The alleged suicide bomber, Salman Abedi, was part of an extremist group, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, that thrived in Manchester and was cultivated and used by MI5 for more than 20 years.The LIFG is proscribed by Britain as a terrorist organisation which seeks a “hardline Islamic state” in Libya and “is part of the wider global Islamist extremist movement, as inspired by al-Qaida”.The “smoking gun” is that when Theresa May was Home Secretary, LIFG jihadists were allowed to travel unhindered across Europe and encouraged to engage in “battle”: first to remove Mu’ammar Gadaffi in Libya, then to join al-Qaida affiliated groups in Syria.
Keeping the lid on 9/11
Addressing the Sunni Summit, a motley host of countries with little freedom, democracy, justice, or other human rights, President Trump might well have wished he could just begin by saying, “Greetings, my fellow dictators.…” The circumstance was not so auspicious for America’s would-be strongman. Unlike the autocrats of Egypt and Bahrain, Kuwait and Qatar, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, President Trump’s authority remains shaky, his control of the emerging American police state insecure, his future somewhat uncertain.
The Emirati government has reportedly threatened to withdraw all of its forces from Yemen if Saudi Arabia continues to back Hadi (Middle East Monitor, March 7). Despite this threatened withdrawal, Saudi Arabia has shown no inclination to change course. In Aden, the war within the war seems to be intensifying as a former governor of Aden, Aidaroos al-Zubaidi, has announced that he has formed a governing council that will administer the south, with him acting as president
Trump has been accused of betraying Israel. Impeachment is possible.
Then I noticed (thanks to a tweet by Max Blunenthal) that Alan Dershowitz had called the Trump-betrayed-ally’s-secrets-to-Russia story “the most serious charge ever made against a sitting president.” It had been evident to me, in reading the coverage, that there was only one “Middle Eastern ally” (or ally of any region) which has the chutzpah to “warn” the United States “it would cut off access to…sensitive information”—while itself stealing, with impunity, America’s most closely-guarded secrets. As Newsweek reported in 2014: “Israel has been caught carrying out aggressive espionage operations against American targets for decades… They just don’t get arrested very often.”
The hunger strikers are protesting a wide range of human rights violations, but on top of all these is the most grievous one of all—the fifty-year Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, and the massive violations of Palestinian human and national rights in entails.
Important Video with Abby Martin – video on Israel
زيارة ترامب إلى السعودية لتكون مقرا للقاء رؤساء بعض الدول العربية معه يعني أن السعودية تصدرت ريادة البلاد العربية بدلا من مصر. من المعروف في العلاقات الخاصة أنه عندما يصبح شخص خاضعا لآخر فإنه يُعامله معاملة السيد للخادم المطيع، ومن ثم لا يعيره اهتماما أمام الناس. كما وأن الشحات الذي يستجدي، بعد فشله في عمله، لا يكون موضع احترام الغير. أنوه بذلك لمن اندهش أو تضايق من اختيار ترامب السعودية بدلا من مصر لهذا اللقاء. المدهش في الأمر أن أهم بند في جدول الأعمال هو مواجهة ومحاربة الإرهاب، ولا أظن أنه توجد دولة عربية تعاني مثل مصر من الإرهاب سيما وأن السيسي “يشكو طوب الأرض منه” ولا يجد مبررا لفشله الذريع سوى “التجارة بالعمليات الإرهابية”. لم أندهش من هذه المهانة طالما يحكم مصر “الثيثي”، ولن تكون الأولى أو الأخيرة.
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