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Civil unrest coming to America – Henry S. Dent Jr/Business Insider

March 28, 2016 12:13 pm
While author makes some valid points regarding real wage decline and middle class struggle he perpetuates the false equivalency between Mr. Trump and Senator Sanders. Sanders is about as Socialist as Truman or Eisenhower, who both valued ordinary working people more than most political leaders today. The pro-corporate and pro-wealthy policies and tax cuts have fueled the loss of the healthy middle class that thrived in the mid 20th Century. When the political class again respects the needs of workers and their families instead of the lobbying industrial complex of the 1% - only then will we have a chance at the stability the author is concerned about losing.

Palmyra Citadel Liberted by Syrian Army

March 26, 2016 1:17 pm
No doubt about Israel's and some Gulfies' involvement in the insurrection. Nonetheless, there was a valid opposition because of the oppression but not the extent we were led to believe with the various false-flags that happened. The Zios capitalized on it and blew it out of proportion. The incident at Hama or the ensuing mass executions at Tadmor were in the 80s when there was no Daesh around but simply the Brotherhood. Assad the father and the son taking over was in the year 2000. Maher Arar, the Syrian-Canadian engineer wrongfully arrested and tortured  was sent to Syria for a year or so in 2001. 
March 26, 2016 10:50 am
Taxi, I'm for evicting Daesh from the face of the earth; my point was to stress that the good event of kicking it from Palmyra/Tadmore should not overshadow the past of that military prison nor of that of Mezze,  of Adra or the Palestine Branch in Damascus where American political prisoners were sent for  "special treatment." The Canadian Government that had handed one of its citizens to the Americans for special treatment in Syria paid the man wrongfully arrested and given to the Americans $10 million in  damages for wrongful arrest and torture. These prisons after all were one of the reasons behind the uprising in Syria. Tadmor had been shut down shortly before the uprising but reopened to house political prisoners your as soon as the current war started. It's good riddance that Daesh destroyed it completely. Regrettably, they also destroyed important vestiges of the Roman Empire.
March 26, 2016 2:32 pm
Sorry about the date on Maher Arar's arrest, it was in 2002. Since the program started with Clinton, a total of 136 people were transferred to one of or over the 54 countries involved in the renditions program that have no reservation about torture either by having secret prisons to stash away prisoners or by allowing their airspace to be used by American flights. Syria was a participant and so was Iran that handed over to the US 7  Afghanistan nationals.  While Israel did not participate in the American program, it had and still has its very own kidnapping people program in effect on the West Bank. All this to say that things were not that rosy in Syria, otherwise all the interventions by outsiders would not have succeeded in wrecking the country.
March 26, 2016 7:07 am
Ritzl, Palmyra is more than a Roman heritage site that was once ruled by famous rebel warrior queen, Zenobia. Going by its current name, Tadmor, especially Tadmor Prison destroyed when Daesh took control of the region, you'd find less of an illustrious history from the dark days of the Assad regime. There are a few others equally infamous and appreciated by the US for its renditions program.
March 27, 2016 9:59 am
Taxi, you're confounding Assad's personal convictions with those of the regime. When the father died in 2000, Bashar was drafted into the Presidency by the powerful regime. The eldest militaristic brother, Bassel, had been groomed to replace the father but had died in a car speeding accident a couple of years earlier. That's when the mild-mannered ophthalmologist was recalled from London to be groomed as a replacement.  Bashar's intention of ruling justly did not fit into the powerful regime's plans. The country is ruled by the regime much more than by Assad. He had planned many social reforms along with a new constitution but the regime didn't go along. The constitution remained mostly unchanged with exception to Article 9 that after 40 years allowed non-Baathists to run for Parliament; that's what you had in place prior to the insurrection.. The 50,000 Kurds out of 300,000 were rapidly naturalized and given civil rights only to have them side with the government forces against the rebels.  The remaining 200,000 Kurds (out of a total Kurdish population of 1 million) that had been arbitrarily stripped of their civil rights in 1962 are still without civil rights, schools, hospitals and various other social services.. Getting back to the infamous Tadmor Military Prison, after a failed attempt on President's Assad's life in 1981 by the Brotherhood, in retaliation 1000 prisoners were executed in their cells at Tadmor. To his credit, Bashar closed down Tadmor in 2001 but it was reopened in 2011 to incarcerate 350 political protesters. In May 2015, Daesh freed the prisoners (and most probably killed the non-believers) and blew up the place. The situation at the time of the non-violent insurrection was far from rosy. People from outside Syria turned it into a violent one but the unhappy Syrians cannot be discounted..

WOW: State Dept Rep – Syria’s army should not liberate Palmyra from ISIS?

March 27, 2016 12:25 pm
Palmyra is the doorway to Deir el Zor, an exposed area controlled by Daesh and from there an easy walk to enter Daesh's Syrian HQ in Syria, Raqqa, and chase the whole lot of them back into Iraq. Americans and friends perhaps hoping that during the ceae-fire the Syrian opposition would have equaled in strength the Syrian Army before Daesh itself gets neutralized altogether in Syria. No other possible explanation as to why the US is not celebrating the defeat of Daesh at Palmyra. They like the idea of Daesh falling but not the timing.

Is the ISIS Behind the Brussels Attacks? Who is Behind the ISIS? – Prof Michel Chossudovsky/Global Research

March 28, 2016 7:23 am
Rudy, I'm not pretending that there aren't conspiracies of any kind. There are some, of course, but not 100% of the time as Global Research and the Voltaire people would have you believe since they have nothing else to say. As to numerology, you call it patterns and I call it coincidences. In some cases it's one and in others it's the other. As everyone has a right to his beliefs, there are also rights for those that don't believe. I don't believe in tarots divination either.
March 27, 2016 1:33 pm
Global Research, very much like Voltairenet begin with the premise that a conspiracy is behind whatever vile happens and from that point goes on to piling the building blocks to constitute the foregone conclusion. This is not to say that there are no false flag ops, there are plenty especially with Israel's greasy hands involved, but not 100% Now here with the numerology stuff, we're delving into voodoo.

Clinton Emails: Google Aided State Dept. in Attempt to Overthrow Assad – Doug Bolton/The Independent

March 23, 2016 8:24 pm
Max Blumenthal did his part to help topple Syria, PNAC style: Jun 21, 2012 Max Blumenthal discusses his article, "The right to resist is universal: A farewell to Al Akhbar and Assad's apologists" Max Blumenthal on Syria and the Peace Movement  

Trump’s know-nothing foreign policy – Jennifer Rubin/The Washington Post

March 27, 2016 3:13 pm
One of Trumps policy advisers is the Lebanese-American Islamophobe, Walid Phares.The American Conservative wrote about Phares' selection last week:   "Phares is a former Romney adviser, and selecting him as an adviser reflects just as poorly on Trump as it did on Romney. Leon Hadar has described him in TAC as a neoconservative and “an academic who was involved with right-wing Christian militia groups during the Lebanese civil war,” but that doesn’t do full justice to Phares’ record of bad judgment and alarmist rhetoric about foreign threats. As McKay Coppins reported shortly after Romney named Phares as an adviser, “Throughout his career as a pundit, he has warned that some Muslims are plotting a secret takeover of American institutions with the end goal of imposing Sharia.” Like Cruz adviser Frank Gaffney, Phares has been convinced for years that U.S, foreign policy has been dictated by Islamists. Adam Serwer summed up one of the arguments of from a Phares book a few years ago:
Also in Phares’ book Future Jihad, which Loyola describes as an “indispensable contribution,” Phares argues that prior to 9/11, American foreign policy was essentially under the control of Islamic fundamentalists. “[T]he Wahabi influence was so profound and subtle that it made its arms within the State Department, CIA, and information agencies think that they, not the Wahabis, were in control of policy.” It’s hard to find a foreign policy decision Phares disapproves of that isn’t the result of covert Islamist infiltration, from US policy during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan to Bill Clinton’s intervention in the Balkans to support for ending Lebanon’s civil war along terms favorable to Syria. Here’s Phares’ creative historical interpretation of the 1999 NATO intervention in Kosovo: “[A]n all-out campaign by al-Qaeda destroyed the Serbian Army in Kosovo and led to regime change in Serbia.”
The selection of Phares as a foreign policy adviser is every bit as absurd and disqualifying for Trump as Cruz’s selection of Gaffney is for the senator. Both advisers have many of the same flaws: conspiracy theorizing, unfounded accusations of Islamist subversion of the government, and an obsessive anti-Muslim view of the world. It isn’t surprising that Trump made such a bad choice, but it gives us another reason to question Trump’s judgment and it should alarm Trump supporters that want to believe his foreign policy will be an improvement over the usual Republican agenda."  
March 25, 2016 12:28 am
To her foreign policy=war and diplomacy is appeasement. The neocons need a little Thucydides.  

Donald Loves Israel: the Aipac Speech – March 21st, 2016

March 22, 2016 1:10 pm
I guess that was the 'real' Donald Trump. He even outdid Cruz who came on after him. What happened to being a neutral negotiator when he becomes president? I guess he had to blow his load on stage, so the Zionists could cheer. And this was the same candidate who they were starting to whisper is a 'secret Hitler'. Lol...  All his UN babble, and dismantling the Iran agreement was so sloppy and lazy and weak. I'm glad he showed his true braggadocious pandering self in the dark confines of the AIPAC kosher temple. What a fucking self absorbed clown. For a guy who pretended to be 'outside of the establishment', he certainly was 110% within the establishment last night. I always suspected he was a fake ass patriot, and now it's totally confirmed.

American Fascism

March 25, 2016 1:51 pm
How Donald Trump Exposed AIPAC BY MITCHELL PLITNICK March 24, 2016   But when Trump did speak earlier this week, there was no protest, and the respectful applause gradually rose to roaring cheers instead. By the end of his speech, Trump had clearly won the AIPAC crowd over. AIPAC itself recognized that the imagery here was disastrous. It was especially perturbed that Trump had gotten a huge ovation for saying that President Barack Obama “may be the worst thing to ever happen to Israel, believe me, believe me.” So much so, in fact, that the group made a statementrebuking Trump and its own audience for egging him on. But while the boorish Trump was obviously offensive, the substance of his remarks was not terribly different from what the other candidates at the convention had to say...

People Vs. AIPAC: Mighty Pro-Israel Lobby Loses Grip in US – Sputnik

March 20, 2016 4:09 pm
We should boycott Max Blumenthal, the son of a war profiteer and Hillary Clinton employee, since he's seen fit to blacklist various people(O'Keefe,Atzmon,Weir etc.) within the pro-Palestine movement. Max Blumenthal is a snake.