Protect Democracy & Expose Western Liberal Democracy

Archive for April, 2012

USA-EU; Gulf Arab States and Turkey Arming Violence in Syria

US State Sponsored Terrorism Official Policy

US State Sponsored Terrorism Official Policy

A strange coalition between the USA-EU; Gulf Arab sheikhdoms and ambitious Turkey is arming violence in Syria. The whole acts in Syria are definitely not about democracy. They are aimed at destroying Russia; Iran and nationalism in the region.

It is part of the wider plan of corrupt western so-called “Arab Spring”. The claimed “Spring” should start in the globalist USA; in Gulf Arab Sheikhdoms and in the secret-societies-controlled Turkey.
Now it is more obvious that terrorism has become public government foreign policy in the USA-EU; Gulf Arab sheikhdoms and Turkey.

Lebanon intercepts ship bearing arms destined for Syrian rebels.

The Express Tribune News Network published on April 28, 2012:


[SELAATA, LEBANON: The Lebanese navy intercepted three containers of weapons destined for Syrian rebel forces on board a ship originating from Libya, a security official told AFP on Saturday.

The cargo contained heavy machine guns, artillery shells, rockets, rocket launchers and other explosives, the official said. A second security official said the Sierra Leone-flagged Lutfallah II had previously obtained a permit to enter the port of Tripoli in northern Lebanon before being stopped by the navy on Thursday night.

The vessel was towed to Selaata, a small port some 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of Beirut. News reports said the ship had called at the Egyptian port of Alexandria en route from Libya.

An AFP reporter saw three army trucks leave Selaata for Beirut with the seized containers, escorted by eight jeeps and a helicopter. A resident told AFP that the ship weighed anchor in the morning, escorted by the navy to an unknown destination.
The security source said that the captain and crew were handed over to military intelligence officers in Tripoli for further questioning.
Syrian authorities have repeatedly charged that weapons are being smuggled from Lebanon to rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad.]

Gulf Move to Arm Syrian Rebels Swells

Special Report:
Published: April 10, 2012 at 2:52 PM

[DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, April 10 (UPI) — The United States has indicated it won’t block Persian Gulf monarchies seeking to arm Syrian insurgents fighting the Iranian-backed Damascus regime, although Washington says it won’t do so itself — for now, anyway.
U.S. President Barack Obama, seeking to win re-election in November amid a weak economy, doesn’t want to become entangled in a conflict in Syria.

But, some analysts say, letting the Saudis and their neighbors funnel arms to the disparate forces arrayed against embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad gives the administration a fair bit of wiggle room.
The Americans say they fear that arming the Syrian opposition, particularly the Free Syrian Army slowly taking shape, will accelerate a long-dreaded civil war that would then be harder to stop.

At the recent Friends of Syria conference in Istanbul, the Americans and their allies warned that unless Assad called off the regime’s attacks on Syria’s people and implemented a U.N.-backed peace plan, rebel forces will be provided with weapons from outside, sharply ratcheting up the intensity of the insurrection.

“That in effect gives Washington’s blessing to a Saudi Arabian bid to arm the opposition,” the Financial Times observed.
At the very least, it marked a shift in the U.S. administration’s position of seeking to avoid a sectarian civil war in Syria, primarily between the Sunni Muslim majority and the Alawite minority regime, that could spill over to Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan.
Memories of Afghanistan and Iraq are never far away.

Britain and Turkey have indicated they wouldn’t stand in the way of the Saudis and the gulf states.
Western officials say they haven’t detected large-scale weapons transfers to the FSA, which is seeking to forge a cohesive alliance among the fragmented Syrian opposition groups.

But they said the Saudis, who have long been firmly opposed to the Syrian regime founded by Assad’s father in 1970, are turning a blind eye to arms purchases for the FSA by opposition Syrian businessmen in the Persian Gulf.
Syrian opposition figures have been reportedly meeting Saudi intelligence chiefs in Turkey and Europe to determine what arms the FSA needs.

Anti-tank missiles to counter the regime’s crippling armor reportedly have top priority.
“The decision to arm the rebels has been taken in principle but it has not yet been implemented,” said Mustafa Alani of the Gulf Institute of Strategic Studies, a Saudi-funded think tank in Dubai.

Russia and China, Assad’s main diplomatic friends after his Iranian allies, have stymied U.N. and Arab League efforts led by former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and backed by the West. The breakaway move by the gulf powers may have short-circuited those.
But, at its core, the Saudis’ strategy has more to do with the Sunni-Shiite split in Islam, Syria’s Alawites being a Shiite offshoot, and countering Iran than anything else. And in the long run, that religious fissure is probably more deep-rooted and enduring than any other factor concerning Syria.

There are wider considerations for the Americans. They’ve found that on the geo-strategic level the conflict tearing apart a longtime opponent who has frequently stymied U.S. policy in the Middle East has other benefits.
The Saudis and their partners are increasingly at odds with Moscow and Beijing, who have blocked international initiatives Damascus didn’t like.

That suits the Americans just fine. They’ve been alarmed at the diplomatic gains Russia and China, eyes on the gulf’s oil, have been making in the Middle East of late, mostly at the United States’ expense.
“Taking advantage of the profound sense of insecurity and alienation sweeping the Saudi regime, the United States is about to realize the dream project of shepherding the GCC states into its global missile defense architecture,” observed veteran regional analyst M. K. Bhadrakumar.

The gulf states, long-riven by historical dynastic rivalries, had balked at working together on missile defense until the Iranian threat began to loom large in recent years.

Now, Bhadrakumar noted, “geopolitical the arc of the United States’ global missile defense system extending from Central Europe through Turkey is … poised to take a leap across the Middle East to graze the waters of the Indian Ocean.
“In sum, Washington ties in the oil-rich Persian Gulf and can always revisit the crisis in Syria in due course.”]

Friends of Syria Salary to the Rebels

İstanbul : Turkey | Apr 02, 2012 at 9:29 AM PDT By Guryea Janu posted on

[The Syrian National Council has announced that the Syrian President Bashar fighting against the government will be given salaries for the rebels. In Istanbul, Turkey city friends of Syria Syria after a meeting of the opposition in the Syrian National Council has announced that the Syrian government leave with the soldiers will be given money.

70 Western and Arab countries in the meeting of foreign ministers of the government of Syria to increase pressure on the procedures. Syria named friends of the organization of the meeting was the second. To participate in the conference of the foreign ministers rich gulf countries according to the Syrian National Council tens of million dollars will be provided monthly.

During the meeting, the Syrian National Council, Burhan galyun said the Syrian National Council, all the free Syrian army officials and soldiers and other members to pay the salaries will take the responsibility.However, this is that the Syrian National Council on the Syrian people spokesman. During a news conference of Turkey to the Syrian foreign minister Ahmad grandfather warned that the United Nations and the Arab League’s joint ambassador by Kofi Annan peace plan proposed by final.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has also have the same stand, said that the president Bashar al-Assad have more time for delay and causes. Although before the meeting on behalf of the Syrian National Council was demanded that rebel soldiers or free Syrian army weapons should be made available during the conference, but many countries including the United States and Turkey opposed it. He said that free Syrian army weapons war prepared to increase the possibility. However, Russia, China and important countries, including Iran not participate in the meeting.

On the other hand, the Syrian government on anti-government rebel combatants announced to win. It should be noted that the United Nations According to the president al-Assad against the last one year in protest issued till now more than nine thousand people have been killed.]


How America Went Rogue

America's Shadow Wars

America's Shadow Wars

What We All Need to Know About Our Government’s Shadow Wars

Reagan’s shadow government was a disaster, but it was a pygmy compared with Obama’s.

April 22, 2012   The Nation / By Juan Cole

Covert operations are nothing new in American history, but it could be argued that during the past decade they have moved from being a relatively minor arrow in the national security quiver to being the cutting edge of American power. Drone strikes, electronic surveillance and stealth engagements by military units such as the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), as well as dependence on private corporations, mercenary armies and terrorist groups, are now arguably more common as tools of US foreign policy than conventional warfare or diplomacy. But these tools lend themselves to rogue operations that create peril for the United States when they blow back on us. And they often make the United States deeply unpopular.

Shadow power has even become an issue in the presidential campaign. Newt Gingrich advocates ramped-up “covert operations” inside Iran. President Obama replied to Mitt Romney’s charge that he is an “appeaser” by suggesting that his critics “ask bin Laden” about that.

Obama often speaks of the “tide of war receding,” but that phrase refers only to conventional war. In Afghanistan, where the administration hopes to roll up conventional fighting by the end of 2013, it is making plans for long-term operations by special forces through units such as JSOC. It is unclear what legal framework will be constructed for their activities, other than a wink and a nod from President Hamid Karzai.

Although the Iraqis managed to compel the withdrawal of US troops by the end of last year, Washington is nevertheless seeking to remain influential through shadow power. The US embassy in Baghdad has 16,000 employees, most of them civilian contractors. They include 2,000 diplomats and several hundred intelligence operatives. By contrast, the entire US Foreign Service corps comprises fewer than 14,000. The Obama administration has decided to slash the number of contractors, planning for an embassy force of “only” 8,000. This monument to shadow power clearly is not intended merely to represent US interests in Iraq but rather to shape that country and to serve as a command center for the eastern reaches of the greater Middle East. The US shadow warriors will, for instance, attempt to block “the influence of Iran,” according to the Washington Post. Since Iraq’s Shiite political parties, which dominate Parliament and the cabinet, are often close to Iran, that charge would inescapably involve meddling in internal Iraqi politics.

Nor can we be sure that the CIA will engage only in espionage or influence-peddling in Iraq. The American shadow government routinely kidnaps people it considers dangerous and has sent them to black sites for torture, often by third-party governments to keep American hands clean. As usual with the shadow government, private corporations have been enlisted to help in these “rendition” programs, which are pursued outside the framework of national and international law and in defiance of the sensibilities of our allies. How the United States might behave in Iraq can be extrapolated from its recent behavior in other allied countries. In November 2009 an Italian court convicted in absentia twenty-three people, most of them CIA field officers who had kidnapped an alleged Al Qaeda recruiter, Abu Omar, on a Milan street in the middle of the day and sent him to Hosni Mubarak’s Egypt for “interrogation.” Obama has explicitly continued this practice as a “counterterrorism tool,” though he says torture has been halted. Iraq is likely to continue to be an arena of such veiled struggles.

The Obama administration’s severe unilateral sanctions on Iran and attempts to cut that country off from the world banking system have a shadow power aspect. Aimed at crippling Iran’s oil exports, they are making it difficult for Iran to import staples like wheat. Although Washington denies carrying out covert operations in Iran, the US government and allies like Israel are suspected of doing just that. According to anonymous US intelligence officials and military sources interviewed by The New Yorker’s Seymour Hersh, the United States has trained members of the MEK (Mojahedin-e Khalq, or People’s Jihadis), based in Iraq at Camp Ashraf, to spy on Iran and carry out covert operations there, just as Saddam Hussein had done, though any American support for the organization would directly contradict the State Department listing of it as a terrorist organization. The MEK is suspected of carrying out a string of assassinations against Iranian nuclear scientists, but US intelligence leaks say Israel’s Mossad, not the CIA, is the accomplice. Indeed, the difficulty of disentangling Washington’s shadow power from that of its junior partners can be seen in the leak by US intelligence complaining that Mossad agents had impersonated CIA field officers in recruiting members of the Jundullah terrorist group in Iranian Baluchistan for covert operations against Iran. Jundullah, a Sunni group, has repeatedly bombed Shiite mosques in Zahedan and elsewhere in the country’s southeast. Needless to say, the kind of overt and covert pressure Obama is putting on Iran could easily, even if inadvertently, spark a war.

The recent release of more than 5 million e-mails hacked from the server of the private intelligence firm Stratfor shows that it did more than analysis. It engaged in surveillance and intelligence activities on behalf of corporate sponsors. Dow Chemical, for example, hired Stratfor to monitor a protest group agitating on the issue of the catastrophic 1984 gas leak in Bhopal, India, which killed at least 3,500. WikiLeaks maintains that Stratfor exemplifies the “revolving door” between private intelligence firms and the US government agencies that share information with them.

The increasingly frequent use of civilian “security contractors” — essentially mercenaries — should be a sore point for Americans. The tens of thousands of mercenaries deployed in Iraq were crucial to the US occupation of that country, but they also demonstrate the severe drawbacks of using shadow warriors. Ignorance about local attitudes, arrogance and lack of coordination with the US military and with local police and military led to fiascoes such as the 2007 shootings at Baghdad’s Nisour Square, where Blackwater employees killed seventeen Iraqis. The Iraqi government ultimately expelled Blackwater, even before it did the same with the US military, which had brought the contractors into their country.

* * *

The bad feelings toward the United States generated by hired guns can also be seen in the infamous Raymond Davis incident in Lahore, Pakistan. On January 27, 2011, Davis, a CIA contractor, was waiting at a traffic light when two Pakistanis pulled up next to him on a motorcycle. Davis, who later alleged that one of them had a gun, became alarmed and shot the men. The driver survived the initial volley and tried to run away, but Davis shot him twice in the back. Instead of fleeing the scene, he spent time searching and then photographing the bodies and calling the US consulate for an extraction team. Undercover CIA field officers raced toward the site of the shooting in a consulate SUV, hoping to keep Davis out of the hands of Pakistani authorities, who were approaching, sirens blaring. In its haste, the extraction team killed a motorcyclist and failed in its mission. Davis was taken into custody. His cellphone yielded the identities of some forty-five members of his covert network in Pakistan, who were also arrested.

The incident provoked rolling street demonstrations and enraged Pakistanis, who are convinced that the country is crawling with such agents. Davis was jailed and charged with double homicide, and only released months later, when a Persian Gulf oil monarchy allegedly paid millions on behalf of the United States to the families (in Islamic law, families of a murder victim may pardon the murderer on payment of a satisfactory sum). It was a public relations debacle for Washington, of course, but the salient fact is that a US public servant shot two Pakistanis (likely not terrorists) in cold blood, one of them in the back.

American drone strikes on individuals and groups in the tribal belt of northwestern Pakistan, as well as in Yemen, also typify Washington’s global shadow wars. The United States has 7,000 unmanned aerial vehicles, which it has deployed in strikes in six countries. Both the CIA and the US military operate the drones. Rather than being adjuncts to conventional war, drone strikes are mostly carried out in places where no war has been declared and no Status of Forces Agreement has been signed. They operate outside the framework of the Constitution, with no due process or habeas corpus, recalling premodern practices of the English monarchy, such as declaring people outlaws, issuing bills of attainder against individuals who offend the crown and trying them in secret Star Chamber proceedings.

Despite President Obama’s denials, the Britain-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism has found that not only are civilians routinely killed by US drone strikes in northern Pakistan; often people rushing to the scene of a strike to help the wounded are killed by a second launch. The BIJ estimates that the United States has killed on the order of 3,000 people in 319 drone strikes, some 600 of them civilian bystanders and 174 of those, children. Some 84 percent of all such strikes were launched after Obama came to office.

Moreover, the drone operations are classified. When asked about strikes, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton refuses to confirm or deny that they have occurred. The drones cannot be openly debated in Congress or covered in any detail by the US media. Therefore, they cannot be the subject of a national political debate, except in the abstract. The Congressional intelligence committees are briefed on the program, but it is unlikely that any serious checks and balances can operate in so secret and murky a realm, and the committees’ leaders have complained about the inadequacy of the information they are given. No hearing could be called about them, since the drone strikes cannot be publicly confirmed. Classified operations create gods, above the law.

* * *

The WikiLeaks State Department cables reveal that Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh secretly authorized US drone strikes, pledging to take the blame from their angry publics. But a private conversation with a single leader, repeatedly denied thereafter in public, is hardly a treaty. The only international legal doctrine (recognized in the United Nations charter) invoked to justify drone strikes is the right of the United States to defend itself from attack. But it cannot be demonstrated that any drone strike victims had attacked, or were in a position to attack, the United States. Other proposed legal justifications also falter.

The doctrine of “hot pursuit” does not apply in Yemen or Somalia, and often does not apply in Pakistan, either. The only due process afforded those killed from the air is an intelligence assessment, possibly based on dubious sources and not reviewed by a judge. Those targeted are typically alleged to belong to Al Qaeda, the Taliban or some kindred group, and apparently thought to fall under the mandate of the September 14, 2001, Congressional Authorization for the Use of Military Force by the president against those behind the September 11 attacks and those who harbored them. The AUMF could probably legitimately be applied to Ayman al-Zawahiri’s Al Qaeda faction, which still plots against the United States. But a new generation of Muslim militants has arisen, far too young to be implicated in 9/11 and who may have rethought that disastrous strategy.

Increasingly, moreover, “Al Qaeda” is a vague term somewhat arbitrarily applied by Washington to regional groups involved in local fundamentalist politics, as with the Partisans of Sharia, the Yemeni militants who have taken over the city of Zinjibar, or expatriate Arab supporters in Pakistan of the Haqqani network of Pashtun fighters — former allies of the United States in their struggle against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. How long will the AUMF be deployed in the Muslim world to authorize cowboy tactics from the skies? There is no consistency, no application of the rule of law. Guilt by association and absence of due process are the hallmarks of shadow government. In September the Obama administration used a drone to kill a US citizen in Yemen, Anwar al-Awlaki. But since the Supreme Court had already ruled, in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld (2006), that the AUMF could not authorize military tribunals for Guantánamo detainees that sidestepped civil due process — and since the subsequent Military Commissions Act of 2006 allows such tribunals only for aliens — it is hard to see how Awlaki’s right to a trial could be summarily abrogated. Two weeks after he was killed, his 16-year-old son, also a US citizen and less obviously a menace to the superpower, was also killed by a drone.

By contrast, the United States and its allies are sanguine about a figure like the Libyan Abdel Hakim Belhadj, now in charge of security in Tripoli, who fought in Afghanistan against the Soviet Union and was later held in US black sites. Released, he emerged as a rebel leader in Libya last year. The circumstantial case against him would easily allow a US drone strike on him even now under the current rules, but he was rehabilitated because of his enmity toward Muammar el-Qaddafi.

* * *

Among the greatest dangers to American citizens from Washington’s shadow power is “blowback,” the common term for a covert operation that boomerangs on its initiator. Arguably, the Reagan administration marked a turning point in the history of US infatuation with shadow power. Reagan strong-armed King Fahd of Saudi Arabia into providing funds to the right-wing Contras in Nicaragua, and the president developed his own resources for the Contras by illegally selling weapons to Iran (despite its being on the terrorist watch list and ineligible for such sales). Washington also joined Fahd in giving billions of dollars of arms and aid to the fundamentalist mujahedeen in Afghanistan (“freedom fighters,” Reagan called them, “the equivalent of America’s founding fathers”), where Arab volunteers ultimately coalesced into Al Qaeda. They later used the tradecraft they had absorbed from CIA-trained Afghan colleagues to stage operations in the Middle East against US allies and to carry out the 9/11 attacks. Two allied groups that received massive aid from the Reagan administration became among the deadliest US enemies in Afghanistan after 2002: the Haqqani network and the Hizb-i-Islami. Blowback goes hand in hand with covert operations.

The use of mercenaries and black units by the US government undermines discipline, lawfulness and a strong and consistent chain of command. Regular armies can be deployed and then demobilized, but Al Qaeda-like networks, once created, cannot be rolled up so easily, and they often turn against former allies. Black intelligence and military operations with virtually no public oversight can easily go rogue.

Reagan’s shadow government was a disaster, but it was a pygmy compared with Obama’s. Americans will have to be prepared for much more blowback to come if we go on like this — not to mention further erosion of civil liberties at home, as the shadow government reaches back toward us from abroad. (Electronic surveillance without a warrant and the militarization of our police forces are cases in point.) Moreover, the practices associated with the shadow government, because of the rage they provoke, deepen mistrust of Washington and reduce the international cooperation that the United States, like all countries, needs. The shadow government masquerades as a way to keep the United States strong, but if it is not rolled back, it could fatally weaken American diplomacy.

Juan Cole is the Richard P. Mitchell Professor of History and the director of the Center for South Asian Studies at the University of Michigan. His latest book, Engaging the Muslim World, is available in a revised paperback edition from Palgrave Macmillan. He runs the Informed Comment website.

Copyright © 2012 The Nation – distributed by Agence Global

Stories by Juan Cole

Juan Cole is a professor of history at the University of Michigan and maintains the popular blog Informed Comment.

How America Went Rogue: What We All Need to Know About Our Government’s Shadow Wars

Posted on Apr 22, 2012, Source: The Nation

Reagan’s shadow government was a disaster, but it was a pygmy compared with Obama’s.

Why Washington’s Iran Policy Could Lead to Global Disaster

Posted on Apr 12, 2012, Source:

What history should teach us about blockading Iran.

10 Catholic Teachings Conservatives Reject While Obsessing About Birth Control

Posted on Feb 13, 2012, Source:

Santorum and Gingrich are both Catholics, and wear their faith on their sleeves, but they are hypocritical in picking and choosing when they wish to listen to the bishops.

How Students Landed on the Front Lines of Class War

Posted on Nov 23, 2011, Source: Truthdig

University students find themselves victimized by the same neoliberal agenda that has created the current economic crisis.

What Norway’s Terrorist Has in Common With the American Tea Party and Right Wing

Posted on Jul 24, 2011, Source: Informed Comment

Why seeing the world in black and white is so dangerous.

Police Downloading Your Data off Your Phone After Pulling You Over — A Nightmare Reality

Posted on Apr 20, 2011, Source: Truthdig

Obama is siding with police who want to use GPS devices to track you without a warrant.

Was the West’s Intervention in Libya Justified?

Posted on Mar 29, 2011, Source: Democracy Now!

Juan Cole defends the use of force to aid the Libyan rebel movement. Professor Prashad warns the US has involved itself in a decades-long internal Libyan struggle.

An Open Letter to the Left on Libya: Why Intervention in Libya Is a Good Thing

Posted on Mar 29, 2011, Source:

Juan Cole: “I am unabashedly cheering the liberation movement on, and glad that the UNSC-authorized intervention has saved them from being crushed.”

Uprisings in Tunisia, Yemen, Egypt — America Is Paying the Price for Supporting Corrupt Dictatorships in the Muslim World

Posted on Jan 25, 2011, Source:

Paranoia about Muslim fundamentalist movements and terrorism is causing Washington to make bad choices that will ultimately harm American interests and standing abroad.

Tunisian Revolution Shakes and Inspires Middle East

Posted on Jan 19, 2011, Source: Truthdig

Every state and movement in the Middle East is reading into the events in Tunisia its own anxieties and aspirations.

WikiLeaks: Israel Plans Total War on Lebanon, Gaza

Posted on Jan 3, 2011, Source: Informed Comment

The Israeli military is planning out massive bombings of areas full of innocent civilians.

Afghanistan: Obscenely Well-Funded, But Largely Unsuccessful War Rages on Out of Sight of the American Public

Posted on Nov 18, 2010, Source: Truthdig

That there has been heavy fighting in Afghanistan this fall would come as a surprise to most Americans. 10 NATO troops were killed this past Saturday and Sunday alone.

Asian Powers Are Starting to Call the Shots, and the US Can’t Do Anything About It

Posted on Nov 11, 2010, Source:

Just how weakened the United States has been in Asia is easily demonstrated by the series of rebuffs its overtures have suffered from regional powers.

Harvard Professor’s Shocking Proposal: Starve the Palestinians in Gaza into Having Fewer Babies

Posted on Feb 26, 2010, Source:

At a recent conference, Prof. Martin Kramer called for population growth in the Muslim world to be restrained and made a series of other outrageous claims.

The Ten Worst Nightmares Bush Inflicted on America

Posted on Dec 22, 2009, Source: Informed Comment

Here are my picks for the top ten worst things about the wretched period, which will continue to follow us until citizens stand up to fix them.

100 Years of Imperial Paranoia About the Pashtuns

Posted on Jul 28, 2009, Source:

The doomsday rhetoric in Washington over lightly settled, mountainous Pashtun tribal lands is strikingly similar to that of the British Empire.

Let’s Hope India Doesn’t React Like We Did to 9/11

Posted on Dec 2, 2008, Source: Outlook India

The choices India makes now about the threat of terrorism will help determine what kind of superpower it will be.

Forget the Surge — Violence Is Down in Iraq Because Ethnic Cleansing Was Brutally Effective

Posted on Jul 29, 2008, Source:

The bloodbath in Baghdad has resulted in fewer ethnically mixed neighborhoods, leading to the recent drop in violence.

Juan Cole — Iraq Civil War Round-Up

Posted on Mar 28, 2008, Source: Informed Comment

The latest, as violence flares up across Iraq.

Iraq’s Three Civil Wars

Posted on Mar 6, 2008, Source: MIT Center for International Studies

There are three major conflicts in Iraq — and the U.S. is virtually powerless to stop them.

New Iraqi Law on Baath Worries Ex-Baathists

Posted on Jan 14, 2008, Source: Informed Comment

The passage of the new law will be hailed by the War party as a major achievement. But as usual they’re misreading what really happened.

Romney: Some Beliefs are More Equal than Others

Posted on Dec 9, 2007, Source: Informed Comment

Romney’s “landmark” speech didn’t follow in Kennedy’s footsteps — it was the antithesis of JFK’s call for religious tolerance.

Iraq Oil Bonanza for Hunt; Displacement, Hunger, Alcoholism, Addiction for Iraqis

Posted on Sep 10, 2007, Source: Informed Comment

Texas oil cronies readying to clean up.

Big Lies Surround the Iraq “Surge”

Posted on Sep 1, 2007, Source: Informed Comment

Juan Cole slices and dices the administration’s spin.

Bush and Napoleon Both Believed Their Own Propaganda About a “Greater Middle East”

Posted on Aug 25, 2007, Source:

There are times when the resonances of history are positively eerie. The parallels of Napoleon’s occupation of Egypt with Bush’s disaster in Iraq are enough to make you jump out of your chair.

Al-Maliki Declines Turkish Terror Treaty; Kurds Pass Oil Law

Posted on Aug 8, 2007, Source: Informed Comment

Iraqi-Turkish relations are strained, and the Kurds pass an oil law before the national government in Baghdad.

Top Ten Iraq Myths for 2006

Posted on Dec 29, 2006, Source: Informed Comment

Sunnis, Civil War, Sadr and the prospects of ‘victory.’

A Ceasefire Call in Lebanon Bush Can’t Ignore

Posted on Aug 3, 2006, Source: Informed Comment

Shiite leader Ayatollah Sistani’s call for a ceasefire should be heeded, or else the U.S. military mission in Iraq could quickly become untenable.

Hitchens the Warmongering Hacker

Posted on May 5, 2006, Source: AlterNet

Juan Cole chastises Christopher Hitchens and tells warmongers to ‘sit down and shut up.’

Fishing for a Pretext to Squeeze Iran

Posted on Mar 17, 2006, Source: Truthdig

Despite Bush’s new national security report, it’s clear that Iran presents little threat, so the administration must have other motivations.

The Democracy Lie

Posted on Mar 19, 2005, Source:

President Bush and his supporters are taking credit for spreading freedom across the Middle East. But where changes are genuinely occurring they have nothing to do with the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

Elections: A Baby Step

Posted on Feb 2, 2005, Source: Informed Comment

The details behind the ballyhooed elections – that Bush first opposed them and then postponed them for his own benefit – tend to get lost in the media’s boosterism.

The Other Shoe Drops: bin Laden Weighs in

Posted on Oct 30, 2004, Source: Informed Comment

In a new video, bin Laden indicts Bush for still hiding the truth from Americans, saying that the reasons for attacking the U.S. are still there. In other words, Bush has not made us safer.

The New and Improved Iraq

Posted on Jun 28, 2004, Source: In These Times

The so-called handover is merely a symbolic act that does little to alter the daunting reality on the ground. The only move that could bring real change is the complete withdrawal of the United States.

The Cleric Who Would Be Rousseau

Posted on Jun 10, 2004, Source:

The man who will determine the shape of the new Iraq is not Iyad Allawi but Shi’ite leader Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani. The good news: He’s no Khomeini.

Battle of the Photographs

Posted on May 3, 2004, Source:

The problem of war images from Iraq alienating Iraqis and Arabs has dogged the Bush administration from the start of the war. Now, the administration is losing the battle of images with the American public, as well.

Most Popular Posts on Tarig Anter Blog up to 20 April 2012

Most Popular Posts on Tarig Anter Blog

Most Popular Posts on Tarig Anter Blog

Most Popular Posts on Tarig Anter Blog up to 20 April 2012
The total Visits for this blog from Sept. 16, 2011, up to 20 April, 2012 , was 21,265 visits (3038-visit monthly average).

All the posts and pages for the period are listed in descending order below (updated each mid-month):


Title        Views

Home page / Archives         3,472
Obama – Product of Illuminati Breeding Program?     1,860
Who Killed John F. Kennedy?         684
Who Are the Fulani People & Their Origins?         629
Leo Zagami, Ex-Illuminati Issued Dire Warning         471
Human Rights Investigations HRI on Crimes of Obama & His NATO in Libya   380
Why Africa Must Trash Western Liberal Democracy?…..& Their Way of Life Too?       369
Globalists Created Wahhabi Terrorism to Destroy Islam and Justify a Global State  363
Illuminati Showdown in Middle East         350
The Illuminati Plan for 2012: Newt Gingrich vs. Barack Obama         342
U.S. Mass Incarceration of Black Men         301
US Federal Government Major Corruption & Scandals Since 1945     282
Contact Form         271
US Debt in Graphs and Charts         246
“End the FED” and Ron Paul Political Positions         238
Muslim Brotherhood- Illuminati Tools         235
Truth, Propaganda & Media Manipulation         229
The Swadeshi Movement         210
The House of Rothschild         204
About Tarig Anter         186
When The Rothschilds Dial 911         184
Illuminati Assassins         181
Islamist Libyan Rebel Sodomized Gaddafi with a Knife         177
Political Assassinations in the World         174
The Gulf Cooperation Council: Rockefeller/Rothschild Puppet Monarchy       163
America Supports “Democracy” by Hook and Crook         161
Ashamed America and Corrupt Liberal Democracy         158
What Are Qatar Regional Political Roles & Ambitions?         158
More Than One Assassin Killed J.F.Kennedy         157
Illuminati, Nazis & the Illegal State of Israel         146
“Occupy Wall Street” Movement         138
ARAMCO & The House Of Saud         131
IMF Orders African Governments to Remove Fuel Subsidies     127
Swiss Bankers, BIS & The House Of Rockefeller         124
Europe Soverien Debt Crisis Explained. Who Owes Who What?       120
Nigeria’s Boko Haram Could Be a Western-backed Insurgency        120
New Understanding of Fascism is Needed Now         118
The Speech That Killed John F. Kennedy         111
CIA Created Afghan Heroin Trade         109
The West With Islamists Fake Spring Targets Nationalism; Russia and Iran   102
Who Really Control the World?         97
The Energy Vampires         96
Afghan History Suppressed: Part III: The Central Asian Grand Chessboard   94
The Rothschild’s South Sudan Oil Grab         91
Racial Inequality in Modern United States of America         89
War is Business and Business is Good: the USA Rule         88
Zionists Control World Finances; Shocking Facts from Dr. David Duke     87
HSBC: The World’s Dirtiest Bank         86
Best Essential Free Software (Freeware) For Personal Computers     83
Neoliberalism: Origins, Theory, & Definition Part One/ Four Parts     80
The RAND Corporation: America’s University of Imperialism     80
Red Scare on America         77
Best Essential Free Software (Freeware) For Personal Computers     76
Secret Societies & the New World Order         75
Inbred Oil Kings, Bush-League Crime & The End Of The Energy Oligopoly       75
Liberal Nationalism: Healthy Balance between Nationalism and Liberalism     75
The Lawsuit that Could End the Gangster Rule of Western Civilization     73
Who Really Controls the World?         73
The Four Horsemen of Banking         73
Yeast is Magical and Vital to Human Health         73
Obama is a Killer: Election Campaign Credential         72
America Bully the World by Regimes Change         71
Qatar Admits It Fought Alongside Libyan Rebels against Gaddafi       70
Terrorism and the Illuminati: A Three Thousand Year History         70
Goldman Sachs: A Criminal Enterprise         68
Was Gaddafi With or Against Africa?         67
“Westerns” Panic from Thabo Mbeki Attack on Neo-imperialism in Africa  66
World Revolution for Real Democracy         65
Global Banking Monopoly         64
Wall Street “Half-wayers” of Generations         63
A Chat Between Christian and Muslim in Lebanon     63
Thanks To Obama, The Al-Qaeda Flag Is Now Flying High And Proud Over Libya     62
The Dying God: The Hidden History of Western Civilization     62
The new democracy: Goldman Sachs conquers Europe         61
American Militarism and Hegemony of Military Establishment         61
The International: Oil, Drugs, Guns & Kissinger Associates     61
“President Goodluck Jonathan Is A Waste Of Time” Says Isaac Osuoka     61
The Federal Reserve Cartel: Part 1 of Five         60
India Wary as Qatari-based Islamist Activist Yusuf al-Qaradawi        58
The Four Horsemen Behind The Oil Wars         57
Imperialism will be buried in Africa – Resistance in Libya, Part 1 / 2     57
Obama Should Be Impeached For Committing ‘War Crimes’, Said Ralph Nader     55
Mubarak & Other Sleep-Deprived Middle East Despots         55
Western Democracy is a Financiers’ Joke         53
Rothschild’s Saudi Lapdog Arms Libyan Rebels         53
Bin Laden & The 911 Illusion: Part II: Deutsche Bank & Blackstone     50
The Globalists and the Islamists         50
Break Up the Four Horsemen of Banking     49
Most Popular Posts on This Blog         49
America’s Guide for “Unconventional” Warfare (Insurgencies) P2         49
Best wishes for Russia and Putin         48
Revolution against Corporate Greed Started in the USA         47
Neoliberalism: Origins, Theory, & Definition Part 3/ Four Parts         46
Big Oil & Their Bankers In The Persian Gulf         46
Trillion Dollar Crime Trial leads to United Nations         46
“The world suffers a lot. Not because of the violence of bad people, but because of the silence of good people!”         45
Gulf Arab States Must Be Democratized Now         44
Corporate Globalists Are Targeting Africa to Plunder         43
David Livingstone’s blog         42
Barack H. Obama: The Unauthorized Biography         42
President Mugabe Rejects Western Brutal Intrusion on Africa         42
Modern History Awareness Film Program         42
Neoliberal Corporations & Sunnite Islamism Attacking Nationalism     41
Afghan History Suppressed: Part II: Socialism, al Qaeda and Chevron     41
Quotes and Comments Attributed to Prince Philip         40
Pougala Answers The Real Reasons for the War in Libya         40
Time To Nationalize Four Horsemen Of Oil         40
Ethical Corporatism Tagging System         39
Even if I got a visa for Europe…I wouldn’t go         39
Religions Against Faith         39
America Humanitarian Imperialism in Uganda         39
Gene Sharp and the Theory of Soft and Undercover Coups d’États     39
Neoliberalism: Origins, Theory, & Definition Part 2/ Four Parts         38
Exposing Capitalism; Communism; & International Secret Societies     38
Trash Western Liberal Democracy and Their Way of Life Too!         38
Google Apologize Unreservedly for Malpractices to Mocality-Kenya     37
Afghan History Suppressed: Part I: Islamists, Heroin and the CIA         37
Proposal of Tower Desktop New Design         36
Financiers’ Reich is Buying Some European Countries     36
Ghana: Honor the Big Six         35
The West is Going Too Far Against Syria         35
The World’s Healthiest Foods         35
How Corrupt Are Western Democracies? Part One/ 5 Parts     34
USA Liberal Democracy is Like $#!T         34
The American Revolution of September 17, 2011         34
OccupyWallStreet Movement Spreads in USA and the Globe     34
How Corrupt Are Western Democracies? Part Three/ 5 Parts     33
Hillary Clinton Personality Prompt Desire to Pursue Fights     33
Neoliberalism: Origins, Theory, & Definition Part 4/ Four Parts       33
Timeline of Occupy Wall Street         33
Surrendering Islam         32
Nationalism – How It Works & Why the Corporate Elite Want to Kill It?      32
All Universal Religions Are Fake!         31
Bin Laden & The 911 Illusion: Part I: Patsies & Beneficiaries     31
Federal Reserve Transparency Act- AUDIT the FED!         31
EU and Banks are Weapons of Mass Slavery         30
History of the New World Order – Part 3 / 3         30
The Nameless War: Contineous International Thuggery   30
Swindles of Modern Liberal Democracy         29
The Ad That May Kill the Next USA President         29
Global Underdevelopment: Montana and the Third World     29
U.S. Constitution no longer model for developing democracies        29
Check Here How Healthy Is Your Diet and Nutrients Sources     28
Sick from BBC, CNN, France 24 and JSC Lies?         27
Assessing Risks to Stability in Sub-Saharan Africa         27
The Saudi Paymaster         27
For God Sake US Economy Must Be Corrected         26
Ghana Commemorates Christiansborg Crossroad Shooting     26
The Three Pillars of National Liberalism         26
Top Ten Basic and Cheap Foods and Supplements for Best Health     26
Thabo Mbeki Urges Africans to Protect their Right of Self-determination from Neo-imperialism         26
U.S. Creates a Problem, Causes a Reaction, then Provides the Solution       25
Nationalize The Federal Reserve         25
The Corruption of Western Liberal Democracy         24
Young Turks to Permanently Control Middle East         24
US Corrupt Diplomacy Assisting Islamists and Activists in Syria         23
Invest in a New Desktop Chassis/Case Design         23
Washington Rules, America’s Path to Permanent War         23
How Corrupt Are Western Democracies? Part Five/ 5 Parts         22
Obama and Erdogan of Turkey; Oddly Effective Couple in a New Arab World     22
Liberal Nationalism against Left and Right Politics in Africa     22
British Petroleum BP: A History: Part III         22
Ghanians; Prepare Yourself for a new President         22
Top Ten Healthy and Cheap Foods and Supplements     22
Centre for Research on Globalisation (CRG)         22
Assaults on Remaining Old Decency in Europe         22
Liberal Nationalism against Left and Right Politics in Africa         21
America’s Guide for “Unconventional” Warfare (Insurgencies) P1     21
The International: The Offshore Petroleum Standard         21
Africa Lies Naked to Euro-American Military Offensive         21
The Federal Reserve Cartel: Part 3 of Five         20
France Lost Principles & Honor in Libya         20
Occupation of New York City         20
Report Bad Public Service Blog         20
Imperialism will be buried in Africa – Resistance in Libya, Part 2 / 2     20
NATO War in Libya a Face of “Neo-Colonialism”         19
Operation Sarkozy (Mr Sarkozy and the CIA)         19
Gulf of Guinea Area of “Vital Interest” to USA         19
The Federal Reserve Cartel: Part 2 of Five         19
Homeland Security Searches Your Facebook and Twitter         18
Islamist Western Secret Societies of Turkey         17
Nicolas Sarkozy’s Scandals: a Guide         17
History of the New World Order – Part 1 / 3         17
Three-dimensional Democracy (XYZ Democracy)         17
The Federal Reserve Cartel: Part 4 of Five         17
Bizarre Claim for $1 Trillion         17
The World’s Healthiest Foods         16
Return Libya & North Africa to Africa!         16
Do we really need the Politician?         16
How Corrupt Are Western Democracies? Part Four/ 5 Parts     16
Speculators, Cartels & Myths of Scarcity         16
The Age of Deception: Nuclear Diplomacy in Treacherous Times       16
The American Revolution of 917-2011         16
Slash Public Service but not the Services         15
The Illuminati Depopulation Agenda         15
Strauss-Kahn & The IMF/BCCI Mugger         15
The Partisan Ranger Blog         15
Three-dimensional Democracy (XYZ Democracy)     15
Economic Choices for Sensible Humans         15
The Three Pillars of National Liberalism         15
History of the New World Order – Part 2 / 3         14
The Dangers of USA Economy         14
Our moral decline: Blood-lust in the streets of Libya suffices for justice  14
Ten Myths in the War Against Libya         14
How Corrupt Are Western Democracies? Part Two/ 5 Parts    13
Sarkozy Received Cash Handouts         13
Oppose Internet Censorship: Help Defeat PIPA And SOPA     13
Save North Africa from Arab Emirs and NATO         13
Why I’m suing Obama administration over Libya; Says: Ron Paul       13
NO Legitimacy For Foreign Regime Change     13
For God Sake US Economy Must Be Corrected         12
Nigeria Rejects Dancing On The Brink to American Rhythm     12
Barack “Money Bags” Obama Can’t Run on the 99 Percent Ticket   12
British Petroleum BP: A History Part I, Colonial Waster         12
To Be Part of the Global “WE”? Sell The Arabs! (Turkey’s Policy)       12
Why Many People Hate America?         12
Is Obama America’s First Elected Dictator? says: Ron Paul     12
Putin Says US is ‘parasite’ on Global Economy         11
Was Israel Behind Norway Terror Attacks?         11
Mr. Gbagbo the Messiah of Ivorian Democracy         11
Ron Paul: America’s Last Chance         11
Most Popular Posts on Tarig Anter Blog up to 16 March 2012     11
The Politician 2.0 and an introduction to post-Democracy     10
Most Popular Posts on This Blog up to 17 Feb 2012     10
Swindles of Modern Liberal Democracy         10
Western Intelligences Partner Islamist to Create Terrorism     10
Libyan Rebel NTC Threaten big Algeria!!         10
DIY Western Guides: How to make a Dirty, but pretty, Revolution?     10
The Invisible Government in America         9
The European Union Is an Evil Plan         9
Rigging the Rules: unfair land deals in South Sudan         9
Marriage in Western Liberal Democracy         9
Shut Er’ Down!         9
Gulf Arab Regimes Must Be Democratized Now         9
About: Living Economies Forum         9
Crazy Wrong Side of Civilisations         9
NATO, USA, France & UK Are Protecting These “Civilians”!         8
Gulf Arab Countries Must Be Democratized Now         8
Ron Paul Questioned the US Policies for Decades         8
Are Arabs and Hebrews Antisemitists?         8
Gallup: Obama Job Approval Average Slides to New Low         8
Greece and Exiting European Hotel California         8
Capital City Inhabitants Must Not Be Allowed to Vote         7
Most Popular Posts on Tarig Anter Blog from Sept. 16 to Dec. 15, 2011     6
Create and Sell the Businesses Themselves         6
Reinvent Democracy by creating 3D Democracy!         6
Nicolas Sarkozy suspected of financial fraud         6
Gaddafi’s Message to the world, April, 2011         6
Overweight IS Ugly and Harmful         6
The Federal Reserve Cartel: Part 5 of Five         5
British Petroleum BP: A History: Part II         5
Optimum-cost Housing Companies Proposal         5
Wicked So-called Skilled Workers Endemic         4
Call Off The Pentagon Dogs         3
Hello world!         3
Most Popular Posts on This Blog from Sept. 16 to Nov. 6, 2011     3
Citizens on Top of Governments         2
Universal Code of Conduct for Political Parties         2
It Is High Time to Fight Back         2
Canada Shipping Quietly Bomb-grade Uranium to U.S.         2
Calls for NATO Occupation of Libya from Council on Foreign Relations President    1
Most Popular Posts on Tarig Anter Blog from Sept 16, 2011 to Jan 16, 2012     1

The European Union Is an Evil Plan

European Union Treaty of Nice

European Union Treaty of Nice

1986 was a turning point in the history of Europe in which the  Single  European  Act  was  signed  by  EU  governments. The Act was meant for providing  for  the creation of a single market in which people, goods, capital and services can move freely around the EC. But are they the real objectives of transforming the EC to EU?

The Treaty of Nice was signed by European leaders on 26 February 2001 and came into force on 1 February 2003. It amended the Maastricht Treaty (or the Treaty on European Union) and the Treaty of Rome (or the Treaty establishing the European Community).

It was widely accepted that the Treaty of Nice has failed to deal with the basic question of wide-ranging institutional reform, the European Union institutions being widely viewed as overly complicated, and hence the establishment of the European Convention, leading to a new IGC (Intergovernmental Conference) in 2004, was agreed at Nice.

Opponents of the Treaty claimed that it was a “technocratic” rather than “democratic” treaty, which would further diminish the sovereignty of national and regional parliaments, and would further concentrate power into a centralised and unaccountable bureaucracy. They also claimed that five applicant countries could have joined the EU without changing the EU’s rules, and that others could have negotiated on an individual basis; something opponents to the treaty argued would have been to the applicants’ advantage. They also claimed that the Treaty of Nice would create a two-tier EU. Opponents pointed out that leading pro-treaty politicians had admitted if referendums had been held in countries other than Ireland, it would probably have been defeated there as well.

The Commission and the European Parliament were disappointed that the Nice IGC did not adopt many of their proposals for reform of the institutional structure or introduction of new Community powers, such as the appointment of a European Public Prosecutor. The European Parliament threatened to pass a resolution against the Treaty; although it has no formal power of veto, the Italian Parliament threatened that it would not ratify without the European Parliament’s support. However, in the end this did not come to pass and the European Parliament approved the Treaty.

Nationalism and national sovereignty have no place in the new EU which is totally different from the original Treaties  of  Rome of the EC. With such plans it is very obvious that big economies in Europe are the only masters and winners in a vast European superstate.

%d bloggers like this: