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Worthwhile reposting this 2016 article which concerns Genie Energy and Golan as well:
Trump & Woolsey: Was There A Bait-and-Switch?
"...In September 2015, James Woolsey was appointed to the strategic-advisory board of Genie Energy Ltd*, a US oil and gas firm that has exploration rights in the Golan Heights. Genie Energy International's President is retired Israeli General Efraim Eitan, a former Likud Housing Minister and MP who has repeatedly called for Israel to 'cleanse' the occupied territories of all Arabs..."
*With Woolsey on Genie's board is Larry Summers, referred to by Canadian FM Chrystia Freeland as her 'guru.'
I wouldn't worry about Syria so much now. It's clear the US is preparing an offensive war on Iran.
That bristle faced fuckhead Bolton is even publicly contemplating levying sanctions on Europe if they don't get behind them.
Maybe its time for the US allies to abandon them. Let them do what they are going to do and hope that the US is so alienated around the world that American citizens will not be welcomed anywhere on the planet.
A Thread on Israel's Airstrikes in Syria
Tianna Sukkarieh: The Media on Syria , Fighting Spin
"How Western and corporate media propagate imperialist, hegemonic agendas under pressure of 'humanitarian intervention.'
"Canada does participate in the deadly strikes in Syria by funding the *White Helmets. This ISIS man Obeida Muhammad al Hussein also doubles as the White Helmet man. Part-time White Helmet, Full-time Terrorist. YOUR TAXES FUND CANADIAN ISIS in Syria."
*Attn: Chrystia Freeland, Helene Laverdiere
OPCW Says Chlorine 'Likely' Used in Syria Based on Open Source Info & Samples Provided by Jihadists (and vid)
"The OPCW report claiming that chlorine was 'likely used' in Saraqeb, Syria in February is 'seriously misleading' because its narrative is based on evidence provided by jihadists, the former UK ambassador told RT..."
Iran, Turkey, Russia Issue Joint Statement on International Meeting on Syria in Astana
"The Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey as guarantors of the observance of the ceasefire regime in the Syrian Arab Republic, issued a joint Statement on the International Meeting on Syria in Astana..."
Russia is in the Middle East to Halt the War Not Take Part in the Iran-Israel Conflict
"Frequent misconceptions surround the Russian role in the ME and particularly its role in Syria..."
Syrian Dirty War Backfires on International Media
"...Anyone who opposed 'regime change', who rejected the interventionist propaganda, who stood vocally against a wider war against Russia, and who fought to offer an alternative to the one, narrow narrative offered by the neoconservatives was attacked..."
This wilfull stupidity comes from an unhealthy diet of Western propaganda media such as the Guardian or NYT. No matter how many times they are led astray by these disinformation sources, some always return for more with the usual results - confusion, stupifaction and support for imperialist agendas. Despite Libya, Ukraine or Syria, some people never learn, alas.
Enter the Dragon: China's Crucial Role in Winning Syria Peace
"China is stepping up its involvement in Syria, not with its military, but with cash - and lots of it. For Beijing, war-torn Syria is a golden opportunity for reconciliation business. For Damascus, properity means peace. 'Western partners are reluctant to help rebuild Syria after its civil war,' reported Bloomberg. 'Because many think the wrong side won..."
War, Propaganda and Smears: An Interview with Professor Piers Robinson
"The following is the third part of a three-part interview with Professor Piers Robinson, an academic at the University of Sheffield and a member of the Working Group on Syria;
'There appears to be a failure of the Western military objectives in Syria, at least at this point in time. Arguably, it's the first failure of the post 9/11 regime-change wars and I know from studying Vietnam that at such a point things can start to unravel..."
Syria - US Moves To Protect Al Qaeda, ISIS in Daraa
"The Syrian government and its Russian ally plan to clean up the southwest region of Syria around the city of Daraa. The move would open up the M5 highway, Syria's lifeline, between Damascus and Jordan and secure the border with Jordan as well as the demarcation line with the Israel occupied Golan Heights. The operation was supposed to start in a day or two, but the US has now threatened to intervene. As the southwest Daraa governate is infected with a large Islamic State (ISIS) group as well as al Qaeda and associated groups the US move must be interpreted as protection for these terrorists."
The US Will Not Allow Elimination of Al Qaeda and ISIS in Southern Syria
"The US would like to conserve what remains of al Qaeda and ISIS in Daraa and Quneitra on the triangle bordering Syria-Jordan-Israel. The protection of al Qaeda in the south of Syria and also of ISIS can be justified only in the context of protecting Israel, the US's favoured ally..."
RT Interview with President Assad of Syria (and vid)
"Israel in panic over losing their 'dear' ISIS & Al Nusra terrorists in Syria.' - Assad
Syria: Raqqa in Ruins and Civilians Devastated After US-Led "War of Annihilation'
"...A strong prima facie case that many Coalition attacks that killed and injured civilians and destroyed homes and infrastructure violated international humanitarian law."
Oh, and yes, Canada is a member of the same US-led Coalition that did this to Raqqa. Funny how our media so seldom reports it. Years from now Canucklheads will claim they never knew.
Deal or No Deal? US Forces to Exchange al Tanaf for Iran and Hezbollah in the South of Syria
"Very amusing to learn Israel will be asking for 'protection' for its Syrian spies - collaborators in Daraa and Quneitra before the Syrian Army's attack in the south."
"The Russian MoD confirms that it has received information that ISIS terrorists, with the help of US Special Forces, transferred chlorine tubes to the town of Jafra in Deir Ezzor to do a new chemical attack theatre to justify an aggression against Syria."
Syrian President Bashar Al Assad Interview with Mail on Sunday (and vid)
"Terrorists are supported by UK, France, the US and their puppets..."
President Assad Interview (13 June, 2018)
"We do not need these Western countries and we will never allow them to be part of reconstruction..."
Bouthania Shabaan: When Do We Start Making Our History?
'It is imperative that organisations, unions and Arab parties unite to put in place a working mechanism that will make the boycott of the Zionist enemy a permanent goal in every regional or international activity. Let us recognise that the difference between us and our enemies is that we have a right to this land."
The Battle of Daraa against ISIS, Al Qaeda and FSA: Hezbollah Special Forces Will Participate
Elijah J. Magnier 19 June 2018
This of course will bring on confrontation with Israel, determined not to permit Syria nor Hezbollah forces in control of their northeastern Golan border....
The Syrian army veered southwest Wednesday, June 20, to seize rebel-held Kfar Shams and Busra Al-Harir near the Israeli and Jordanian borders. Israel has not intervened as thousands flee the area under Syrian shelling, DEBKAfile’s military sources report. Syrian strategists, instead of launching the promised major offensive to capture rebel-held Quneitra opposite the Israeli Golan and Daraa on the Jordanian border, appear to be running the operation in small steps. Kfar Shams is situated north of Daraa and Busra al-Harir east of Quneitra (see attached map). The fall of Kfar Shams drives a hole in the rebel formations ranged along the Syrian-Israeli border and brings the Syrian army several kilometers closer to Israel’s Golan border; the fall of Busra al-Harir cuts the rebels’ supply lines from the north and severs their defense array along the Jordanian border.
Jordan Sends Tanks To Border Amidst Syrian Army Advance...zerohedge
"The United States, which illegally occupies Syrian territory nearly 6,000 miles away, is warning Syria not to conduct military operations against ISIS and A/Q within its own borders...Yes, you read that right!"
Russia Officially Enters Southwest Syria Offensive Despite US Warnings
"The Russian military officially entered the southwest Syrian offensive this evening, a source told AL Masdar from the Dara'a Governate. The Russian Aerospace Forces unleashed a massive assault over northeastern Dara'a tonight, targeting several areas controlled by the jihadist rebels..."
The Kurds Have Lost Their Chance to Decide Their Fate - Only Damascus Can Save Them
"Trump is now putting the Kurds 'up for auction', betting on which Arab country will occupy the Kurdish controlled area and dispose of the territory they are currently based in..."
I've read 2 preliminary reports now that the US has backed down on its threats...and no longer will offer any support to their militias in Daraa...meaning Israel, now is on its own, with the threat of Hizbollah now sitting on its Golan occupied border....
"US-backed militants are co-located with Al Qaeda in southern Syria...When the SAA liberates the south, will the US step in to protect AQ?"
'2 Israeli Missiles Strike Near Damascus Airport - Syrian State Media
"Two missiles have reportedly landed in the vicinity of Damascus International Airport, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency..."
Map Update: Military Situation in Syria
"Main military developements taking place in southern and eastern Syria."
Hersh on Claims of Chlorine Bombs (and vid)
"There is no credible American intelligence report that suggests Bashar Assad dropped chlorine bombs. There's no such thing..."
The Most Complicated Battle of Southern Syria...
"US forces under threat due to Israeli interference..."
This will explain one of the main reasons for the Trump-Putin summit.
Global Affairs Canada Statement: Disconnect From Realities
Tacit endorsement of Al Qaeda...One can always tell when Western jihadi proxies are in danger of defeat, suddenly after a protracted and lengthy silence the dogwhistled begin howling.
Good link NDPP
This one too:
Syriana Analysis (and vid)
"WATCH Syriana Analysis report addressing the concerns of Canada and the recent military updates in Daraa..."
Canada is also of course a member of the US-led Global Coalition Against Daesh in Iraq & Syria. As such anything the Foreign Minister says must be considered in light of its shared objectives of regime change and the dismemberment of Syria in the interest of Israel et al. Neither Freeland nor Canada can be considered by any stretch of the imagination honest brokers in Syria.
Even now, having lost the war, it is recruiting and funding 'rebel' organizations and NGOs in Turkey in preparation for the next stage of the war which will be to achieve through a negotiated 'peace' what it failed to achieve in war.
Nerve Agents Not Found in Samples From Syria's Douma - Interim OPCW Report
"No traces of any nerve agents have been found at the site of a suspected chemical attack in the Syrian city of Douma, an interim report issued by the OPCW says, adding that several chlorine compounds were detected. Some of these chemicals, such as dichloroacetic acid and chloral hydrate, are known by-products of water purification. Another OPCW laboratory only reported finding 'no CWC scheduled chemicals', meaning nothing that was banned under the Chemical Weapons Convention."
"The OPCW have just reported, well two hours agao, maybe it'll make it on a later bulletin. There was no nerve gas attack on Douma. There was no nerve agent deployed on Douma. We were taken to World War 3's brink on a crock. A crock of vile propaganda. Ring any bells?"
A crock of vile propaganda...
thanks for this! I wonder how the cbc news covered this story.....if not objectively (!?) they must be challenged!
Syrian rebel resistance to the Syrian Army advance on Quneitra opposite the Israeli Golan crumbled on Thursday, July 19, in the absence of Israeli military support. The terms of surrender that rebel leaders signed with Syrian army officers obliged them to hand over all their strongholds, including the town of Quneitra. The Syrian army was able to return to the positions held before the 2011 uprising without a shot. Rebels refusing to sign were to be sent with their families north to Idlib province.
Israeli officials and military leaders were dismayed by a message received from Damascus claiming that the 1974 Separation of Forces Accord, which both governments resuscitated this week, allowed Syrian aircraft, including assault helicopters and UAVs, to fly over the buffer zones of the Golan up to the Israel border. Damascus relayed a copy of the accord to Moscow with a warning that any Israeli attempt to shoot down a Syrian overflight would be a breach of the 1974 accord, and its endorsement on July 16 at Helsinki by Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. DEBKAfile revealed on July 17 that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had partnered the Helsinki deal for the restoration of southern Syria to the Syrian army under Russian oversight.
Israeli officers were handed the Syrian message on Thursday by the UNDOF commander, Maj Gen. Francis Vib-Sanziri of Ghana, who is henceforth responsible for monitoring implementation of the Helsinki deal.
According to DEBKAfile’s military sources, this Syrian message for the first time forbids the Israeli air force and anti-air missile batteries shooting down Syrian aerial vehicles entering the air space over the buffer zones. On July 13, Israel shot down a Syrian drone entering the buffer zone. This is no longer permissible. Israel is even precluded from discovering if the intruder belongs to Iran or Hizballah, leaving both these hostile entities free to fly at will over Israel’s Golan border. Furthermore, Assad may have those flight painted with Syrian air force markings, just as he supplies Syrian military uniforms to disguise Hizballah and pro-Iranian Shiite militiamen.
...this is from debka....any other confirmation?
"Former UK Ambassador to Syria, Mr Peter Ford, talking about the possible 'grand bargain' in Syria. By mentioning UN Res 338, has Putin suggested the withdrawal of Israeli occupation forces from the occupied Golan Heights or the restoration of the ceasefire between Israel and Syria?
The Russian Defense Ministry said it thanked the Israeli army for destroying an Islamic State missile launcher that fired two rockets Wednesday that landed in the Sea of Galilee.
The Russian Defense Ministry said it thanked the Israeli army for destroying an Islamic State missile launcher that fired two rockets Wednesday that landed in the Sea of Galilee.
Kurds Reach Deal With Damascus To End Syria Conflict
"An alliance of Kurdish and Arab militants in Syria says it has come to an agreement with the Syrian government to develop negotiations to end violence in Syria. The announcement was made after a so-called Syrian Democratic Council (CSD), the political wing of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), sent delegations to Damascus for talks with Syrian officials earlier this week. The SDF is a US-backed coalition of mainly Kurdish militants. The SDC said in a statement Saturday that it had agreed with the government to form committees that would 'chart a roadmap to a democratic decentralized Syria."
Former British Ambassador Peter Ford on White Helmets (and podcast)
Peter Ford, who was Britain's ambassador to Syria 2003-2006, gave a scathing assesment of the work of Syria's 'White Helmets' organization and other aspects of Western countries' regime change project in Syria, in an audio interview.
'The White Helmets are jihadi auxiliaries. They are not, as claimed by themselves and their supporters...simple rescuers. They are not volunteers. They are paid professionals of disinformation.'
In the interview, Ford also warned that the White Helmets were already preparing 'another staged chemical weapons incident in Idlib, the portion of northwestern Syria where, under a partial Turkish protection, the last remnants of all the country's jihadi fighting groups have been gathering..."
CNN Flashback 2005: Amanpour interviews Assad
Watch CNN's Christiane Amanpour tell Syria's Bashar al Assad in 2005 that the US government is 'actively looking' to depose him in a coup d'etat."
Syrian Kurdish Leaders Agree To Peace and Constitutional Talks With Syrian Government
"Betrayed by the US and the US alliance with fellow NATO member Turkey, Syrian Kurds are turning to the Syrian and Russian governments for a political settlement of the war in that country. This opens the door to a lasting peace and acceleration of national reconciliation."
Syriana Analysis Geopolitical Report (and vid)
"The liberation of Daraa and the Astana talks."
Syria Sitrep: The Southwest is Liberated
"On to Idlib..."
China Willing To Assist Syrian Army in Idlib Offensive - Ambassador
Why China Moves To Take Part in Idlib Offensive (and vid)
"Kevork Almassian explains the reasons behind this decision."
Western Produced Weapons End Up in Terrorists' Hands - Report
"According to an investigation by correspondent Robert Fisk, a large batch of weapons, discovered in formerly terrorist-controlled areas of eastern Aleppo in Syria, came from the Wests. Robert Fisk tracked serial numbers on the missile casings and tried to find out how those weapons THEN ended up in the terrorists hands..."
Never mind, they arrived in the hands they were intended to. Our allies in A/Q and Al Nusra - the White Helmets brothers in arms.
Quote: Robert Fisk tracked serial numbers on the missile casings and tried to find out how those weapons THEN ended up in the terrorists hands
Is there a webpage where you can track the serial numbers of weapons the same way we can track our Canada Post shipments?
Do I need to see a serial number on the weapons, or what do I need to be able to do this independently?
Fisk: 'I Traced Missile Casings in Syria Back To Their Original Sellers, So It's Time For the West to Reveal Who They Sell Arms To'
"Readers, a small detective story. Note down this number...The arms manufacturers I spoke to in the Balkans attested that NATO and the US are fully aware of the buyers of all of their machine guns and mortars. Why can't the details of those glorious end user certificates be made public - as open and free for us to view as are the frightening weapons which the manufacturers are happy to boast of in their catalogues."
Fisk: A Bosnian Signs Off Weapons He Says Are Going To Saudi Arabia But How Did His Signature Turn Up in Aleppo?
"Ifet Krnjic's account of the mortar shipment from BNT-TMIH in Bosnia is both precise and detailed. 'When the Saudis came to our factory to inspect at the beginning of 2016, there was a Saudi 'minister'...and some Saudi officers who also came to inspect the weapons before receiving them. All our production after the Bosnian war is under the control of the Americans and NATO who are always coming here...and they know each and every piece of our weapons which go outside our factory.'
Krnjic describes how he recognised NATO officers visiting the plant, one of them 'a Canadian officer, a black guy whose name is Stephen...."
*Yes, Virginia, Canada does have blood on its hands in Syria. No matter your delusions and denial. But hey, it was nothing personal. Business is business after all...
'Seven Countries in Five Years'
*Millions dead, millions displaced, NOT because of /Assad/Saddam/Gadaffi but because there was a plan to do it. And Canada participated. Most were/are indifferent and shall remain so. Except to hate Russia for screwing up the plan.
UN Peacekeepers To Return to Golan Heights (and vid)
"RT has visited the liberated Golan Heights to witness the abandoned UN infrastructure now to be restored by the returning peacekeeping force. UN peacekeepers patrolled the Syrian side of the demilitarized zone in the Golan for the first time in seven years last week in a mission jointly prepared with Russian forces."
UN Report Finds ISIS Gives 'Breathing Space' in US-Occupied Areas of Syria
"By maintaining an ISIS pocket in the territory it occupies, the US can continue to justify its illegal pressure in the country for the long-term, ultimately substituting Iran for ISIS as its new regional boogeyman. A recent report from the UN Security Council's Sanction's Monitoring Team has found that many of the places in Syria where the terror group DAESH (ISIS) continues to operate, recuperate and extract oil for profit are in areas of the country occupied by the US..."
Syrian War Report - August 17, 2018 (and vid)
"Ongoing preparations of militant groups to fend off a possible advance of the Syrian Arab Army on their areas in Western Syria."
Syriana Analysis: 'Mr Filippo Grandi, Your Sudden Concern for the Humanitarian Situation in Idlib is Troubling...'
"UNHCR High Commissioner Filippo Grandi is suddenly worried about Idlib and warns 'Idlib could face the bloodiest battle of Syria's war.' Watch Syriana Analysis respond to Mr Grandi."
Syria Slams 'Despicable' Saudi Support For US Ploys in War-Torn State
"Syria has blasted Saudi Arabia for giving money to the US-led coalition to press ahead with what Damascus has described as 'destabilization plots' in the war-torn country. A Foreign Ministry official on Friday urged the kingdom to abandon its 'dangerous policies' in the region amid fears of the re-emergence of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group. On Friday, Saudi Arabia announced that it had contributed $100 million to northeast Syria for 'stabilization projects' in areas formerly held by Daesh.
However, an official source at the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates told SANA news agency that the Saudi aid to the 'criminal' US-led coalition [Canada is a member] came in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions regarding the crisis in the Arab country. He also accused the coalition of seeking 'to fragmentize the region and impose Zionist hegemony on all its countries..."
Breaking: Bolton: US to Act 'Very Strongly' if Syria Uses Chemical Weapons in Idlib
"When your enemy is nearly defeated, and final victory is at hand, gas your own people so that nations greater than yours will intervene and destroy you."
If you were a jihadi in Idlib, what would you be doing after hearing Bolton? Exactly...False Flag attack warning. Cue white helmets.
White Helmets: Coordinating with Al Nusra to Stage Chemical Attack in Idleb
"Sources from Idleb told Russia's Sputnik news agency that White Helmets used 8 vans to transport a shipment of barrels from Atma factory near the Turkish border, which specializes in recycling chlorine. Moving from Idleb's northern countryside through Ariha until they reached Jisr al Shughour area, all were under the heavy protection of formal Nusra terrorists. All while calls have been made to 'reserve members' of the White Helmets in several areas instructing them to report for work..."
"JACOBIN has not only featured a call for sending Manpads to US-backed Syrian insurgents, it's increasingly reinforcing US goals in Latin America under the guise of principled critique. I don't see why a left journal is pitching in so relentlessly against the targets of Washington."