truckloads of U.S. and Western aid has been flowing into territory controlled by the jihadists

Jamie Detmer, Daily Beast

Not only are foodstuffs, medical supplies—even clinics—going to ISIS, the distribution networks are paying ISIS ‘taxes’ and putting ISIS people on their payrolls.

GAZIANTEP, Turkey—While U.S. warplanes strike at the militants of the so-called Islamic State in both Syria and Iraq, truckloads of U.S. and Western aid has been flowing into territory controlled by the jihadists, assisting them to build their terror-inspiring “caliphate.”

The aid—mainly food and medical equipment—is meant for Syrians displaced from their hometowns, and for hungry civilians. It is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, European donors, and the United Nations. Whether it continues is now the subject of anguished debate among officials in Washington and European. The fear is that stopping aid would hurt innocent civilians and would be used for propaganda purposes by the militants, who would likely blame the West for added hardship.

The Bible says if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him something to drink—doing so will “heap burning coals” of shame on his head. But there is no evidence that the militants of the Islamic State, widely known as ISIS or ISIL, feel any sense of disgrace or indignity (and certainly not gratitude) receiving charity from their foes.  

Quite the reverse, the aid convoys have to pay off ISIS emirs (leaders) for the convoys to enter the eastern Syrian extremist strongholds of Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor, providing yet another income stream for ISIS militants, who are funding themselves from oil smuggling, extortion, and the sale of whatever they can loot, including rare antiquities from museums and archaeological sites.

“The convoys have to be approved by ISIS and you have to pay them: The bribes are disguised and itemized as transportation costs,” says an aid coordinator who spoke to The Daily Beast on the condition he not be identified in this article. The kickbacks are either paid by foreign or local nongovernmental organizations tasked with distributing the aid, or by the Turkish or Syrian transportation companies contracted to deliver it.

“What are we doing here helping their fighters, who we are bombing, to be treated so they can fight again?”

The involvement of IRGC means that these operations are about identifying targets for future attacks on Israel

Gertz’s Geostrategy Direct:

 Israel has determined that Iran was intensifying espionage missions in the Jewish state.

The Israeli intelligence community has determined that Teheran expanded operations in Israel over the last year amid the threat of an attack on Iranian nuclear facilities.

Officials said Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has been directing espionage operations in the Jewish state as well as in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

"The involvement of IRGC means that these operations are about identifying targets for future attacks on Israel," an official said.

The officials said the intelligence community assessed that IRGC-Quds Force was taking over many espionage operations from the Iranian Intelligence Ministry, responsible for foreign spying.

They said IRGC has been unhappy with the intelligence supplied by the ministry.

In 2014, the Israel Security Agency acknowledged IRGC espionage operations. The agency reported the arrest of an alleged agent identified as Ali Mansouri, said to have been directed by the Quds Force.

In other words, Iran is trying to PLAN what to strike because they KNOW what is going to happen as they get to a real nuclear weapon.

"The significance of this is that Mansouri was not sent to Israel to spy and collect intelligence like his predecessors, but rather to establish an infrastructure to carry out terror attacks within Israel," Lior Ackerman, a former senior ISA official, said.

Officials said Quds Force has been working with Hizbullah to identify and strike Israeli targets abroad.

They cited attacks and plots in such countries as Azerbaijan, Georgia, India, Kenya, Nigeria and Thailand over the last two years.

Let’s not forget about Argentina either.

Where the Jewish Community Ctr was bombed in plan by the IRGC, and Iran, and carried out by Hezbollah, and as a result of which the Prime Minister of Iran, and much of his cabinet is/are wanted for MURDER

Al Mansouri, an Iranian with Belgian citizenship, was arrested on his third visit to Israel. Officials said he operated under the cover of trying to establish a business in the Tel Aviv area, which allowed him to meet prominent Israelis.

IRGC was also said to be stationed in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. Officials said IRGC was working with Hizbullah to enhance missile and rocket development and production in any future war with Israel.

"They have a special unit, called 1800, to work with the terrorists," Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said.

Ya’alon said Hizbullah agents have been entering the Gaza Strip via Lebanon, Sudan and Egypt since Israel’s withdrawal from the Palestinian enclave in 2005. He said the same Unit 1800 works in the West Bank, much of it controlled by the Palesitnian Authority. Officials said the intervention by Quds Force meant an enhancement of Iranian espionage operations. They said the handling of Al Mansouri reflected the methods of Western intelligence agencies.

"ISA’s real challenge is to identify suspicious signs, patterns and activities suggestive of espionage or terror, collect intelligence and use it properly in order to both prevent the activities themselves and glean information for thwarting future plots," Ackerman said.

Obama- Experts tell me this USA can’t chew gum AND walk at the same time

"And fellow Americans, I believe them, now shut up, because the experts are smarter than you, and I am smarter than them."

Yesterday, Barack Obama, as he has done as a PRINCIPLE for every bad decision he has made, DOUBLED DOWN to prove he is sure about  what he is doing.

He maintains, with these experts that imposing a a BAN on travel INTO THE USA from West Africa, cannot be done, and will make things worse.

As if we cannot get ANY AID WE CAN, IN ANY FORM, IN 6-8 hours, from the USA to West Africa if we stop people from Sierra Leone, etc, from having a contagion holiday in the USA.

This is, as it always has been a counter common sense, specious, argument, whose FAILURE to be articulated in any logical manner to ANYONE (let alone the people) once again shows us that the distance between the citizens and the political class is FAR GREATER than the generated differences of the top 1% of income - an inequality (which of course, won’t help them with a virus contact, will it?).

I had thought Barack Obama would just be a slightly more left of center Clinton, but he is an authority freak who is always arrogantly certain HE knows better than anyone else, once he makes up his mind based on a brisk debate of solipsoid nature. How far left he is becomes the SECONDARY problem.

The incompetent arrogance, impossible decisions  made too late to make the impact needed IF CORRECT, and failure to make any case to the American people followed by INSISTENCE that he is correct are a danger to the nation.

We ARE ABLE to stop incoming travel as we need from West Africa, on a temporary basis, while providing military, medical, food, shelter or ANY OTHER epidemiological aid compulsory to END the outbreak in Africa.

The idea is to NOT have an outbreak here while achieving that end, or BELIEVE ME, outbound aid WILL STOP.

To pretend otherwise makes it impossible to credit this govt in any decision they make, and this suppurating, growing, eroding anger and cynical disregard of what the govt now says, and in fact belief in the OPPOSITE of what they say is CORRODING the faith of the nation IN our ability to govern ourselves.

Jan 23, 2017 REMAINS a long way off.

"It would be eas­ier to trust ap­peals for calm if of­fi­cials didn’t act as if it is ab­surd to fear a pathogen that liq­ue­fies or­gans."


Joe Scarborough

It was just a low grade fever

Comment by CDC upon allowing EBOLA INFECTED NURSE, Amber Vincent to fly on Frontier Airlines Cleveland to Houston with a 99.5 temp because their ‘threshold’  was 100.4

That aircraft made FIVE more flights before being removed from service. It’s method of decontamination has not been released.

Children on that flight today have had their SCHOOLS CLOSED since being alerted.

And AWAYYYYYY WE GO!

You know, the CDC was right to be against stopping flights from West Africa, because WE ARE TOO INCOMPETENT TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT SLOWDOWN IN SPREAD

the tirade bears a rather striking resemblance to some of the propaganda that has come out of ISIS

Western diplomatic comment on Erdogan’s foaming complaints about “outside meddling”

When will the western mass media GRASP that the elected govt of Turkey, just like that of Gaza, IS an accurate reflection of the Islamist, Salafi will of the Turkish people, and that Turkey is on the other side of this war.

Daily Beast:

GAZIANTEP, Turkey — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan took on the iconic Lawrence of Arabia Monday in a furious anti-Western diatribe.  The Turkish president compared the outside meddling in the region now to the role the renowned British army officer played during the Arab Revolt against the Ottomans during World War I. And Western diplomats here say the tirade bears a rather striking resemblance to some of the propaganda that has come out of the so-called Islamic State, widely known by the acronym ISIS or ISIL.

Last week, stung by Western criticism of Turkey’s conspicuous absence from the U.S.-led air combat against the terror organization, and the refusal of the Turkish government to rescue the besieged town of Kobani, just across the Syrian border, Erdoğan insisted he had no sympathy for the jihadists.

But on one very important point of history and geography it now appears there’s a serious convergence of views between ISIS and Erdoğan. In his speech Monday at a university in Istanbul, the Turkish president blasted the Sykes-Picot Agreement, a secret understanding (signed behind Lawrence’s back) that divided up the Middle East after World War I between British and French spheres of influence. That deal opened the way for a British vow to establish a Jewish homeland in Palestine and led to borders drawn by the European powers that created modern Syrian and Iraq. Historian David Fromkin summed up the mess that resulted in the title of his book The Peace to End All Peace.

“Each conflict in this region has been designed a century ago,” said Erdoğan. “It is our duty to stop this.”

In point of fact, T. E. Lawrence was opposed to the secret Anglo-French agreement, because it reneged on promises given the Arabs by London in a bid to persuade them to revolt against Ottoman Turkish rule. He tried mightily to sabotage the deal. But Erdoğan is either unaware of that or sought to simplify history.

When will the western mass media GRASP that the elected govt of Turkey, just like that of Gaza, IS an accurate reflection of the Islamist, Salafi will of the Turkish people, and that Turkey is on the other side of this war.

FP Joke Quote of the AM: Washington may be consistently misreading its partners and overestimating just how committed they are to the fight

Foreign Policy  writes this morning that the Obama admin, SO HAPPY AND RELIEVED to have a deal where Islamist, and therefore racist Turkey (which already has ONE genocide to its credit)  is ‘ALLOWING’ use of (most likely of the large NATO Incirlik) base(s) for air support immediately trumpeted this cooperation, embarrassing the Turks so badly (since they and their people- by election(s) - are actually on the other side of this struggle) that they DENIED it.

Who would want to be the ally of a nation that abandons allies for domestic political reasons in a fight against people whose first action after you hesitate to convert to their religion is to slice off your head with a kitchen knife on TV, pour encourager les autres?

National Security

The Obama Administration Has a Kiss-and-Tell Problem

In its excitement to trumpet the coalition against the Islamic State, the U.S. is outing partners before they’re ready to go steady.

The Obama administration insists that it has a large and growing coalition of nations arrayed to fight the Islamic State. If a new diplomatic blowup with Turkey is any example, though, the alliance may be far less robust than Washington says.

The latest row concerns the key question of whether Turkey, which hosts a sprawling American air base, will let U.S. warcraft fly from it into Iraq and Syria to batter the militant group. U.S. officials said Sunday that Ankara had given the green light. Less than a day later, Turkish officials categorically denied that they’d agreed to allow their bases to be used against the terror group.

The conflicting versions of events from the two allies have one of two causes. One is political: The White House is eager to show a war-weary American public that the United States won’t be fighting alone, but many Middle Eastern countries don’t want to rile up their own populations by advertising their roles in the coalition. The other is a more basic and troubling one: that Washington may be consistently misreading its partners and overestimating just how committed they are to the fight.

The Turkey dispute revolves around the use of the country’s bases by coalition forces to fly airstrikes and surveillance missions against ISIS (as the Islamic State is also known) in Iraq and Syria. But Ankara wasn’t the only capital to experience a fit of stage fright after its potential involvement in the anti-ISIS coalition went public.

In September, when Foreign Policy reported details of a secret offer by the nation of Georgia to host a training camp for anti-ISIS fighters, the story prompted a strong public backlash in Tbilisi due to security concerns for the tiny Caucasian nation of 4.5 million. Within 24 hours, Georgian officials denied having made any such offer. 

"I categorically rule out any military participation or training base in Georgia," Georgian Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze said.

The Desperate (and disgusting) politics of REMAINING in power

Or, why the Constitution is wisely CYNICAL about human nature (while hoping for the best)

In 2012 THIS is what the democratic campaign machine said of MItt Romney

On 2014 this it what the democratic campaign is saying

The democrats will do and say ANYTHING to remain in and keep the power of gridlock to forestall ALL COOPERATION with the House.

If THIS president regarded an Ebola outbreak as a critical issue, THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN AS MANY RESOURCES AVAILABLE AS THERE WERE FOR OBAMACARE, after all he has a pen and a phone. RIGHT?

Five years ago, there was one Advanced Placement class with 11 students. Now, there are 12 with 600 total enrollments.

How Iowa makes Norman Rockwell live with a lesson from Des Moines for URBAN SCHOOLING SUCCESS.

National Journal with a WINNER article:

Why Des Moines Can Be a Model for Urban SchoolsA majority of students are minorities.

Poverty rates are going up. Refugees speak 100 different languages and dialects. And despite all this, the school district is seeing gains.

National Journal recently visited Des Moines to see how an increasingly diverse population—a majority of public-school students are now minorities—and booming economic development have changed this once-sleepy town. In the coming weeks, Next America will publish a series of stories about the reality of 21st-century Iowa.

DES MOINES, Iowa—Parju Rai finishes her quiz on integers with ease, putting her pencil down as Amelia Mieth, an eighth-grade teacher, calls time. Rai and her family arrived in the United States just two months ago from a refugee camp in eastern Nepal. But you wouldn’t know it from her comfort level in the class. She doesn’t speak much English, but she understands the universal language of math. “She knows exactly what she’s doing,” Mieth says in her Amos Hiatt Middle School classroom on the east side of town.

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Blast at suspected Iran nuke facility was caused by ‘foreign country’

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The Parchin facility is assumed to be where explosive lenses are being fashioned for a possible plutonium nuke (advanced, but VERY potent weapon and necessary for an H Bomb trigger), and where potential warheads are loaded onto test delivery stages of ballistic missiles.

They may also be practicing the far simpler mechanism of the U-235 bomb triggering. This mechanism and its function were so reliable the US never even had to test it in 1945, and Pakistan developed an entire stockpile before finally testing one weapon.

TIMES OF ISRAEL:

Unconfirmed Kuwaiti report claims Western intel believes Iran trying to test nuclear warheads; Israeli TV says 12 buildings badly damaged in Parchin explosion

An unnamed foreign country was responsible for the blast at Iran’s secretive Parchin facility on Monday, a Kuwaiti news site claimed Thursday, quoting unnamed Washington-based European diplomats

The report by Kuwait’s Al Rai also claimed Western intelligence agencies believe that Iran has been conducting tests at the facility, aimed at loading nuclear warheads onto ballistic missiles.

It was the Monday strike, the report further said, that prompted Iran to order Hezbollah to target an Israeli army patrol on the Israeli side of the Israel-Lebanon border the next day, in which two soldiers were injured.

There was no independent confirmation of the report, which was also cited on Israel’s Channel 2 news.

The blast, which is said to have killed at least two people, caused substantive damage to 12 buildings at the heart of the site, Channel 2 said Thursday.

According to satellite images taken after the blast, Israeli researcher Ronen Solomon told the TV channel, the affected buildings were bunkers where work was being carried out on triggers to detonate nuclear devices.

The reports emerged just as the latest UN effort to probe suspicions that Iran is working to attain nuclear weapons ended on a downbeat note, with diplomats saying that Tehran refused entry to Iran to a US nuclear expert on the UN’s investigating team.

The diplomats also said Thursday that the trip this week didn’t succeed in advancing a decade of UN efforts to investigate suspicions that Tehran worked on such weapons.

Tehran has denied IAEA inspectors access to Parchin since 2005.

Reza Najafi, Iran’s envoy to the IAEA, confirmed that an International Atomic Energy Agency staff member was refused a visa. Najafi didn’t identify the person, but told Iran’s Fars news agency that he had a “particular nationality.”

The IAEA’s inquiry is formally separate from US-led talks with Iran focused on long-term caps on Tehran’s atomic programs in exchange for an end to nuclear-related sanctions, which resume next week in Vienna.

But Washington says a successful investigation by IAEA must be part of any final deal. That is unlikely by Nov. 24 — the target date for such an agreement.

Two diplomats from IAEA member nations said the US expert first applied for a visa eight months ago and had been turned down several times since.

Iran says it doesn’t want nuclear arms and never worked toward them. But the IAEA says it has collected about 1,000 pages of information that point to attempts to develop such weapons.

Several meetings have resulted in little progress since Iran and the IAEA agreed late last year on a new effort to try and clear up the allegations.

The agency said Thursday that Iran presented no new proposals at the latest talks with IAEA experts. An IAEA statement gave no date for a new meeting.

On Wednesday, an exiled Iranian opposition group accused Tehran of secretly moving a key nuclear research hierarchy to avoid international inspections.

The dissident group said the Tehran-based Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research (SPND) was “the nerve center of the militarization of the Iranian nuclear program,” which has been responsible for “the design and manufacture of the atomic bomb.”

“The transfer of the SPND was completed in July,” said the Paris-based National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), which has made significant revelations about Iran’s nuclear program in the past.

“Managers and key services were relocated to secret locations, while some administrative officials were left in place to deceive IAEA inspectors,” said dissident leader Afchine Alavi.

The SPND was targeted in August by a new round of US sanctions against companies and individuals seen as providing support to illicit Iranian nuclear activities.

The brains behind the SPND, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, sought for years by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), is being “hidden by the regime”, the NCRI said in a report.

“This game of hide-and-seek with the IAEA proves that the regime has no intention of abandoning the military aspect of its program and that it does not want to be transparent.”

Following Monday’s mysterious blast at Parchin, east of Tehran, satellite imagery obtained Wednesday by Israel’s Channel 2 and Israel Defense magazine claimed to show extensive damage at the site.

Images of the facility taken Tuesday, a day after the explosion, showed that several buildings at the location sustained heavy damage and some even collapsed, Channel 2 reported.

The photos “clearly show damage consistent with an attack against bunkers in a central locality within the military research complex at the Parchin military compound,” Israel Defense wrote.

The images were taken by the French satellite Pleiades the morning following the blast.

Screenshot from Israel Defense showing satellite images of the Parchin site east of Tehran before and after Monday's explosion at the suspected nuclear facility on October 8, 2014.

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Screenshot from Israel Defense showing satellite images of the Parchin site east of Tehran before and after Monday’s explosion at the suspected nuclear facility on October 8, 2014.

Iran’s state news agency IRNA reported Monday that the explosion occurred at a defense ministry plant east of Tehran for the production of explosives.

The Defense Industries Organisation, quoted by IRNA, said a fire broke out at the plant on Sunday night but it gave no further details.

The BBC, citing a report from the semi-official Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA), reported on Monday that the incident happened in an “explosive materials production unit” at the site south-east of the capital Tehran.

According to ISNA, the blast was so powerful it shattered windows up to 12 kilometers away and the glare from the explosion lit up the night sky.

Several arms facilities and military bases are located east of the Iranian capital, including Parchin.

The base lies at the center of allegations of past Iranian research into sophisticated explosives that can be used to detonate a nuclear warhead.

In August Iran reiterated that it will not allow IAEA inspectors to visit the site.



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Salaam Fayyad on possibility of peace in the ME “OSLO IS DEAD”- Interesting

Mr. Fayaad resigned as prime minister of ‘Palestine’ (PLA-West Bank) in June of 2013.

IMHO, he had concentrated to the near exclusion of all other factors the development of the institutions of statehood. This IMPLIES control over all entities in the way Ben Gurion did over Irgun (resulting in the Altalena). This IS a positive development as it means if some agreement is reached by a govt, no other organization can be allowed to operate on their own (HAMAS). Of course, he quit in utter frustration with the PLA and HAMAS. 

His opinion in this article STILL makes no mention of right of return or recognition of Israel as a jewish state, however he IS someone to talk with seriously.

The problem is that he is OUT.

From FOREIGN POLICY:

Oslo Is Dead

How To Fix the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process

A protester places a Palestinian flag over a section of an Israeli barrier. (Courtesy Reuters)

Although much remains to be done to ensure that the August cease-fire between Israelis and Palestinians is not a mere lull in hostilities, many have already started looking beyond that basic requirement, arguing that it is time to address the root causes of the conflict. I agree. But I do not believe this should mean a rush to hit the reset button on the stalled peace process. That has repeatedly failed, and it is virtually certain to continue to fail in the absence of fundamental adjustments to the existing paradigm, the Oslo framework.

The adjustments I propose fall mainly in two areas. The first relates to Palestinian representation in the context of both the peace process and national governance. The second relates to the question of continued validity of the Oslo framework, especially given that it was designed on the basis of a timeline that long since expired in 1999. 

The question of who exactly has the power or privilege to represent the Palestinian people has been a prominent feature of Palestinian and Arab political discourse since the early days of the contemporary Palestinian revolution. Beginning in the mid-1970s, however, the drive to vest that power solely in the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) gained momentum, and it ultimately culminated in Israel’s recognition in 1993 of the PLO as “the representative of the Palestinian people” in the context of the highly asymmetrical formulation of recognition in the Letters of Mutual Recognition. Conspicuously, but not coincidentally, missing from that formulation was the characterization of the “representative” as the “sole legitimate” representative.

But that is not why the agreement should be regarded as highly asymmetrical. The more relevant fact is that the PLO received only a qualified recognition from Israel, in the sense of it being conditioned on the PLO’s recognition of “the right of the state of Israel to exist in peace and security” and with the PLO settling for much less than a reciprocal recognition of the right of Palestinians to a state of their own. This in essence signaled acceptance of the Israeli historical narrative at the expense of the Palestinian narrative. In addition, the recognition was formulated in such a way that it arguably gave Israel a veto power over the possible emergence of a Palestinian state if it could represent that Palestinian statehood in any way undermined its own security. Nevertheless, notwithstanding the asymmetry of it, the mutual recognition of 1993 paved the way for the PLO to become universally accepted as the representative of the Palestinian people. 

A downside to this success, however, was that, as of the signing of the Oslo Accords, the PLO was judged no longer on the basis of its past glory but entirely by the success of the Oslo framework in delivering a fully sovereign Palestinian state on the territory Israel occupied in 1967. Unfortunately, when judged by this criterion, the PLO’s record must be considered a dismal failure. Oslo has obviously failed to deliver Palestinian statehood by the end of the “interim period.” Moreover, the prospects of that happening anytime soon are decidedly dimmer today than they were then. This has contributed to a progressively receding sense of possibility about Palestinian statehood, with the ensuing sense of gloom undoubtedly reinforced by a completely unbearable state of the human condition in the occupied Palestinian territory, both in Gaza — where, in addition to the tragedy associated with periodic military escalation, people had to always contend with severe water and power shortages, inadequate public services, and a virtually complete ban on travel — and in the West Bank, where Palestinians’ right to live with dignity on their land has been constantly and severely undermined by a highly capricious and oppressive military occupation, as well as settler extremism and acts of outright terrorism. 

These factors, combined with the fact that the Palestinian Authority did not always govern well, did a lot of damage to the PLO. However, probably more than anything else, the PLO’s standing was ultimately compromised by the defeat of its platform of nonviolence. Over time, the view that “violence pays off” started to gain favor with the public at large, leading non-PLO resistance factions to become more popular.

An adjustment to Palestinian representation is therefore necessary. But such an adjustment could also facilitate dealing with the fundamental problem of the Oslo framework — namely, it having transformed from an interim arrangement to a de facto open-ended arrangement. Failing to address this problem would perpetuate an absurd situation whereby Palestinians would continue to have to choose either to accept what Israel was prepared to offer in negotiations or to live under its oppressive occupation.

In essence, the adjustments I propose aim at redressing the fundamental asymmetry in the balance of power between the occupying power and the occupied. They consist of the following key elements. First, 21 years after Palestinians granted it recognition of its right to exist in peace and security, Israel should reciprocate symmetrically by recognizing the Palestinians’ right to a sovereign state on the territory it occupied in 1967 in its entirety. Second, Israel should be prepared to accept an internationally mandated date for ending its occupation and a mutually agreed path for getting there. Third, in the interim, Palestinians should not continue to be hamstrung in their effort to achieve national unity by an insistence, on the part of the international community, on a rigid application of “the Quartet principles.” As they require any Palestinian government to fully accept the Letters of Mutual Recognition, those conditions obviously derive their validity from a framework whose premises no longer are valid. Fourth, Palestinians need to see a cessation of all practices that undermine their right to live with dignity on their land, as they proceed to attain full national unity and persevere in their effort to build their state and prepare for statehood.

The key to quickly working toward securing these adjustments lies in a fully determined Palestinian effort aimed at achieving unity through a more inclusive representation framework. Toward that end, consideration should be given to the following elements. 

Until such time as it becomes possible to expand the membership of the PLO, whether through elections or some other objective mechanism that may be agreed upon, I would propose that the PLO, together with its platform, be left alone, while permitting it to retain the title of “sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people.” The Unified Leadership Framework (ULF), which includes all PLO factions and those not affiliated with it, should be tasked with collectively informing the decisions of the executive committee of the PLO on matters of high national interest. Membership in the ULF by non-PLO factions does not require acceptance on their part of the PLO’s platform. Consideration could, however, be given to having the ULF adopt a time-bound commitment by all factions to nonviolence, keeping in mind that it would make sense to have the term of the commitment to nonviolence correspond to the time judged to be needed to enable the government to unify the state institutions and laws after more than seven years of separation.

It would also be important to ensure that the government is representative of the full political spectrum and empowered to the fullest extent afforded by the Basic Law. The government should commit to holding fair, free, and inclusive elections no later than six months before the end of the period during which the commitment to nonviolence, building, and reunification is to stand. In the meantime, Palestine’s current legislature should be reconvened and the political system should be opened up to a broader base of participation. 

What is critically needed at this stage is a national consensus on these, and possibly other, issues. But this national consensus, especially the timeline embodied in it, can be used as a basis for approaching Israel and the international community with the chief aim of setting a date certain for ending the Israeli occupation and moving to resolve all outstanding issues.

However, beyond trying to forge a Palestinian national consensus on issues of the kind outlined above, it would be important for that consensus to reflect an adequate appreciation of two other elements. First, good governance is always and everywhere important. In the Palestinian context, it is also hugely important as an enabler in the quest for greater legitimacy and international attention and support. Second, against the backdrop of a region tragically caught up in unprecedented extremism and violence, the foundational principles on which the Palestinian state should stand acquire added importance. Thus, it is incumbent on Palestinians, and as a matter of conscious decision-making, to build a state that is founded on the basis of the universally shared progressive values of equality, tolerance, nondiscrimination, openness, and full sensitivity to the unabridged rights and privileges of citizenship. In any event, that, to me, is the only kind of state that would be worthy of the aspirations and great many sacrifices of the Palestinian people.

Victor David Hanson underscores the bitter realities of this planet

If we embark on a mission in which the subject must emerge with another way of life, then the subject must look like Japan, and Germany did in 1945 for the mission to begin ..ONCE UTTER CONQUEST is complete.

If we are not ready for this, STAY HOME.

NRO:

Bomb, Occupy, or Neither? 
Blowing apart a problem for a while is different from ending it for good. 

Tom Frieden, Head of CDC has NO credibility due to his ADMIN **AND** himself

"We can’t seal off the border" ….

Why is a scientist, whose life should be dictated by the facts, using a political red herring argument to duck recommending tough policies to fulfill his PRIME MISSION, …which is-

The safety of the American people via all medical means

No one, *****NO ONE*****,  expects that in a moment’s notice we can seal the USA off, OR that this admin has the will to do such a thing, or believes is it possible or would work (certainly with viruses).

But COMMON SENSE and SCIENCE should compel a SCIENTIST to AT LEAST the following in order of priority.

  1. Deployment of DETERMINATIVE US assets to West Africa to END the outbreak AND blocking of all West African flights, and passengers on connected flights pending PRECISELY what we did with detected sick people on Ellis Island.
  2. Deploying EFFECTIVE means of detection and screening at BOTH ENDS of the travel chain, via US personnel. If the foreign nation is unwilling, FLIGHTS BLOCKED.
  3. Since the virus is already here (further sinking the President’s already capsized credibility), ensuring adequate, instantly DEPLOYABLE means of isolation and decontamination is ESSENTIAL, and must be seen to be in action, and effective by the public - FOR OBVIOUS REASONS. Media is already considering the opposite
  4. Make sure the public is informed of the FACTS of transmission INCLUDING THE UGLY ONES.
  5. SPEND MONEY and ensure the best people are involved from NIH to universities to BIG (and small innovative) PHARMA is engaged in BOTH a therapeutic treatment set, and a vaccine.
  6. Keep the public FULLY informed in an APOLITICAL MANNER. No admin appointed personnel should be involved IN ANY WAY in this information chain linking news, science and the public, this is way above that pay grade

I don’t want to talk about the ways this admin has STUPIDLY spent it’s believability, or the hope that facts would dictate policy or responses, but we can see in this event, this threat to ALL THE WORLD despite nationality, race, or religion, what it means when confidence is lost.

Kurds Feel ‘Deserted and Furious’ at U.S.

And this is all YOU, Mr. Obama.

All they wanted was material.

THINGS.

STUFF.

Armed with light weapons and shooting from inside homes and behind mud walls in territory around the city, Kurdish forces have slowed the militants, whose rapid advance through villages in northern Syria with tanks and heavy artillery had sent thousands of Kurds fleeing into Turkey.

Islamic State is “still shelling Kobani with mortars as people there are struggling to defend themselves,” Ibrahim Ayhan, a pro-Kurdish lawmaker in the Turkish parliament, said by phone from the country’s border town of Suruc today. Airstrikes last night by U.S.-led coalition warplanes didn’t “change the tide of the war,” he said.

While Turkey’s government has vowed to prevent an Islamic State takeover of Kobani, Kurds aren’t convinced, accusing authorities in Ankara of using the crisis to suppress a largely autonomous Kurdish region that has evolved during Syria’s three-year civil war.

The Kurds fighting Islamic State in Syria are linked to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, whose separatist ambition has long been considered Turkey’s top security threat.

“The people of Kobani feel deserted and furious,” Faysal Sariyildiz, another pro-Kurdish legislator, said yesterday.

A US built Bradley Fighting Vehicle, now fighting for ISIS

A real-time feed from the area near Kobani is allowing activists from around the world to watch the developments unfold, and often stoking frustrations.

“It gets ridiculous when you have a live stream, and you can see the ISIS tanks,” said Mark Campbell, 52, who is based in London and has been campaigning for Kurdish rights for two decades. ISIS is another name for Islamic State. Coalition forces “could literally wipe out the tanks in five minutes,” Campbell, who is using social media to raise awareness, said in a video phone interview.

What is our purpose? What result do we wish?

American officials are puppets of the Zionist lobby

Mohsen Ghomi, a close adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

Where?

Iran’s second annual New Horizons conference, an anti-American hate fest that U.S. lawmakers say highlights the country’s dangerous duplicity.

Among those in attendance at the conference—which the U.S. State Department admitted it was not even aware of—were notorious Holocaust deniers, American anti-Israel activists, and Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s closest adviser.

They were joined by two of Iran’s former nuclear negotiators, Saeed Jalili and Ali Asghar Soltanieh, both of whom were once responsible for inking a deal with the West over Tehran’s contested nuclear program.

The presence Jalili and Soltanieh triggered concern on Capitol Hill, where lawmakers warned that this is another sign that Tehran cannot be trusted to deal honestly in ongoing nuclear talks, which have been extended through November.

As the Obama administration continues to provide billions of dollars in sanctions relief to Tehran in a bid to foster a final nuclear deal, some in Congress say that the White House is letting itself be fooled into backing a bad deal with Iran.

“The so-called ‘New Horizon’ conference in Tehran proves why the current Iranian regime under President Hassan Rouhani is, at its core, no less extremist and dangerous than the regime under Mahmoud Ahmadinejad,” Sen. Mark Kirk (R., Ill.) said in a statement.

“The conference’s participants promoted anti-Americanism, anti-Semitism, and Holocaust denial,