[Ed. note – This announcement by Sweden, that it is raising its terror threat level, comes just two days after Israel grew infuriated over a comment made by Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström. Perhaps, though, that’s just a coincidence.
10/31/15 — Russian plane crash in Egypt
11/5/15 — CNN publishes a report quoting unnamed US officials as saying the Russian passenger jet was likely brought down by a bomb planted by ISIS, a conclusion said to have been drawn based upon “chatter.”
11/8/15 — Ashton Carter gives a speech in which he promises the US will “embrace innovative approaches” in order to protect what he refers to as the “principled international order” from “Russia’s provocations.”
[Ed note – The Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan treated wounded on both sides of the conflict. Yet it had a strict “no-gun policy,” enforced by guards who searched anyone going in–meaning the hospital should have been given protected status under international law. On October 3, the night the hospital was attacked by US forces, 105 patients were housed in the facility. Approximately 20 of these were affiliated with the Taliban. Two days earlier, Doctors Without Borders received a phone call, apparently from a US official in Washington, wanting to know if large numbers of Taliban were “holed up” in the hospital and whether or not hospital staff were in any danger. This of course doesn’t prove the attack was deliberate…but it does make you think.]
The Expert Witness – Part 1
The following is the first part of Gilad Atzmon’s Expert Witness Testimony atArthur Topham’s criminal trial. This part contains a brief summary of Atzmon’s perception of the Jews and their politics. In the next part Atzmon will explain how these ideas serve to vindicate all forms of criticism of Jewish politics, ideology, symbols, rituals and so on.
Plus: an analysis of the legal intricacies of the case, written by a US attorney, can be accessed here (H/T Uprooted Palestinians), and you can also visit Topham’s website, RadicalPress.com, the focus of the Canadian prosecutor’s mental anguish.
It seems as though almost the whole world is determined to turn its back on the Palestinians and behave as though the piecemeal, slow-motion destruction of Palestine is not just inevitable, but in fact of no importance. This is particularly obvious in Gaza. In complete violation of the U.N. Charter, the world’s great powers look on complacently while both Egypt and Israel enforce the illegal blockade against Gaza’s people. Under President Abdel Fattah el Sisi, Egypt has used its very real fight against terrorism to justify its role in the blockade. But Egypt is now going far beyond merely sealing its frontier with Gaza by engaging in terrorism of its own – environmental terrorism – to attack the civilian population of Gaza by destroying the aquifer that provides much of Gaza with fresh water for drinking and irrigation.
[ Ed. note – The assumption that the Al Aqsa Mosque occupies a site where a Jewish temple once stood may well be an erroneous one. This is not a new theory. The article below was posted in 2011 and its findings are based upon archaeological discoveries of the last century. Of course it has profound implications for events that are taking place now as Palestinians battle to defend the Al Aqsa mosque from Jewish settlers who claim that it is their right to go there and “pray.”
From a Washington Post report published today on the recent terror attack in Turkey:
On Sunday, members of parliament from Turkey’s ethnic Kurdish minority and pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) clashed with police as they attempted to lay red carnations at the bomb site. The demonstrators chanted against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who they called a “murderer” in the wake of the attack, media reports said.
[ Ed. note – Israelis and their neocon supporters here in the West have mastered the art of creative chaos, and the writer of the following article does a rather artful job of tracing the chaos now engulfing the Middle East back to plans hatched by these same people. The author is a regular contributor at Antiwar.com and the Ron Paul Institute. One minor flaw that regular visitors to this website may pick up on is his analysis of 9/11, but otherwise, overlooking that, I would say it’s a very solidly-researched article. (Hat tip Uprooted Palestinians) ]
Seize the Chaos
Israel, the Neocons, and their Bloody, Blundering ‘Art’ of War
By Dan Sanchez
Israel lacks a national motto. If its leaders are looking for a Latin one, “carpe chaos” would be an apt and honest choice.
“Seize the chaos” is half of Israeli foreign policy in a nutshell (the other half being the instigation of that chaos in the first place). Indeed, even its friends in the media cannot help but put it in such terms. For example, The New York Times recently reported about the:
“…many Israeli leaders and thinkers seizing on the chaos in Syria to solidify Israel’s hold on Golan.”
[ Ed. note – The following comes from a Dec. 31, 2009 CBS News Report:
The Afghan government said its investigation has established that all 10 people killed Sunday in a remote village in Kunar province were civilians. Its officials said that eight of those killed were schoolchildren aged 12-14.
NATO officials initially said all the dead were insurgents, but later backed off by saying there was no evidence to substantiate the claims that they were civilians.