Sep
23

Syrians Claim Saudi-Supplied Rebels Behind Chemical Attack

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EXCLUSIVE: Syrians In Ghouta Claim Saudi-Supplied Rebels Behind Chemical Attack Rebels and local residents in Ghouta accuse Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan of providing chemical weapons to an al-Qaida linked rebel group. By Dale Gavlak and Yahya Ababneh | August 29, 2013 Dale Gavlak assisted in the research and writing process of this article, but was not on the ground in Syria. Reporter Yahya Ababneh, with whom the report was written in collaboration, was the correspondent on the ground in Ghouta who spoke directly with the rebels, their family members, victims of the chemical weapons attacks and local residents.  Gavlak is a MintPress News Middle East correspondent who has been freelancing for the AP as a Amman, Jordan correspondent for nearly a decade. This report is not an Associated Press article; rather it is exclusive to MintPress News.  Ghouta, Syria — As the machinery for a U.S.-led military intervention in Syria gathers pace following last week’s chemical weapons attack, the U.S. and its allies may be targeting the wrong culprit. Interviews with people in Damascus and Ghouta, a suburb of the Syrian capital, where the humanitarian agency Doctors Without Borders said at least 355 people had died last week from what it believed to be a neurotoxic agent, appear to indicate as much. The U.S., Britain, and France as well as the Arab League have accused the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for carrying out the chemical weapons attack, which mainly … [Read more...]

Sep
23

Obama and Al Qaeda: United in Kenya and Syria

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  Wayne Madsen Report Obama and Al Qaeda   September 23-25, 2013 -- Obama and Al Qaeda: United in Kenya and Syria President Obama and his "Responsibility to Protect" policy crew of UN ambassador Samantha Power, National Security Adviser Susan Rice, and deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes have not only made common cause with Al Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat al Nusra and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria but by pressuring Kenya's government internationally have weakened Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Vice President William Ruto. The Kenyan government has been battling against Al Shabab Islamist terrorists from Somalia who killed scores of shoppers at Nairobi's Westgate Mall and may have been behind a costly fire that destroyed the international terminal at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Obama could have given Kenya's government a boost by visiting the nation of his alleged father's birth during his recent trip to Africa. However, Obama has supported the International Criminal Court genocide proceedings against Kenyatta and Ruto over allegations that they were behind violence against supporters of Obama's distant cousin, Raila Odinga, during 2007 and 2008 election violence that pitted members of Ruto's Kalenjin tribe against Odinga's Luo tribe. The Kalenjins were allied with Kenyatta's Kikuyu tribe against Odinga and the Luos. Obama is half Luo. Odinga lost the 2007 presidential election to Mwai Kibaki, who was supported … [Read more...]

Sep
10

Obama Blinks on Syria, Who Won and Lost?

Obama Blinks on Syria. Who Won and Lost? This has been a wild afternoon, for a change in a good way. Obama has overruled John Kerry, Susan Rice, and Samantha Powers in their opposition earlier today to the Russian face-saving proposal, which had been accepted by Syria and endorsed by the Ban Ki-Moon and David Cameron, of having Syria destroy its chemical weapons. The State Department tried walking back Kerry’s remarks that Syria needed to give up its nasty WMD and Susan Rice said that only regime change would do. But at the end of the afternoon, Obama said he was willing to pursue the Russian plan. From Politico: President Barack Obama would put strikes against Syria on hold if Bashar Assad’s regime were to turn over control of its chemical weapons, he said Monday, as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced that he will wait to hear the president make his case to the nation Tuesday before holding an initial vote on military action. The moves came at the tail end of a tumultuous day for a White House that appeared to be knocked off-message by Secretary of State John Kerry’s positive response to a question about whether the administration would consider a proposal that would allow Syria to avoid a military strike by turning over any stockpile of chemical weapons. The president said his team will engage in talks with Russia and Syria. “We’re going to run this to ground,” he told CNN. “And John Kerry and the rest of my national security team will engage with … [Read more...]

Sep
01

Middle East Experts Jeff Blankfort and Gilbert Mercier Part 4

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Sep
01

Middle East Experts Jeff Blankfort and Gilbert Mercier Part 3

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Sep
01

Middle East Experts Jeff Blankfort and Gilbert Mercier Part 2

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Sep
01

KCAA Radio Show Part 1 w/ Middle East Experts Jeff Blankfort and Gilbert Mercier

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Sep
01

Urgent Urgent Urgent! Dempsey Stops WW3

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  September 1-2, 2013 -- Special Weekend Report. Washington, DC  (WMR) Obama caved under last-minute pressure from Dempsey WMR's White House sources report that on the evening of Friday, August 29, President Obama was on track to launch a sustained 72-hour cruise missile and drone attack on pre-selected air defense and other strategic military targets in Syria. Obama had been convinced by his national security adviser Susan Rice, UN ambassador Samantha Power, and deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes, all "Responsibility to Protect" advocates, that he could trump congressional approval for his attack by claiming that humanitarian operations do not require approval under the War Powers Resolution or Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution. Many of Washington's insiders went to bed Friday night firmly convinced that Obama would give the final order to attack Syria sometime during the early Saturday morning hours of August 30. However, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey. made a hurried trip to the White House during the early morning hours of Saturday to make one last final plea to hold off on any attack. WMR has learned from White House sources that Dempsey told Obama that the president's plan would not work. "If you do this, the plan will fail and you'll get in deeper. And without congressional approval, you'll be screwed," Dempsey told Obama. Dempsey's  warning about Congress had merit. Already, 210 House … [Read more...]