MOSCOW. Oct 29 (Interfax) – Pollsters have said 88% respondents in a poll on October 24-27 expressed approval of President Vladimir Putin’s activities.
The Levada Center opinion studies group told Interfax that Putin’s approval ratings as based on surveys in September and January stood at 86% and 65% respectively. Continue reading Putin has 88% approval rating – poll
by Qassem Qassem, Youssef Fares and Abdel Rahman Nassar, Al-Akhbar English
Necessity is the mother of invention. The Resistance has recently demonstrated its biggest achievements yet in the fight with Israel. Indeed, it is not an exaggeration to say that Gaza, and behind it Iran, Syria, and Hezbollah, had anticipated the day when the borders and the sea surrounding Gaza would be sealed off. Today, Egypt and Israel are stepping up their coordination to make the sea off limits to the resistance, while in the south, their armies are working to establish a buffer zone and even a water trench, in the hope of putting an end to the smuggling of rockets from the Iranian desert to the Mediterranean. Continue reading Gaza: How the Resistance manufactures its rockets with help from Iran, Syria, and Hezbollah
Seumas Milne, The Guardian
Where is the end of history now? Across three continents, conflicts are multiplying. An arc of war, foreign intervention and state breakdown stretches from Afghanistan to north Africa.
In Iraq and Syria, the so-called Islamic State – mutant offspring of the war on terror – is now the target of renewed US-led intervention. In Ukraine, thousands have died in the proxy fighting between Russian-backed rebels and the western-sponsored Kiev government. And in the far east, tensions between China, Japan and other US allies are growing. Continue reading Putin’s Russia: A real counterweight to US power is a global necessity
by N Wahid Azal, Center For Syncretic Studies
f the Italian term paparazzi (first coined by Federico Fellini in his film La Dolce Vita) has gained a certain notoriety of meaning in our times, it is perhaps time to coin a similar neologism that accurately reflects the partiality and double-standards of those elite Western (corporate controlled) faux-left, liberal mainstream discourses on human rights. These are those mainstream and mass media discourses advanced by the Anglo-European Transatlantic West deliberately designed with specific intent, thus opportunistically crafted, to misrepresent, misinform or otherwise disinform regarding occurrences of certain cause celebres (particularly when they happen to be publicized legal cases) happening among rival societies, governments or polities which these Transatlantic elites happen not to like at any given time, such as, for example, the Islamic Republic of Iran. Continue reading The Sorosazzi Do Protest Too Much: Disentangling the case of Reyhaneh Jabbari in Iran from its Western memeocracy
by Wayne Madsen, The Wayne Madsen Report
WMR’s sources in Turkey and Iran are confirming that links have been established between the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the Iranian exiled terrorist group Mojahedin-e-Khalq (MEK) through Central Intelligence Agency and Israeli Mossad interlocutors. Continue reading Two CIA-Mossad-backed Cults Team Up To Terrorize Region
by Leith Fadel, Al-Masdar News
The 104th Airborne Brigade of the Syrian Arab Army captured the strategic Feela Al-‘Ameed Checkpoint on Sakr Island (Hajeewa Sakr) in the Deir Ezzor Governorate after violent clashes with the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham today. According to a military source, two dozen ISIS militants were killed during the clashes, including a field commander from Morocco. He also added that the 104th Brigade suffered 3 casualties during the operation to capture the checkpoint.
The Syrian Arab Army now controls 90% of Sakr Island and the two imperative suspension bridges that link the island to the mainland. Brigadier General Issam Zahreddine of the 104th Airborne Brigade is leading the operation on Sakr Island and all military activity in the Deir Ezzor Governorate. Continue reading Syrian Arab Army Captures Strategic Checkpoint in Deir Ezzor
Al-Khalil (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Wednesday demolished a Palestinian traditional oven in the village Umm al-Kher east of Yatta in the southern West Bank after Jewish settlers from the nearby Karmel settlement complained about smoke from the oven.
Coordinator of a local committee Rateb al-Jubur said that Israeli forces demolished the traditional baker “for the second time this week” and assaulted villagers who attempted to prevent the demolition. Continue reading Israeli forces demolish traditional Palestinian oven near Yatta
Damascus, SANA – Speaker of the People’s Assembly Mohammad Jihad al-Laham received a solidarity letter from President of the National Assembly of Venezuela Diosdado Cabello-Rondon.
Al-Laham met on Wednesday the delegation of Fe-Arab organization and the Syrian community in Venezuela.
During the meeting, al-Laham described as “deep and strong” the relations between Syria and Venezuela, particularly the parliamentary ones, saying that terrorism to which Syria is exposed was supported by Western, Arab and regional governments in addition to the Turkish conspiratorial role. Continue reading Al-Laham receives a letter of solidarity with Syria from the Venezuelan people
by Jonathan Azaziah (Mouqawamah Music EXCLUSIVE)
Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah’s recent Ashoura speech — which Mouqawamah Music excerpted just the other day via Al-Manar — was a blistering takedown of Wahhabi-Takfirism and it was quite possibly his most brilliant, in-depth denunciation of the twisted, perverted ideology yet, as he categorically broke down its dangers from the historical, cultural, political, military and security angles, as well as the increasing need for Sunni-Shi’a unity to confront it. Hizbullah’s Secretary-General also discussed the dangerous rise of atheism in the Arab-Islamic world, an obvious side-effect of the Takfiri sickness afflicting the region and yet another issue that requires steadfast and committed Sunni-Shi’a unity to tackle and ultimately defeat it. Continue reading Saudis Get The Smackdown: On Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah’s Recent Ashoura Speech
by Alexander Mercouris, Russia Insider
Last Friday, Vladimir Putin delivered the single most important speech on foreign policy since he became President of Russia in 2000. Mikhail Gorbachev said he thought it was the best, and most significant speech Putin has ever made.
In it he charted a clear course for Russia, defining its place in international affairs and setting out the principles and objectives of its foreign policy. Continue reading Putin Just Made the Most Important Speech of His Career. The West Should Listen More Closely