NEWS DIGEST: ISIS: The Useful Enemy!
"Democracy is imposed with fire, freedom with warplanes and human rights by human killing," Walid Moualim
Isis, Jabhat al-Nusra and Other Islamist Groups Are One And The Same: Senior Army Officer
by Robert Fisk
A senior Syrian army officer talks to Robert Fisk about his army's brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities. Continue
ISIS: The Useful Enemy
By Ismael Hossein-zadeh
Kobani Kurds Expose the Hypocrisy of the Coalition Against ISIS.
The dark force of ISIS is apparently an invincible and unstoppable war juggernaut that is mercilessly killing and conquering in pursuit of establishing an Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. In reality, however, it is not as out of control as it appears. It is, indeed, carefully controlled and managed by its creators and supporters, that is, by the United States and its allies in the regions—those who now pretend to have established a coalition to fight it! The U.S., Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and other allies in the region do not really need to fight ISIS to (allegedly) destroy it; all they need to do to extinguish its hellish flames is stop supplying fuel for its fire, that is, stop supplying it with funds, mercenaries, military training and armaments.
There are many ways to show the fact that, in subtle ways, ISIS benefactors control its operations and direct its activities in accordance with their own geopolitical interests. One way is to pay attention to its purported mission: to dismantle the corrupt and illegitimate regimes in Iraq and Syria and replace them with a “pure” Islamic state under the rule of a “pious caliphate.” Despite this professed mission to fight the dictatorial regimes that have tarnished Islam, however, ISIS does not question the most corrupt, dictatorial and illegitimate regimes in the region—such as the Saudi, Qatari, Kuwaiti and Jordanian regimes that fund and arm its operations.
Absent from the War against the Islamic State: Israel’s Status as an American Ally and the Example It Provides for U.S. Foreign Policy
By: My Catbird Seat
The fact of the matter is that the Islamic State actually benefits Israel by causing problems for those very states that do actively oppose Israel and support the Palestinians, such as Syria. What the Islamic State is causing in the Middle East is perfectly attuned with the view of the Israeli Right—as best articulated by Oded Yinon in 1982—which sought to have Israel’s Middle Eastern enemies fragmented and fighting among themselves in order to weaken the external threat to Israel. Currently, these divisions are not only plaguing Syria and Iraq, but also Turkey, where ethnic Kurds are rioting because of the government’s unwillingness to help their brethren in Syria, and Lebanon, where the Shiite group Hezbollah—allied with Iran, Israel’s foremost enemy—is being assailed by the radical jihadist Nusra Front, which has the support of many Lebanese Sunnis.
In the war on the Islamic State, the alleged scourge of humanity, little is heard about the position of America’s much-ballyhooed greatest ally in the Middle East, if not the world, Israel. Now the Islamic State has been conquering territory in very close proximity to the border of Israel. But Israel does not seem to be fearful and it is not taking any action. And the Obama administration and American media pundits do not seem to be the least bit disturbed. This is quite in contrast to the complaints about other Middle East countries such as Turkey that are being harshly criticized for their failure to become actively involved in fighting the Islamic State.
IS attack on Syrian gas fields kills 30 government troops:
Islamic State fighters have attempt to recapture the Sha'ar gas fields, which they had lost to pro-Assad forces in July
· Aid Sunni tribes against ISIL: Sistani
Isis kills hundreds of Iraqi Sunnis from Albu Nimr tribe in Anbar province:
The bodies of more than 150 men killed by Islamic state (Isis) militants were recovered from a ditch in the city of Ramadi, west of Baghdad, on Thursday in the latest of a series of mass executions of tribal figures who oppose the group.
Foreign jihadists flocking to Iraq and Syria on 'unprecedented scale' - UN:
The United Nations has warned that foreign jihadists are swarming into the twin conflicts in Iraq and Syria on "an unprecedented scale" and from countries that had not previously contributed combatants to global terrorism.
Pressure builds for U.S. rethink of anti-ISIS campaign:
Top American officials are piling pressure on the Barack Obama administration to retool its campaign against ISIS jihadists, urging an end to confusion over the U.S. stance on the Syrian regime, and preparations for the deployment of ground troops in Iraq.
US Congress to revisit ISIS war debate after election:
A handful of lawmakers are also pushing for Congress to consider a broader Authorization for the Use of Military Force, which would set out guidelines for the overall effort to halt the militants.
Fighting for Survival in the Sinai: Egypt's Convenient War
By Ramzy Baroud
Egypt's recent turmoil has indeed exasperated violence in the Sinai Peninsula, but that violence was rooted in a largely different political reality.
Saudis must release Al Nimr, Alkhalif freeze AlWefaq & expel natives
Pressure is mounting inside and outside Saudi Arabia to stop the killing of a prominent pro-democracy cleric sentenced to death earlier this month. Sheikh Nimr Al Nimr is said to be calm about the decision and is un-repentant from his call for serious political reforms.
On Tuesday 28th October, Bahrain’s dictator issued an order to freeze the activities of Al Wefaq Society for deciding to boycott the regime’s hollow elections intended to deceive the world of non-existent political reforms. The Bahrainis insist on political change and the ending of the antiquated tribal rule. The regime had used all means of pressure on the political societies to take part in those elections, and had threatened them with dissolution if they decided to implement their boycott. At the end those societies had to decide whether to stand with the people or legitimize the illegitimate regime, and they chose the first option. The immediate angry reaction even from Alkhalifa Western allies forced them to delay implementation of their decision against Al Wefaq.
The dictator also sent another message that he was adamant on pursuing the natives with eradication as part of his policy of genocide. Yesterday he ordered the expulsion of several families whose breadwinners had their nationality revoked by the dictator two years ago. The regime had summoned them earlier and asked them to find local sponsors to remain in the country of their great, great grandfathers before the bloody Alkhalifa occupation. These native Bahrainis are the first batch of natives to be expelled officially following the revocation of their nationality by Alkhalifa who are intent on exacting maximum revenge from them. Amnesty International has called for quashing this decision: “Arbitrarily depriving these Bahrainis of their nationality and forcing them out of Bahrain renders them 'stateless' and goes contrary to Bahrain’s international obligations,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Deputy Direct or. “They have already been effectively stripped of basic rights such as access to work, health care and education simply for holding dissenting views and deporting them just adds insult to injury.” She added: “The Bahraini authorities are running out of arguments to justify repression. They are now resorting to extreme measures such as jail sentences and revoking nationality to quell dissent in the country, rather than allowing people to peacefully express their views,”
In Brussels more than 30 Members of the European Parliament signed an open statement calling for the release of Nabeel Rajab: It said: “We, the undersigned Members of the European Parliament, call for the immediate and unconditional release of Mr. Nabeel Rajab — President of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, Director of the Gulf Center for Human Rights, FIDH Deputy Secretary General, and member of the Human Rights Watch’s Advisory Board… We believe that his arrest, interrogation and arbitrary detention in relation to an offending tweet are meant as a form of reprisal against Mr. Rajab for his recent advocacy on behalf of human rights in Bahrain. His advocacy recently included speaking before the Human Rights Subcommittee (DROI) of the European Parliament, and participating in the 27th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.
In London a charity gala at the Savoy Hotel on Friday 24th October attended by Nasser bin Hamad Alkhalifa, was picketed by victims of Alkhalifa torture. They were protesting the presence of Nasser who was stripped earlier this month of diplomatic immunity in a legal case in which he is accused of torture. On Monday 27th The Times Newspaper gave coverage of the picket and the case against Nasser.
At least 40 native Bahrainis were arrested in the past week, including three children. This was a pre-emptive measure as the Ashura season approached. At the same time members of Death Squads raided the towns and villages of the native Bahrainis, removing the black cladding used to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussain. This is yet another attack on the religious rights of the people by the tribal Alkhalifa rule. On 25th October, the family home of Martyr Mohammad Yaqoob in Sitra was raided and a member of the family was summoned to go to the torture chambers. This is the second attack in few days. Several youths were arrested from the neighbourhood. The town of Duraz was also raided and several of its youths arrested. Three of them are known athletes: Sayed Ali Moosa of Al Ittifaq Football Club, Sayed Hussain Majeed Abbas and Dhiyaa Slman, a member of Bahrain’s National Football Team. Zahra Al Sheikh, a mother of a six months baby was arrested as she went to visit he r detained husband at one of the torture centres. She had repeatedly been detained, tortured and abused. Photojournalist, Ammar Abdul Rasool, was sentenced yesterday to two years in jail for shooting images of repression.
28th October 2014
Saudi Arabia's "Oil-Weapon" Hits Europe - Iran
Iran's oil revenue falls 30 percent on back of global price decline:
"In the issue of oil, the economy has not been the sole important factor," Rouhani said. "International politics and plots" have also affected prices, he said, without elaborating.
Amnesty: Libyan militias committing war crimes:
In a new report released Thursday, it accuses fighters of having complete disregard for civilian lives, saying militants have fired GRAD rockets and artillery into civilian neighborhoods. It also says "scores of civilians have been abducted by armed groups."