India out. GST war on islam. Islamist leader Abdelilah Benkirane as Morocco Premier (write to: abdulruff_jnu@yahoo.com)

India out.

GST war on islam.

Islamist leader Abdelilah Benkirane as Morocco Premier

-DR. ABDUL RUFF

abdulruff_jnu@yahoo.com

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Parliament in Rabat, Morocco, 20 November 2011

I – Poll

Moroccans have elected new lower house of parliament on 25 November, in the first national vote since the approval of constitutional reforms in July billed as laying the foundations for a fully-fledged constitutional monarchy. Moderate Islamists, as expected, did well the vote after a similar success in Tunisia’s first democratic election a month ago and the Justice and Development Party (PJD) emerged as the biggest party in Friday’s parliamentary elections.

The Justice and Development Party (PJD) took 107 seats out of the 395 in Parliament, almost twice as many as the second-place nationalist Istiqlal party, with 60 seats. The election was held more than a year early, after pro-democracy demonstrations swept the country earlier this year as part of the regionwide Arab Spring.

The leader of a moderate Islamist party Abdelilah Benkirane has been appointed by King Mohammed VI as Morocco’s new prime minister. Abdelilah will now hold talks on forming a coalition government.  His Justice and Development Party has not been in government before.

The PJD’s victory follows that of Tunisia’s Islamist Ennahda Party in an election there last month. Following elections, King Mohammed VI is for the first time obliged to choose the prime minister from the largest party, rather than naming whoever he pleases. King Mohammed received Benkirane, who is the PJD’s secretary general, in the mountain town of Midelt and named him head of government with the task of forming a new government.

Under a new constitution approved by referendum in July, the king has to choose a prime minister from the party that won the most seats. The constitution also gives the prime minister more powers to govern, but the king still has the final say on issues of defence, security and religion. The reforms were supported by all the main political parties, which called on their supporters to back the proposals in the referendum.

The 20 February movement, which spearheaded Morocco’s pro-democracy protests earlier this year, has called for a boycott of the elections, dismissing them as a “piece of theatre”. It says the constitutional changes approved in July are superficial, and perpetuate a “facade of democracy” that – it says – has disguised continuing royal rule for decades.

King Mohammed VI presented the constitutional changes as a far-reaching concession to Arab Spring-style pro-democracy protests, but activists believe they will do little to change the actual power structure and have called for a boycott of the elections. As a result of the constitutional changes approved by 98% of those voting in a 1 July referendum, the position of the prime minister, who must now be appointed from the largest party in parliament, has also been enhanced, gaining the authority to appoint government officials and dissolve parliament.  However, the parliament will have a greater share of power and – in theory – will play the leading role in a legislative process previously dominated by the king.

Benkirane, who was elected head of his party in 2008, leads its more pro-monarchy faction. He has repeatedly stated his support for a strong king, even though some of his colleagues would prefer a less powerful ruler. “The head of the state is king and no-one can govern without him,” he told supporters. The PJD has said it will promote Islamic finance. However, it has avoided focusing on issues such as alcohol and headscarves for women.

Many of the protesters who took to the streets in February feel the reforms still fall far short of their demands for a democratic, constitutional monarchy, and have called for a boycott. Ahead of the poll, the sleepy calm of the capital, Rabat, was occasionally punctuated by the marches of unemployed graduates. But the country’s powerful monarchy and the system that supports it appear to have averted any direct, mortal challenge for now.

A low turnout in the parliamentary poll would detract from the legitimacy of King Mohammed VI’s reforms and could hint at future problems.

II – Morocco

The Kingdom of Morocco is the most westerly of the North African countries known as the Maghreb. To the south, the status of Western Sahara remains unresolved. Morocco annexed the territory in 1975 and a guerrilla war with Algerian-backed pro-independence forces ended in 1991. UN efforts have failed to break the political deadlock. To the north, a dispute with Spain in 2002 over the tiny island of Perejil revived the issue of the sovereignty of Melilla and Ceuta. The small enclaves on the Mediterranean coast are surrounded by Morocco and have been administered by Madrid for centuries.

Strategically situated with both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines, but with a rugged mountainous interior, it stayed independent for centuries while developing a rich culture blended from Arab, Berber, European and African influences.  However, Morocco was a French protectorate from 1912 to 1956, when Sultan Mohammed became king. He was succeeded in 1961 by his son, Hassan II, who ruled for 38 years. He played a prominent role in the search for peace in the Middle East, given the large number of Israelis of Moroccan origin, but was criticized for suppressing domestic opposition. A truth commission set up to investigate human rights violations during Hassan’s reign confirmed nearly 10,000 cases, ranging from death in detention to forced exile. After his death in 1999 Hassan was succeeded by his son, who became King Mohammed VI and was seen as a modernizer. There has been some economic and social liberalization, but the monarch has retained sweeping powers.

King Mohammed is aided by a powerful propaganda machine – his image adorns streets and shops across the country. Central to the monarchical regime’s strength is its longevity – the Alaoui dynasty gained control of most of Morocco in 1664 – and its claim of descent from the Prophet Muhammad. The king has tremendous religious and political capital – it’s not just the king but the whole political establishment, the monarchy and the “makhzen” provide for the patronage network that embodies Morocco’s ruling elite.

Moroccan citizens, many of them poor and illiterate and living in rural areas, are made to believe that the monarch has a special gift or blessing and they feel that they have some psychological relationship with the king. Symbolic rituals also boost his status. In an annual ceremony of allegiance, the “bay’a”, Moroccan officials bow before the king as he parades on a horse.

Despite these traditional trappings, the monarchy under the 48-year-old king has taken on a more modern, reformist image. His father, Hassan II, ran a notoriously brutal regime between 1961 and 1999. Opponents were tortured and protests repressed.  1965, the interior minister at the time, Gen Mohammed Oufkir, supervised a crackdown on demonstrations in Casablanca from a helicopter while – according to one story – personally spraying rioters with a machine gun. But a process of gradual reform began in the final years of Hassan’s rule, and continued with his son. It included a family law that advanced women’s rights and a truth commission that explored abuses under King Hassan – though none of those responsible were prosecuted.

Along with Ennahda in Tunisia and the Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Turkey, it places itself within a contemporary movement to promote and respect Islam and reconcile Islam and democracy. Coalitions of more secular, royalist parties have tried to smother it and the Islamists have found it hard to directly challenge the king because of his religious status as “commander of the faithful”. It too is seen by many as being in the pocket of the palace. The PJD here in Morocco is presenting the ‘third way’ between revolution and the uncertainty of the current system.

The toppling of long-standing leaders in Tunisia and Egypt at the beginning of the year is widely seen as having caught the Moroccan regime off-guard, at a time when the reform process had stagnated. As Morocco’s own protest movement took shape, a long-held taboo was breached. It’s the first time in Morocco that the king was openly criticized and they didn’t shoot people. Instead, the monarchy’s response was to promise changes including rights guarantees and more powers for the parliament. These were enshrined in a new constitution that was approved by referendum in July.

III – Observations

Maybe, the Arab World is in the process of changing but Arabs still don’t know the results and what will happen in Egypt, Tunisia, Syria or Yemen especially the destruction of Libya by the NATO-UNSC terror organizations. The moderately Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD), which has been buoyed by the recent reforms, and by the gains Islamists have made elsewhere in the region, could win the election and so supply the next prime minister.

Leaders of Morocco claim they are presenting the way of reform without losing the stability, the unity of the country- but at the same time furthering the democratic agenda of Morocco.

Morocco’s ruling elite thinks it has skillfully sidestepped the revolutionary fervor sweeping the Arab world by offering a milder, more peaceful vision of change. Critics of the reforms point in particular to the fact that the king will still have wide-ranging executive powers, in particular control over foreign, defence and security policy. Activists also say the reforms will not end the behind-the-scenes dominance of the “makhzen” – a power apparatus of veteran politicians, powerful businesspeople, the security forces and royal officials controlled by the king through a system of patronage.

Morocco is bidding for membership of the European Union, its main trade partner, but there appears to be little enthusiasm for this within the bloc.

Morocco has been given the status of non-Nato ally by Washington, which has praised its support for the US-led war on terror. After deadly suicide bombings in Casablanca in 2003, Morocco launched a crackdown on suspected Islamic militants.

The message of a democratic agenda and gradual change is one that has gone down well with Morocco’s allies in the anti-Islamic US and Europe who promote pro-west leaders in Muslim world and destabilize the Muslim nations if the leaders do not buy CIA terror gimmicks…

Political and poll bribery is common. Sheep were being handed out to voters, and over the last few months, the protest movement has been subject to a smear campaign, arrests, and intimidation at the hands of shadowy groups of pro-monarchy thugs known as “baltaja”. But Moroccans say they will show the Western world that Morocco can bring about a gentle revolution and the nation can travel towards a real democracy.

In Morocco elections are never decisive as the king retains ultimate control and though parliament has more power, parties are weak. The electoral system is prepared on purpose not to let anyone succeed, so it’s impossible to get more than 20% of the seats in parliament and this is to allow the monarchy to dominate. The manipulation of the party system is just one of the old-fashioned tactics still being deployed to bolster the status quo.  According to analysts, the reforms passed this year are largely cosmetic, and there is no guarantee they will be put into practice on the ground. However, so long as it plays the NATO fiddle well, it has got nothing to worry.

Claims, fake or real, of descent from the Prophet Muhammad (Peace) by a few pampered Muslim leaders might be fashionable but are ridiculous if they decline to promote true Islam in the society. Moroccan king clams the same of being a descent from the Prophet Muhammad but he shamelessly sides with NATO terrorism and western anti-Islamism. A Muslim nation that promotes anti-Islamism and helps, directly or otherwise, the anti-Islamic GST rogues and refuses to promote Islamic way of life and institutionalize Islamic law on daily basis ceases to be a Muslim nation.  Muslim leaders in such societies are guilty of anti-Islamic crimes.

Elected premier Islamist leader Abdelilah Benkirane, though worships the king, has a responsibly constructive role to play in this regard so that Islam takes firm roots in the society. Americans, Britishers and other western terrocrats cannot help him or Morocco in this regard. Benkirane’s pro-people policies and their proper implementation would greatly benefit not just Muslims but entire humanity in some measure.

Muhammad praying at the Ka’ba.

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د. عبد راف

Dr. Abdul Ruff, Specialist on State Terrorism; Educationalist;Chancellor-Founder of Centor for International Affairs(CIA); Independent Analyst;Chronicler of Foreign occupations & Freedom movements(Palestine,Kashmir, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Xinjiang, Chechnya, etc); Anti-Muslimism and anti-Islamism are more dangerous than “terrorism” Anti-Islamic forces & terrorists are using criminal elements for terrorizing the world and they in disguise are harming genuine interests of ordinary Muslims. Global media today, even in Muslim nations, are controlled by CIA  & other anti-Islamic agencies. Former university Teacher;/website:abdulruff.wordpress.com

Russia seeks greater presence in Arctic region!

 

Russia seeks greater presence in Arctic region!

 -DR. ABDUL RUFF

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Undoubtedly, the Kremlin is gathering its military muscles to showcase its new power to the   US led western world.  Annexation of Crimea seems to be just the beginning of Moscow’s intention to play greater role in world politics, making the US efforts to contain the Kremlin by all possible means so that Russia bows to Washington’s will and ways.

After all, Russia as Soviet state was a super power for decades before USA successfully pulled it down by anti-communism strategy.

As USA, among other nations, try to dominate the Arctic region, controlling vast sources of economy, Russia has also moved ahead to take its share of the Arctic resources.

Russia has staked its future economic growth on developing the Arctic’s vast energy resources and reviving a Soviet-era shipping route through the ice.

And, Russia has already started pumping out its first oil from the Arctic. The Kremlin looks stronger than other nations in the region now.

Russia’s ambitions in the Arctic have for some time been raising eyebrows among other states vying for a presence there, but the Kremlin’s annexation of the Crimea peninsula is likely to put its Arctic plans under greater scrutiny.

Russia loaded its first crude tanker from an oil platform in the Pechora Sea last week. America, Denmark and Norway are also pressing for access to what they consider their fair share of the Arctic’s massive oil and natural gas reserves.

President Vladimir Putin has said Russia should step up its presence in the Arctic and challenge other nations in exploring the world’s largest untapped natural reserves, days after it started shipping its first oil from the region. “Over decades, step by step, Russia has built up, strengthened its positions in the Arctic,” Putin told a meeting of his Security Council in the Kremlin. “And our goal is not only to regain them, but also to qualitatively strengthen them.”

Moscow and the West are in the middle of their worst standoff since the Cold War. The row centers on Russia’s annexation of Crimea and its support for pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Last year Putin ordered the reopening of a Soviet-era Arctic military base in the Novosibirsk Islands, two decades after abandoning it, and Moscow has sent 10 warships and four nuclear-powered ice breakers there in a demonstration of force.

Russia’s strong man Putin said that more often the interests of the Arctic powers, and not only them, cross here — countries that are far away from this region are also expressing interest in the Arctic. “In these conditions we must take additional measures not to fall behind our partners, to keep our influence in the region and in some aspects be ahead of our partners”, Putin said

The Prirazlomnaya platform in the Arctic from which Russia loaded its first oil tanker last week is seen by Moscow as a source of fuel that can gradually replace output from its depleting West Siberian fields. The launch has long been delayed because of cost overruns and technical difficulties. Thirty Greenpeace activists received jail sentences last year after protesting against drilling at the platform. They were released after an international outcry.

However, Putin deflected environmental concerns by saying that Moscow will stick to international environmental safety regulations in the region.

Russia, Canada and Denmark all say an underwater mountain range, known as the Lomonosov Ridge, which stretches 1,800 km across the pole under the Arctic Sea, is part of their own landmass. China, the world’s No. 2 economy after Japan, has expressed interest in the Arctic shipping route.

Whether or not water would be cause for future war, as many experts have suggested, the Arctic region could be the flashpoint for a future war.

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DR. ABDUL RUFF

 

Indian system: Neither Congress nor BJP can serve common people!

Indian system: Neither Congress nor BJP can serve common people!

Indian system: Neither Congress nor BJP can serve common people!.

Indian system: Neither Congress nor BJP can serve common people!

 

Indian system:  Neither Congress nor BJP can serve common people!

-DR. ABDUL RUFF

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Unfortunately, Indian system caters for the rich and corperates, the mafias, big frauds and top criminals.

Common people who make the majority of voters continue to suffer.

Today a funny but threatening phenomenon called Hindutva has assumed monstrous proportions to strengthen the fascist roots of rightwing political outfits.

RSS based BJP gangs or groups of political parties now openly threaten the democratic and secular fabric of Indian nationhood to woo Hindus voters to vote for them in the parliamentary poll.

It has become a joke for the Hindutva politicians to invoke Pakistan to indult Muslims, asking them to go to Pakistan. Now the Hindutva dimension has been expanded to include any one in “Pakistan” category who refuses to vote for BJP candidates in the poll BJP national leaders have threatened even Hindus to go to Pakistan if they do not vote for the Hindutva outfits.

This Hindutva attitude is an Indian variety of fascism.

Since independence Indian rulers that managed to fool the people and came to power have promoted the rich and multinationals by misusing the mandate proved by common people to pursue policies for their cause.

Indians are disappointed and frustrated by misbehavior of ruling class as well as political parties.  They are helpless and  yet desperate to change their lives by defying the  rulers and leaders that use  politics to advance only their private interests.

Communalism and deception cannot make the nation happy or proud in the comity of developed and big nations

On the eve of parliamentary elections, the corporate and Hindutva forces  all of a sudden cooked up one Modi as prime  ministerial material and entire poll process became obstructed by  Modi dramatics .

The corporate rule in India is harming the genuine interests of common people as the governments both c federal and regional have no time for common people who form the  majority of voters that offer mandate to rule on their behalf.

Bulks of electoral findings come from these corporate lords and billionaires for all major parties. And indeed these rich guys use the parliaments and state assemblies to pursue their narrow economic interests, while the leaders cheat the masses by bull talking about their false love for the people.

Indian corperates can claim ownership of not only the politicians but also the voters.

These wealthy guys control the media in India just like in all terrocracies. In fact the bulk of Indian media portals and newspapers are owned by them. They also decide who should be the prime minster and president so that their “businesses” are  protected. And the media loud speaks what the corporate lords want.

Indian corporate media generated a sort of Modi hype by bluffing on the poll eve about a falsified Gujarat economic development as global model to travel – beyond Indian borders.

This Modi hype was the creation of Indian corporate lords who want a capitalist pawn to promote their agenda of taking over the remaining state assets for free.

In fact, Modi was not a BJP preference; nor did the RSS want him at any point of time to outsmart LK Advani to become Indian PM.

But when Indian and  foreign media blasted Modi wave, the RSS-BJP Hindutva forces accepted  that as the most formidable gimmick and  took forward Modi as the corporate PM.

Corperates and BJP as well as Modi waste huge resources for the purpose.

Indian voters are not informed that they are asked now  to vote BJP and Congress so that parliament is full of corrupt elements, as usual,  only to promote  the corporate and  multinational gangs.

That is Indian democracy, please!

It is cruelly unfortunate that Indian media lords project only BJP and hypocritical Congress and communal BJP as the only alternative eligible rulers of Indian system.

Indians need credible choices to choose from.

It is high time the judiciary stepped in to set the fascist trends in Indian poll politics deliberately lunched by ultra Hindutva forces for votes. Modi’s falsified economic claims and fanatic rhetoric must be uprooted.

People can punish the anti-secular, pseudo patriotic and illegal mining mafia forces  more ruthlessly  only when the judiciary punish them.

Judiciary cannot afford to leave the nation to  mafias and criminal fanatics..

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- DR. ABDUL RUFF

Indian poll 2014: Is there a real Modi wave?

 

Humanity has a right to know the truth which does not require endorsements. 

 

 

 

 

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Indian poll 2014:  Is there a real Modi wave?

-DR. ABDUL RUFF

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In India today there  are no real  waves  in favor of any political party in the ongoing  parliamentary poll.

 

Modi wave is just a gimmick, a reel.

 

In recent times, however, there were  waves favoring West Bangal CM Ms.Mamta Banergi, Tamil Nadu CM Ms. Jayalalitha and Aam Admi  party and its leader Arvind Kejriwal. – each for their positive  images. Mahe  Banergi for defeating the  decades long communist governemnt in hi er state and v becme a popular leader in  while Jayalalitha for her  freebees to common people, form rice to TV to laptpops, and Kejriwal for  successully launching  the anti-corruption movement and winning the Delhi Assembly poll.

 

But the  Hindu corporate  lords and their media quickly projected Narendra Modi, the Gujarat CM as the most popular leaders of India. Unlike Kejriwal, Banergi and Jayalalithaa who have a credible positive image to their  credit, Modi has a historic genocides of Muslims in Gujarat as  is only credential.

 

Modi, the Hindutva BJP party’s new leader  is  now the only  projected PM candidate of Hindutva fascist organizations and parties,  but he is a criminal who  killed many people by inciting communal violence in Gujarat to become a strong Hindutva leader.

 

Not only the Indian corporate media very systematically hid  the criminal records of Modi but also dramatically popped up  this  ultra Hindutva person as the only developmental hero  and prime ministerial candidate.

 

In fact there is no Modi wave in India not even in Gujarat after the visit of Aam Admi  leader Arvand Kejriwal to the state forcing Modi to run  to Varanasi in far away UP to fight the poll. Had Kejriwal also contested in Gujarat, perhaps, BJP would be crushed in the poll. But AAP did not do that and one has no idea as to why AAP did not do it.

 

Indeed, the. BJP’s media management by huge payments is phenomenal The other national party Congress knows but let that happen so that  Muslim votes come to Congress party. Modi as the killer of Muslims is hated by Muslims and the Congress calculation of getting Muslim votes against Modi hype fear is understandable.

 

The corporate rule in India is harming the genuine interests of common people as the governments both c federal and regional have no time for common people who form the  majority of voters that offer mandate to rule on their behalf.

 

Bulks of electoral findings come from these corporate lords and billionaires for all major parties. And indeed these rich guys use the parliaments and state assemblies to pursue their narrow economic interests, while the leaders cheat the masses by bull talking about their false love for the people.

 

Indian corperates can claim ownership of not only the politicians but also the voters.

 

These wealthy guys control the media in India just like in all terrocracies. In fact the bulk of Indian media portals and newspapers are owned by them. They also decide who should be the prime minster and president so that their “businesses” are  protected. And the media loud speaks what the corporate lords want.

 

Indian corporate media generated a sort of Modi hype by bluffing on the poll eve about a falsified Gujarat economic development as global model to travel – beyond Indian borders.

This Modi hype was the creation of Indian corporate lords who want a capitalist pawn to promote their agenda of taking over the remaining state assets for free.

 

In fact, Modi was not a BJP preference; nor did the RSS want him at any point of time to outsmart LK Advani to become Indian PM.

 

But when Indian and  foreign media blasted Modi wave, the RSS-BJP Hindutva forces accepted  that as the most formidable gimmick and  took forward Modi as the corporate PM.

Corperates and BJP as well as Modi waste huge resources for the purpose.

 

Indian voters are not informed that they are asked now  to vote BJP and Congress so that parliament is full of corrupt elements, as usual,  only to promote  the corporate and  multinational gangs.

 

That is Indian democracy, please!

 

If at all there is a political wave, then, it is only Aam Admi wave but the party is still hesitant to make it areal national movement to help the masses to get rid of corruption and price rise gimmicks.

 

Media projection of Modi as a wave is pure nonsense, a usual Hindutva gimmick

 

 

 

Can a leader with negative mindset and criminal records become the premier of a secular democracy like India?

 

د. عبد راف 

Unfortunately, today there is not even one Muslim nation practicing  truly Islamic faith and life. 

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Russia cautious on military action against Ukraine

 

Russia cautious on military action against Ukraine

 BY DR. ABDUL RUFF

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he has “a right” to send troops into Ukraine but hopes he will “not have to exercise that right”. He was speaking live on Russian TV after a clash in Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, in which three pro-Russian protesters were reportedly killed. Ukraine sent extra troops to Mariupol after fighting with pro-Russia militants. Putin said he hoped the crisis would be resolved through dialogue.

Russian-speakers are a majority in Crimea and Donetsk, where ties to Russia are strong.  Putin reminded viewers that Tsarist Russia used to call eastern Ukraine “New Russia”. The Federation Council, upper house of parliament, granted the president the right to use military force in Ukraine. “I really hope that I do not have to exercise that right and that we are able to solve all today’s pressing issues via political and diplomatic means,” Putin said. He said the Kiev government, which had “seized power”, had only spoken to its own appointees in the region, but “not to the people whom locals trust”.

 

Overnight about 300 pro-Russian separatists attacked a military unit in Mariupol near the Azov Sea, throwing petrol bombs. Ukraine’s Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said troops had opened fire, killing three. 13 of the attackers were wounded and 63 were detained,  none of the interior ministry troops had been killed. It is the heaviest casualty toll in any single incident so far in eastern Ukraine. Retreating separatists reportedly wounded two passers-by, set a minibus ablaze and also set fire to a building next to the military garrison. Ukraine has now sent in reinforcements including helicopters. Ukrainian attack helicopters buzzed villagers in Kramatorsk, but the army eventually had to give up.

Tensions escalated last month when Russia annexed Crimea, causing international outrage. Unrest later spread to Donetsk region, triggering Europe’s worst crisis since the Cold War.

Meanwhile, Ukraine’s military operation against separatists has hit obstacles. Called an “anti-terrorist” operation by the Kiev government, it started and is designed to dislodge pro-Russian gunmen from local authority buildings. In several districts, Ukrainian troops met vehement opposition on Wednesday from pro-Russian militants. In the city of Kramatorsk, six military vehicles were commandeered by gunmen, who disarmed the Ukrainian soldiers and sent some of them home on buses.  And just south of Sloviansk, a column of 14 Ukrainian military vehicles was surrounded by local civilians and pro-Russian gunmen, who made the Ukrainian troops unload their magazines and drive off.

 

Ukraine’s State Border Service has been quoted by the Interfax-Ukraine news agency as saying that it is “significantly” restricting entry into the country by adult men from Russia because of the risk of “acts of terror”.

The USA and the EU want an end to the occupations in eastern Ukraine and for the estimated 40,000-strong Russian forces massed near the Ukrainian border to pull back. Ukrainian Foreign Minister, Andriy Deshchytsya, called on Russia “not to support terrorist activities in eastern Ukraine.”

In his annual live television phone-in, Putin warned the Ukrainian authorities of “the abyss they’re heading into” and urged dialogue. He also admitted for the first time that Russian forces had been active in Crimea, which was annexed by Moscow last month. Previously he had insisted that the camouflaged, masked gunmen who took over Crimea were a local “self-defense” force.

The annexation of Crimea has fuelled concern that other parts of eastern Ukraine could also break away from Kiev’s control and join Russia.

 

An enthusiastic crowd watched Putin’s question-and-answer session. Putin took questions from residents of Sevastopol, base of the Russian fleet in Crimea, the first place to feature in his annual live phone-in. He insisted that Russian speakers in Ukraine “must be equal citizens… it’s a question of guarantees for those people”. Russia had acted in Crimea partly out of concern that Ukraine could be “dragged into” NATO as the alliance expanded eastward, Putin said.

Talks have opened in Geneva between Russia, Ukraine, the EU and US – the first since unrest erupted in Crimea, bringing together foreign ministers of the US, EU, Ukraine and Russia. There was a lot of talk in Geneva – and beyond – using terms like “decentralization”, “federalism” and “regionalization”. Even the interim Ukrainian government is willing to discuss greater decentralisation. For if Ukraine is to have any reasonable future then constitutional change of some kind is widely seen as necessary.

Western leaders meeting in Geneva say they want to prevent Ukraine fragmenting. US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov met in Geneva In Sevastopol.

 

The West says Russia is aiding the pro-Russian activists now occupying dozens of official buildings in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region. Putin dismissed as “rubbish” allegations that Russian Special Forces were operating there.

 

Russia, which strongly opposed the ousting of Ukraine’s pro-Moscow President Viktor Yanukovych in February, has proposed a new constitution which devolves more power to the regions. Expectations for the talks are low.

 

 

Meanwhile, the EU – heavily reliant on imports of Russian gas – has warned Putin not to disrupt the gas flow to Ukraine. Pipelines transiting Ukraine supply gas to many EU member states. “We would strongly urge you to refrain from such measures, which would create doubts about your willingness to be seen as a reliable supplier of gas to Europe,” EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso told Putin in a letter. He called for EU-Russia-Ukraine talks on Russia’s contractual dispute with Ukraine.

Earlier, US President Barack Obama warned Russia against support for further action by armed pro-Russian groups. “What I have said consistently is that each time Russia takes these kinds of steps that are designed to destabilise Ukraine and violate their sovereignty, that there are going to be consequences,” he said. Reports say that the White House is considering a package of non-lethal aid for the Ukrainian military. This may include clothing and medical supplies.

 

The balance of power between Kiev and the regions has to change, not least to enable the Russian-speaking areas to have more of a say over their own affairs. Substantial powers might have to be transferred. The trouble is that all of these terms mean very different things to different people. Russia for example sees “federalism” as a way of weakening the hold of Kiev and seems to want regions to be able to enter into relationships with Russia – a foreign country – irrespective of the views of the central government in Kiev.

Fortunately, no war prospect is in sight either between Ukraine and Russia or NATO and Russia over Crimea and East Ukraine which could have involved most of the global. terrocracies, seeking resources through militarism.

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BY DR. ABDUL RUFF

Turkey: Enemies still at work to destabilize the nation, divide Gul and Erdogan!

 

 

Turkey:  Enemies still at work to destabilize the nation, divide Gul and Erdogan!

 

-DR. ABDUL RUFF 

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Everything, or at least most of things, went on well until Turkey openly questioned the Israeli occupation of Palestine through terror blockades and things went difficult when Turkey dispatched aidship to breach the Gaza blockade of Israeli military.

Since then Turkey began facing problems not abroad but on domestic front.  Many Turks came to streets to protest the Gezi park renovation project in Istanbul.

Turkey’s sworn enemies as their prime goal, want to get rid of AKP and Erdogan so that Turkey an anti-Islamic dictatorship to serve the cause of anti-Islamism and Zionism.

Enough fuel was pumped into Turkey to destabilize the Islamist nation and divide the AKP, make President Gul fight Erdogan.

External foes unsuccessfully used an opposition leader living in USA to dethrone AKP led government.

Everything meant to make AKP and Erdogan has failed. And the AKP party won the municipal polls, further strengthening AKP and its leader Erdogan.

As Erdogan is certain to win presidential poll, the foes have now escalated attack on him.

 

Erdogan had polled the AKP parliamentary group on April 17 and found that the overwhelming majority of the his party’s parliamentarians wanted him as president.

President Gul announced on April 18 that under the present conditions, he does not have any plans to get involved in politics, literally asking his colleague Erdogan to take full responsibility for national politics. . Gul made his statement one day after Erdogan’s poll. For the many people, especially those from large swaths of influential and authorized quarters in the USA and Europe, who view Gul as the most prominent and perhaps last chance for checking Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s seeming unstoppable march toward presidency,  his statement came as a disappointment because they view Erdogan as symbol of authoritarianism, which, according to them, is not prevalent in the western world where only justice, goodwill and pure democracy are leading the  leaders and people alike.

Please don’t laugh too much.

Even if Russian President Vladimir Putin most resembles Erdogan in Turkey’s neighborhood, one thing is for certain. There is no similarity whatsoever between Gul and Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev. With his latest statement, Gul drove the last nail into the coffin of the Putin-Medvedev model. Gul would either retire or  assume  the  post of AKP chief to work ofr Turkey’s Islamist ideals and  ideas. .

These anti-Islamic nuts  are only asserting that Gul and Erdogan separate and there cannot be any deal concluded between them over PM-President issue and also speculating that Gul, through his statement, could be trying to strengthen his hand to keep Erdogan out of presidential race.

These specialists swear that Gul is not likely to favor the idea of serving as prime minister under an Erdogan presidency, and thus we should not expect Gul to enter into the race to become the chairman of the post-Erdogan Justice and Development Party (AKP). They conclude that this signals that Gul is forgoing a struggle with Erdogan.

Their scheme also precludes some sort of “Putin-Medvedev swap” on which many have lately speculated and see, especially in Western circles, as the least worse-case scenario for Turkey.

They say that Gul has refused to submit to Erdogan and has gracefully accepted that under the current circumstances, the party he cofounded with Erdogan is no longer with him. He, therefore, has abdicated. Gul was praised for the wisdom of his decision

That wishful thinking has also failed

Efforts to keep Gul on stage as a check and balance against Erdogan have failed.

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Today, the spirit of the times makes an Erdogan-based politics more inevitable than ever. He will have many responsibilities, and Erdogan knows that. That is why he is openly defining the presidency, for which he is the strongest potential candidate, as an office of the executive president. Since he cannot use the presidential palace at Cankaya as an opportunity to shirk responsibilities, he had no other choice except to redesign that office to handle those responsibilities. From what we understand from Gul’s statement, he too has analyzed and prefers this new design.

As they see new equations emerging in Istanbul,  the opponents of Turkey  now create  fears saying  Erdogan’s candidacy for presidency will be the beginning of many mistakes and irreparable damage to the country.

The argument they put forward to terrorize people of Turkey and predicting a weekend Turkey is silly.  They even say, unlike Obama and Cameron, Erdogan will have problems finding people desperate and spineless enough to agree to sit in the prime ministry and ministerial seats.

Will Erdogan become an absolute dictator only to promote his own benefits against the Islamic values and faith?

د. عبد راف 

Unfortunately, today there is not even one Muslim nation practicing  truly Islamic faith and life. 

-BY DR. ABDUL RUFF COLACHAL has been an Educationist, Columnist-Commentator  on world affairs Expert on Mideast Affairs,  Former university Teacher;  Editor:INTERNATIONAL OPINION; FOREIGN POLICY ISSUES; Author of books;
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Virus deaths in Saudi Arabia : King sacks health minister

 

Virus deaths in Saudi Arabia : King sacks health minister  

DR. ABDUL RUFF

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Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah sacked the country’s health minister on Monday amid a spike in deaths and infections from the virus known as the Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS.

MERS belongs to a family of viruses known as coronaviruses that include both the common cold and SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, which killed some 800 people in a global outbreak in 2003. MERS can cause symptoms such as fever, breathing problems, pneumonia and kidney failure.

A royal order carried by the state news agency said Abdullah al-Rabiah was relieved of his post as health minister, and that Labor Minister Adel Faqih would temporarily lead the Health Ministry until a replacement is named. The statement said al-Rabiah will now serve as an adviser to the Royal Court.

No reasons were given for the move, but it comes as the kingdom is scrambling to contain the spread of the coronavirus related to SARS. The Health Ministry says 79 people have died and more than 240 have been infected by the virus since 2012.

Saudi officials are struggling to alleviate concerns that the virus is spreading. There is no vaccine or treatment for the virus, and it is still unclear how it is transmitted. A day before al-Rabiah was fired, he held a press conference to stress that the kingdom was taking sufficient measures and doing its utmost to deal with the virus. The Saudi Health Ministry will host nearly two dozen experts this weekend from international bodies, such as the World Health Organization, who have experience dealing with epidemics.

An outbreak among health workers prompted authorities to shut down the emergency ward of one of the largest hospitals in the city of Jiddah for 48 hours earlier this month. The ministry reported the most recent deaths late Sunday: a 49-year-old Jiddah resident; a 68-year-old from the southern Najran region; and another 68-year-old from the area around the western city of Medina. The deaths were among 13 new cases reported in the kingdom.

 

 

 

 

-DR. ABDUL RUFF COLACHAL 

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د. عبد راف 

Unfortunately, today there is not even one Muslim nation practicing  truly Islamic faith and life. 

-BY DR. ABDUL RUFF COLACHAL has been an Educationist, Columnist-Commentator  on world affairs Expert on Mideast Affairs,  Former university Teacher;  Editor:INTERNATIONAL OPINION; FOREIGN POLICY ISSUES; Author of books;

Israeli Gap in Peace Talks: USA bowls as per Israel demands!

 

 

 

Israeli Gap in Peace Talks:  USA bowls as per Israel demands!

 

-DR. ABDUL RUFF 

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Most Americans sympathize with Zionist criminals and their rulers, as per the  US policy,  shield the Israeli state terrorists and supply them terror goods. .

How can Palestinians expect justice from the terror minded Washington that is engaged in  murdering innocent people in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria?  And, how can Israel’s powerful lobby gangs allow US leaders to help Palestinians?  

Israel has once demonstrated it is against peace in Mideast All powerful America pretends impotent  to contain the  Zionist criminal state in West Asia .  

Unable to rein in  an arrogant Israel that refuses to  solve the Mideast crisis to establish much delayed Palestine, John Kerry the US secretary of state demanded action from recalcitrant Israeli and helpless Palestinian leaders, saying it was time for them to demonstrate leadership in the crisis-hit peace talks.

More than a year of intensive Kerry shuttle diplomacy in Mideast appeared to be on the brink of collapse this week after Israel announced a fresh wave of settlement tenders for illegal settlements inside Palestine and the Palestinians resumed moves to seek international recognition for their promised state.

White House expressed disappointment, describing them as “unhelpful, unilateral actions,” but insisted diplomacy still had a chance. Kerry threw down the gauntlet to both sides, telling them it was time for compromise at what he called a “critical moment” in the peace talks. “You can facilitate, you can push, you can nudge, but the parties themselves have to make fundamental decisions to compromise,” he said, showing signs of frustration after his months-long peace efforts appeared to be in tatters..”There is still a gap and that gap needs to close fairly soon.”

Chief Israeli negotiator Tzipi Livni and her Palestinian counterpart, Saeb Erakat,

Kerry had spoken by phone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas. Kerry said he would speak to both leaders again on Thursday.

The current crisis was triggered by Israel’s refusal to release 26 Palestinian prisoners at the weekend. USA wants Palestinians to continue to negotiate though Israel is  blind and blunt.  “We are urging them to find the compromise that is critical to being able to move forward,” Kerry said. 

 

In response the Palestinians formally requested accession to several international treaties in a bid to unilaterally further their statehood claim. The applications for accession to several international treaties were “irreversible”. The first treaty the Palestinians applied to was the Fourth Geneva Convention, which holds huge symbolic importance as it provides the legal basis of their opposition to Israeli settlements in the occupied territories.

In Israel, there was surprise and anger over the Palestinian move. Top officials agree that the potential repercussions for Israeli security interests of a collapse in talks “will be far greater than the price that Israel will be required to pay for extending the negotiations for another period of time.

Each side accused the other of violating undertakings given when the current talks were launched under Kerry’s sponsorship last July. The ball is in Israel’s court now. It should release the prisoners

The moves dealt a hammer blow to Kerry’s frenetic efforts to broker an extension of the negotiations beyond their original April 29 deadline. Despite the treaty move, Palestinian foreign minister Riyad al-Malki insisted that Abbas remained committed to the US peace efforts. “This action does not detract from the importance of negotiations. We are still committed to these talks,” he said

UN Middle East peace envoy Robert Serry confirmed receiving them, with a spokesman for the secretary general saying they would review them to consider the “appropriate next steps.” Israel says the Palestinians wanted a breakdown of the talks. The Palestinians have returned to a diplomatic intifada,” -the Arabic word for uprising.

The Palestinians currently have no vested interest in a breakdown of the negotiations.

Efforts were underway to compile a list of more prisoners who could be freed should the sides agree to extend the talks.

 

Palestinian negotiators have warned they may pass responsibility for their territory back to occupying power Israel if peace talks remain stalled. Palestinians told US peace envoy Martin Indyk that unless Israel releases Palestinian prisoners as agreed and freezes settlement building, they could dismantle the Western-backed Palestinian Authority (PA) of president Mahmud Abbas. At Friday’s meeting with the Palestinian negotiators, Indyk “had no new ideas to save the negotiations. “First, handing the keys of the PA to the UN so it will become in charge of the Palestinian people and the state of Palestine, which is under occupation, or that the Israeli occupation assumes again full responsibility for everything.”

Under the 1993 Oslo accords which were to have led to an independent Palestinian state, the Palestinians received some autonomy in managing their day-to-day affairs. The PA is in a constant budgetary crisis and only manages to pay its civil servants and provide essential services thanks to generous funding from foreign donors. But Israel still retains overall control of the occupied West Bank and annexed east Jerusalem while the Islamist Hamas threw off PA rule in the Gaza Strip in 2007 and has since run its own administration.

Abbas’s Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) and Hamas have periodically held talks on reconciliation but they have come to nothing. A PLO delegation is expected to visit Gaza for more talks within a few days.

The United States is striving to broker an agreement to extend those talks beyond their April 29 deadline, but so far without success. US Secretary of State John Kerry nudged Israel and the Palestinians to reopen peace talks in July for a nine-month period.

An Israeli commentator said the Palestinian UN gambit was a desperate one. “The Palestinians are playing their last card,” he wrote. “Cancelling… all their achievements and all the obligations they made under the Oslo accords. “If the Palestinians carry out their threat it will have dramatic results. The PA will be dismantled; all its security apparatus will be dispersed.” That would oblige Israel to fill the vacuum at tremendous financial cost. The military will have to find a way to take the PA’s place: to set up a police force, to take care of education, health services, water, sewage.”

The PLO leadership is to convene next weekend in the West Bank city of Ramallah for a key debate on the peace process and possible options in the event that Kerry’s initiative crashes.

Israeli leadership is always dismissive of the latest Palestinian warning.

John Kerry, who refuses to visit Gaza strip to  study the  problems of Palestinians under Zionist siege,  acknowledged in Algiers that negotiators from the two sides had made “progress” in lengthy overnight talks in Jerusalem, also attended by the Americans. Kerry said negotiators had made progress in trying to chart a path forward during a meeting that ran until 4:00 am. Kerry, like his processors, refuses to acknowledge in open that Israel is the t root cause and problem in the peace talks.  

 

The problem here is the pro-Israeli stance of US leaders who do not respect the ill-fated plight of Palestinians, now besieged by Israel and Egypt, do not understand the sentiments of hapless people of Palestine against the militarily powerful fascist Israel. 

د. عبد راف 

Unfortunately, today there is not even one Muslim nation practicing  truly Islamic faith and life. 

-BY DR. ABDUL RUFF COLACHAL has been an Educationist, Columnist-Commentator  on world affairs Expert on Mideast Affairs,  Former university Teacher;  Editor:INTERNATIONAL OPINION; FOREIGN POLICY ISSUES; Author of books;

 

Palestine: Is Kerry peace mission failing?

 

Palestine: Is Kerry peace mission failing?

-DR. ABDUL RUFF

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The movement of Palestinians for freedom and establishment of Palestine state on their own lands now occupied by Israel has gathered momentum with UN vote for a defacto Palestine. In November 2012, the Palestinians were awarded non-member observer state status, but as part of the Kerry process, promised to withhold from taking any further unilateral steps at the UN until Kerry’s talks had run for nine months. The talks broke down when Israel balked at releasing the final 26 of 104 prisoners because the Palestinians would not commit to an extension of the talks.

 

 

US Secretary of State John is now a visibly unhappy man, paradoxically reminding the highly disillusioned Palestine leader Yasser Arafat who died without obtaining freedom for Palestinians from Zionist yoke..

 

Israel has broken down the latest leg of Obama mediated talks with Palestinians. However, one can’t quickly rush to make any conclusive statement that Mideast peace talks have failed and Palestinians would remain homeless forever.  The talks, which  may be necessarily created  Palestine,  have not failed, at least not yet!

 

Israel is eager to see a failed talk as before in order to pursue its fascist policy, while USA pathetically looks at Israel for its views.

 

Of course this is the impression that the western media has given. Media wants the crises to continue endlessly, killing the Palestinians.

 

The sadist media lords!

 

Obviously, success or failure of Mideast peace talks depends entirely on occupying Israel that calls all shots at will.  US double speaks favoring Zionist criminal regime have alarmingly harmed the Mideast peace possibility.

 

USA-Israel terror twins all of sudden make the world believe that a peace deal between Israel and Palestine is on its way and Israel quickly derail the talks and peace process by new  terror cum expansion gimmicks.

 

That is the usual story of Israeli triclomacy and Tel Aviv very tactfully uses this strategy to fool the world and terrorize the besieged people of Palestine. .

 

 

In order to get the talks moving last July, Israel agreed to release 104 prisoners in four groups and the Palestinians agreed to forego its campaign to gain recognition and admittance by UN-related organizations and treaties. Prior to the March 29 expected release of the final 26 prisoners, Israel made threat that it would not go through with the prisoner release and the Palestinians insisted that they would not agree to extend Kerry’s mission. The threats turned into ultimatums and when Israel said it would not do the release until the Palestinians agree to the extension

 

Frustrated and disappointed with the known Israeli dirty tactics, the Palestinians have already set their conditions for continuing: the release by Israel of an additional 1,000+ prisoners and the implementation of agreements previously signed but not acted upon.

 

 

 

Israel behaves like USA in Mideast. As USA and EU slaps sanctions on Russia, Israel has announced it will impose retaliatory sanctions on the Palestinian telecommunications services in retaliation for the PA’s UN gambit in the form of denying the Palestinian providers access to 3G service and preventing telecommunications equipment from entering the Gaza Strip. In Ramallah, Fatah Central Committee member Azzam Al-Ahmad warned that Israeli sanctions will lead to the collapse of the Palestinian Authority.

 
A campaign launched by a right-wing Israeli legal advocacy group aimed at retaliating against Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for moving unilaterally to join 15 United Nations-affiliated organizations and treaties is being scoffed at by senior Palestinian officials. The aim of the campaign, headed by right-wing Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, is to sue Abbas at the International Criminal Court at The Hague for aiding terrorism before the Palestinians bring actions against Israel and Israelis on a number of charges including war crimes.

 

 

Amid frantic efforts to salvage the John Kerry peace mission, the Palestinian decision to turn to the United Nations for recognition by affiliated agencies has won the support of former US President Jimmy Carter. In a statement, Carter said that the decision by the Palestinians to exercise their right to join international organizations should not be seen as a blow to the peace talks. I hope that, on the contrary, it will help to redress the power imbalance between Israelis and Palestinians, as we approach the t9 April deadline set by Secretary Kerry.

 

Reports suggest that John Kerry has asked both sides to refrain from “tit-for-tat” moves until he has had the opportunity to meet with President Obama.  John Kerry has reportedly made it clear to the parties that he has not given up on the peace process and is still seeking additional time after the April 29th deadline passes.

 

 

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As the Israeli regime refuses to fulfill its promise of releasing Palestinian prisoners, the Arab League held an emergency session on 09th April in Cairo at the request of the Palestinian Authority (PLO), the Arab League discussed the crisis in the peace process overseen by US Secretary of State John Kerry. The meeting of foreign ministers of Arab nations reviewed the present stalemate of Israel-Palestine peace talks mediated by the White House and to formulate a proper strategy to face the: unexpected” twist.

 
In Cairo, the Arab League gave Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas the green light to stay aboard the Kerry-Go-Round. That set up The planned session in Jerusalem between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators and Team Kerry. The Kerry-Lieberman meeting, which was the first face-to-face with Israeli leadership since Kerry enraged the Israelis by pointing the finger of blame on Jerusalem for the breakdown in talks, provided the backdrop for Washington to do some damage control in the form of praising the Israelis’ commitment to the peace process.

 
Negative fallout from the Kerry led talks is not limited to international diplomacy for Israeli hawkish PM Binyamin Netanyahu. Having served as prime minister longer than anyone else in the nation’s history, almost any bump in the road can generate choruses heralding the fall of the regime. Netanyahu has not rescinded his order to his cabinet ministers to suspend direct contacts with their Palestinian counterparts as punishment for the decision by Palestinian leadership to seek membership in 15 UN agencies and treaties in contravention of the promise made at the start of talks last July. In the aftermath of the collapse of the peace talks, left-leaning members of the Netanyahu cabinet are being urged to leave the government, opening the door for a challenge by the opposition, headed by the Labor Party, to take over the reins of power.

As Israeli housing minister added the approval of 700 new housing units in east Jerusalem,

Kerry pointed the finger directly at Israel for the collapse of the talks he is mentoring. Nevertheless, the tenacious Kerry denied he has given up. Kerry had just praised Israeli Netanyahu for taking courageous steps during the process. The Secretary met with President Obama and Vice President Biden on the issue

 

The Israeli domestic dynamic has the most riding on the current impasse and its putative solution with Economy Minister Naftali  Bennett having threatened to withdraw his party, The Jewish Home, from Netanyahu’s coalition if Netanyahu agrees to release more Palestinian prisoners. At the same time, Labor Party head Isaac Herzog, arguably the most significant political force to head the opposition during Netanyahu’s tenure, is publicly coaxing center-left party heads currently in the coalition to join him in opposition in preparation for taking over the reins of government.

 

 

Meanwhile, Netanyahu ordered his cabinet ministers to halt all communication with their Palestinian counterparts. With a view to ending the peace talks, as usual without success, already Israel is moving toward a poll to put in place a new regime, as usual, to prolong the occupation and expand its illegal territories inside Palestine. Some hawkish Israelis would rather see the government collapse and new elections called rather than pick up the pieces of the John Kerry peace mission where they fell when the process broke down. With the prognosis for the Kerry process in deep doubt, Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog of the Labor Party has issued a public call for cabinet ministers to the left of Netanyahu to jump to the opposition, suggesting the arithmetic adds up to a regime change that will be more willing to hop aboard the clichéd “tough decisions.”

 

Israel’s former foreign minister and now Justice Minister and chief negotiator, Tzipi Livni, called for Israel and the Palestinians to move to direct talks to solve the impasse. But the hawkish foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman said what happened was “Palestinian blackmail” and argued that elections were preferable to completing the aborted deal to release more Palestinian prisoners. Lieberman rejected suggestions about forming a new cabinet as Israel should not to surrender to the Palestinians, or pay an enormous price to maintain an alternative coalition. Such has been position of Zionist criminal leaders for years.  Lieberman has also announced that his Israel is Our Home Party will not run on a joint ticket with Netanyahu’s Likud Party as it did in the last election.

In Ramallah, Abbas has successfully dodged US admonitions against taking unilateral actions – not only with impunity, but with an unexpected gift from Kerry in the form of the finger of blame for the collapse of the talks being pointed at Israel during his testimony to the Senate Foreign Relations committee. Further infuriating Jerusalem, Kerry cited new building starts that were never a condition for the Kerry nine-month gambit as the primary reason for the crisis, completely ignoring his own refusal to come on board with any of Kerry’s requests.

 

 

The Palestinians charge Israel with the collapse, accusing it of backing out on its commitment to release all 104 prisoners; and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is pointing his finger at the Palestinians’ “unilateral” actions of going to the United Nations agencies contrary to a promise by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud to forego that option until the Kerry-brokered talks had concluded. Mahmoud Abbas signed 15 letters of accession beginning the recognition process at UN agencies and treaties, effectively ending the talks.

 

 

Off and on, Washington, when seeking to a favor form Gulf states or Saudi Arabia,  comes forward to mediate the peace talks but never succeeded in  persuading its military-intelligence ally, arrogant Israel to behave and  agree for a deal.

 

As the deadline of April end comes closely, USA has been pressing Israel to fulfill its pledges and help strike a deal. But, as usual, Israel refused to release the prisoners as part of the agreement before the deal. USA knows and Israeli mischief can stop the peace talks but does nothing to get the deal achieved.

 

For the Palestinians, the move is a tit-for-tat response to Israel’s refusal to release the fourth group of prisoners in promised to set free during the course of Kerry’s 9-month window of opportunity.

Hamas support for those calling for a boycott of and divestment from Israel is preferred by most Palestinians. The Hamas government in the Gaza Strip called for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to respond to Netanyahu’s order to end contacts with high-level Palestinian officials by ending security cooperation and giving “free rein” to those who prefer the violent alternative. Abbas should let resistance “deter the Israeli occupation and defend our people, our land, and our holy places,” according to the Ma’an news agency.

When the new deal is announced and implementation begins, it’s overwhelmingly likely that Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard will be flying home.

 

Notes

 

The prestige of Washington as a genuinely neutral mediator in regional crises is at stake.

Washington, like the world over does, now admits that Israel deliberately block the peace talks. Israelis who were pretty certain that White House would at least divide the blame between Israel and the Palestinians for the collapse of Kerry’s peace mission were disappointed to hear him tell the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that Israel bears the brunt of responsibility

From this it follows that the United States and Israel are jointly responsible for the collapse of the peace talks and its consequences for PLO or PA. Compounding the problem is the sanctity with which Israelis view their government’s relationship with the USA which, under Netanyahu, has been the cause of concern generated by notorious tensions between the two allies.

When Obama declared his intention to resolve the Mideast crisis by this year end and deputed his foreign secretary Kerry one got teh impression that Obama had already spoken to Israeli leadership to hurry for a peace deal with people of Palestine. But when Israel, as before, blocked the progress of the talks by refusing to release the prisons as per the agreement, world stands confused about Obama policy for West Asia. .

 

Obama spent too many days discussing the Israeli leaders, including Netanyahu, for nothing. The conventional wisdom is that both President Obama and Kerry have too much at stake personally while Netanyahu can’t afford to be seen as the man who upset the sacrosanct US-Israeli relationship as election-fever begins to sprout like tulips in February in the criminal Jewish state; and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas wants to prove his UN gambit was not in the place of negotiations, as he has argued.

 

But Israel has failed negotiations without fearing any consequences it may face now. .

 

The Palestinians, though, fresh from achieving what they were warned they could not – acceptance in the UN organizations and treaties still wound pursue their goal, though Israel itself is not a signatory to the treaties that would permit action at the ICC.

How to read the American mind on Mideast peace? How to understand if Washington is sincere about Palestine cause and keen to resolve the long pending Mideast crisis that promotes state terrorism across the globe?

One credible answer is the US policy towards Israel. When and if the US president can question the nukes that Israel acquired and  possesses now illegally and questions the legality of Zionist crimes in Gaza Strip, killing innocent and besieged Palestinians for years now. Unless President Obama makes his mind on these issues clear to the world, there is doubt about US sincerity in resolving the Mideast crisis.

Efforts to salvage the crisis in Kerry’s peace process are continuing despite the widespread belief that the Kerry’s mission has failed.  Although references to the John Kerry peace mission are almost exclusively fraught with skepticism and doubt, many Mideast observers believe that a deal is more likely than not following the Passover-Easter hiatus.

Image of USA is stake as the only super power of the world is weakening further without an effective capacity to reign in Israel.  US double-speak and double-standards have been very tactfully used by its fascist ally, an arrogant Israel to pursue its blood thirsty goals.

 

President Obama has a prime duty toward humanity in resolving the Mideast crisis  by creating the needy atmosphere for Israel to agree for a peace deal to create Palestine now.

Time is running out for Obama as well as Israel which, if it fails the talks or deal, will have to relocate its fascist mission elsewhere in the world.

 

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