“Our women’s movement started with the female guerrilla.” Sebahat Tuncel, Kurdish activist.
Kurdish female militia Benjamin Hiller
Vice just ran an article entitled; Meet the Kurdish Female Freedom Fighters of Syria By Glen Johnson, Vice. The article describes the impact of the newly created Turkish autonomous region in northeastern Syria. There are around two [...]
Shias protest mistreatment in Bahrain by Saudi ally.
The conflict in Syria is spreading, without any doubt. Al-Akahbar reports that an Iraqi group fired six mortar rounds into a ” remote area of northeastern Saudi Arabia” as a warning to Saudis about their treatment of Shias. That would include the Shias in this [...]
A bomb went off by the Iranian consulate in Beirut:
Two explosions, at least one caused by a suicide bomber, rocked Iran’s embassy in Lebanon on Tuesday, killing at least 23 people, including an Iranian cultural attaché, and hurling bodies, cars and debris across the street.
A Lebanese-based al Qaeda-linked group known as the Abdullah [...]
“Israel is working on coordinating plans for a possible military strike with Saudi Arabia, with Riyadh prepared to provide tactical support to Jerusalem, a British newspaper [The Times] reported early Sunday.
“The two countries have both united in worry that the West may come to terms with Iran, easing sanctions and [...]
This is a market driven event of major proportions. It seems that Saudi Arabia purchased (or is about to purchase) nuclear weapons from Pakistan. The Saudis “rent” troops from Pakistan to do their dirty work, now and then. They dress them up in Saudi uniforms and get a pretty disciplined, coherent force. Why wouldn’t [...]
“This is all wrong, it’s not obligatory [to fight the Syrian government]. These are feuding factions and one should not go there. I do not advise one to go there.” Grand Mufti Abdulaziz Al al-Sheikh, Saudi Arabia
After weeks of agitation for increased attacks on the Syrian government and its president, Bashir al-Assad, [...]
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s intense desire to deal a blow to Iran through the proxy war in Syria is so intense, it seems as though the Saudis have lost contact with reality.
Over the past few weeks, Saudi Arabia profoundly offended Russia’s president, announced its disapproval of United States foreign policy, and turned down [...]
Excellent analysis of the latest developments between the US and Iran, by Gary Sick.
The New York Review of Books.
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s terse dismissal of Iranian President Rouhani’s recent overtures to the West was based solely on the two countries’ recent hostile past, not on an understanding of the two countries’ previous longstanding cooperation. Nor was it based on understanding the geopolitical realities upon which that longstanding cooperation was built and recognizing that [...]
Over at ConsortiumNews.com, Robert Parry has done an outstanding job of covering the Syrian conflict. He’s offered his Swiftian question is the spirit of intellectual honesty. Saudi Arabia is a threat to peace based on the oil kingdom’s behavior in Syria and also with Russia’s President Vladamir Putin.
Bush, Bandar 2002 Meeting
The Obama Administration’s effort to rally public and congressional support for retaliation against Syria for using chemical weapons has come up against unexpectedly strong and broad-based opposition. This must come as an unwelcome surprise to the Neocons, whose international aspirations regarding the Middle East and the Iranian nuclear progeam are now very much in question. [...]
but we have Phil Donahue sitting in for Bill…, with Andrew Bacevich. I was rather disappointed that my PBS station chose to run a pledge drive piece instead of this…, but luckily I have Moyers’ web site to read the transcript. Here are a couple of snips regarding Syria.
One kind of wonders why both China and Russia are making trouble with the world on Syria:
Russian foreign ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich has called on the international community to show “prudence” over the crisis and observe international law.
“Attempts to bypass the Security Council, once again to create artificial groundless excuses for a military [...]
BBC, August 18
Thousands of refugees from Syria are pouring over the border into Iraqi Kurdistan, the UN refugee agency says.
Up to 10,000 crossed at Peshkhabour on Saturday, bringing the total influx since Thursday to 20,000. The UN says the reasons are not fully clear.
The UN agencies, the Kurdish regional government and NGOs [...]
Muslim Brotherhood and police, Cairo
Army has ousted two president in two years and done so in a manner that has made it fairly popular, at least for a while. The generals are likely to try to restore the old oligarchy with a populist façade and a lot of Saudi money. This popular base [...]