Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Obama Is Starting A New War In The Middle East

Russia will not stand idly by as Obama attempts to seize Middle East oil once more    

By Vladimir Simonov

Something that was bound to happen has just happened. The US has realised the folly of air strikes against the positions of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Washington is now ready to deploy ground troops against ISIL in Iraq. Thus, the United States sinks deeper into the mire of the Middle Eastern conflicts by starting an armed intervention in Iraq once again.

We are all well aware how the first one, that started back in 2003, ended. 

Americans have suffered devastating losses in manpower and spent hundreds of billions of dollars and all they’ve managed to achieve was the destruction of the Iraqi state. 

Then they fled, leaving nothing but devastation and civil war behind. This gave rise to a surge of Islamic radicalism that they are trying to strangle.

According to the Vice President of the Saladin Provincial Council, Jassim Mohammed Hassan al-Attiyah, some 13,000 US soldiers and their military vehicles are to arrive at Speicher base in the city of Tikrit. He also said that dozens of American military advisers had already been stationed there and that they were cordinating and supervising the operations against militants of the Islamic State. These troops are going to join the efforts of liberating Saladin province.

After all, ISIL militants have nothing in common with Saddam Hussein’s soldiers armed with outdated weapons and starved by international sanctions. A total of one hundred thousand troops has matured during the wars in Syria, Libya, and Afghanistan, they are proficient in fighting against regular armies, no matter how many warplanes and armored vehicles they have. And over the years the militants have been fighting both in the wilderness, and in large cities like Aleppo, so they had enough time tomaster the ways of guerrilla warfare, sabotage and terrorist acts. Moreover in the camps in Turkey and Jordan they have been instructed by the best experts you can find, including CIA and Pentagon trainers, along with veterans of Saudi and Qatarispecial forces. They know all right how to fight against American troops.

In addition, there’s several thousand citizens of the EU and the United States in the ISIL ranks, most of them have served in the armies of their home countries, so they are well aware of all the possible weaknesses of the NATO troops. So what Washington needs to do is to send at least 60 thousand soldiers to Iraq in order to have a fighting chance against ISIL, given that the Iraqi army is of little help for them. Great Britain along with a number of other NATO allies has already announced thatit’s not going to deploy soldiers in Iraq. What NATO can actually do is to send several hundred of Ukrainians, Poles, Georgians, Australians and Estonians. It is possible that the military forces of the GCC countries will bring something to the table, althoughthey will need a permission of Baghdad or a resolution of the UN Security Council. One cannot discount the possibility that theUnited States can try to use their troops in Syria to overthrow the regime of Bashar al-Assad.

But what could Obama have possibly done in this situation? Disgrace the state he leads by calling a retreat after a week of air strikes? This would have been an end of his political career and a heavy blow to the US authority throughout the world. In this situation, the US President even if it was against his will, was forced to embark on yet another military adventure. But one shouldn’t feel sorry for him — he has driven himself into a dead end by his unwillingness to cooperate in this fight with Russia, Iran and Syria. The blinders of American ideology have played a cruel joke with the US establishment. Now a Nobel Peace Prize laureate is starting a new aggression abroad.

Moreover, if Obama is going to send its troops into the Iraqi meat grinder, he should be aware of the fact that US troops will not be fighting ISIL militants alone, instead, they will face the majority of Iraq‘s population, whether Sunnis and Shiites, that has not forgotten the rude actions of the American army during the first occupation of their country. If the Americans are to land in Iraq, they will face a fierce opposition from all battle capable Iraqi forces. In particular, they can be engaged by the supporters of a popular Shiite imam Muqtada al-Sadr. 

Despite the fact that thousands of fighters loyal to him are fighting the Islamic State on the daily basis they may decide to oppose the Americans. Back in 2006-2009 Muqtada al-Sadr created a “Mahdi Army” that was successfully fighting American troops in Iraq, the latter suffered heavy losses due to their actions. And Iran, which supports Muqtada al-Sadr, is frustrated with the American military intervention in Iraq. After all, Washington de facto cuts Tehran from Baghdad in its struggle for Iraqi oil and gas, and American troops are going to appear near the borders of Iran.Needless to say the former Baathists and Saddam’s army officers are going in too.

There is another dangerous trend – the possibility of retaliation strikes against the US and a number of European countries that have joined the coalition, especially France and Great Britain, along with kidnapping and consequent murdering of their citizens in third countries. On September 25 Reuters reported, citing an official source in the Iraqi government, that local intelligence services are checking reports on the upcoming terrorist attacks in the Paris subway and in a number of cities across the United States. It’s been said that Iraqi officers have shared the information they had with their “partners”: CIA, DST, and MI6 . The main objective of the joint intelligence efforts was to find out how far the terrorists advanced in the preparation of their attacks, the source said. Earlier, on the eve of the regular session of the UN General Assembly, Prime Minister of Iraq, Haider al-Abadi told journalists that Iraqi intelligence revealed that attacks were being prepared by the militants of the Islamic State. Then therewas a leak from the US intelligence about plans of another terrorist group — Khorasan — that was preparing a number ofserious terrorist attacks on the US soil that should remind US citiznes of September 11, 2001.

Americans now experiencing complete and total short-term memory loss

In this situation, given Obama’s hostile attitude towards Russia and the sanctions the US had imposed on Russia due to the situation in Ukraine, Russia’s best interest is not to interfere in the Washington’s adventurous intervention and specifically not to participate in joint military operations in Iraq. Let Washington get stuck in the Middle East. Then they will not have the strength or the resources to continue their confrontation with Russia over Ukraine and the gas supplies to Europe. Moscow should take advantage of this situation by restructuring its economy and by eliminating its oil and gas dependency.

Vladimir Simonov, Middle East expert, Ph.D. in History, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.

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Islamic State Was Born In NATO Camps

NATO will be the new face of world terrorism, Obama/Cameron quest for world domination    

By Andre Vltchek

The West and its client states in the Middle East are now bombing Islamic State (ISIS) positions in Syria, killing both militants and civilians, violating countless international laws and treaties.

Oil installations inside Syria are in flames; the West “informed”Damascus that the bombing campaign could take three years, as if it would be the sole owner of the Middle East.

The fact that it is done with no international endorsement is by now not surprising anybody.

There is nothing standing on the way of this campaign; no air force is defending Syrian territory, no surface-to-air-missiles are fired.

Yet, the US and the UK make no secret that this is not just a campaign to debilitate ISIS positions. The US is openly declaring alliance with the “moderate opposition forces” inside Syria, which essentially means those forces that are fighting to overthrow the government of President Assad.

Damascus’ plea for a broader coalition to fight ISIS is being ignored. No wonder – for years Islamic State (or ISIS) was actually an integrated part of the “opposition movement” supported, trained and financed by the West and its regional allies.
Hezbollah is already fighting IS.

Former ISIS fighter tells of on the ground cooperation between Islamic State & NATO 'Ally' Turkey

The excuse or justification, for the latest attacks against Syria, is simple. British Prime Minister David Cameron told lawmakers: "This is not a threat on the far side of the world. Left unchecked, we will face a terrorist caliphate on the shores of the Mediterranean."

By this, he was perhaps referring to that short Syrian Mediterranean coastline dotted with the cities like Latakia and Tartus, but also, most likely, to the entire Lebanon, which, according to a regional analyst, Michael Jansen, “...is already the third battlefront in the war against the Islamic State (IS) and, like embattled Syria and Iraq, it has neither the political unity needed, nor the material means to fight its battle.”

Entrance to Apaydin Camp

It is enough to read Daily Security Information Reports by UNSIOC in Lebanon to see how serious the situation really is. There are incursions from Syrian soil by the militants, kidnappings and constant arrests.

But most of the people in the region would definitely disagree with both Mr. Obama and Mr. Cameron about on whose shoulders rests the responsibility for this disastrous state of things.

Outspoken leader of Hezbollah, Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah, spelled out his take on the situation, in Lebanon, on September 23, 2014:

“We are against American military intervention and an international coalition in Syria, whether that [action] is against the Syrian regime or Daesh (ISIS)... Under the false pretext of fighting terrorism the U.S. seeks to take control of the region...”

Hezbollah is actually already fighting ISIS, but, despite its great popularity in Lebanon and in the region, and its inclusiveness and great social projects (or maybe because of them), the organization is on the list of terrorist groups, at least in the US and in several European countries.

It appears that the West is making sure that Lebanon remains defenseless, even as it appears likely that ISIS could soon intensify its attacks or to make a decisive dash across the border, from Syrian territory. Weapons from France had not been delivered yet, partially because France “worries” that they could be used against Israel. The US is blocking any purchase of Russian weapons by Lebanon (Defense Minister of Lebanon, Ms. Nouhad Mashnouk visited Moscow trying to secure delivery of Russian-made arms), because of “the tension between the West and Russia over Ukraine.”
Region ruined, West controls the game

The situation is extremely complex but what is clear is that the West is pressing all the control buttons in the “game.”

It helped to create and to strengthen “Syrian opposition,” including its most radical elements like Islamic State. The goal was to depose President Assad. Now when the ISIS went “out of control,” and began gaining territory in both Iraq and Syria, their brutality and military success are used as justification for direct intervention in Syria.

It is becoming clear that no matter what, President Assad would never be allowed to win; even if (and perhaps especially if) he is supported by the majority of the Syrian people.

As a result of actions taken by the West, both Iraq and Syria are now fully destabilized, or more precisely, they are in ruins.

Lebanon does not even have fully functioning government or sound military, and may be swept away by the destructive tide.

The region is now literally flooded with millions of refugees.

And the West is once again pounding the area with Tomahawk missiles and bombs. Several pro-Western Arab regimes that are co-responsible for the situation in Syria and Iraq - Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates - have joined the “campaign,” by offering their jets. This way, there is some illusion of legitimacy - their handlers in Washington can trumpet to the world that “they are not in it alone.”

While the “threat of terrorism” and “danger to the region and its people” are quoted as the main justifications for the military action, there is really very little logic in those arguments, and many citizens of the Middle East now simply believe that the West is aiming at the overthrowing of the government of Syrian President Assad, at creating an independent, oil-rich, and pro-Western Kurdish state, and possibly even at igniting conflict with neighboring Iran.

It is also understood that things could get resolved without the Western bombing campaign; through the channels that the US and EU would never use: governments in Damascus and Teheran would have to stop being pushed into the corner. In fact, Syria and Lebanon would have to be allowed to rearm and to be allowed to fight their own enemies. And Iran would have to be encouraged to join the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS).

On 21 September 2014, AP reported:“Syria's parliament speaker said Sunday that the US should work with Damascus to battle the Islamic State extremist group rather than allying with nations which he accused of supporting terrorism. Speaker Jihad Laham was apparently referring to Saudi Arabia and other countries backing rebels trying to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad.”

But the West is not aiming at resolving the crises. It is pushing and fighting for full domination of the region.

It is playing chess with both white and black pieces. In between are tens of millions of people, and entire nations. Every move terminates countless lives.
Create them, use them, fight them

ISIS did not fall from the sky. They were armed, financed and trained in the refugee camps built for“Syrian refugees,” in Turkey and Jordan. Both countries are staunch allies of the West; Turkey is on top of it a member of NATO.

Several regional reporters, including Turkish investigative journalist Huseyin Guler and Ulusal’s TV documentary filmmaker Serkan Koc, identified the camps as training facilities, particularly Apaydin in the vicinity of Hatay, near the Turkish border.

The fact that Jordan is offering its territory for purposes of “training the opposition” is no secret. Earlier this year I worked in two refugee camps near the Jordan-Syrian border: an old and overcrowded Zaatari Camp and one new one, which is still only partially operational – Azraq.

From testimonies given to me by both refugees and local inhabitants, Zaatari Camp has been used as a training facility for “Syrian opposition fighters,” for years. In the area, there was a clear presence of both Saudi and Qatari cadres.

The AP reported: “Jordan is… officially denying that any training of anti-Assad fighters takes place on its soil, though both Jordanian and American officials have acknowledged it does.”

The National, a daily newspaper published in the United Arab Emirates, reported on December 28 2013:

“A command centre in Amman or "operations room" as Syrian rebels describe it, gives military advice to the Free Syrian Army and channels weapons to them for their fight against Bashar Al Assad's regime… Rebels say there is also a complex, shadowy system of weapons movement, with diverse, sometimes parallel, supply routes. The command centre works with the FSA and the Supreme Military Council - the FSA high command headed by General Selim Idriss and allied with the Syrian National Coalition, the opposition political alliance backed by Arab states and the West.”

I investigated the situation on the Turkish-Syrian border, in the vicinity of the city of Hatay, on several occasions, for both the documentary film I was producing for Venezuelan TV channel TeleSur, and for several of my written reports.

The tolerant and multi-cultural city of Hatay has been living in fear for years, terrorized by those machinegun-waving bearded jihadi cadres who were transplanted there from Saudi Arabia and from the rest of the Gulf, in order to train and radicalize Syrian “opposition fighters.”

Apayadin Camp is where many of the ISIS fighters have their roots.

Serkan Koc, who has produced several groundbreaking works on the subject of the “Syrian opposition,”explained to me in Istanbul:

“Of course you do realize that those people are not really ‘Syrian opposition.’ They are modern-day legionnaires collected from various Arab countries, including Qatar and Saudi Arabia, paid by Western imperialist powers. Some are members of Al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations. Most are militant Sunni Muslims. One could describe them as rogue elements hired to fight the Assad government.”

Some of those legionnaires, including those who belong to Islamic State (ISIS) had mutated and began wearing several hats (President Assad was warning for months that they would). They are still after President Assad whom they mainly hate for being secular, and for belonging to the Alawite sect, which is considered to be heretical in some Sunni Muslim circles, especially in the most radical ones. But now they are also after non-Muslims and non-Arabs, even after the interests of those who actually helped them to come to life – the West.

All this is not unlike how al-Qaida was born. It mutated from Western-trained and financed Mujahedeen that were first involved in the fighting against the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan (DRA) and later the Soviet Union.

The West is historically using, even grooming, the most horrendous allies, be it Mujahedeen in Afghanistan, the military and religious cadres in 1965 Indonesia, fascist military in Chile, Paraguay and Argentina, or present-day Ukrainian fascists crews.

“Syrian opposition” is just one of the latest editions. It is clear who is benefiting: the military and political establishment of the West, which supplies the weapons, destabilizes countries, even entire regions, and tries to establish full control over the world.

Then, if and when the situation changes and a former client’s movements go gaga, there is always another use for them: they can serve as a justification for direct invasions and further militarization of the regions and the entire planet.

First you create them, then you use them, and in the end you fight them.

“The only victims” are millions of people who are dying and becoming internally displaced in the regions destroyed by these brutal imperialist games.

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U.S. - Led "Coalition" Against ISIL : Front For Regime Change

U.S. taxpayers once again paying bribes for Obama's bogus "coalition of the willing"  

By Finian Cunningham

Listening to American and British leaders this week one would think that Barack Obama and David Cameron are knights in shining armor on an epic crusade to defeat global evil.

Of course, that is exactly what Washington and London are trying to inculcate in popular perception – that the US and Britain are the saviors of the world leading a military campaign to destroy the extremist network known as so-called Islamic State (IS, or ISIL/ISIS). This is a massive public relations scam to burnish the image of America and Britain – the two countries that, rightly, are most associated with illegal war making over the past decade, from Afghanistan (2001), Iraq (2003) and Libya (2011) to ongoing deadly drone warfare in Yemen, Pakistan and Somalia. 

Between them, Washington and London are responsible for the deaths of more than 1.5 million people over the past 13 years. 

What better way to rehabilitate the war criminals than to present them now as leading a moral crusade to defeat a global evil? 

Unbelievably, too many states seem to be going along with this ridiculous charade, as can be gleaned from the way Obama and Cameron’s posturing was indulged this week at the United Nations General Assembly. 

And now, over the weekend, we hear of more countries – Australia, Belgium, Denmark and Netherlands – sending munitions and warplanes to join the US-led bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria. 

David Cameron, the British premier, had the gall to regale the UN with these sanctimonious words: “My message today is simple. We are facing an evil against which the whole world must unite. And, as ever in the cause of freedom, democracy and justice, Britain will play its part.”

Yes, you heard right, the country that helped to destroy Afghanistan and Iraq based on wholesale lies, is telling you that it will do its part for “the cause of freedom, democracy and justice – as ever.”

Note the way Cameron sublimates – incredibly – the supposed defeat of IS “evil” with the supposed virtues of Britain. 

Meanwhile, Obama also exhorted the world to unite – implicitly under America’s leadership – to confront “this network of death.” Obama set the militarist agenda by saying: “There can be no reasoning – no negotiation – with this brand of evil. The only language understood by killers like this is the language of force.”

Earlier, Obama greeted the participation of certain Arab states in the bombing campaign that expanded this week from Iraq into Syrian territory as evidence that “America is not acting alone.” This betrays how sensitive the issue is for Washington not to be seen for what it truly is – the leader of a criminal mob. In order to disguise that criminal enterprise, the US and its trusty British sidekick are making the anti-IS coalition sound like a noble service to mankind and world security.

It's all about heads these days; Obama's murdering CIA and Cameron's MI6 cross-dressers max out the terror by beheading journalists and now innocent Western tourists

But here are at least seven reasons for why this Anglo-American enterprise can be identified as a fake front to conceal an ulterior agenda:

First: the extremists in the “network of death” are the creation of American and British intelligence, evolving out of the covert war against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan during the 1980s when al-Qaeda was formed. That network was the brainchild of people like presidential National Security advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, and was further deployed by CIA director William Casey to destabilize Russia during the 1990s with proxy wars in Central Asia. This has been all scrupulously documented by Peter Dale Scott and several other respected authors. The latest incarnation of the West’s proxy terror army is IS which was spawned during the American and British occupation of Iraq post-2003. 

Conclusion: you can’t defeat something that is an integral creation of your own geopolitical machinations.

Second: the “evil” that Washington and London have so pontificated about in self-serving moralistic terms can best be illustrated by the destruction of Syria over the past three years. IS and related Western-sponsored proxy armies have terrorized the entire Syrian population by waging a war that would not have happened without the overarching direction of Washington and London. Nearly 200,000 people have been killed, millions wounded and millions more turned into refugees. Estimates of infrastructure damage are put at over $100 billion – a debt that would cripple most European states. This “evil” has been inflicted on Syria by the geopolitical directors of IS and the mercenary network – Washington and London.

Former French foreign minister Roland Dumas, for example, testified last year that he was approached by British government figures in 2009 to join the Syrian project of regime change that began in March 2011. 

Conclusion: you can’t fight against evil when you are the source of that evil.

Third: the US-led anti-IS coalition is not coordinating with the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad. This is in spite of the glaring reality that the Syrian armed forces are the most effective combat force against IS in the actual field. The Syrian army has proven itself over the past three years in holding off, and indeed rolling back, IS and a myriad other such terror groups.

If Washington and London were serious about destroying this network then surely they would be enlisting the support of the Syrian government. The underlying reasons for why they are not, from the aforementioned points, should be obvious. But, taken on face value, the lack of consultation or consent from the Assad government means that the US-led bombing of that country has an ulterior purpose.

Furthermore, it is illegal under international law and, to boot, the intervention does not have a UN Security Council mandate. The US notified Damascus of the air strikes in a high-handed way, warning Syria not to engage foreign warplanes operating over its skies. That’s an ultimatum and it has no legal substance. Russia and Iran appear to be among the few countries that have clearly spoken out against the illegality of American-led actions in Syria, and they are correct in their assessment. 

Conclusion: the anti-IS coalition is illegal and lacks integrity.

Fourth: Washington and London are also not enlisting the support of another logical ally Iran – the region’s power house. Grudgingly, the US and Britain are saying that “Iran may have a role” in the purported campaign against IS. But, again, if Washington and London were genuinely trying to wipe out the IS as a threat to world peace and security, then why aren’t they trying to liaise with Iran? 

Conclusion: Iran has correctly rebuffed the anti-IS coalition as disingenuous, in part because Washington and London are acting as pretend-firemen who are at the same time going out to not use water to put out a fire.

Fifth: American and British ally, NATO-member Turkey, is clearly not interested in taking effective action against IS. The Turk army is preventing Kurdish fighters crossing its border with Syria. These Kurdish forces want to help defend their compatriots in Syria who are being assailed by IS around the city of Kobani.

But the Turk military is preventing this vital support reaching the Syrian side much to the consternation of the Kurds who are asking the obvious question: why not?

Also, as Kurdish fighters point out, the Turk military is passively viewing IS brigades operating in Syria within firing range. Why aren’t senior NATO members, the US and Britain, telling Turkey to use its firepower to damage IS on the ground? 

Conclusion: the with-holding of a key tactical strike against IS, as witnessed by Turkish inaction, shows that the anti-IS coalition is derelict in its stated purpose.

Sixth: what about the genocide against Palestinians in Gaza? Where is Washington and London’s concern over that “evil”? It is by no means a digression to question the integrity of Obama and Cameron when it comes to the pressing issue of evil perpetrated against Palestinians by the Israeli regime. Some 2,100 people – mainly women and children – were slaughtered by the Israeli military over two blood-soaked months this summer.

This was a campaign of relentless, indiscriminate murder on a besieged civilian population that involved decapitation of children not with crude knives but with a panoply of sophisticated American-supplied weaponry. Yet all the while, Washington and London sat on their hands and said nothing to stop the carnage. 

Conclusion: If Obama and Cameron have not the moral fiber to condemn and counter such a glaring case of “evil” as in Gaza, then there is no way that their protestations for world action against IS can be viewed as having a scintilla of sincerity. 

Seventh: Obama has called for not only the destruction of IS extremism but also for the elimination of extremist ideology. Laughably, he made that declaration while sharing a dinner table this week with key Arab states lending the US-led anti-IS coalition such crucial “international image.” These states are Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. They are all unelected monarchial dictatorships that have ruthlessly suppressed their own people’s demands for democratic freedom.

Saudi Arabia in particular has publicly decapitated hundreds of its citizens and expatriate workers in recent years under official penal policy. While Bahrain continues to lock up hundreds of political prisoners who have done nothing more than call for the Khalifa regime to be replaced with an elected government. 

These feudalistic regimes are key logistical components in American military power in the Middle East. That is why their warplanes are riding shotgun with American F-16s and F-22s in bombing Syrian territory – not because their participation is in any way borne out of international legitimacy or solidarity. 

But the really bitter irony is that these despotic Arab regimes – that Obama is “so proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with” – are the material and ideological sponsors of the IS and related extremists groups operating in Syria and Iraq. Washington and London may be the ultimatum authors of the proxy network of death, for their regime-change strategy, but it is the reactionary Arab monarchies who are the immediate conduits of weaponry to that network. 

And, crucially, it is the extremist Wahhabi fundamentalism of Saudi rulers and the other Persian Gulf dictatorships that fuels the IS ideology. Washington and London are careful to conceal it, but in these despotic regimes other religions, including Shia Islam and Christianity, are deemed “heretical” and punishable by death or imprisonment.

When IS militants chop off the heads of “infidel” Muslims and Christians in Syria and Iraq, they are doing so in accordance with the extremist ideology of America’s and Britain’s closest Arab allies. 

Conclusion: The Arab component of the anti-ISIS coalition is the material and ideological wellspring for IS and related extremist groups; so while America’s despotic Arab friends may be bombing their surrogates on the ground – for now – such action does not bestow any integrity or lawfulness. Far from it. The Arab despots are now using warplanes instead of their head-chopping mercenaries on the ground.

Our final conclusion is this: Obama and Cameron are using simplistic moralizing rhetoric about “defeating evil” in order to: 1) conceal their own criminal legacy; 2) pressure the rest of the world into endorsing their presumed but ill-deserved authority; and 3) promote their criminal agenda of regime change under a moral cover. 

However, no law-abiding or morally conscious state should have anything to do with the US and British-led anti-IS coalition. It is fraudulent in its stated aims, as the above points testify. The so-called coalition is nothing but a criminal mob run by arch-criminal states – the US and Britain.

The campaign against IS is a front for the criminal agenda of regime change in Syria and the region. This real, criminal agenda should be exposed and condemned at every opportunity. To consort with this mob is to corrupt international law and morality.

Moreover, the international case should be forthrightly made for the arrest and prosecution of the mob’s chief protagonists in Washington and London for their serial crimes against humanity and peace.


Finian Cunningham (born 1963) has written extensively on international affairs, with articles published in several languages. He is a Master’s graduate in Agricultural Chemistry and worked as a scientific editor for the Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, England, before pursuing a career in journalism. He is also a musician and songwriter. For nearly 20 years, he worked as an editor and writer in major news media organisations, including The Mirror, Irish Times and Independent. Originally from Belfast, Ireland, he is now located in East Africa as a freelance journalist, where he is writing a book on Bahrain and the Arab Spring, based on eyewitness experience working in the Persian Gulf as an editor of a business magazine and subsequently as a freelance news correspondent. The author was deported from Bahrain in June 2011 because of his critical journalism in which he highlighted systematic human rights violations by regime forces. He is now a columnist on international politics for Press TV and the Strategic Culture Foundation.More articles by Finian Cunningham

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