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Month: November, 2015

Meet The Man Who Funds ISIS: Bilal Erdogan, The Son Of Turkey’s President – MintPress/ZeroHedge.com

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In addition to son Bilal’s illegal and lucrative oil trading for ISIS, Sümeyye Erdogan, the daughter of the Turkish President apparently runs a secret hospital camp inside Turkey just over the Syrian border.

Russia’s Sergey Lavrov is not one foreign minister known to mince his words. Just earlier today, 24 hours after a Russian plane was brought down by the country whose president three years ago said “a short-term border violation can never be a pretext for an attack”, had this to say: “We have serious doubts this was an unintended incident and believe this is a planned provocation” by Turkey.

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Why did Turkey shoot down the Russian Soukhoï 24 ? – Thierry Meyssan/Voltairnet.org

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Russian embassy in Damascus and the anti Turkish poster from 1915.

Turkey made a bad mistake when it shot down the Russian aircraft which had strayed into its airspace for 17 seconds. The operation, conceived to teach Russia not to interfere with the Third Syrian War – designed to create a colonial state in Northern Syria to which the Turkish Kurds would be transferred – had the opposite effect. Moscow has reinforced its anti-aircraft capacities in Syria, and has isolated Turkey. Ankara has now lost the benefit of the secret oral agreement it had concluded with Hafez el-Assad. And London, Paris and Tel-Aviv no longer know how to implement their plan.

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Russia hits back at Turkey by changing Syria ‘game’ – Zeina Khodr/Al Jazeera English

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Russia is striking back after a “stab in the back by an accomplice to terrorists” by changing the “game” in Syria.

Moscow’s retaliation is not just about severing economic and diplomatic ties. It is pursuing a policy that could tie Turkey’s hands in Syria.

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Apologies from Plato’s

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Sincere apologies to readers for the slow activities on Plato’s this past couple of days.  Apart from the fact that there really is not much that’s worthy of sharing with you this Thanksgiving weekend – so much regurgitation of same stories out there – I am actually very distracted nursing one of my dogs.

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‘Blessings of Israel’: Settlers find new ways to label products after E.U. decision

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PSAGOT, West Bank — Yaakov Berg, Jewish settler and West Bank vintner, thinks the decision by the European Union to insist that he label his cabernet sauvignon as a product of an Israeli settlement will do little to hurt overall sales of his kosher wine.

It might even help, he said.

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The Collision Course in Syria – Daniel Lazare/Consortiumnews

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Exclusive: President Obama’s continued insistence on “regime change” in Syria and his support for Sunni jihadists not called ISIS have escalated tensions with Moscow, especially after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane along the Syrian border. This division may help only the extremists, writes Daniel Lazare.

With Turkey downing a Russian Su-24 warplane along the Turkish-Syrian border this week, dire predictions about the dangers of escalation in the Syrian conflict are coming true. Events are spinning out of control as Syria turns into a happy hunting ground for military forces locked on a mutual collision course.

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Zionist versus anti-Zionist: A Debate

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Oslo is dead, but what’s next? – Geoffrey Aronson/Al Jazeera English

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The United States fire brigade was in Jerusalem. Secretary of State John Kerry no longer aims to reach an agreement between Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestine Liberation Organization’s (PLO) chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

Simply getting them into the same room – and defusing the daily dose of attacks and demonstration of the last weeks – would be trumpeted as a major success for US diplomacy in President Barack Obama’s last year.

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From the Airliner to the Bomber – Israel Shamir/The Unz Review

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Three important events influenced the course of the Syrian war in the course of last month: the Metrojet flight 9268 crash in Sinai October 31, the Paris attacks on Friday November 13 and the downing of a Sukhoi 24 on November 24, 2015.

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I read the news today – oh dear

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Today, Abu Dhabi confirmed that as per its invitation, Israel will imminently be setting up commercial offices in the heart of Abu Dhabi.  It’s nice to see Muslim Zionists and Jewish Zionists getting it on in public now.  If this trend in veracity continues, Wikileaks will soon become obsolete.

The Emirates, as a combined military force, was also today exposed for purchasing 450 Colombian mercenaries and shipping them off to Yemen to kill the poorest of Arabs there.  They did that because when they sent their own (Pakistani dual-citizen) army to Yemen before, their soldiers got sent back in bodybags.  They won’t be doing that again any time soon.  But they’re filthy rich enough that a single ruling Emiratee family can go shopping for soldiers from any war mall in the world.

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POW WOW: Happy ThanksGiving America!

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I’m not thankful for much, but what I’m thankful for I feel a deep, deep gratitude for.

Hey why not post your favorite ThanksGiving song in the comment section?  Or share a Thanksgiving story or joke.

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Palestinian teen girls play bigger role in terror attacks on Israelis – Michele Chabin/USAToday

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OCCUPIED JERUSALEM — Dressed in skirts over their jeans and scarves on their heads, two teenage Palestinian girls from northern Jerusalem headed to downtown Jerusalem on Monday, took out scissors and stabbed a 70-year-old Palestinian man they had mistaken for an Israeli Jew. An Israeli security guard fatally shot  Hadeel Awaad, 16, and a policeman shot and wounded her cousin, Norham Awwad, 14.

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The strategy of chaos – Manlio Dinucci/Voltairenet.org

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Flags fly at half-mast in NATO countries for “France’s 9/11,” while President Obama announces to the media: “We will provide you accurate information about who is responsible.”

They needn’t wait. It is already clear.

The umpteenth massacre of innocents was caused by the series of geopolitical cluster bombs, detonated according to a precise strategy.

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Why Palestinians think what they do about Israel – Yousef Munayyer/LA Times

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The Israeli-Palestinian debate has seen its share of politicians making spurious, racist claims to further an agenda. But when academics do the same and use the cover of shoddy social science, it is particularly pernicious.

That is precisely what Daniel Polisar did in his recent Times Op-Ed article attempting to demonstrate with research that Palestinian public opinion on Jews and violence against Israelis doesn’t bode well for peace or a two-state solution.

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France’s Most Famous Arab Cartoonist on Growing Up Between Two Worlds – Michael Skafida/HuffPos

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Riad Sattouf is the best known Arab cartoonist in France. He has also succeeded as a film director — his highly popular movie The French Kissers won a César for best first film. Yet these days the 37-year-old Sattouf’s fame is owed mostly to his association with the Arab world — he is of Franco-Syrian origin — and his determination to make sense of it through his bestselling graphic memoir “The Arab of the Future” that is published in sequels.

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States of Terror – Chris Hedges/ICH

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It is nearly certain that we will endure, sooner rather than later, another catastrophic terrorist attack on American soil. The blundering of our military into the Middle East; the failed states that have risen out of the mismanagement and chaos of Iraq and Afghanistan; the millions of innocents we have driven from their homes, terrorized or slaughtered; the bankrupt puppet regimes we have equipped and trained that will not fight; the massive amounts of munitions and military hardware we have allowed to fall into the hands of jihadis—thousands of them carrying Western passports; and the myopic foreign policy whose single tenet is that more industrial violence will get us out of the morass created by our industrial violence in the first place means that we, like France, are in for it.

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Turkey Provokes Russia with Shoot-down – Robert Parry/Consortiumnews

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  *Pink triangle/yellow line marks the spot where the Russian SU-24 was downed

Exclusive: Turkey appears to have deliberately shot down a Russian warplane as a provocation designed to escalate tensions between NATO and Russia, a ploy that seems to have sucked in President Obama as he tries to look tough against Russia to appease his neocon critics, writes Robert Parry. (Update: Russia says one airman saved.)

President Barack Obama – always sensitive to neocon criticism that he’s “weak” – continues to edge the world closer to a nuclear confrontation with Russia as he talks tough and tolerates more provocations against Moscow, now including Turkey’s intentional shoot-down of a Russian warplane along the Turkish-Syrian border.

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The Bitter Fruit of ‘Bibi-ism’ – Michael Winship/Consortiumnews

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A constant irritant exacerbating the anger in the Middle East is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with Israeli Prime Minister “Bibi” Netanyahu privately believing that no solution is really possible though he may pretend otherwise in public, what some call “Bibi-ism,” writes Michael Winship.

Maybe I didn’t get the memo, but I hadn’t heard the word “Daesh” used to describe ISIS until our recent trip to Israel and Jordan. Now, since the attacks in Paris, even President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have been saying it.

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Putin, NATO and the Turkish Banana Peel

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Twenty four hours after two Turkish F-16’s downed a Russian SU-24 on Syrian territory, the smoke of the wreckage has cleared and revealed a banana skin with NATO’s logo stamped on it.

Obviously, Putin is too smart and sure-footed to slip and fall for such a primordial ruse.   But it is worth examining why NATO, which is primarily an American instrument, is resorting to such puerile and reckless tactics in its attempt to create justification to enter the Syrian battlefields, with intent to oust Bashar by force and divide up Syria to the benefits of the Caliphate and the Zionist states.  Do NATO commanders actually think that Putin’s intelligence is that degree of inept and short-sighted?  Or is this an act of desperation on NATO’s  part, with Turkey as front and fall guy?

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France and Israël launch a new war in Iraq and Syria – Thierry Meyssan/Voltairenet.org

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JPEG - 41.3 kb  On this map, published in 2013 by Robin Wright in the New York Times, we can see Sunnistan, which Daesh was to create in June 2014, and from where they proclaimed the Caliphate, and also Kurdistan, that France and Israël now want to create. You may note that on this map, nothing is planned for the Christian populations, who will either have to be transferred to Europe, or else exterminated.

On one hand, the French government is mobilising all its media in order to keep its population focused on the attacks of the 13th November. On the other, with Israël, it is launching a new war in Iraq and Syria. The objective is no longer to overthrow the secular Syrian régime, nor to destroy its army, but to create a colonial state straddling the border between Iraq and Syria, to be managed by the Kurds, in order to apply a stranglehold on the Arab states. The dream of an Israeli nation between the Nile and the Euphrates is back.

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Turkey Downs a Russian SU-24 Jet Fighter

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The Turkish military is claiming that the Russian SU-24 jet fighter was warned 10 times in 5 minutes to exit Turkish airspace but the Russian pilots had ignored the warnings and forced the Turks therefore to down their jet.

The Russians are denying airspace violation and claim they have flight-log evidence to demonstrate this.

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Robert Fisk: We still haven’t grasped that this is war without frontiers – Robert Fisk/Independent

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Early in 2014, Isil released one of its first videos. Largely unseen in Europe, it had neither the slick, cutting-edge professionalism of its later execution tapes nor the haunting “nasheed” music that accompanies most of its propaganda. Instead, a hand-held camera showed a bulldozer pushing down a rampart of sand that had marked the border between Iraq and Syria. As the machine destroyed the dirt revetment, the camera panned down to a handwritten poster lying in the sand. “End of Sykes-Picot”, it said.

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When Linsdey Couldn’t Get His War On

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Tulsi Gabbard (D) Hawaii is a Refreshing Realist on Syria

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Rethinking ‘Assad Must Go’ Slogan – Gareth Porter/Consortiumnews

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Official Washington’s “Assad must go!” slogan is threatening to destroy hopes for a political settlement of the horrific Syrian conflict and for an end to the chaos cascading from it – finally prompting some U.S. officials to rethink the “group think,” as Gareth Porter reported for Middle East Eye.

In the wake of the ISIS terrorist attack on Paris, President Barack Obama declared that his administration has the right strategy on ISIS and will “see it through.” But the administration is already shifting its policy to cooperate more closely with the Russians on Syria, and an influential former senior intelligence official has suggested that the administration needs to give more weight to the Assad government and army as the main barrier to ISIS and other jihadist forces in Syria.

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Palestinian campus: ‘A wall of fear has come down’ – Ylenia Gostoli/AlJazeera English

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  Caption:  People’s resistance to occupation and the wall

West Bank campuses are the new battleground as confrontations between Israeli army and Palestinian students intensify.

Abu Dis, occupied West Bank – Debris and broken glass were strewn across the Al-Quds University campus in Abu Dis on a recent afternoon, evidence of one of many recent incursions by Israeli forces since October.

Nearby, a group of students carrying Palestinian flags marched off campus towards Israel’s separation wall.

A few wrapped their faces in keffiyehs and took turns hitting the wall with a sledgehammer.

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Saudi Arabia, an ISIS That Has Made It – Kamel Daoud/New York Times

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Black Daesh, white Daesh. The former slits throats, kills, stones, cuts off hands, destroys humanity’s common heritage and despises archaeology, women and non-Muslims. The latter is better dressed and neater but does the same things. The Islamic State; Saudi Arabia. In its struggle against terrorism, the West wages war on one, but shakes hands with the other. This is a mechanism of denial, and denial has a price: preserving the famous strategic alliance with Saudi Arabia at the risk of forgetting that the kingdom also relies on an alliance with a religious clergy that produces, legitimizes, spreads, preaches and defends Wahhabism, the ultra-puritanical form of Islam that Daesh feeds on.

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‘Next Year People’ – Colin Hay

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The Saudi Connection to Terror – Daniel Lazare/Consortiumnews

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Exclusive: While Official Washington devotes much sound and fury to demands for a wider war in Syria and the need to turn away Syrian refugees, Democrats and Republicans dodge the tougher question: how to confront Saudi Arabia about its covert funding for Islamic State and Al Qaeda terrorists, writes Daniel Lazare.

How does ISIS pay for its operations? This is the key question as the war against the terror organization advances to a new level in the wake of the Paris atrocities. But the mainstream’s approved answer is part of the problem.

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Vladimir Putin’s massive, triple-decker war room revealed – Andrew Roth/The Washington Post

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  Putin sits center of middle deck, fifth from right in photo

MOSCOW — “Gentlemen. You can’t fight in here. This is the war room!”

It could have been a scene straight out of “Dr. Strangelove” when President Vladimir V. Putin stepped into the Russian Ministry of Defense’s brand new, three-tiered, multibillion-dollar control center this week, for a war briefing that had its fair share of movie-like pageantry.

The fortified National Control Defense Center was Putin’s first stop after officials confirmed that the Russian charter jet crash that claimed 224 lives last month was the result of an act of terror.

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