Grant Smith and the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy (IRmep) have released a report on efforts by Israel advocacy groups to effect changes in textbooks used in public schools in Virginia. According to IRmep, the requested changes include:
MOSCOW, April 14. /TASS/. Russia is convening an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the actions by the United States and its allies, which carried out missile strikes on Syria on Saturday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.
“On April 14, the US backed by its allies carried out a missile strike against military and civilian infrastructure facilities in Syria. Without the authorization of the United Nations Security Council, in defiance of the UN Charter, norms and principles and international law, an act of aggression has been committed against a sovereign state, which is at the forefront of the war on terror,” the Kremlin press service quotes Putin as saying.
Another Security Council meeting today…and as before, the last speaker, once again, was Syrian Ambassador Bashar Jaafari. Syria is not a Security Council member, but under the guidelines in place, whenever a country becomes the subject of a Security Council debate, its representative is recognized to speak. In his remarks, Jaafari quoted the famous line from George Orwell about truth-telling during times of universal deceit–and Jaafari’s speech was rather admirable, containing quite a few revolutionary acts in its own right.
Maria Zakharova, someone who has always struck me as having a rather level head on her shoulders, has made an interesting comment on Facebook:
“Smart missiles should be fired at terrorists and not at the legitimate government which has been fighting terrorists,” she said.
Her Facebook post seems to have been a direct response to a recent tweet by Donald Trump in which he taunts Russia, warning it to “get ready” because US missiles will be coming into Syria–missiles, he says, which are “nice and new and smart.”
The website South Front is doing an excellent job keeping track of explosive developments in Syria. Below are links to articles they have posted today as Western hysteria continues to mount over the latest alleged chemical attack. One of the most irritatingly provocative, though totally unsurprising, developments in the fluid situation is that at least two Israeli officials have now issued public calls for the US to attack Syria:
Nikki Haley–always at the service of Israel. In a Security Council session held last night, Haley, for the second time in a week, blocked a resolution calling for an investigation into Israel’s killing of Palestinian protestors in Gaza.
[ Ed. note -Finally a top-ranking Russian official who seems to understand that Western leaders are not his “partners.” Russian General Sergei Rudskoi, as you will note in the report below, is calling US efforts at dividing Syria “utterly unacceptable.” ]