُجبر دونالد ترامب على الإذعان والاعتراف والإقرار بفشل أميركا بجمهورييها وديمقراطييها في إسقاط الأسد أو التغلب على بأس السوريين وصمودهم وشجاعة حلفائهم وصبرهم الاستراتيجي!

عندما يقول ترامب بأنه سيغيّر من سياسة أميركا التي كانت تلهث وراء إسقاط الأنظمة، هو في الواقع لا يمنحنا منّة أو فرصة من فضله، ولا يعبّر عن خلاف له مع أوباما، بقدر ما هو يذعن صاغراً بأنّ سياسة إدارتَيْ بوش الابن في العراق كما باراك أوباما في سورية قد هزمتا أمام إرادة وبأس الجيش العربي السوري وحلفائه من حرس ثوري إيراني وفصائل المقاومة من رجال حزب الله وغيرهم من مقاومات ومعهم الحشد الشعبي العراقي وحلفائه من قوات مكافحة الإرهاب المحلية وبقايا جيش الشعب العراقي…!

إنّ معركة تحرير حلب وإعادتها كاملة إلى حضن الدولة السورية، والتي تقترب في هذه اللحظة من نهاياتها المقرّرة، تثبت للعالم أجمع بأنّ تحرير كلّ شبر من سورية أمر ممكن وأنه حاصل لا محالة، وأنه لم يعد حلماً بعيد المنال…!

فالذي يحرّر حلب بجغرافيتها الكبيرة جداً وموقعها الجيوسياسي والجيو استراتيجي الخاص قطعاً هو أقدر على تحرير إدلب والرقة ودير الزور ودرعا والقنيطرة…!

وهذا الأمر حاصل لا محالة وقد بات قريباً، وعلى العالم الذي كان ينتظر رحيل الأسد في الأعوام 2012 و13 و14، أن يَعدّ أسماء الذين سيرحلون مع أوباما وما بعد بعد أوباما…!

إنها تجربة مدرسة الوحي المتجدّدة في سيرة ومسار رجال الله وانتصارات البصائر على جهل أبي سفيان وأبي لهب عصرنا الحاضر…!

لقد أرادوها معركة إسقاط لأطراف محور المقاومة الواحد بعد الآخر، فكان الموعد مع مَنْ يغيّرون القدر ويعيدون كتابة التاريخ ويرسمون ميتافيزيقا جغرافية لم يعهدها ضباط سايكس بيكو، ولا ورثتهم الجدد…!

إنهم الأقمار شاطري – خوشنويس، همداني – أبو وهب، الحاج علاء، الحاج حمادة، ومعهم وإلى جانبهم عشرات الأقمار من بواسل الجيش العربي السوري وعشرات النجوم التي كلما كان يسقط نجم من سماء حلب بين أهله كانت الشهباء حلب تجدّد سماءها الناصع بنجوم جديدة أكثر لمعاناً…!

ونحن نتابع أخبار انتصاراتكم سادتي، أقول بلسان كلّ عربي لم يتسنّ له المشاركة معكم:

يا ليتنا كنا معكم سادتي فنفوز فوزاً عظيماً، طبتم وطابت الأرض التي حرّرتم…!

حلب تنتصر على أعدائها وتغيّر وجه العالم، لأنّ أوجه الذين دافعوا عنها كانت حزمة أنوار قلّ نظيرها في تاريخ تتابُع الأبدال وتواصُل الأجيال…!

بعدنا طيّبين قولوا الله.

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New Tempest Erupts over ‘Russian Hacking’…plus a suggestion for Donald Trump



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By Richard Edmondson
The Obama administration has ordered a full intelligence review into alleged efforts by Russian hackers to influence the outcome of the presidential election, with the president, according to media reports, requesting that a report on the matter to be completed before he leaves office on January 20.
Deputy White House Press Secretary Eric Schultz says he wants “to be clear” that this is not in any way an effort to undermine Trump’s legitimacy to hold office, only that there is a need to look at possible “malicious activity” carried out by the Russians.
“I think this is going to be a deep dive,” Schultz said, taking pains to clarify that the investigation will examine not only putative Russian manipulation of the most recent election, but also alleged tampering of the elections of 2012 and 2008.
I have a suggestion for Donald Trump. He probably won’t heed it, but I will offer it anyway: that immediately upon assuming office, he order the Office of Management and Budget to investigate how much tax money was squandered by the Obama administration in nearly six years of efforts to overthrow the government in Syria. Maybe Trump could order a ‘deep dive’ and ask the OMB to have the report completed within his first 60 days in office.
Many people, naturally, would see such a call as a retaliation for the investigation now being ordered by Obama–and certainly the media would report it that way–but the results of an investigation of this sort would be at least as beneficial, and probably a whole lot more interesting, than anything that might be turned up about Russians hacking into the computer systems of two thoroughly corrupt political parties.
We could find out, for instance, how much the US spent training and equipping Nour al-Din al-Zenki, the “moderate rebel” group which beheaded a 12-year-old Syrian child on video last July:
Yes, it would be nice if Trump were to order such an investigation…but I’m not going to hold my breath. In any event, we seem to be entering a new phase of anti-Russian propaganda in the media. The call for the intelligence review was made by an Obama administration official on Friday–the same day the Washington Post, in a report based almost solely on anonymous, unnamed “officials,” published allegations about a “secret CIA assessment” whose conclusion is that Russia sought to throw the election to Trump.
“The CIA has concluded in a secret assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency, rather than just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system, according to officials briefed on the matter,” reports the Post.
Repeat: it wasn’t just a case of Russia trying to undermine faith in America’s wonderful, spectacular democracy where office is generally for sale to the highest bidder. No, it was Russia deliberately trying to put Trump into the White House, according to the Post–which is a short step away from accusing Trump of being a Russian agent.
There is also the claim that the Russians hacked into the files of both the Republican Party and the DNC, but that they (the Russians) deliberately sat on the material stolen from the Republicans, choosing instead only to release material embarrassing to the Democrats.
Could any of this be credible? Hard to say, but it seems the vote recount effort has fizzled out, and the new call for an investigation could be a “plan B” aimed either at getting Hillary in the White House or at least weakening Trump to the point where he will essentially be unable to govern or pursue his own independent foreign policy. That’s one way of looking at it anyway.
It also could be designed to create a schism within the Republican Party in the sense that many Republicans could end up finding themselves faced with the difficult choice of having to avow loyalty to their president or loyalty to America. As the Post puts it:
On the other hand, if Republicans downplay the issue, they risk giving a pass to an antagonistic foreign power whom significant majorities of Americans and members of Congress don’t trust and who, if the evidence is accurate, wields significant power to wage successful cyber warfare with the United States.
Two prominent Republicans in the Senate, Lindsey Graham and John McCain, have jumped on the bandwagon in support of a Senate probe into Russian hacking.
“I’m going after Russia in every way you can go after Russia,” said Graham. “I think they’re one of the most destabilizing influences on the world stage. I think they did interfere with our elections, and I want Putin personally to pay the price.”
It isn’t the US–a country that has been involved in one war or regime change after another for the last 25 years–that is “the most destabilizing influence on the world stage,” in Graham’s opinion; it is Russia.
Trump’s response has been to dismiss the allegations of Russian hacking, while also recalling lies of the past:
These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. The election ended a long time ago in one of the biggest Electoral College victories in history. It’s now time to move on and ‘Make America Great Again.
How all this will play out remains to be seen, but it looks like the political divisions in America are widening rather than narrowing…and it also looks like the propaganda war against Russia will continue to be used to the advantage of one side–beyond the November election and on into the new administration.
If the Russians thought sanity would prevail after the transition of power in January, they’re probably in for a disappointment.

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President Assad: Crisis Solidified Social Fabric among Syrians

Syrian President Bashar Assad receiving the Arab Lawyers delegation
President Bashar al-Assad received on Saturday participants in the permanent office of the Arab Lawyers Union (ALU) meeting currently held in Damascus under the title ”The Rights of States in Confronting Terrorism”.
The meeting dealt with the important role of popular unions and associations, especially under the current conditions in the Arab region, with President al-Assad stressing that these organizations should play a fundamental and vital role in raising public awareness about the goings-on, without them waiting for governments to do so.
The President said the ALU has a significant role, as it comprises educated and politically-enlightened elites who can have a role in returning the Arab street to the concept of national belonging to confront Western schemes which seek to undermine the Arab social fabric by extremism.
The President added that the battle fought by the Syrian people is a “national battle par excellence,” because, he explained, one of the war’s goals was to strike the robust social fabric of the Syrian society.
Syria’s enemies have failed to achieve this, added the President, because the Syrian people have largely succeeded in preserving their unity and social fabric, and managed to emerge more united and fortified on that score, which is one of Syria’s key strengths.
The delegation members, for their part, said the current stage in the region is one of “intellectual struggle”, adding that the Arab nationalist thought must be disseminated to counteract an obscurantist ideology which seeks to invade Arab societies.
This, they said, is needed for incapacitating the project which aims at fragmenting the Arab region along sectarian and ethnic schisms.
The delegation members also stressed the necessity of launching a legal battle before international courts, in parallel with the military and political one fought by Syria, by filing lawsuits against terrorism backers in Syria, stressing their support for the Syrian people who are being targeted for embracing Arab causes and commitment to their country’s sovereignty and independent decision.
Source: SANA
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No Reconstruction in Gaza–But Be Careful, It Might Become ‘Anti-Semitic’ to Say So



The video above shows us what the people of Gaza are living through currently as the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2016 makes its way through Congress. The bill, which passed the Senate on December 1, would codify into law a definition of anti-Semitism that includes attempts to “demonize” Israel or hold it to a “double standard.” By the way, the “caravans” referred to in the video are portable buildings made of metal–basically what we would refer to in the United States as “mobile homes,” although I gather that the caravans given to Palestinians in Gaza do not quite meet the same safety standards as the mobile homes sold in the US.
But of course, if you’re a college student and you’re planning on criticizing the Zionist state over any of this, beware that requiring of Israel “a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation” could result in your school being denied federal funds should the new bill become law. If you’ve not read my article on the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act, you can do so here.

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Sayyed Nasrallah Praises the Excellent Relation with Aoun: Aleppo’s New Victory To Impact All Region

Hizbullah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah delivered on Friday a televised speech in which he tackled the latest Lebanese developments, particularly the formation of the government.
Sayyed Nasrallah Praises the Excellent Relation with Aoun: Aleppo’s New Victory To Impact All Region
At the beginning of speech, Sayyed Nasrallah congratulated the Muslims and Christians on the holy occasions coming in December.
His Eminence warned that the Muslims and Christians in the region are facing challenges on the cultural and existential level. “These threats start from Palestine, where “Israel” continues to target sanctities among which is preventing the Azan [praying calls],” he stated.
In parallel, the Resistance Leader repeated that US and some Western countries have assisted and funded the takfiris throughout the past few years, and this was declared by US President-elect Donald Trump and Joe Biden as well as being highlighted by Hillary Clinton’s emails.
On the same level, Sayyed Nasrallah hoped that the holy occasions will unite the people in the region in face of the takfiri threat
Commenting on the recent media fabrications concerning Hizbullah’s positions from the Lebanese internal files, he clarified that Hizbullah does not have so-called sources and the quoting of Hizbullah close sources is incorrect.
“Hizbullah does not have media, political or parliamentary sources or sources close to the party that speak to the press. Anything attributed to Hizbullah sources is unreliable,” he added, noting that Hizbullah also do not depend on so-called March 8 sources.
According to His Eminence, Hizbullah is not used to sending messages via friends or embassies. “We talk with others directly and we have the logic, credibility and courage to declare our positions in internal meetings and media,” he announced.
In parallel, Sayyed Nasrallah underscored that Hizbullah does not use this approach and this is to respond to what has been attributed to Hizbullah about alleged messages to the new presidential tenure.
He went on to say: “We have previously said that after the presidential elections, we will witness a lot of disturbances targeting the relationships and alliances.”
Sayyed Nasrallah further mentioned: “We’re on the same relationship with the President and the head of the Free Patriotic Movement and the rest of our friends in the movement. There is constant contact and we always meet. And the relationship is completely positive. Our relationship with President Aoun is excellent and we are on daily contact with President Aoun and with President of the Free Patriotic Movement Gebran Bassil.”
“We might have different viewpoints over some issues and this is positive in discussing things and I stress that we do not need to send messages,” he added.Turning to the talks between the Free Patriotic Movement and Lebanese Forces, Sayyed Nasrallah announced that Hizbullah isn’t “busy with addressing the Lebanese Forces and its decisions. Our battle is outside Lebanon and isn’t concerned with local politics.”
He also revealed that when the dialogue between the Free Patriotic Movement and the Lebanese Forces took place, Hizbullah was informed of it. “We did not have any negative response and this does not bother us. However, we said if this thing can lead to the election of General Michel Aoun for the presidency, we welcome it.”
Moreover, Sayyed Nasrallah underscored that some sides are spreading rumors that Hizbullah is exerting all its efforts on breaking the relationship between the Free Patriotic Movement and the Lebanese Forces. “Some are trying to give the impression that Hizbullah is preoccupied with the issue of the Lebanese Force’s relation with the Free Patriotic Movement. This is not to underestimate the Lebanese Forces, which is an essential force, but everyone knows that we are busy somewhere else.”
Once again, he reiterated: “Our relation with President Aoun and the Free Patriotic Movement is excellent and built on deep trust,” advising all sides not to try to stir discord between Hizbullah, AMAL and the Free Patriotic Movement.
“Some sides are seeking to create a battle between the bilateral Shiite [parties] and the [bilateral or tripartite] Christian alliance. But they are delusional. There’s no battle here,” Hizbullah Secretary General confirmed, warning that “delusional battles will only lead to delusional results.”
As His Eminence stressed that Hizbullah’s battle is outside Lebanon and isn’t concerned with local politics, he stated: “Our battle will draw the future of the region. Hizbullah’s major battle now is against Daesh because if the latter had gained control over Syria and Iraq a catastrophe would have emerged.”
Sayyed Nasrallah further said: “We have no problem with President Aoun’s relationship with the Gulf countries, we were actually happy with the Saudi delegate’s visit to President Aoun.”
Meanwhile, he also announced: “We do not put a veto on General Aoun’s visit to Saudi Arabia and no one should put a veto on the president’s visit to Syria and Iran. We have no problem with the Lebanese president’s visit to any country he wants, except for the enemy, which we all agree on.”
Referring to Marada Movement leader MP Suleiman Franjieh, His Eminence said: “It’s every group’s right to be represented with a main portfolio.”
“We in the Christian arena, as friends and allies, have the right to return the relationship between the Free Patriotic Movement and Marada back to the normal,” he stated.
Assuring the Lebanese people that all the political parties are concerned of forming a government and that no one seeks to obstruct that, Sayyed Nasrallah emphasized that we are in constant contact with House Speaker Nabih Berri.
“There are those who tried to show that Speaker Berri is disrupting the formation of the government and this is not true. There are also those who are trying to show that Hizbullah or minister Franjieh are disrupting the formation of the government and this is unfair.”
“There are a lot of titles regarding the government’s formation that were agreed on as the form of representation and the number of ministers. The vast majority of ministerial portfolios were represented and there is a problem over one or two portfolios and the representation of the forces.”
Meanwhile, he said: “It is enough that President Aoun has the one third plus one in the parliament,” cautioning that there are those who are spreading claims as if the country was on the brink of civil war.
“Those who are targeting the Presidency, confidence in Lebanon and the confidence of the Lebanese in the political future are those who are making mountains out of molehills and exaggerating titles,” Sayyed Nasrallah added.
Regarding the divisions between local parties on the country’s new electoral law, His Eminence called on rivals to separate the formation of the government from talks on the new vote law.
“The legislature body can meet and agree on a new vote law that meet the aspirations of the Lebanese people away from talks on the formation of the new government that isn’t for the Presidency and President Aoun already said that task of this government is to set an electoral law and to hold parliamentary elections,” he explained.
Sayyed Nasrallah further stressed the importance of dialogue on the Lebanese arena, “With dialogue we can help each other and solve all the issues.”
On the electoral law, His Eminence announced Hizbullah’s support for the adoption of a proportional system. “We back the calls for separating the issue of the electoral law from the cabinet formation process,” he said, noting that “the only law that can lead to building a State is one fully based on proportional representation and on turning Lebanon into a single electorate or several large electorates.”
Assuring that Hizbullah doesn’t use regional developments in the internal issues, Sayyed Nasrallah declared that his party will not use the victory in Aleppo for political gains.
In this context, he urged the Lebanese to set aside regional developments. “Our fate and choice if we are seeking to build a strong nation is to strengthen our coexistence and civil peace, to cooperate and engage in dialogue and to accept each.”
“Major developments are currently happening in the region, similar to the battles in Aleppo and the new victory that will impact all the battles in the region,” he said, noting that “we are at a decisive and important stage… but I will not tackle the developments in the region until things are clear and the scenery will talk about itself.
Moreover, His Eminence unveiled that the region has entered a new stage. “We’re not ashamed of its path… We are publicly present in more than one arena.”
Source: al-Ahed news 
09-12-2016 | 23:03
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Saturday, 10 December 2016

The 2016 “Saker man of the year”: the American “basket of deplorables”

December 08, 2016
Yeah, once again, I am going to engage in that silly business when I pretend that my blog is a “respectable media outlet” and, as such, to give myself the proper credibility and gravitas I have to copy Time magazine and others and chose a “man of the year”.  This year, however, this truly was a no-brainer.  The 2016 “man of the year” is, of course, the American “basket of deplorables.
No, not Trump.  Trump might well be Time’s man of the year, but as far as I am concerned, this man is just a promise, and he will remain that to me until he delivers on what he has promised the American voter.  No, the real heroes of our story today are, of course, the millions who dared defy the Empire and who voted for Trump.
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The American voter who inflicted the worst bitch-slap to the US propaganda machine (aka “the mainstream media”) ever.  What happened in this election is nothing short of the biggest defeat in the history of propaganda.
As an ex Cold Warrior who studied the Soviet media for a living, I can say that the US media nowadays is infinitely worse in its willingness to not only lie, but condescendingly deny the obvious, show a total lack of conscience or even basic decency.  US presstitutes give prostitution a bad name.
The American voter was subjected to the most intensive (and, probably, expensive) propaganda barrage in history.  Keep in mind that in overtly dictatorial regimes most adults realize that they are being lied to.  In the USA, every American is brainwashed from birth to believe that the US press is the best and freest in the world and that the US democracy is also the best and freest in the world.  To vote for Trump, the US voter had to go against every single sacred dogma the US Empire has tried so hard to indoctrinate its subject in.  This is far harder than one would think.  Those interested in this topic can consult this article on the Asch conformity experiments or Milgram’s famous experiment on obedience and authority.
This is what the Empire has done to America
This is what the Empire has done to America
Furthermore, the psychological pressure was so intense that I can testify to the fact that many American were actually *afraid* of admitting that they would vote for Trump.  The atmosphere of rabid hatred against Trump and total intolerance and demonization of his supporters was such, that many Americans decided to hide their preference for Trump.  Some even pretended that they would vote for Hillary.  I know people who even lied to their own family members.
And, predictably, in the typical Neocon-style, as soon as it became clear that Trump would be elected, the US presstitutes began pouring out their hatred on the American people.  If in Britain only the old people could vote for the Brexit, in the USA all the Trump voters were described as poorly educated racists (“racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic” to quote Hillary).  I don’t recall ever seeing such an outpouring of hatred towards an entire nation (except, maybe, the typical hatred the Russian liberals have for the “common” Russian people).
But, apparently, the American people have had too much lies told to them.  From the pseudo-patriotic ramblings of Dubya to the endless list of promises betrayed by Obama – the “common” folks whom Hillary referred to as the “basket deplorables” finally fought back the only way they could – they voted not only for Trump and against Hillary, but also against the regime, the polity, the power structure and the 1%ers who control it.
The main consequence of this vote will probably not be an amazing Trump presidency (I have the greatest reservations about the man and his entourage) but the fact that yet again the very legitimacy of the US political system has been discredited.
Think about it: thanks to the “Occupy Wall Street” movement it has become mainstream public knowledge that the USA are run by about 1% of its population (in reality it is far less than 1%, but nevermind that).  So far from being a regime “of the people, for the people and by the people” we know all know that it is a regime “of the 1%ers, for the 1%ers and by the 1%ers”.  Strike one.  With the Trump election, we know also see that the USA is run by a bizarre cocktail of minorities who only have one thing in common: their hatred of the majority.  Strike two.  And, last but not least, it is now also clear that the US media is the most obnoxious, immoral and arrogant propaganda machine in world history.  Strike three.
Where does this leave the Empire?  As a joke or as an abomination.  Probably a mix of both.
How about the USA themselves? They are clearly an occupied country, occupied not by an external invading force, but by an internal enemy who subjugated the USA to its own alien agenda and worldview.
As for the American people, at least the “basket of deplorables” they are now the objective allies of all the other nations on the planet who struggle to free themselves from the yoke of the AngloZionist Empire.
By voting against the Empire the American people have sent a powerful message to the rest of the world “not in my name”.  In Russia, this message was received with outright enthusiasm by the people even if experts were mostly much more cautious.  I have always said that there the “other West”, the West of the regular people who do not support what their rulers do, but who are unable to meaningfully oppose it.  The vote against Hillary showed the world that the American people don’t want an Empire, all they want is make *America* (i.e. the USA, as opposed to world Empire) great again.
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Oh, I know, I already see the trend in Trump nominations.  And yes, believe me, I am extremely skeptical about all this.  But none of that healthy skepticism makes any difference to the fact that the vote against Hillary and the AngloZionist 1% rulers of the USA was a seminal, beautiful, liberating and heroic moment in for not just the USA, but for the rest of the planet too (with Hillary, we were all heading for a nuclear war with Russia).
The way the American “basket of deplorables” defied their oppressors was nothing short of beautiful.  And this is why the American “basket of deplorables” is my “man” of the year 2016.
The Saker
PS: for all those who will get upset at my use of the word “American”, I have just added the following paragraph to my “terminology” page:
Addendum: American. I guess I should also explain why I do use the word “American” when the correct word would be “USAn” or “United Statesian” or something equally ugly.  Well, precisely: these are ugly.  Alas, there is no equivalent in English to the Spanish “Estadounidense“.  The same thing for Russian which also lacks such a word and uses “Amerikanets/Amerikanskii” instead.  Okay, I know.  the USA is a small subsection of the Americas and Americans are obnoxious (and ignorant) for calling themselves “Americans”.  But, in truth, “USAns” are “Americans” since they live in the Americas, it’s just the implied exclusion of the others from that category which is so irritating.  So, anyway, I apologize for this surrender to modern-speak but I just don’t have the courage to fight this losing battle and, frankly, I have bigger fish to fry.  But yeah – I am therefore guilty as charged🙂
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FULL LIST OF FAKE NEWS OUTLETS

FULL LIST OF FAKE NEWS OUTLETS
– The New York Times
– The Washington Post
– CNN
– NBC News
– MSNBC
– CBS News
– ABC News
– Salon.com
– The Huffington Post
– Rolling Stone
– BBC News
– Sky News
– Financial Times
– Politico
– New York Daily News
– L.A. Times
– USA Today
– US News & World Report
– CBC
– Gawker
– Newsweek
– Time
– Business Insider
– Daily Beast
– VICE
– Yahoo News
– Daily Kos
– Young Turks
– Slate
– NPR
– PBS
– Raw Story
– New Yorker
– Buzzfeed
– MoveOn
– Think Progress
– Media Matters
– Wonkette
– Center for American Progress
– Little Green Footballs
– The Economist
Below is a list of fake news reporters who colluded with the Clinton campaign to promote fake news.
This list is by no means exhaustive, and there are many reporters within these organizations who do not peddle fake news and have spoken out against the mainstream media’s effort to brand dissenting opinion as “fake news”.
For example, Matt Taibbi (no fan of Infowars), has called the Washington Post’s fake news blacklist “disgusting” and “shameful”.
Glenn Greenwald, who has worked with several of the organizations on this list in the past, also completely eviscerated the credibility of the “fake news list” being used by the Washington Post.
The entire “fake news” narrative being pushed by the mainstream media has nothing whatsoever to do with concerns over people being misled.
If that were the case, the mainstream media itself would stop habitually lying to the American people and its trustworthiness wouldn’t be in the toilet.
The whole “fake news” narrative is clearly part of a dirty tricks campaign to pressure governments, Google, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other tech giants to censor information that is inconvenient to the establishment, for which the mainstream media serves as a mouthpiece.
We are competing with the mainstream media and they’re not happy about dissident voices challenging their monopoly on reality. That’s why they’re forced to resort to underhanded and deceptive means through which to silence their ideological opposition.
By circulating this article and this fake news list, we are not calling for these outlets to be censored, we are simply drawing attention to the fact that the very same entities who cry “fake news” are the primary sources for the most damaging, harmful and woefully inaccurate fake news stories in the history of modern journalism.


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New Attack on BDS: ‘Anti-Semitism Awareness Act’ Passes Senate Unanimously

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By Richard Edmondson
The latest assault on BDS and the Palestine solidarity movement seems to have arrived in the form of S.10, known as the “Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2016,” a bill that was introduced into–and adopted by–the US Senate all in one day and without discussion, on December 1.
You can track the bill here. It’s aim is to provide a “definition of anti-Semitism” for purpose of enforcing anti-discrimination in education programs and activities. Basically it seeks to codify, or put into law, a definition of anti-Semitism that was put forth by the State Department in 2010, one which cites efforts to “delegitimize” Israel as an example of “contemporary” anti-Semitism.
The definition was coined by the State Department’s “Office to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism”–yes, there really is such an office within the State Department, the head of which is given the royal title, no less, of “Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism” or SEAS.
The current SEAS is Ira Forman, former Executive Director of the National Jewish Democratic Council. The SEAS in power in 2010, when the “Defining Anti-Semitism” paper was published, was Hannah Rosenthal. You can go here to see the full definition, although I am also reproducing it below.
The bill has been pushed by the Anti-Defamation League. Specifically it seeks to amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964, with special focus on the the Act’s Title VI, described in the text of S.10 as “one of the principle antidiscrimination (sic) statutes enforced by the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.”
Under the bill, any attempts to “demonize Israel,” which could include “drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis,” would be defined as anti-Semitism. Universities which tolerate speech of this type on campus would be in violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and presumably could be denied federal funding.
Sen. Tim Scott, R-SC
Well, if you’re going to attempt to amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964, who better to lead the charge for you than an African-American member of Congress? S.10 was introduced by Sen. Tim Scott, one of only two African-American Republicans in the Senate.
Another backer of the bill is Sen. Robert Casey, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, who is listed as a co-sponsor. Both Scott and Casey are cited in an ADL press release put out on December 2 hailing the Senate’s passage of the measure.
“ADL played a central role in working with U.S. Senators Tim Scott (R-SC) and Bob Casey (D-PA) in crafting and promoting the legislation,” the press release states.
Also classified as anti-Semitism under the measure would be applying any kind of “double standard” to Israel. This would include requiring of the Jewish state “a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation,” and could also include “multilateral organizations focusing on Israel only for peace or human rights investigations.”
Also telling the obvious truth about who owns or controls the vast majority of the major media would be anti-Semitic as well, or specifically, as the bill would have it–spreading “the myth” about “Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions.”
Accusing Jews of being “more loyal to Israel” than their own nations would equally be anti-Semitic, as would of course (it goes without saying) questioning the holocaust.
“We welcome the Senate passage of this important legislation, which will help the Department of Education and Department of Justice to effectively determine whether an investigation of an incident of anti-Semitism is warranted under federal education anti-discrimination laws,” said ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt.
The fact that this bill was introduced into the Senate and passed unanimously and without discussion all in one day provides glaring testimony in its own right about Jews “controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions”–or at least Congress at any rate.
Perhaps aware of the potential public relations blowback, a few Jewish writers have come out in opposition. One of these is Rachel Roberts, whose political correctness and angst-imbued manifesto in The Forward includes references to “stories my father told me about being young and Jewish in the 1950s” and likely will leave you rolling your eyes in places. A considerably more readable commentary is provided by Jacob Sullum in the New York Post, and there is also an article in the Jewish Business News allowing for the fact that “many” see the measure as “an attack on free speech,” an analysis that also questions whether the bill might in reality be “a bad idea.” Aside from this, however, Jewish opposition to the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2016 seems overall kind of sparse.
Below is the text of the definition adopted by the State Department in 2010. Should it become institutionalized as the law of the land by being incorporated into the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it will not merely be “an attack on free speech” or a “bad idea.” It will, if viewed from an incremental standpoint and with the surety that more such legislation will come down the pike in the future, likely be a step toward criminalization of any criticism of Israel and a further eroding of the First Amendment.
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Defining Anti-Semitism
SPECIAL ENVOY TO MONITOR AND COMBAT ANTI-SEMITISM
Washington, DC
June 8, 2010
“Anti-Semitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of anti-Semitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.” –Working Definition of Anti-Semitism by the European Monitoring Center on Racism and Xenophobia

Contemporary Examples of Anti-Semitism

  • Calling for, aiding, or justifying the killing or harming of Jews (often in the name of a radical ideology or an extremist view of religion).
  • Making mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as a collective—especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions.
  • Accusing Jews as a people of being responsible for real or imagined wrongdoing committed by a single Jewish person or group, the state of Israel, or even for acts committed by non-Jews.
  • Accusing the Jews as a people, or Israel as a state, of inventing or exaggerating the Holocaust.
  • Accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel, or to the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide, than to the interest of their own nations.

What is Anti-Semitism Relative to Israel?

EXAMPLES of the ways in which anti-Semitism manifests itself with regard to the state of Israel, taking into account the overall context could include:
DEMONIZE ISRAEL:
  • Using the symbols and images associated with classic anti-Semitism to characterize Israel or Israelis
  • Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis
  • Blaming Israel for all inter-religious or political tensions
DOUBLE STANDARD FOR ISRAEL:
  • Applying double standards by requiring of it a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation
  • Multilateral organizations focusing on Israel only for peace or human rights investigations
DELEGITIMIZE ISRAEL:
  • Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, and denying Israel the right to exist
However, criticism of Israel similar to that leveled against any other country cannot be regarded as anti-Semitic.

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