by Hussein Dakroub, The Daily Star
BEIRUT: A war of words flared up Monday between MP Michel Aoun’s Free Patriotic Movement and the Future Movement over the presidential deadlock, threatening to raise political tension in the volatile country and further complicate already stalled attempts to elect a new president.
Coupled with mounting security threats linked to the war in Syria, the political escalation, a norm in Lebanon’s turbulent history, reflected the state of disarray and divisions in the country following the rival parties’ failure to elect a president or hold parliamentary elections on time.
A number of Future lawmakers lashed out at Aoun, accusing him of losing his temper after the FPM leader charged that the Future Movement took orders from Riyadh and accused Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal of vetoing his candidacy for the presidency. Continue reading Michel Aoun: Decision On Lebanese Presidency Blocked by Saudi Arabia
by Ahmad Jamaleddine, Al-Akhbar English
It seems clear that the ties between Egypt and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), with the exception of Qatar, are evolving dramatically in economic and military matters, at a time when the unrest in Yemen and Egyptian concerns over the continued chaos in Libya are leading to a profound military cooperation between the two sides.
Cairo – An Associated Press report published earlier this week, quoting Egyptian and Gulf officials, said that Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Kuwait were discussing the creation of a military pact to take on extremists in the region, particularly in Libya and Yemen, with the possibility of creating a joint force to intervene around the Middle East. The report said this alliance would operate separately from the anti-ISIS coalition led by the United States. Continue reading The emergent Egyptian-Gulf alliance: Libya and Yemen in the crosshairs
by Zeinab Hawi, Al-Akhbar English
It was rather normal for Al-Arabiya news channel to retract its story about the unprecedented closure of al-Aqsa Mosque on October 28. The channel may have thought that the terminology it used would go unnoticed. However, Al-Arabiya later deleted the story from its website after having caused an online backlash for echoing Zionist rhetoric.
In an act further promoting Zionist terminology, the Saudi news channel replaced al-Aqsa Mosque with the “the holy compound,” a term usually reserved for Zionists in their reference to the holy site. Continue reading Al-Arabiya echoes Zionist rhetoric in reporting about al-Aqsa
by Madd Cold (Jonathan Azaziah, Mouqawamah Music EXCLUSIVE)
When a tyrant puts his sword to the oppressed…
Will you watch and cower, your courage proper soured and your nerves got devoured at the thought of a man being tortured in duress…
Or will you raise your voice and tell him to stop it at once…
You make peace with your Creator because you made your choice and yelled at the top of your lungs…
That you won’t be silent as injustice unfolds…
And you tell the rest of the crowd, don’t be quiet, we can stomach the blows…
We can deal with the cuts, we can cope with the bruises…
But we cannot live with our dignity broken, snapped like necks choking in nooses… Continue reading On Which Side Shall You Stand When The Skies Rain Blood? (Ya Hussein Is…)
(EDITOR’S NOTE: Considering the pernicious leading Saudi role in the scheme to disarm the Palestinian Resistance during Operation Mighty Cliff [aka Protective Edge], along with the nauseating fact that Riyadh’s intelligence services do big business with the Mossad, the following development is by no means surprising. Just one more reason why this putrid regime, which is a stain on the collective Arab-Islamic conscience, needs to be organically overthrown and deposited in the dustbin of history. ~ Jonathan Azaziah)
Israeli occupation authorities have acknowledged the role of Saudi Arabia in fighting weapons smuggling into the Gaza Strip, PLS48 news website reported on Sunday.
Citing Israeli radio, PLS48 reported that a prominent Israeli source has revealed that Saudi Arabia is playing a major role in limiting attempts to smuggle weapons into Gaza, weapons that would be used to support the efforts of the Palestinian resistance. Continue reading Saudi Arabia plays major role in fighting weapons smuggling to Gaza
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
(EDITOR’S NOTE: What this piece fails to mention is that Ibn Taymiyyah was a bigoted, dangerous, anti-Shi’a sectarian fanatic whose disturbing, grandiose visions of “wiping out the nonbelievers” were quite literally weaponized hundreds of years after his death by Muhammad Ibn Abdul-Wahhab, the founder of Wahhabi-Takfirism. Abdul-Wahhab, along with his benefactors the House of Saud, both had deep Kabbalistic-Jewish origins and it is this historical context that is constantly left out when discussing the Salafi-Takfiris of today and their role as the foot soldiers for Zion’s plot to balkanize and control the Arab and Islamic worlds. Moreover, we condemn the author’s statement that these (Takfiri-)Salafis “reject sectarianism” but there is a “troubling growth” in “anti-Shi’a sentiment”. What does this even mean? That Shi’a are not Muslims and therefore hatred of them does not constitute sectarianism? The assertion is deplorable and it reveals the author’s own Salafi-Wahhabi-Takfiri sympathies. Nevertheless, the article is a rather useful one as it not only makes clear that Salafi-Wahhabi-Takfirism has nothing to do with Sunni tradition, but it also exposes the way that the anachronistic Saudi regime’s tentacles are extended into Muslim communities worldwide. The Saudis’ financial incentives must be rejected, categorically, for Takfiri thought to eventually wither up and die.” ~ Jonathan Azaziah) Continue reading Chinese Salafism and the Saudi Connection
by Mohamed Salami, Al-Manar
Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah asserted that what the takfiris are currently engaged in is the most serious distortion of Islam in history, as the means of communication and media convey these horrible images to the entire world. Continue reading S. Nasrallah: Takfiris’ Atrocities Most Serious Distortion of Islam in History