Cash Strapped Saudi Arabia and 9/11 Lawsuits

American Presidents enjoy the company of Saudi Royals

Robert Fisk reports that Saudi Arabia is too broke to pay construction contractors and guest workers.  Despite the impending mulit-billion dollar US-Saudi arms deal, which they are ready to pay for, the Saudi Royals.are not meeting their minimal social obligations.   He references the horrific violence an destruction of the Saudi led war on Yemen and the fact that the Saudis are funding al Nusra, ie. Al Qaeda in Syria to undermine that state as well.   It is easy to judge the House of Saud for these crimes- but they are actually US crimes being carried out by the Saudi regime.   While more and more anti-war folks are sounding the call to stop arms sales to the Saudi government and remove their privileged status among US allies, the US government depends on them to facilitate US wars.   Despite a massive outpouring of sentiment in this country opposing the latest sale of weapons to the Saudi regime, Congress approved it.   The Saudi Royals may be greedy and manipulative and determined to control the Muslim World, but it is the United States rulers who are arrogant and ruthless and committed to rule the entire world.

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Reconciliation: A Way Forward for the Syrian Republic

Reconciliation: A Way Forward for the Syrian Republic

“Reconciliation” is what I called my presentation in Syracuse on Tuesday, August 30, the first related to my recent participation in the US Peace Council Fact Finding Peace Delegation to Syria. There was a pretty good audience of 30-40 people, and they were very positive towards the presentation and asked a lot of questions. There is so much potential for unity in Syria if only the people could be allowed to resolve their own problems without becoming pawns in a global power struggle.

Wilton Vought made a video of the talk where he integrated my slides in with my words so it is very easy to follow what I am talking about, and also covered a good part of the Q&A. See what you think.

 

 

I plan to write a piece soon that looks at some of the fluid facts on the ground in relation to the plans and ideas that I talk about in this presentation. JB’

 

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Syria and the Broken Spear Vision

George Panyne and I recording The Broken Spear Vision in the new studio for WRFR Rochester Free Radio

Below is my recent interview with George Payne on his radio show, The Broken Spear Vision.   We talked about my trip to Syria from a variety of perspectives.   I’m always amazed at how much information we pack into each 1/2 hour show of the Broken Spear Vision.   George wrote an excellent article in which he embedded the interview and posted to his personal blog.   If we don’t agree on what is possible, George at least is open to what I have to say about my experiences and to the fact that I continue to look at the positive initiatives in Syria and the Region with the potential to restore not only the sovereignty of the smaller nations of the world but to move these populations towards a just peace.

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Conversations on War and Peace with Judy Bello

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Talk Nation Radio Interview

David Swanson of Talk Nation Radio

I did a 15 minute Talk Nation Radio interview with David Swanson a week after I returned from Syria, which I never brought into this blog.   If you haven’t heard it, I give a summary of my impressions of Syria when they were very fresh in my mind.

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You can listen to it here:
or go to David’s page and read his intro first:

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Talking Peace in Iraq with Dr. Sarah Ahmed

I am so proud of Sarah for the amazing empowered woman she has become, and the wonderful work she is doing.   Please listen to Helen Coban’s interview below to understand Sarah’s take on war and peace, on refugees and reconciliation in the Middle East.   It is her home and her passion.   ……….

You can learn more about Dr, Sarah’s work on her Facebook page “Because I Love Peace

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Dr. Sarah Ahmed talks about her work with survivors of ISIS violence, in Iraq

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Aleppo Update

As i mentioned our visit was cut short by 24 hours maybe because they were worried that the Castello road to the north might close again, not sure.  Day before yesterday 2 suicide bomber vehicles were intercepted by air to ground missiles inside the northern perimeter of the western area of Aleppo.

Terrorist hell cannon activity has increased in response to the Russian and Syrian strikes particularly in the Ramousie area which is where the terrorists claim to have taken ground.  (Unfortunately, they did) The reports from inside Aleppo tell us the opposite, that the SAA lured terrorists out into the open before deploying air strikes which wiped out over 2000 terrorists.

Terrorists used chemical weapons in an attack on the old city on the 2nd August.  4 died including one REAL Syrian Civil Defense worker [not the fake White Helmets] and 25 women were affected by the toxic gas…described to be similar to Chlorine or Mustard.

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Honduras, Hypocrisy and the New York Times

Yesterday the New York Times featured and article headlined “How the Most Dangerous Place on Earth Just Got Safer“.   Better yet, the subtitle is: “Programs funded by the United States are helping transform Honduras. Who says American power is dead?

So let’s take that apart for a minute.   “Programs funded by the United States are helping transform Honduras“.   Well, isn’t that nice.  In 2009, just 7 years ago, Honduras was doing pretty well.   President Manuel Zelaya’s programs to aid and empower the poor, the vast majority of Honduran citizens were working and people were living better than they had in a long time.   There was a feeling of hope for a better future for all in Honduras.   Well, except for some wealthy businessmen who felt that they were not getting their due.  The US has a large base in Honduras, and there were concerns about the effects of a democratized Honduras on US priorities.

So, a US backed coup approved by Hillary Clinton though publicly disavowed by Barack Obama, removed President Zelaya from office before he could secure himself to continue the popular transition.

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Syria Fact-Finding Delegation Press Release 8/09/16

News Release: US to Syria Peace and Fact-Finding Delegation

2016 August 9~ A Peace and Fact-Finding Delegation, organized by the U.S. Peace Council (USPC) just returned from a week-long visit to Syria. The delegation met with representatives of numerous NGOs, heads of industry, religious leaders and civil society, high-level leaders of the Syrian government, and it held an extended private meeting with President Bashar al Assad.

The delegation’s findings could not be more timely as the world watched the Obama administration escalating violence and bombing in Libya and threatening to escalate its overt military role in Syria. These violent actions take place while the Syrian government and its allies are closing in on the various foreign-funded terrorist groups that have plagued the people of Syria for over 5 years.

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Syria Delegation holds UN Press Conference

Several members of my Delegation to Syria held a press conference at the United Nations with Dr. Ja’afari. Listen if you would like to hear other voices describing their experience in Syria and what they learned there.

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Russian Interests in the Syrian War

There are 2 schools of thought about what is happening in Syria.   One is that somehow this vicious war on the Syrian State and the Syrian people is being fought to save the Syrian people from some demonic force, to free them from oppression, and the organizationally fragmented extremist jihadi fighters who are driving it and their sponsors in Qatar and Saudi Arabia will somehow make an idyllic populist democracy there – if they suffer from poor taste that isn’t our problem.

The other is that the United States in her allies are attempting to destroy the last secular republic in the Middle East because popular governance is inconvenient,  and they will persevere at any cost to do so.    We need to look at the realities because the Syrian Arab Republic, however imperfect, is just that, the last secular republic in the Middle East with functioning (albeit weakened) public utilities and resources, and a government and military populated by people of all sects, regions and ethnicities across the country including a reasonable proportion of women.   Furthermore, Russia and Iran are on the sidelines giving more or less support and weighing the risks of a bold confrontation with the United States.  No sane person wants to trigger another world war.   How far should they let this go?

While the Mainstream media is bleeding over endlessly looped  one sided stories of the misery of war and analysis that ignores the behavior of what are essentially occupying forces in many towns and cities of Syria, this is what is really going on in this war – right now.   As Americans, is this what we want our country to be doing?

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