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‘Crystal clear case for Tony Blair war crimes in Iraq’

Amid the rhetoric surrounding the conflict in Syria, former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair admitted that there are 'elements of truth' in the accusation the ...
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How the west broke Libya and returned it to the hatred of the past | Yasmina Khadra

How the west broke Libya and returned it to the hatred of the past | Yasmina Khadra | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
When Muammar Gaddafi was toppled the bastion he built crumbled too. Who can restore national unity now?What exactly was toppled in Libya with the overthrow of Muammar Gadaffi? A dictator, or a working power structure?
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Tony Blair sorry for Iraq War 'mistakes'

The former PM has apologised for errors made over the Iraq War, saying there were "elements of truth" in claims that it caused the rise of IS. Report by Cara ...
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Death toll in Libya anti-peace deal rally shelling hits 12

Death toll in Libya anti-peace deal rally shelling hits 12 | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
The death toll for the shelling of a rally in Libyas second city Benghazi protesting against a U.N.-proposed peace deal has jumped to 12, medics said. At least 12 people died and 39 were wounded ...
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Gaddafi's widow demands thorough investigation of his murder

Gaddafi's widow demands thorough investigation of his murder | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
The Voice of Russia has received a letter from Muammar Gaddafi's widow Safia Farkash, which is in fact a proclamation addressed to the entire world. Safia Farkash is spreading this letter through her sister Fatima. (PHOTO 18+)

“In the memory of NATO's aggression against my country, which turned Libya into chaos, and in the memory of my husband, whom I consider to be a martyr, my dear son and the people who were with them on October 20, 2011, when NATO air forces shelled the cortege of Libya's leader, and then, their wounded bodies were butchered by a crowd of people whom I can call no other way than criminals.
Read more: http://sputniknews.com/voiceofrussia/2013_10_21/Gaddafis-widow-demands-thorough-investigation-of-his-murder-1729/
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‘Stay free!’ 14 times Edward Snowden totally owned the game on Twitter

‘Stay free!’ 14 times Edward Snowden totally owned the game on Twitter | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Edward Snowden has been making waves on Twitter ever since signing up less than a month ago. From "Can you hear me?" to basic rights and Hillary Clinton, RT shows the whistleblower is still in the game.
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People Rally in Lisbon to Protest Against NATO Exercises

People Rally in Lisbon to Protest Against NATO Exercises | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Hundreds of people in the Portuguese capital Lisbon Saturday participated in a protest against NATO and especially military exercises Trident Juncture 2015, the organization's largest in decades.
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Syrian Army Kills Jabhat al-Nusra Leader

Syrian Army Kills Jabhat al-Nusra Leader | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
The Nusra Front terrorist group is an al-Qaeda affiliate operating in Syria fighting against the Syrian government.
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CrossTalk: Syrian phoenix - ( with Pepe Escobar)

It is now undeniable Russia is making a military difference in favor of Damascus in Syria’s horrific civil war. But what is next? Can new facts on the ground...

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Crude Methods: ISIL Militants Scam British Pensioners to Fund Terrorism

Crude Methods: ISIL Militants Scam British Pensioners to Fund Terrorism | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Jihadi scammers are targeting elderly people in the UK to extort cash to fund terrorism. Reports in the British media suggest gangs are cold-calling pensioners and posing as bank staff to convince them to part with their account details.
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Dear lovely @NATO by this video, Portugal can declare war to you and right now :) LOL

Dear lovely @NATO  by this video, Portugal can declare war to you and right now :) LOL | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Grândola resistiu à NATO e impediu o maior assalto anfíbio que alguma vez chegou às praias de Portugal. Na chegada ao areal os Marines ficaram atascados.
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The Empire of Chaos is in a Jam

The Empire of Chaos is in a Jam | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
NATO is desperate. The Pentagon is desperate. Imagine waking up one day in Washington and Brussels just to realize Russia has the ability to electronically jam — detect, trace, disable, destroy — NATO electronics within a 600 km range across Syria (and southern Turkey).

Situation in Maaloula, Syria
© Sputnik/ Dmitriy Vinogradov
Moscow Ready to Cooperate With Washington on Syrian Crisis
Imagine the nightmare of row after row of Russian Richag-AV radar and sonar jamming systems mounted on helicopters and ships jamming everything in sight and finding every available source of electromagnetic radiation. Not only in Syria but also in Ukraine.

Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, commander of U.S. Army units in Europe, was even forced to qualify Russian electronic warfare capabilities in Ukraine as "eye-watering."

For their part, caught in the crossfire as sitting ducks or headless chickens, that mighty ideological aircraft carrier known as the USS Think Tankland was left dabbling with the four options left for Washington to "achieve its goals" in Syria.

The first option is containment — which is exactly what the Obama administration has been doing. The recipe was proposed in full by the Brookings Institution; "containing their activities within failed or near-failing states is the best option for the foreseeable future."

But that, Think Tankland argues, would "crush the popular opposition" in Syria. There is no "popular opposition" in Syria; it's either the government in Damascus or a future under the ISIS/ISIL/Daesh Salafi-jihadi goons.

President Vladimir Putin meets with President of Syria Bashar al-Assad
© Sputnik/ Alexei Druzhinin
Many in French Parliament Ready for Political Dialogue With President Assad
The second option is the favorite among US neocons and neoliberalcons; to weaponize the already weaponized opposition. This opposition ranges from the YPG Kurds — who actually fight on the ground against ISIS/ISIL/Daesh — to Jabhat al-Nusra, a.k.a. al-Qaeda in Syria and its Salafi-jihadi cohorts. Al-Nusra of course has been rebranded in the Beltway as "moderate rebels"; so this option means in practice the House of Saud weaponizing al-Qaeda while they fight under the cover of US air strikes.
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Dr. Strangelove (Gen. Philip Breedlove) is Naked by PEPE ESCOBAR

Dr. Strangelove (Gen. Philip Breedlove) is Naked by PEPE ESCOBAR | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
The whole Global South is now informed about how the Russian campaign in Syria has swiftly smashed all of ‘Exceptionalistan’s’ elaborate plans for a “Greater Middle East.”

These plans span everything from the Wolfowitz Doctrine to Dr. Zbig “Grand Chessboard” Brzezinski’s categorical imperative of preventing the emergence of a strategic competitor across Eurasia.

But the subtext is even more intriguing: The Pentagon never saw it coming. And they are absolutely terrified of the inevitable consequences.

The panic was palpable, as relayed by Dr. Strangelove, sorry, NATO’s top commander Gen. Philip Breedlove, a.k.a. Breedlove/hate, the man who announces every week Russia is invading Ukraine.

Although proverbially handicapped in his geopolitical analysis – Russia wants to hinder US and “coalition” operations in the region – Breedlove/hate is clearly puzzled by the new, unforeseen, intricate layers of Russia’s defense network.

In his own words: “We’re a little worried about another A2/AD bubble being created in the eastern Mediterranean.”

In Pentagonese, A2/AD means anti-access/area denial.

Translation: a mix of surface-to-air missiles and anti-ship missiles that can be deployed to prevent any player from entering or crossing a certain area.

Breedlove/hate goes as far as to admit this is Russia’s “third denial zone” around Europe. The first is in the Baltics – via the Kaliningrad base. The second – based in Crimea – covers the Black Sea. In his own words: “Their cruise missiles range the entire Black Sea, and their air defense missiles range about 40 to 50 percent of the Black Sea.”

He is convinced the deployment of these “very sophisticated air defense capabilities” is not about purging Syria from the Salafi-jihadi constellation. It’s about “something else.”
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Flashback to 2011: British Press Glorifies Savage Assassination of President ... - Center for Research on Globalization

Flashback to 2011: British Press Glorifies Savage Assassination of President ... - Center for Research on Globalization | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
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As Jihadis Gather in Libya, Tunisia Struggles To Fend Them Off - Defense One

As Jihadis Gather in Libya, Tunisia Struggles To Fend Them Off - Defense One | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Libyan militants are aggressively recruiting Tunisians, promising a closer fight than Syria — and threatening a Mideast ‘beacon.’
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War and Peace — revisited: by Pepe Escobar

War and Peace — revisited: by Pepe Escobar | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Russian President Vladimir Putin once again had to pull all stops at the International Valdai Discussion Club’s 12th annual meeting in Sochi to highlight the tremendous seriousness of the current geopolitical juncture.
Putin speaking at Valdai

Putin speaking at Valdai

As a compact Greatest Hits on comparative foreign policy and military strategy, this already qualifies as required reading in political science courses everywhere. Putin’s full speech, plus a crucial Q&A, is here. The speech on video is here.

Let’s go straight to some of the unmissable highlights.

On “moderate rebels” in Syria: “We shouldn’t play with words here and divide the terrorists into moderate and non-moderate … The difference, according to the “specialists” (Team Obama), seems to be that “moderate” bandits behead people softly … Success in fighting terrorists cannot be reached if using some of them as a battering ram to overthrow disliked regimes (because) it’s just an illusion that they can be dealt with (later), removed from power and somehow negotiated with.”

On the partition of Syria: “The territorial division of Syria is unacceptable. It is not going to resolve the conflict. The conflict will acquire a permanent character. Nothing good will come out of this … Just imagine that in case of taking Damascus or Baghdad, terrorist bands might have received, practically, the status of the official government. The bridgehead for global expansion could have been created. Does anyone think about that?”

On Russia’s air campaign in Syria: “I’d like to stress once again that is completely legitimate, and its only aim is to aid in establishing peace.” Putin makes a clear distinction between Washington’s target – “Assad must go” – and Moscow’s: to fight all brands of Salafi-jihadi terror before they come to Russia.
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Encuentran cuerpos de 29 migrantes en playas de Libia

Encuentran cuerpos de 29 migrantes en playas de Libia | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Trípoli, 25 Oct (Notimex).- Personal de la Media Luna Roja encontró hoy en playas del noreste de Libia los cuerpos de 29 personas, quienes se presume eran
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Mother of slain State Dept. officer in Benghazi: Hillary Clinton ‘tells lies,’ treated me like dirt

Mother of slain State Dept. officer in Benghazi: Hillary Clinton ‘tells lies,’ treated me like dirt | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Sean Smith was a State Department official who was one of four Americans killed in a terrorist attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya in 2012. Over three years later, his mother is still searching for answers.
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While Russian Warplanes Bomb Terrorists, NATO Gets Stuck on a Sandy Beach #Portugal #Fail

While Russian Warplanes Bomb Terrorists, NATO Gets Stuck on a Sandy Beach #Portugal #Fail | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Hovercraft and Humvees taking part in NATO's Trident Juncture training made hard work of the Portuguese coast after being released from the USS Arlington, and eventually got stuck just meters from the shore.
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Palestinian activist beloved by journalists dies after tear gas inhalation

Palestinian activist beloved by journalists dies after tear gas inhalation | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Hebron resident Hashem al-Azzeh is remembered for 'determination' in the face of repeated attacks by Israeli settlers
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The Empire of Chaos is in a Jam: The no-fly zone in Syria already exists. By Pepe Escobar

The no-fly zone in Syria already exists. It is run by Russia and Washington is unable to jam it.

NATO is desperate. The Pentagon is desperate. Imagine waking up one day in Washington and Brussels just to realize Russia has the ability to electronically jam — detect, trace, disable, destroy — NATO electronics within a 600 km range across Syria (and southern Turkey).

Imagine the nightmare of row after row of Russian Richag-AV radar and sonar jamming systems mounted on helicopters and ships jamming everything in sight and finding every available source of electromagnetic radiation. Not only in Syria but also in Ukraine.

Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, commander of U.S. Army units in Europe, was even forced to qualify Russian electronic warfare capabilities in Ukraine as "eye-watering."
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Vladimir Putin accuses US of backing terrorism in Middle East - Finally @Guardian edites the truth

Vladimir Putin accuses US of backing terrorism in Middle East - Finally @Guardian edites the truth | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
Russian president tells gathering of politicians that Washington is playing a ‘double game’ and acting in self-interest
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'Have you any common sense?' - Putin Crushes BBC Journalist's Stupid Questions

'Have you any common sense?' - Putin Crushes BBC Journalist's Stupid Questions | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
21WIRE | It turns out that common sense is quite severely lacking in mainstream, Western journalism.
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SONS OF MALCOLM: THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE MARTYRDOM OF GADDAFI ONE YEAR ON

SONS OF MALCOLM: THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE MARTYRDOM OF GADDAFI ONE YEAR ON | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
One year on from the martyrdom of Muammar Gaddafi, it is important that we reflect and discuss the nature of the murder of Gaddafi and its related issues and dynamics. Black and Brown peoples, comprising 92% of the word population, are frequently subjected to brutal attack, injury and murder by the western white power structure. More precisely, the non-stop promotion and propagation of this annihilation of Black and Brown resistance and peoples is a constant theme in their media, in TV, gaming, internet, film and music.

For white imperialism this is an integral and an important part of their campaign of escalating oppression and domination of the world. Their domination is only successful if our people are convinced that their resistance to this domination is futile and that actually we will meet torture and death as a result of our defiance.

Although they cannot prevent the "rise of a Black Messiah", they must show that these 'Messiahs' will be killed off without mercy, and the psychological political impact on our people, especially our youth, is that they must stay well away from resistance, or else.

Never before have we witnessed the promotion of the killing of an opponent of the 'west' as that in the lynching of Muammar Gaddafi. In modern times we have seen many of our leading and brilliant fighters being lynched and it being plastered all over the media so as to seer into our psyches that this is what we are worth, and this is our fate.

Some readers might put their own political opinions above that of understanding the mechanisms of our enemies in their psychological and actual wars against us. Some readers might not like Gaddafi so much, but might sympathise more with Osama Bin Laden, or might not like Saddam Hussein but like Che Guevara more.

Perhaps what is missing in these opinions is how our enemy - white imperialism - seeks to attack us all through the killing of these people. This does not mean one must agree with every part of these different political figures ideology, I personally am not in agreement with the ideology of Al-Qaeda, nevertheless, I understand what message against us collectively our enemy is conveying when they killed Zarqawi or Bin Laden; these political figures are in many ways manufactured by our enemy, but the way they are promoted and demonised in the media is done to attack all resistance.

The way Al-Qaeda has been initiated, manipulated, directed, promoted and demonised all by the same white imperialists, is a complex relationship that requires its own articles and analysis. The main point to make is that those seeking to liberate our peoples should not fall for sectarian and divisive political positions as a result of the enemy's tricks, but with vigilance constantly oppose the enemy's agenda against us.
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Pepe Escobar: O Império do Caos em total pandemônio

Pepe Escobar: O Império do Caos em total pandemônio | Saif al Islam | Scoop.it
A OTAN está desesperada. O Pentágono está desesperado. Imaginem acordar um dia em Washington e Bruxelas, só para descobrir que a Rússia tem a capacidade técnica necessária para invadir e desarticular – detectar, rastrear, desabilitar, destruir – todo o equipamento eletrônico da OTAN numa área de 600 km sobre a Síria (e o sul da Turquia).

Imaginem o pesadelo de ter o radar russo Richag-AV invadindo e desarticulando camada após camada e o sonar invadindo e desarticulando todos os sistemas montados em helicópteros e navios, desarticulando tudo que haja por ali, rastreando e localizando toda e qualquer fonte existente de radiação eletromagnética. Não só na Síria, mas também na Ucrânia.

O tenente-general Ben Hodges, comandante das unidades do Exército dos EUA na Europa, foi forçado, mesmo, a descrever as capacidades russas para guerra eletrônica na Ucrânia como "descomunais" [orig. eye-watering]."


Por sua vez, colhida no fogo cruzados como patas chocas ou galinhas sem cabeça, aquele gigantesco porta-aviões ideológico conhecido como USS Think-Tank-e-lândia foi deixado lá, para fazer o que conseguisse das quatro vias que sobraram para que Washington "alcance suas metas" na Síria.
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