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Moscow and Washington work together to restructure international relations – Thierry Meyssan/Voltairenet.org

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While the Atlantist media seem to be falling sick, infected by a sudden attack of the anti-Russian fever, Thierry Meyssan interprets Moscow’s military action in Syria as the first step towards a complete revision of international relations. In his opinion, the important question is not so much whether Russia will save the Syrian Arab Republic from the jihadists, but whether Russia’s army could partially replace the US army in the region in order to guarantee security. Basing his interpretation on an internal document from the Security Council, he affirms that Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama are acting together against the US liberal hawks and neo-conservatives.

Russia is making slow but steady progress at the United Nations. Her leaders are convinced that the Islamist terrorist groups have been encouraged by the CIA since the 1950’s, and that today they constitute a menace not only for the stability of the region, but for the interests of the United States themselves. As Vladimir Putin explained last year to the Valdai International Discussion Club, it is therefore preferable to work together to resolve the current problem.

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The Notorious Banned FOX 9-11-2001 News Footage Israeli/Mossad Links

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The Hope Behind Putin’s Syria Help by — Ray McGovern/Antiwar.com

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Russia’s airstrikes on rebel strongholds in Syria, now in their fifth day, are a game-changer. To borrow an aphorism from philosopher Yogi Berra, “The future ain’t what it used to be.” Yogi also warned, “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”

What follows, then, will focus primarily on how and why the violence in Syria has reached this week’s crescendo, the magnitude of the tipping point reached with direct Russian military intervention in support of Syria’s government, and the self-inflicted dilemma confronting President Barack Obama and his hapless advisers who have been demanding “regime change” in Syria as the panacea to the bloody conflict.

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Jerusalem Descends into Blood Lust – Richard Silverstein/Tikun-Olam

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UDPATE: About twelve hours ago, a third Palestinian youth was murdered by Occupation forces.  This new killing happened near Tulkarm.  Ronnie Barkan reported to me there were a total of seven attempts to lynch Palestinians in the past 24 hours.

Israel is not a normal country.  It is not a western country.  It is not a democratic country.  It is a country seeped in blood.  A country where the hounds bay for fresh blood.   The blood of Israeli Jews and Palestinians.  Yesterday and the day before it was the blood of four Jewish settlers murdered in the Occupied Palestine.  A couple driving their car through the West Bank were shot to death and two rabbis associated with ethnic cleansing group, Ateret Cohanim, were stabbed to death there.   Read the rest of this entry »

The strongest weapon to shift geopolitical balances isn’t nukes or missiles, it’s technology – Vivek Wadhwa/The Washington Post

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Governments, businesses, and economists have all been caught off guard by the geopolitical shifts that happened with the crash of oil prices and the slowdown of China’s economy. Most believe that the price of oil will recover and that China will continue its rise. They are mistaken. Instead of worrying about the rise of China, we need to fear its fall; and while oil prices may oscillate over the next four or five years, the fossil-fuel industry is headed the way of the dinosaur. The global balance of power will shift as a result.

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They Accept Us as We Are;’ Christians Join Forces With Muslim Group Hezbollah to Fight ISIS in Lebanon – MintPress

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“We’re in a very dangerous situation,” said Rifit Nasrallah, a Catholic businessman. “The only people who are protecting us are the resistance of Hezbollah. The only one standing with the army is Hezbollah. Let’s not hide it anymore.”

Christian Post — The Iran-backed Shiite Muslim militant group Hezbollah, classified for many years by U.S. Intelligence as a terrorist organization, is training Christians to fight ISIS in Lebanon and the Middle Eastern believers say their new and unlikely allies “accept us as we are.”

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A Message to Israel: Time to Stop Playing the Victim Role – Philip Slater/HuffPo

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I can understand that after centuries of persecution it’s satisfying for a Jewish state to be the aggressor for a change, but there’s a codicil that goes with that role. You don’t get to act like a victim any more. “Poor little Israel” just sounds silly when you’re the dominant power in the Middle East. When you’ve invaded several of your neighbors, bombed and defeated them in combat, occupied their land, and taken their homes away from them, it’s time to stop acting oppressed. Yes, Arab states deny your right to exist, threaten to drive you into the sea, and all the rest of their futile, helpless rhetoric. The fact is, you have the upper hand and they don’t. You have sophisticated arms and they don’t. You have nuclear weapons and they don’t. So stop pretending to be pathetic. It doesn’t play well in Peoria.

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Israel’s right defies rabbinate over Al Aqsa – Mike Hanna/Al Jazeera English

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Settler movement is challenging traditional interpretation of rabbinic law backed by ruling right-wing coalition.

NOTICE AND WARNING; ENTERING THE TEMPLE MOUNT AREA IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN BY JEWISH LAW DUE TO THE SACRED NATURE OF THE SITE- ISRAEL CHIEF RABBINATE

There’s no missing these signs that have been in place since Israel came into being; and there has been no change whatsoever in the position of the country’s religious authority which interprets the Torah and advises the government of the day.

Why then are numerous groups within Israel clamouring for full access to the Al Aqsa Mosque compound, and why are they claiming this access on the basis of a religious right?

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Sisi, Putin call for anti-terror Mideast coalition – Al Arayabiay

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi on Wednesday called for a coalition to combat terrorism in the Middle East.

Opening a meeting with Putin in Moscow, Sisi said “the Egyptian people” are hoping for broader ties with Russia in all areas, particularly in fighting terrorism in the Middle East.

Putin told reporters after the talks that regional powers should join their efforts to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group.

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Syria’s ‘moderates’ have disappeared… and there are no good guys – Robert Fisk/The Independent

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The Russian air force in Syria has flown straight into the West’s fantasy air space. The Russians, we are now informed, are bombing the “moderates” in Syria – “moderates” whom even the Americans admitted two months ago, no longer existed.

It’s rather like the Isis fighters who left Europe to fight for the “Caliphate”.Remember them? Scarcely two months ago, our political leaders – and leader writers – were warning us all of the enormous danger posed by “home-grown” Islamists who were leaving Britain and other European countries and America to fight for the monsters of Isis. Then the hundreds of thousands of Muslim refugees began trekking up the Balkans towards Europe after risking death in the Mediterranean – and we were all told by the same political leaders to be fearful that Isis killers were among them.

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Olive Picking in the Levant is a Form of Resistance

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It’s that time of the year when rural Levant populations rush to their olive groves to pick the year’s harvest: generally used for pressing olive oil, pickling olives, and for making olive-based soap and beautification salves.

The timing of olive picking  is crucial:  it must take place after the second autumn rains – then waiting for two days thereafter for the soil to dry a little.  Picking olives any later than that will embitter the flavor and ruin the benefits of the harvest.  As you can imagine, this causes an insane rush to pick literally millions of trees in the region, with everyone working to a deadline.  This tradition has been going on for thousands of years –  even way before the enigmatic Abraham was born.  Here in the south of the Lebanon, the pickers are mostly local villagers joined by Syrian refugees who have taken refuge in sleepy villages.

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Jews and Arabs worlds apart in Jerusalem’s Old City – AFP

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OCCUPIED Jerusalem – In the Old City of Jerusalem, both Palestinians and Jews were talking on Sunday about fear and the prospect of a new intifada or uprising.

Some sought to exorcise the spectre of a new conflagration which other Palestinians would welcome, while Jews said they have seen it all before.

Between the two peoples there seems to be a total lack of understanding of the other, although they may live just streets apart within the same ancient walls.

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Is the Special Relationship Over? – Dennis Jett/HuffPo

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Ever since the creation of the state of Israel, it has had a special relationship with the United States. In recent months, that relationship has been damaged by domestic politics in both countries, and steps must be taken to mend it.

Israel has been the single largest recipient of American foreign aid, totaling about $234 billion over the years. Not bad for a country with a population smaller than that of New York City. But the American commitment to Israel’s defense and development has never meant that both governments must always agree.

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