Uprising in Iraq – many protestors martyred in Nasiriyah on 29 Dec 2019

The Dhi Qar Governorate Police Command in the city of Nasiriyah (south east of Baghdad) imposed a curfew on late Thursday 28 November after witnessing a bloody morning where they said 17 protesters were wounded about 100 others injured, most of them shot with live bullets. Lt. Gen. Jamil al-Shammari had taken over the security … Continue reading Uprising in Iraq – many protestors martyred in Nasiriyah on 29 Dec 2019

Vale Uncle Sam Watson.

Sincere condolences to the immediate and extended family members of Brisbane Murri elder Sam Watson, an inspiring leader and courageous advocate for indigenous and human rights in every field of community responsibility, social healing, and justice, who strived passionately to make this world a better place. May peace, love and family supports surround all his … Continue reading Vale Uncle Sam Watson.

2019 Intifada in Iraq

We publish here an opinion piece by former Baghdad based journalist, Louay Alzaher (pictured at the chess board). - Ed. __oOo__ In the Midst of the Iraqi Uprising ... "Iraq is a stockpile of great events that turned into a book which shows the suffering of its people from occupations and injustice of internal and … Continue reading 2019 Intifada in Iraq

Brazen Coup in Bolivia

Bolivian President Evo Morales was forced to resign on Sunday 10 November 2019 after senior army and police chiefs called on him to do so following weeks of right-wing unrest and violence against his Oct. 20 elections victory, in what his government has called a coup by opposition forces in the country. On the same day … Continue reading Brazen Coup in Bolivia

Kurdish Separatism

In order to make a judgement on whether Kurdish independence is a good or bad idea (as opposed to ideas of autonomy), one must gain some knowledge of the history of the region and the grievances of many who bear the collective trauma of this history. Besides the negative attitude of all the countries of … Continue reading Kurdish Separatism

The World is Changing: Thoughts on the Coup Attempt in Turkey

On 25 July 2016 geopolitical analyst Patrick Armstrong posted fourteen points to consider about the 15 July coup Attempt in Turkey, at The World is Changing category of the “Russia Observer” blog. Thoughts on the Coup Attempt in Turkey 25 July 2016, by Patrick Armstrong (also posted in Russia Observer categories NATO and World Power Relationships) https://patrickarmstrong.ca/2016/07/25/thoughts-on-the-coup-attempt-in-turkey/Continue reading The World is Changing: Thoughts on the Coup Attempt in Turkey

Failed Coup in Turkey, Middle East Uncertain Future

Around the world attention was focused on Saturday 16 July 2016 upon what first appeared to be an attempted coup by a dissident group within the Turkish military. In a 22 July 2016 update, Alexander Mercouris wrote: "It is simply not true – as many still say – that only a small number of junior … Continue reading Failed Coup in Turkey, Middle East Uncertain Future

Khazar=Ashkenazi Theory Has No Basis

The theory that Germanic speaking Jews were descendants of converted Turkic Khazars was popularized in 1976 by Arthur Koestler in his book "The Thirteenth Tribe." It again was revived in 2008 with the publication of Shlomo Sand's "The Invention of the Jewish People". Both authors rely on the writings of Professor D. M. Dunlop of … Continue reading Khazar=Ashkenazi Theory Has No Basis

Insecure government of Turkey requires permanent crisis to keep generating consent

With the exception of Ray Bergmann's comments in curly brackets} and the concluding paragraphs on "Patriarchy, Governance and Violence in Turkey" (analysing a lecture given on 19 May 2016 by Deniz Kandiyoti) this is an extract from the 26 October 2015 article by Karabekir Akkoyunlu, Assistant Professor of Modern Turkey at the Centre for Southeast … Continue reading Insecure government of Turkey requires permanent crisis to keep generating consent

Coup against Brazil Workers’ Party’s social & racial inclusion policies

Note from Black Women of Brazil: Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, or just don’t really tune into news coming out of Brazil, you know that President Dilma Rousseff was removed suspended from the Presidency for a period of 180 days and replaced by her Vice-President Michel Temer. This writer’s official … Continue reading Coup against Brazil Workers’ Party’s social & racial inclusion policies

War Chronicle 28 March 2016

1) Syrian army retakes Palmyra from ISIS 2) How narratives killed the Syrian people 3) SAS deployed in Libya since start of year, says leaked memo 4) Why was Brussels targeted? Beyond Brussels: 8 Other Cities Attacked by Terrorists in March 5) Living With ISIS - Documentary Published on Jan 26, 2016 …………………………………………………………………. 1A) RT VIDEO … Continue reading War Chronicle 28 March 2016

War/Peace Chronicle 20-March-2016

Breaking News: Cash-strapped Saudis retreat from Yemen Two Systems (by Colonel W. Patrick Lang); The Islamic State Is Pretext To Again Mug Libya; Syria & Burundi - War-Theatres between the China/Russia Axis & US/EU Axis ....................................................................... Breaking: Cash-strapped Saudis retreat from Yemen (Translation: After pulling their ground troops out the Saudis will gradually stop their costly air … Continue reading War/Peace Chronicle 20-March-2016

War/Peace Chronicle 18-March-2016

BREAKING NEWS: Kurdish National Council in Syria condemns federalism declaration by Kurdish rival Federal region of "Rojava-North Syria" proclaimed. Federation of Kurds, Arabs, Assyrians, Syriacs, Turkomans, Armenians, Circassians and Chechens. ... Chechens!?! The Chechen head-choppers can't go back to Russia. What about the Uighurs? Off to Libya!?! Syrian Democracy is the Last Defense against Federalization Syrian … Continue reading War/Peace Chronicle 18-March-2016

War Chronicle 6-March-2016

1) Turkey Falls Under Boot of Dictatorship 2) Da'esh lost territory half the size of Lebanon this week to Iraq's forces 3) Libya: From Jamahiriya to Heartland of Terror 4) Hybrid Wars 1. The Law Of Hybrid Warfare 5) Houthi forces overwhelm Saudi Army in northern Yemen - Saudi Arabia’s Unholy War 6) International Military Review & Crisis News 7) Kerry's … Continue reading War Chronicle 6-March-2016

War Chronicle 28-February-2016

1. Is The U.S. Preparing A “Color Revolution” In Russia? Tensions with US will Rise; 2. SAA advance on Turkey-Saudi-backed militants in Hama Province; 3. Syrian opposition groups agree to 2-week truce – Ceasefire is a Huge Victory for Russia; 4. What is America doing in the South China Sea? By Cynthia McKinney; 5. US … Continue reading War Chronicle 28-February-2016

War Chronicle 23-February-2016

1. Yemeni Army & Houthis make important advances 2. Syria accepts US-Russia ceasefire plan, continues fight against terrorists 3. EU, Russia and China should Work Together to fight Western Hegemony 4. US and Russia keep announcing ultimately fruitless ceasefire efforts 5. Assad calls Syria parliamentary election for April 6. Turkey is screwed. And it’s all … Continue reading War Chronicle 23-February-2016

War Chronicle 21-February-2016

CONTENTS: Peter Oborne Reports from Aleppo - 21st February 2016 Syrian Army closes on Latakia-Idlib border; Syrian Army Completes East Aleppo Cauldron; 800 ISIS Fighters Trapped; Russia Defense Report – 20 Feb 2016: Russian Military Grouping in Syria; Tiger Forces capture Aleppo Thermal Power Plant in east Aleppo; Dangerous times, dangerous games in Syria: Washington’s … Continue reading War Chronicle 21-February-2016

War Chronicle 20-February-2016

1. Crisis News & International Military Reviews – Syria, 19 Feb 2016 & 18 Feb 2016 2A. Libya 2.0? At least 40 reported dead following strikes on northern city of Sabratha 2B. US airstrikes target Islamic State militants in Libya 3A. Did Russia Just Threaten Turkey With Nuclear Weapons? 3B. NATO Warns Turkey; No Support … Continue reading War Chronicle 20-February-2016

War Chronicle 19-February-2016

1A. Turkish troops crossed into Rojava 1B. Russia warns Turks - "We may bomb your troops" 2. Russia’s UN Rep. provided names of ISIS recruiters that operate in Turkey's Antalya 3A. Ankara Bombing Fails To Achieve Strategic Changes 3B. 2,000 fewer rebels in Idlib Province - by Colonel W. Patrick Lang 4. A Silk Road … Continue reading War Chronicle 19-February-2016

War Chronicle 18 February 2016

1. Turkey and Russia are now at the brink of open, hot, warfare 2. 17 Feb 2016 Attack In Ankara Could Be A False Flag Incident 3. Erdogan Defies Security Council Call to Stop Shelling Syria 4. The "Crazies in the Basement" vs the Reality on the Ground 5. UN SC Concern about Turkish Attack … Continue reading War Chronicle 18 February 2016

War Chronicle 14-February-2016

1. Turkey and Saudi Arabia: to fight or to flight?; The “Cold War” Over Syria…Will Remain Cold 2. Week Eighteen of the Russian Intervention in Syria: a dramatic escalation appears imminent; Turk Army Enters Syria After 2nd Day Of Shelling As Saudi Warplanes Arrive 3. The "Race To Raqqa" Is Quickly Intensifying 4. While Kerry Talks Ceasefire, … Continue reading War Chronicle 14-February-2016

War Chronicle 6-Feb-2016

1. Kurdish forces enter rebel heartland in northern Aleppo 6 Feb 2016 2. SAA controls 1) Aleppo city population 2) the Citadel 3) the railway station 3. Week 17 of the Russian Intervention in Syria: does Erdogan want war with Russia? 4. Scramble for Arabia: Gazprom Rulez! Russia and Gazprom to control Europe's energy future … Continue reading War Chronicle 6-Feb-2016

War Chronicle 28-Jan-2016

1. In Libya U.S. and some European allies are about to take on ISIS 2A. US & Turkey eyeing military operation in Syria against ISIS if peace talks fail 2B. Is Turkey preparing to invade Syria? (Video)  2C. Russian Marines expand into east Aleppo  2D. Is the Pentagon Preparing for an All-Out Offensive in Syria?  2E. Turkish … Continue reading War Chronicle 28-Jan-2016

War Chronicle 21-Jan-2016

[Digest from All Born Equal Rights on the war without end] (1) Syria – Some Preliminary Positioning For An Endgame (while conflict mounts) (2) How Australia’s Colonial History Helps Shape Its Racist Approach to Syria (3) International Military Review – Syria, Jan. 18, 2016 (4) Patrick Lang on the Aleppo front; Uighurs in Syria’s Idlib … Continue reading War Chronicle 21-Jan-2016

How appropriate are arguments for and against Zionism based on blood, genes, ethnicity, or race?

Judaism had been “a dynamic and proselytizing religion at least between the second century BCE and the eighth century CE.” Jews later grew cautious about conversion, not wanting to offend the dominant Christian and Moslem authorities. But converts and their descendants made up a large part of the world’s Jews, especially in the lands all … Continue reading How appropriate are arguments for and against Zionism based on blood, genes, ethnicity, or race?

Grand Shift in Global Economic and Political Power Structures

Sharmine Narwani, Commentator and analyst of Middle East geopolitics, wrote in Iran nuclear deal: Why Empire blinked first (published on 5 August 2015 at RT): In 2012, cracks in the global economic and political power structures started to shift dramatically. We started to see the emergence of the BRICS, in particular Russia and China, as influential movers … Continue reading Grand Shift in Global Economic and Political Power Structures

Continuing Avalanche of Events redefining the Balance of Power in the Middle East

We already reported at Avalanche of events redefining the balance of power in the Middle East that on 29 June 2015 Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Mouallem together with his deputy Faisal Al-Makdad and Buthaina Shaaban, who is a counsel for the Syrian President, met with Vladimir Putin, who suggested the formation of a quadrilateral anti-terrorism … Continue reading Continuing Avalanche of Events redefining the Balance of Power in the Middle East

Tangled Turkish-Kurdish-Syrian-Iraqi Web

The article “Two thousand Turkish Special Forces in ISIS” published on 20 September 2014 at Kurdish Question [http://kurdishquestion.com/kurdistan/west-kurdistan/two-thousand-turkish-special-forces-in-isis.html] reports Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) MP Demir Celik stating in a press conference in the Turkish Parliament (and I have added extra information in brackets): “It is being said that there are different reasons for the AKP’s … Continue reading Tangled Turkish-Kurdish-Syrian-Iraqi Web

Iraq’s unity and equality for all Iraqis

Amerli was surrounded by the non-Islamic non-Staters for 3 months with 9 year old Turkman kids and their mothers bearing kalashnikovs to aid the men defending Amerli. No Iraqi army, no peshmerga, no Shia militias came to their rescue until now when the non-Islamic non-Staters just melted away before the bombing started and the peshmerga … Continue reading Iraq’s unity and equality for all Iraqis