There are increasing tangible signs that the US is considering a ground intervention in Iraq. Several developments on the battlefield led the US to accelerate its steps in this direction. The significance of these developments lies not so much in the nature of the military achievements themselves but in their repercussions on the geostrategic equation in the region.
One might say that what happened on the ground in the past few weeks in Iraq was not originally linked to strategic goals. In the end, as the fighters of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) reached the outskirts of Baghdad, the Iraqi government and its allies did not have the luxury of long-term planning since it was necessary to stop the advance of the takfiris. Iraq’s top Shia cleric, Sayyed Ali al-Sistani, issued the “righteous jihad” religious edict. This led hundreds of thousands to volunteer in what came to be known as the “popular mobilization,” and a human dam made ISIS reach, what is known militarily as, the peak of its expansion. Continue reading Why is the US administration pushing for a ground intervention in Iraq?
HONOLULU (AP) — A federal judge says Maui County may not implement a new law banning the cultivation of genetically modified organisms until he can consider arguments in a lawsuit against the measure.
Judge Barry Kurren said Friday that both sides have agreed to delay the date the law goes into effect.
Monsanto Co. and a unit of Dow Chemical Co. sued the county earlier this week to stop the law. Local businesses joined the lawsuit. Continue reading Maui’s GMO Ban Blocked By Federal Judge
by Arash Karami, Al-Monitor
The head of Iran’s parliamentary nuclear committee said during the latest nuclear talks in Oman that the United States presented an 8-page recommendation that took the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) “back to zero.” Continue reading Iran official: US proposals in Oman ‘back to zero’
by Wayne Madsen, The Wayne Madsen Report
David Cohen, the Under Secretary of Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, and his band of neocon Zionists who randomly freeze accounts and bring sanctions against foreign officials and businessmen who do not comport with neocon diktats have now targeted Yemeni leaders. Cohen has systematically brought sanctions against any leaders who pose a threat to Zionist designs, whether they are leaders of Yemen who reject a Zionist plan conceived by former U.S. ambassador to Yemen Gerald Feierstein to carve up Yemen into six provinces dominated by a pro-U.S. government, Hungarian anti-European Union nationalist politicians, or Russian-speaking leaders of Crimea and eastern Ukraine. Continue reading Treasury Department Neocons and Zionists play dangerous games in Yemen
by Mark P. Fancher, The Black Agenda Report
AFRICOM’s primary project is to transform the militaries of the continent into dependencies and pawns of U.S. foreign policy. It’s second most import objective is the hide Washington’s actual intentions behind a “humanitarian” mask – such as participating in the search for Nigerian schoolgirls from Boko Haram. Some African journalists are eager to be part of the ruse.
“AFRICOM is courting journalists and attempting to direct media coverage of U.S. military activities.”
The greatest danger to Africa posed by U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) involves neither drones nor armed troops. It is instead the command’s sinister, cynical use of manipulative deception. With Houdini-like misdirection it opportunistically draws attention either to its military operations or to its purported humanitarian missions. All the while it is simultaneously engaged in low profile, seemingly harmless psychological operations that have the potential for long-term devastating effects on the African continent. Continue reading From Puppet Soldiers to Puppet Journalists: AFRICOM Grows Its War Machine
(EDITOR’S NOTE: As an Iraqi, it brings me joy beyond measure that the Iraqi Popular Mobilization has broken the barrier of fear created by ISIS and liberated the strategic town of Jaref al-Sakher. This victory has exposed the evil intentions and ineptitude of the Zionist-occupied American regime, prevented any potential Takfiri assault on Baghdad and stopped any Takfiri infiltration into Najaf, Karbala, Kufa and Basra. I also am humbled, in a way that words cannot describe, that the young heroes of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization had the privilege and honor of fighting alongside Iranian Brigadier General Qassem Suleimani — the commander of the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard — who not only developed their battle plan but fought with them on the front line. Suleimani is one of the gems of the Ummah, masha’ALLAH wa ALLAH yehmi ya Rab; a man who has given his life, blood, heart and soul not only to his own nation, that of the Islamic Republic of Iran, but the Muslim nation as a whole, and freedom fighters in Lebanon, occupied Palestine and now my precious homeland of Iraq owe much to him. With all of this said however, we cannot in good conscience endorse the view of the piece below which suggests that the battle of Jaref al-Sakher, albeit important in its own right, somehow eclipses the momentousness of the battle for Al-Qusayr in the countryside of Syria’s Homs in May/June 2013. The liberation of Al-Qusayr, led by Hizbullah, changed the game in Syria; the liberation of Al-Qusayr ripped out the heart of the US-Zionist-NATO-GCC-fomented Takfiri rebellion, choked off its most vital supply line and started a chain reaction of Syrian-Arab-Army-Hizbullah-NDF victories — including the liberation of Homs in its entirety, Lattakia and the Qalamoun Mountains — that hasn’t stopped until this very moment. Whether the triumph in Jaref al-Sakher will have a similar domino effect remains to be seen but until then, overblowing it is not just insulting to Hizbullah and the Syrian Arab Army, but the Iraqi Popular Mobilization and the Iraqi army too, as they’re in for a long fight against the Empire-backed ISIS scourge and lowering their defenses along with developing a level of overconfidence would be detrimental to their struggle. The lesson to be learned here is that the Iraqis can be victorious, they can be ferocious, they can be Husseini, and they can be great, just as Commander Suleimani trained them to be. ~ Jonathan Azaziah) Continue reading Iraqis prove that ISIS is a paper tiger
by Greg Grandin, The Nation
After the death a few weeks ago of the legendary editor of the Washington Post, Ben Bradlee, most obituaries celebrated his willingness to go after Richard Nixon. Charles Pierce at Esquire writes that Bradlee “rode the Watergate story when nobody else wanted it. It’s hard now even to imagine how very far out on the limb Bradlee went on that story.” But Pierce is largely alone in also noting that the Post under Bradlee “ultimately took a dive on Iran-Contra.” Bradlee himself described what he called a “return to deference” on the part of the press corps that took place under Ronald Reagan, saying that his colleagues were responding to a perceived public fatigue with journalists “trying to make a Watergate out of everything.” “We did ease off,” he said. Continue reading Racism Drove The Backlash Against Gary Webb
by Dan Glazebrook, CounterPunch
Three years ago, in late October 2011, the world witnessed the final defeat of the Libyan Jamahiriya – the name by which the Libyan state was known until overthrown in 2011, meaning literally the ‘state of the masses’ – in the face of a massive onslaught from N ATO, its regional allies and local collaborators.
It took seven months for the world’s most powerful military alliance – with a combined military spending of just under $1 trillion per year – to fully destroy the Jamahiriya (a state with a population the size of Wales) and it took a joint British-French-Qatari special forces operation to finally win control of the capital. In total, 10,000 strike sorties were rained down on Libya, tens of thousands killed and injured, and the country left a battleground for hundreds of warring factions, armed to the teeth with weapons either looted from state armouries or provided directly by NATO and its allies. Britain, France and the US had led a war which had effectively transformed a peaceful, prosperous African country into a textbook example of a ‘failed state’. Continue reading The Lessons of Libya: A War That Brought Total Societal Collapse