ISIL militants are taking position at an undisclosed location near the border between Syria and Iraq
The best way for US President Barack Obama to get rid of the issue of ISIL would be for him to acknowledge Washington’s funding of the terrorist group in Syria and Iraq, an analyst writes for Press TV.
“The best way to stop ISIL would be for Obama to…confess that US forces and its proxies, at the instigation of the neocon Zionists, created, armed, trained, and funded ISIL, in order to sow chaos and destruction…throughout the Middle East,” Kevin Barrett wrote in a column for the Press TV website.
The analyst said Obama’s confession that the ISIL is a “manufactured enemy” will help the US president to “undercut the series of neoconservative false flags that are leading towards planetary nuclear destruction.”
Barrett said Obama would not have threatened to “bomb the Syrian government, ISIL’s biggest enemy” had he been “sincere” in his “stated intent to forge a broad regional coalition” against the Takfiri group.
“Instead,” he added, “it (Washington) would be working with President al-Assad’s government, and the other governments of the region, as well as Russia, in a long-term effort to address the real causes of the rise of ISIL.”
The analyst said the US threat to bomb Syria under pretext of annihilating the ISIL is “yet another preposterous false-flag scenario.”
On September 12, the US president said Washington is assembling an international coalition to “snuff out” the ISIL terrorist group.
The ISIL terrorists, of whom many are foreign militants, control large parts of Syria’s east and north. ISIL also sent its Takfiri militants into Iraq in June, seizing large swathes of land straddling the border between Syria and Iraq.
Senior Iraqi officials have blamed Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and some Persian Gulf Arab states for the growing terrorism in their country.
The terrorist group has links with Saudi intelligence and is believed to be indirectly supported by the Israeli regime.
(Source / 18.09.2014)
A Bahraini girl holds up a poster of Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, a jailed activist who is on hunger strike to protest his detention, during a march in Shakhoora, Bahrain
Reports from Bahrain suggest that attempts to find a political solution or establish a meaningful political dialogue in the country have reached a deadlock, as the king continues to stand firm in his position and refuses to take the opposition’s demands into consideration.
Bahraini King Hamad bin Issa al-Khalifa has closed the door to finding a political solution to the crisis that has been plaguing the tiny country since 2011, by calling for signing a five-article plan which, according to knowledgeable opposition sources, would “allow him to evade political challenges.”
The sources confirmed that the king “dictated more ideas that would give him the right to control all political aspects of the country on the executive, legislative and judicial levels, and to lead the security institutions in a hardline manner, shutting the door on any dialogue and communication, while imposing a totalitarian political project that would prevent Bahraini citizens from expressing themselves.”
The sources warned that King Hamad “took an individual decision that will go down in history as the worst in his political career when he decided to ignore all internal and foreign calls and political initiatives that sought a political solution to relieve tensions and put an end to the political strife between himself and the majority of his people who have been holding protests against him since February 14, 2011 in the framework of the so-called Arab Spring in Egypt, Tunisia and other countries.”
They explained that the king’s decision “follows about eight months of dialogue, [political] pressure, and initiatives, including an initiative led by US diplomat Tom Malinowski, assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor who was expelled from Bahrain last July.”
Many scenarios, ideas, and political solutions were suggested during this period, all promoting a consensus between the king and the opposition represented by a number of political powers, most prominently al-Wefaq Society.
Consequently “Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa, the king’s son and Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa, minister of the Royal Diwan, launched a series of dialogues, which only led to more inflexibility by the king who rejected all initiatives and ideas and took the decision to continue with his policy of monopolizing power and tyranny,” the sources said.
“The Royal Diwan presented a paper consisting of five rather obscure articles to a number of figures on Tuesday, after calling them Monday midnight, requesting their presence at the crown prince’s diwan,” the sources revealed, adding “these figures met with the crown prince who read the five articles, requesting that they sign the paper and comply with it.”
The sources warned that the five-article plan suggests that the status-quo would remain without any political prospects, and that it would further promote social inequality, discrimination and human rights violations.
The articles are as follows:
1- The electoral law: Changes in constituencies cannot be described as fair for citizens, since the new law will neither adopt the one constituency nor the five constituencies system. It also excludes the one man one vote rule. The king will settle to some slight changes that he believes are more balanced, as expressed by the crown prince.
2- The legislative branch: The Shura (consultative) Council will remain intact, with the king naming its 40 members – the same number forming the elected council – and they will both have the same legislative authorities. The prime minister cannot be interrogated by the councils, who will only be able to interrogate the ministers under complicated restrictions, and they may be allowed to raise questions to the prime minister only.
3- The government formation: The king designates a prime minister without any involvement from parliament. The government is completely selected by the king since he solely designates the prime minister.
Interestingly, the king’s plan stipulates that in case the parliament refuses the government’s work plan three times, the parliament is to be dissolved and a new legislature is elected instead.
4- The judiciary: The king will be the head of the judicial power with the judicial body remaining intact, under the absolute control of the king. However, it has been suggested to improve the judiciary by resorting to international experts for training purposes.
5- Security institutions: The door will remain closed to citizens wishing to work in security institutions as the latter have their own military restrictions and the military institutions have firm restrictions; only the law determines who is allowed to join these institutions.
The information revealed that the individuals who attended the meeting felt a threatening tone, and a demand to sign the document without discussing its proposed articles. They believe this action completely closes the door on any dialogue and further escalates the political crisis in Bahrain.
(Source / 18.09.2014)
Ayman Ahmad Nasser, 44, was detained during a surprise military raid on his home around 1:30 a.m. in Safa village, according to his wife.
“At 1:30 in the morning we heard hard knocking on the main door. My husband Ayman hurried to open the door and some 15 soldiers raided the house and started shouting at me and my children to get out of the rooms, so we stayed in the living room with six soldiers pointing their guns at us,” his wife said.
“Half an hour later, an officer arrived and took Ayman outside the house, and ten minutes later Ayman came in to say goodbye,” she added.
Ad-Dameer condemned the detention in a statement and said that the arrest threatends to “take away the voice of ad-Dameer and prevent it from doing its job supporting the prisoners’ cause”
“Ayman is a rights activist. He defends human rights and specializes in the prisoners’ cause and their rights,” they said, calling his detention a crime.
An Israeli military spokeswoman said that she knew of two arrests overnight in the Ramallah area, without giving any further details.
Nasser was detained twice previously by Israeli authorities, most recently in Oct. 2012 when he was held for 93 days. He was sentenced for 13 months, but later released in Oct. 2013.
He was also detained in Feb. 1992 and during the First Intifada and was sentenced for six years before being released in Oct. 1997.
Amjad Hilmi Nofal, owner of the one of the properties, said his family of seven have lived in the home for 10 years.
Nofal’s brother, Awad, and his family of nine have lived in their home since 2007, while a third house slated for demolition belongs to Arif Abd al-Hamid Abu Zalata.
The families received stop-work orders from Israel’s military seven years ago and have been filing appeals with Israel’s Supreme Court ever since.
Mayor of Idhna Hashim Tmeizi says Israel is trying displace Palestinians from the town, with hundreds of families threatened with demolition orders.
The properties are located in Area C, which according to the Oslo Accords is under full Israeli security and administrative control.
Some 27,000 Palestinian homes and structures have been demolished by Israel since it occupied the West Bank in 1967.
Dennis Rodman at the Los Angeles International Airport leaving to the Middle East to talk with leaders of ISIS
Los Angeles, CA — With only a handful of reporters present at the Los Angeles International Airport, Dennis Rodman announced his intentions to leave the United States to speak with leaders of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS.
“I know a lot of people won’t understand what I’m doing, but it’s my decision,” Rodman told reporters. “I think if I could just talk with the leaders of ISIS they would see the errors of their ways.”
“I wish him the best of luck,” Rodman’s agent, Paul Horner, told reporters. “Dennis is a wordsmith, a really likeable guy. I think ISIS will listen to what the man has to say and hopefully change for the better.”
Rodman told reporters he is not joining ISIS, or fighting along side them, but is only there to talk with their top leaders.
“I’ve been following ISIS for months now. There’s a lot of things they are doing that just ain’t cool. I’ll tell them what I think and maybe they’ll change their methods,” Rodman said. “I think my basketball skills will help a lot too, boxing people out of the paint at times when it counts, like the 4th quarter. I was thinking about getting a sweet ISIS tattoo to let them know that I mean business.”
“I don’t know what he thinks he’s going to accomplish over there. He might as well be a pug trainer, no one is going to listen to him,” Dewey said. “The Washington Post calls ISIS a radical group of Muslim extremists, but that’s a load of malarkey. That is admittedly the onlyyy thing they ever posted that’s made me laugh. Personally I think ISIS is a bunch of dirty hippies. They need to take a shower and stop injecting the pot is what they need to do.”
Jack Phillips, a journalist at The Epoch Times, a satire news website, said Rodman’s antics are hard to believe.
“Rodman is a caricature of himself. It’s like real life imitating a satire piece that I would write.”
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, is an unrecognized state and a Sunni jihadist group in the Middle East, active in Iraq and Syria. It has been designated as a foreign terrorist organization by the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia, and has been described by the United Nations and Western and Middle Eastern media as a terrorist group. The United Nations and Amnesty International have accused the group of numerous human rights violations.
Last month ISIS beheaded U.S. journalist James Foley who attempted to “talk” with the militant group. Rodman made headlines early in the year, when he traveled to North Korea to play basketball and meet with leader, Kim Jong-un. After the trip Rodman told fans, ‘If you don’t want me to go back there ever again, I won’t go back’.
(Source / 18.09.2014)
Palestinian boys walk past buildings which were destroyed by Israeli strikes on their way to school in the Shujayeh neighbourhood of Gaza City on September 14, 2014 on the first day of the new school year
The dead were buried and the wounded are trying to heal while the rubble of the war on Gaza remains in place. Hundreds of thousands of tons worth of rubble, not to mention the environmental and health hazard they pose, remind the survivors of death every morning. Removing the rubble means finally beginning the process of reconstruction and a return to normal life.
Gaza – Despite the end of the war in Gaza, wherever its residents or visitors look, they are surrounded by the sight of rubble and ruin. Hundreds of thousands of tons of debris – remnants of the Israeli war – still block entire streets, prompting people to invent new bypass roads. Work has begun in some areas with the available resources to remove this rubble. However, delays in actual plans to clear all of it threaten the environment and health conditions of people here. Besides, some residents still search every day through the ruins of their homes, hoping to find something, or any of their belongings, especially important papers and documents.
According to preliminary figures published by the Ministry of Public Works, it is estimated that buildings destroyed during the 51-day war were reduced to 2.5 million tons of rubble. This figure is four times larger than that of the 2008-2009 Israeli war [on Gaza].
Gazan families are impatiently waiting for the removal of the piles of debris as they view it as a sign of the actual beginning of reconstruction. Otherwise, all the promises made are nothing but a smokescreen. This is the sense you get in the neighborhoods of al-Shujayeh in eastern Gaza, Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza and Khuzaa area in southern Gaza. Statistics also reveal that about 10,000 houses were totally destroyed and 30,000 were partially destroyed, including 5,000 houses that are in dire need of rehabilitation. The result is that 11,000 families are without shelter in addition to losing their basic resources.
Rubble for infilling parts of the sea and crushing it for reconstruction
Al-Akhbar contacted the under-secretary of the Ministry of Housing in Gaza, Naji Serhan, to ask what they are planning to do with the debris. He said that the government, in cooperation with specialized agencies, devised an emergency plan for 100 days to deal with this problem. The emergency plan includes clearing part of the rubble in addition to providing rent and alternative apartments for people whose houses were destroyed. “Temporary caravans were provided to shelter the rest of the families,” he added.
As for long-term plans, it is believed that part of the rubble will be crushed for use in building and construction. The rest will be used in building small dirt roads in the sea and consolidating the fishing port in Gaza, in addition to coastal areas overlooking the sea such as the eroded al-Shati Camp (Beach Camp), according to the under-secretary.
Serhan went on: “We can use the rubble in more than one area, but the most important thing is to remove it. Reusing it requires huge amounts of money that we currently do not have. Besides, building a port requires Israel’s approval. He pointed out that they were directly threatened by Israel when they built one dirt road in the sea before the war.
Despite these ideas, there is an ongoing public concern especially in light of the negative impact of the rubble. Abu Ali Darduna was one of the people who lost their homes in the war in addition to a small shop that constituted his livelihood. He is embarrassed because the rubble of his home is blocking a street which forces the rest of the area’s residents to take another road to get to their homes. He says no one came to check the debris to see if it contains hazardous materials. At the same time, he is worried that clearing the rubble quickly might lead to losing whatever is left of his belongings beneath it. Yet, he is afraid to look through the rubble in case there are unexploded ordinances.
Mouin Rajab, an economist in Gaza, believes that we can deal creatively with the tons of remaining rubble and benefit from it, “but there are more obstacles.” He estimates that to load and transfer this amount of rubble requires at least 60,000 trucks. He told Al-Akhbar that workers are going to face huge problems in crushing the rubble that is still held together “because it requires heavy equipment, especially in the case of the high-rise towers such as Basha Tower, Zafer Tower and the Italian Complex.”
Attorney and human rights activist at the Independent Commission for Human Rights, Salah Abdel Atti, thinks that we should let some of the destroyed sites stand as a testimony of Israeli crimes. He talked about the Lebanese experience as an example. “When some of the remnants of Lebanon’s civil war were left in the early 1990s to bear witness to the events and were only rebuilt after a while.” He went on to say: “I mean leave some evidence in a way that does not affect the people and the reconstruction project, especially the big towers.”
(Source / 18.09.2014)
The current health insurance system covers over 50 million Egyptians, according to 2014 official estimates
Farmers check grain seeds as they harvest wheat crop in 6 October village in the Nile Delta province of Al-Baheira, northwest of Cairo
Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi on Thursday ratified two laws concerning agricultural and farmers’ health insurance, state news agency MENA reported.
The first law orders the forming of an agricultural insurance fund to cover damage caused by natural disasters and insects. The law aims to achieve sustainable agricultural development and maintain income levels.
The fund will come from several sources, including a portion of the yearly budget, donations and profits from the fund’s investments.
The second bill regulates health insurance for farmers and agricultural workers, uninsured or otherwise.
The announcement of the two laws comes on the country’s national day for farmers. El-Sisi holds legislative powers until parliament is elected in upcoming polls.
Egypt’s constitution says the state must establish a comprehensive health insurance system and ensure that “social insurance services are provided … in a manner that provides a decent life.”
According to official figures from this year, more than 50 million Egyptians are currently under the health insurance system. Farmers are not included in this estimate.
(Source / 18.09.2014)