Sunday, February 19, 2017
Democracy and Class Struggle appreciates the clarity and insights of Hassan Nasrallah the leader of Hezbollah on Middle East Politics even if we also have disagreements with him particularly over the Kurdish Question.
But what we must expose in the west is pernicious Islamophobia - some of the Islamophobes do not seem to appreciate that our Kurdish brothers and sisters are Islamic.
We appreciate both the heroic Kurdish struggle and Hezobollah's struggle against ISIL while understanding the real contradictions amongst them
Posted by nickglais on 2/19/2017 04:51:00 AM
Saturday, February 18, 2017
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are wrapping up the first phase of the Euphrates Wrath Operation, according to military sources. The operation’s long-term objective is the isolation and elimination of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Raqqa.
According to the SDF’s leadership, they need to capture two more square kilometers in order to meet their initial objectives. The pluralist coalition has already secured 16 km² north of Raqqa city.
The first phase of the Euphrates Wrath Operation aims to isolate Raqqa –ISIS’ de facto capital– from its northern countryside. This will be accomplished by securing the towns of Tel al-Samn and Hazima, which link Ain Issa city with Suluk District.
The SDF’s leadership has decided to increase the campaign’s already blistering tempo. Kurdish officers told ARA News that their forces will quickly expel the ISIS militants holed up in Hisha town. Those militants have been under siege for nearly one week.
Dilber Issa, a Kurdish commander in Raqqa, told ARA News that she was more than satisfied with her soldiers and their accomplishments. “Our forces made remarkable advances within the first week […] and killed dozens of ISIS terrorists in northern Raqqa,” She said.
“Also, there are many injured ISIS members who were taken as prisoners,” Issa added. “Clashes are still ongoing. Only a few kilometers in northern Raqqa are still in ISIS hands, and we’ll clear that area very soon.”
Abu Saqr al-Raqqawi, an SDF soldier at the front, shared the commander’s assessment of the campaign. He told ARA News that the “developments are so far in line with our plans.”
The Syrian Democratic Forces launched the Euphrates Wrath Operation earlier this week, with support from the US-led coalition. The SDF intends to hand control of the city over to its residents after the campaign is completed.
Reporting by: Enwer Omar
Source: ARA News
SDF Commander Simko Derik has told reporters that the first phase of Raqqa operation has been completed. According to Simko 100 villages & farms have been liberated, 150 families freed and 150 IS members killed.
Posted by nickglais on 2/18/2017 03:00:00 PM
Friday, February 17, 2017
Deutsche Bank and Donald Trump and the laundering of Russian Money - Russian Oligarchs and Trump the real love affair.
Economist James Henry explains why we should take Deutsche Bank's findings about Trump's assets with a grain of salt.
Democracy and Class Struggle says that the coming implosion of the Trump Regime will leave a lot of collateral damage - the further countries like Russia are away from Trump the less damage will be done.
It is Trump's Perestroika ( Restructuring) and will have the same result as Gorbachev's - disaster.
If people insist on protecting him they will go down with him - that is countries (Israel) as well as individuals.
Keep your distance this is the internecine bourgeoisie's war not the proletarian class war - we will pick up the pieces in 2017 - an evocation of 1917.
Posted by nickglais on 2/17/2017 11:49:00 AM
Thursday, February 16, 2017
The leader of Ukrainian Nationalists, Ukrainian MP, Andrew Biletsky gave an indication of activated his subordinates in the Kharkov region.
Earlier Biletsky was engaged in rallying of ultra-nationalists in this region where they formed an organization "Patriot of Ukraine" on the basis of which the "Azov" National Guard regiment of Ukraine was founded in 2014.
This is the most powerful and representative right-wing structure in Ukraine.
Currently into the Kharkov region is deployed The ”Azov Civilian Corps” (ACC) of Azov regiment. The organization brings together about 600 young activists under the age of 30 years. As soon as possible a civil body is able to organize its' supporters among the population, increasing the number of activists up to 1,000 people.
The activities of this organization is formally under the close supervision of the management of the SBU Kharkov (security service of Ucraine).
The SBU is not interested in further growth of Azov. However, all Kharkovs' people know that a number of SBU managers deliberately enhances nationalists. Some of them give direct guidance on non-interference in the activities of ”Azov Civilian Corps” (ACC).
In their daily activities Kharkov nationalists are actively involved in planning events held by local police - the detention of migrant workers, find pro-Russian citizens, provocations against Russian diplomats around the building of the Consulate General of Russia in Kharkov.
Such cooperation of nationalists and police due to the fact that the office of Minister of Internal Affairs is held by Arsen Avakov, the creator of the National Guard and of the spiritual leader of Ukrainian nationalists.
Avakov was promoting"Azov" and Biletskiy.
Everything that is happening right now in Kharkov suggests that the nationalists are increasing their military capabilities.
Also, several Polish and American instructors are situated in Kharkov, on a permanent basis from 2016, teaching nationalists the basics of hand combat, marksmanship and explosives.
We are aware of several addresses at which the preparation of nationalists is going on: Kharkov Belogorsk st. 92; Shevchenko st. 233 B. At the end of January 2017 the nationalist leader A. Biletsky, came to the city of Kharkov from Kiev. During the trip, he solved the problem of consolidating members of ”Azov Civilian Corps” (ACC).
Along the way, he made an agreement for the filling of the ”Azov Civilian Corps” (ACC) by proponents of other nationalist organizations residing in the city of Kharkiv, which actually means an increase in the number of the main nationalist structures to more than 1,000 people. A. Biletskiy personal propaganda has a powerful impact on the ACC members.
It was obvious during his visit to Kharkovs' nationalists' torchlight procession. During the event, at the direction of Biletskiy the nationalists chanted abusive slogans against the Kiev authorities, in particular against Ukrainian president Poroshenko.
All this is done to provoke SBU employees and creating panic among the local population. As it is well known, Kharkov is the pro-Russian region. And only one Biletskiys' order to fully loyal to him local nationalists is enough to began massacre the inhabitants of Kharkov, who disagree with present state of affairs.
But the ultimate goal Biletskiy is not the seizure of power in the Kharkov region.
The region he needs for only starting new protests across Ukraine. After the unrest in Kharkov, armed units of the "Azov" regiment near the Kiev, may proceed to the beginning of the next Maidan in the capital of Ukraine.
A suppression of the pro-Russian population in Kharkov is necessary to Biletskiy as the neutralization of the force, which is the only in Ukraine still preventing nationalist influence to a degree. The continuing decline of President Poroshenko's rating is now widely used for building by A. Biletsky the stronger protest potential among his supporters.
Such conditions have been created before «Evromaydan» in 2013. But in the spring of 2014 pro-Russian population of Kharkov took part in a rallies to protest against the coup in Kiev.
In the course of these meetings buildings of state authorities have been captured. Kharkov politicians that supported euromaidan, have been removed from power for two days.
In contrast to the population of Donetsk and Lugansk regions, Kharkov social activists did not have the determination to continue and they were dispersed by a special forces of SBU, arrived fron the other regions of Ukraine.
Despite the fact that most of the pro-Russian activists have been kept long in the Kharkov prison, nationalists never forgave Kharkov, which generally refer to the Kiev authorities as very disloyal because of the deteriorating quality of life in the region.
All this awaits Kharkov in the near future, if we will not attract maximum attention from the international community to this region.
By the intention and plans of Biletsky and his nationalist supporters, the following Maidan will not begin in Kiev, but in Kharkov.
And the consequences of this could be the bloodiest for the local population.
Posted by nickglais on 2/16/2017 02:50:00 PM
Are the illusions over ?
Russia’s defense minister has strongly criticized his US counterpart for urging negotiations with Moscow from a position of strength.
Sergei Shoigu says Russia is ready for cooperation with the Pentagon but any attempts for building dialogue from such a position would be futile.
Shoigu has sought clarification about James Mattis’s recent comment.
Speaking at a NATO ministerial meeting in Belgium, the US defense chief warned that the military alliance will respond if Russia acts contrary to international law.
Mattis, however, said the US is willing to restore cooperation with Russia and deescalate tensions.
* André Vltchek is a Czech-born American political analyst, journalist, and a filmmaker he was born in St. Petersburg but later became a naturalized U.S. citizen. He has lived in the US, Chile, Peru, Mexico, Vietnam, Samoa and Indonesia
Democracy and Class Struggle says we always preferred the military men to the diplomats and analysts as they were closer to reality and less prone to illusion.
Posted by nickglais on 2/16/2017 12:27:00 PM
Hassan Nasrallah has warned against the threats posed to Lebanon by Israel, calling for the removal of the regime's Dimona nuclear reactor.
At Democracy and Class Struggle we have watched the pantomine performance of Trump and Netanyahu in Washington - Hassan Nasrallah offers serious analysis of the implications of their meeting even if some aspects of Trump's policies are not yet clear - it is clear enough that negotiations are dead.
Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has warned against the threats posed to Lebanon by Israel, calling for the removal of the regime's Dimona nuclear reactor.
He made the comments during a ceremony commemorating the martyrs of the Lebanese resistance movement as well as the national army.
Touching on the inauguration in January of US President Donald Trump, a staunch supporter of Tel Aviv, Nasarllah said the new leader in the White House might allow or encourage Israel to launch a new war against Lebanon.
However, he said, Trump’s Middle East policies are still not clear given the struggles and changes inside his cabinet.
He stressed that the resistance movement has no fear of enemies as its power base lies in the popular support it has inside Lebanon as well as the strong stance of Lebanese President Michel Aoun.
The Hezbollah chief said Tel Aviv once took our warning seriously and scrambled to “empty out its Ammonia tank after our threat to target it, but we’ll reach it out wherever they take it to.”
“I call upon Israel not only to evacuate the Ammonia tank from Haifa, but also to dismantle Dimona nuclear facility,” Nasrallah was quoted as saying by the website of the al-Manar television.
He warned that Israel would be “surprised by what we are hiding which would change the course of any war.”
‘Death of Israel-Palestine talks’
The Hezbollah head further pointed to a meeting between Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington earlier this week, saying the outcome of their talks signaled an end to the negotiations on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the last round of which broke down in 2014.
“After what came out after the meeting between Netanyahu and Trump, I am not exaggerating if I say that yesterday there was a semi-official announcement of the death of the path of negotiations,” Nasrallah said.
Speaking alongside Netanyahu on Wednesday, Trump ditched Washington’s decades-long policy of supporting a so-called two-state solution to the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis.
“So I’m looking at two states and one state,” he said. “And I like the one that both parties like,” said the US president, in comments that elicited strong criticisms from both the Palestinian officials and the international community, including the UN and the Arab League.
A “two-state solution” would see the establishment of a sovereign Palestinian state within pre-1967 borders in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem al-Quds, living peacefully alongside Israel.
The Hezbollah leader further said the so-called two-state solution was “meaningless to us,” but it was the only hope left amid efforts to revive the conflict resolution talks between Israelis and Palestinians.
Bahrain, ‘a Saudi-occupied country’
Nasrallah also addressed the recent protest rallies in Bahrain marking the anniversary of its 2011 upspring against the ruling Al Khalifah family, censuring the regime in Manama for calling in Saudi troops to ruthlessly crack down on the protesters and political activists.
“Bahrain today is an occupied country by the Saudi forces,” who are “killing the Bahraini people,” the Hezbollah chief added.
Nasrallah further slammed Manama’s execution in January of three Shia activists - Sami Mushaima, Abbas Jamil Tahir al-Sami’ and Ali Abdulshahid al-Singace - over their alleged role in a 2014 bomb attack, saying the killings were a “Saudi order.”
The executions sparked large anti-regime demonstrations in the kingdom, with the international community and prominent rights groups.
Back then, Hezbollah had said in a statement that the Bahraini regime and its Arab and Western supporters were responsible for this crime.
Yemen’s ‘epic resistance’ against Al Saud
Elsewhere in his remarks, Nasrallah hailed the Yemeni nation for keeping up its resistance against the Saudi aggression, saying the Yemenis prevented Riyadh and its allies from achieving their goals of war.
The Saudis and their allies imagined they could end the military campaign “in only weeks,” but they were “mistaken,” he added.
The Hezbollah chief deplored the United States and Israel for supporting the Saudi war against Yemen, saying Washington and Tel Aviv are complicit in Riyadh’s crimes
Riyadh, along with a number of its allies, has been engaged in a deadly war against Yemen since March 2015 with the aim of reinstalling the former Yemeni government, a close Riyadh ally.
However, the campaign has been met with stiff resistance from Yemeni armed forces, including the Houthi Ansarullah fighters, army troops and popular forces.
So far, some 11,400 people have lost their lives in the war on Yemen, according to the latest tallies.
The Hezbollah leader further said Saudi Arabia has created the Takfiri Daesh (ISIL) terror group, stressing that the Al Saud regime is responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths in the areas where the extremist terrorists are active, including Iraq, Syria and Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula
Posted by nickglais on 2/16/2017 10:49:00 AM
Democracy and Class Struggle sees no contradiction in NATO build up and Trump's Russian Foreign Policy - Trump has always made a point about being deceptive and not letting people know what he is really doing or thinking.
The fact that Russia buys into "genuine man of peace" Trump is a joke that serves US strategic interests.
The joke may be returned as Trump's Perestroika collapses in ruins just like the old Gorbachev one - but Russia should keep its distance or suffer some collateral damage.
Posted by nickglais on 2/16/2017 02:34:00 AM
The War of the Deep State.......
On Wednesday, former NSA intelligence analyst John Schindler provided some insight into the reaction of national security officials.
“Now we go nuclear,” he wrote on Twitter. “[Intelligence community] war going to new levels. Just got an [email from] senior [intelligence community] friend, it began: ‘He will die in jail.'”
“US intelligence is not the problem here,” Schindler added in another tweet. “The President’s collusion with Russian intelligence is. Many details, but the essence is simple.
The War continues......
Posted by nickglais on 2/16/2017 01:43:00 AM