It often appears that “true Afghanistan” is not here in Kabul and not in Jalalabad or Heart either; not in the ancient villages, which anxiously cling to the steep mountainsides.
Many foreigners and even Afghans are now convinced that the “true” Afghanistan is only what is being shown on the television screens, depicted in magazines, or what is buried deep in the archives and libraries somewhere in London, New York or Paris.
It is tempting to think that the country could be only understood from a comfortable distance, from the safety of one’s living room or from those books and publications decorating dusty bookshelves and coffee tables all over the world.
“Afghanistan is dangerous,” they say. “It is too risky to travel there. One needs to be protected, escorted, equipped and insured in order to function in that wild and lawless country even for one single day, or just a few hours.”
When it comes to Afghanistan, conditioned Western ‘rational brains’ of tenure or emeritus professors (or call them the ‘regime’s intellectual gatekeepers’) often get engaged, even intertwined with those pathologically imaginative minds of the upper class ‘refugees’, the ‘elites’, and of course their offspring. After all, crème de la crème ‘refugees’ speak perfect English; they know the rules and nuances of the game. The results of such ‘productive interaction’ are then imprinted into countless books and reports.
Books of that kind become, in turn, what could be easily defined as the ‘official references’, a ‘certified way’ to how our world perceives a country like Afghanistan. Their content is being quoted and recycled.
How often I heard, from the old veteran opinion makers (even those from the ‘left’) – people that I actually used to respect in the past:
“The Soviet era in Afghanistan was of course terrible, but at least many girls there had access to the education…”
It is no secret that ‘many girls had access to education’ in those distant days, but was it really “terrible”, that era? Was it “of course, terrible?” Baseless clichés like this are actually shaping ‘public opinion’, and can be much more destructive than the hardcore propaganda.
Iraqi soldiers receive brutal, final order in last days of battle with IS – Kill anything that moves. Results can be found crushed in the rubble
By MEE Contributor
July 27, 2017 “Information Clearing House” – The Iraqi soldier looks out from his tiny three-walled room across a wasteland of rubble that crumbles steeply down to the banks of the Tigris River and contemplates the last days of the savage fight against the Islamic State (IS) group.
“We killed them all,” he says quietly. “Daesh, men, women and children. We killed everyone.”
What remains of this part of Mosul’s Old City, where IS militants made their last stand, and what lies beneath betrays the horrific final days of the battle.
Hundreds of corpses lie half-buried in the broken masonry and rubble that was once a bustling, historic quarter. The stench of decaying flesh, which comes fast in the 50C summer heat, overwhelms the senses.
Feet are the most distinguishable remains; there are many poking from the rubble.
That final killing spree has left its mark, and it is one some appear keen to cover over.
Over the last week, armoured bulldozers have trundled back and forth over the crumpled houses, grinding uncounted corpses into the rubble.
But the dead refuse to go away. Rotting body parts glow a reddish-brown amid the pale grey of the undulating heatscape of masonry, dust and broken buildings.
“There are many civilians among the bodies,” an Iraqi army major tells MEE. “After liberation was announced, the order was given to kill anything or anyone that moved.”
Last September the Times of Israel announced that Greece, India, Russia, Cyprus, China and Honduras were upgrading economic and defence ties with Israel as a joint Hudson Institute-Haifa University Report speculated about what a new, extended ‘maritime’ rôle for the Israeli Navy might entail, as the USA disengages from the region (sic). We savour daily the joys of Pax Judaica in France where «nation» and «sovereignty» are dirty words among journalists whose success is gauged by their enthrallment with the ‘Jewish bubble experience’.
Our media pundits trumpet thus the merits of life in a ‘Post-Holocaust Community’ and we learn that – tasked with suppressing ‘fake news’ and with smoothing over strained ties to the ‘official news outlets’ – Facebook has hired a former NBC correspondent and CNN anchor turned education advocate. Her name : Campbell Brown.
She converted to Judaism to marry Daniel Samuel ‘Dan’ Senor, author of Start-up Nation : The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle. One-time advisor on foreign policy to former US president GW Bush, he was likewise chief spokesman and spin doctor emerite to Lewis Paul Bremer III of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq. A right hand man of Republican Mitt Romney – a US exceptionalism enthusiast – this archetypal radical zionist is blessed with being both a founding partner of Rosemont Capital and a partisan of a military strike against Iran.
With their favourite websites now monitored by Décodex, a ‘NATO service‘ technically bankrolled by Google and Facebook – to fight alleged Russian influence in the West – French electors and internauts are gratified to learn that such founts of ‘editorial discernment’ along with Five Eyes spooks, are sifting diligently through the contents of their correspondance and all that courses through the conduits of this ‘social networking service’.
The following analysis was mostly in the bag after events at Orly and in Westminster and before brinkmanship climaxed again with the unprovoked attacks on the Sha’irat airfield in Syria and the Saint Petersburg Metro.
A recent Saker article pinpoints the current fragility of Russia whose independence hinges essentially upon Vladimir Putin’s personal vigilance and charisma, as well as upon the quasi-monarchical rôle he and his party ‘United Russia’ play in fending off a hostile environment orchestrated by the Atlanticists and their proxies who operate both outside the Russian Federation and within its national territory as a Fifth Column. As the latest terrorist violence ratchets up the pressure exerted to silence opposition to the oligarchy, readers should be made aware of the basis of a profound antipathy towards Gentile nations now threatening world peace and security.
Europe is sick – in mind and body. Hardly had the dead and injured been extracted from the wrecked carriage underneath the former capital of Imperial Russia, before BBC Moscow correspondent Sarah Rainsford was
given to speculating in her coverage that the explosion might be a plot to distract from anti-corruption protests facing the Russian government. Western journalists repeating unfounded rumours from CIA sponsored social media is a feature of NATO’s psyops warfare manual. So, while famous landmarks the world over were lit up in response to the attacks on Paris, London or Berlin, nobody’s surprised that gestures of public sympathy or solidarity with Russia or Syria are singularly lacking in the capitals of most of our so-called ‘democracies’.
Illuminated with the colours of the Russian flag, Tel Aviv’s city hall was the exception. But then Israel is home to many Russian expatriate Jews and this piece of window dressing cannot fool us as to who or what lies behind the task of fostering a global climate of mass fear. Hence the urgent need to identify unequivocally the ideology behind the Empire of Terror. This signifies joining the dots between individuals and structures performing acts of ‘Muslim’ extremism and the fundamentalist financial doctrines of the Anglo-Zionists and their agents on the Arabian peninsula who provide the wherewithal to keep the militaro-industrial complex on a war footing.
Franco-Syrien analyst Dr Ayssar Middani, a former Syrian MP Dr Maria Saadeh, a French barrister Damien Viguier and Hussam Eddin Ala, Syria’s Permanent Representative at the UN in Geneva, testify to the extent to which efforts to destroy the national identity and material and cultural heritage of Syria progress and how the heroism of the Syrian people remains the principle obstacle to the regional and global hegemony advocated by Britain and Israel and their partners France, USA, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Such testimony indicates the serious knock-on effects of these criminal policies for other regions, notably Europe, Russia and China, while the Golan Area of Separation is used to facilitate the movement of terrorists, their weapons and equipment, as flagrant Israeli attacks against Syrian territory and military sites underscore the strategic alliance between the Israeli régime on one hand and the likes of Jabhat al-Nusra and other murderous organizations on the other.
Seven Laws of Noah : whose enforcement may provide you with a loophole : Brit milah [circumcision]
«At Mount Sinai, G-d charged the Children of Israel to serve as His “Light unto the nations” by bringing all of humanity to a recognition of their Creator and adherence to His laws. For most of Jewish history, however, circumstance did not permit our people to spread these principles, other than by indirect means. When the Lubavitcher Rebbe began speaking about publicizing them as a preparation for a new era, he was reviving an almost lost tradition». Universal Morality : The Seven Noahide Laws
Ms. Yayoi Segi is based in Beirut, Lebanon, and she has worked in Syria for almost 3 years. She is extremely passionate about the country, which she admires and tries to support in her position as an accomplished specialist in national education development.
She agreed to share her collection of personal photos from Damascus, Homs and Aleppo.
I asked about her impressions regarding Syria and its people, and she replied, frankly:
“Syria is not what the mainstream media wants us to believe it is. One has to see it, to understand. Seeing is believing! It is an extraordinarily exceptional country. All that we have been told about Syria and its people is a lie.”
And what is the war doing to the country?
“The war… it is devastating the country. Life is of course tough now, but it never stopped; it definitely goes on. Electricity is cut often and water supplies are limited, but still life goes on. People endure; they even socialize. Syrians are very humble, very caring, warm and gentle people. They like to joke. They believe in their nation, in themselves; they are truly remarkable.”
Yayoi has been literally dedicating her life to the Syrian nation. She is ‘building schools’ there, and she is defending the nation whenever she goes. She is drawn to the Syrian people and she admits that she is philosophically close to them. She says:
“It is extremely important, what goes on in Syria, especially on the ideological front in highly politicized field of education, because ideology shapes education, and vice versa.”
“Even in the time of crises that was implanted from outside, the Syrian people still maintain tremendous sense of solidarity towards those whose lives have been shattered for decades, mainly Palestinians.”
Today, Iraq is plagued by violence and extreme poverty. But this wasn’t always the case.
The country in the Fertile Crescent has a long and rich agricultural history that has been decimated since the 2003 U.S. invasion. Once the country’s invaluable seed bank was destroyed and its institutions turned to dust, it set the stage for foreign agribusiness giants to swoop in and forever change the face of Iraqi agriculture.
Join Mnar Muhawesh for this segment of ‘Behind the Headline’ as she speaks to Iraqi agriculture expert Dr. Nakd Altameemi. They explore the devastating tolls that war, sanctions and Western corporations have had on Iraq’s once-bustling agriculture sector.
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While walking through the city of Damascus at around 11.36 today a missile went over my head , passed a school yard with close to 200 children from ages 6-10 and exploded down the street ,luckily none of the children were hurt ,but to witness 200 children in shock and terror is not a pleasant sight ,children shaking some crying, running in all directions some just frozen to the spot , now I know you have only been in office for a meagre 100 days ,and have been ineffective in both domestic and foreign policy , the only action you have done is to bomb Syria in support of your so called moderate rebels , well these so called moderate rebels ,target populated areas at the time when children are playing , or during rush hour for maximum damage , listen to children scream in fear is not a good thing , I wonder what your reaction would have been if the missile had hit the school playground ?
But then you would not know as MSM would not report it ,please do what you said during your election campaign and put America first, and stop supporting terrorism, build a better America and never bomb a sovereign state ,to improve your popularity among the American public ,or listen to lies from advisors ,you should change the advisors you have, as sooner or later they will make you look more foolish than you are at this moment.
One very angry English man.
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The average western mainstream ‘good citizen’ is in a state of satanic trance. In between the yoga classes and eco friendly living they still feel a thirst.
This thirst is shared by their fellow red necks too. The common man in the west has absorbed the propaganda dished out by their governments and media from cradle to school to adulthood and will keep drinking the koolaid to their graves.
But this thirst requires a ritual sacrifice in far away lands of brown and black people ruled by ‘brutal dictators’ as their media constantly trumpets. The lure is too strong, the thirst too deep…they need a feed.
And so they – like a cult – want more war, more blood and gore ! Then they will go in a few years and cast a ballot to cleanse their conscience by participating in ‘democracy’ as they ‘elect’ another bloodhound.
*“…the White Helmets are handling the corpses of people without sufficient safety gear, most particularly with the masks mostly used , as well as no gloves. Although this may seem insignificant, understanding the nature of sarin gas that the opposition claim was used, only opens questions. Within seconds of exposure to sarin, the affects of the gas begins to target the muscle and nervous system. There is an almost immediate release of the bowels and the bladder, and vomiting is induced. When sarin is used in a concentrated area, it has the likelihood of killing thousands of people. Yet, such a dangerous gas, and the White Helmets are treating bodies with little concern to their exposed skin. This has to raise questions.” (from: “Jumping to conclusions; something is not adding up in Idlib chemical weapons attack“)
This morning, under the orders of President Trump, the US military fired a reported 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at an airbase in Syria, killing at least 6, according to early reports. The false pretext for this is the tired old refrain that “Assad used chemical weapons”, a ‘red line crossed claim’ made–and disproven–in 2013 in Ghouta, and in allegations prior and since. Any actual instances were the western-backed ‘rebels’. All others were fabrications of the NATO aligned media and faux human rights groups.
I’ll keep my own commentary short other than to emphasize that I do not believe for one second that the Syrian government used toxic gases on Idlib last week. My reasons are logical and many, but I will list just a few here and continue with suggested reading/listening:
–The Syrian army had no need to do so, are making advances on the ground in various areas of Syria with conventional means of fighting terrorism. Using a chemical weapon is precisely the ‘red line’ act America and NATO/Gulf/Zionist allies would leap upon to wage their war of ‘regime change’ fully on Syria, as per Libya and Iraq before. Meanwhile, western-backed ‘rebels’ have a history of using toxic gas in Syria (even the UN’s Carla del Ponte admitted this).
-Recently, apparently relations with America, via Trump, had improved. At the time of the alleged gas attacks, relations were looking positive. (That said, today, sadly, Trump has launched an illegal attack on Syria, using at least 59 cruise missiles on a military site and causing unknown deaths. This is an unprovoked act of war. Trump/America have zero evidence that the Syrian government authorized and used toxic gas, something even the United Nations admittedeven the United Nations admitted.)
For the sake of time, because this is an urgent issue that needs clear thinking and a firm stance against American (and Zionist/NATO/Turkish/Gulf) attacks on Syria, I am posting excerpts from a number of good analyses already online. Please share.
“Ex-UK Ambassador: Assad wasn’t behind the chemical attack“, Apr 5, 2017
“Former British Ambassador to Syria Peter Ford says he believes it is “highly unlikely” that Russia or the Assad regime was behind the attack in Idlib.”