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Monday, August 22, 2016

Occupied Kashmir: How India lynched the referendum

If majority within a province or city opt for secession, they MUST be allowed to decide their own future.  Demonizing the ideology of secession (if decided by the majority) is a typical calculating mindset of totalitarian regimes and their firebrand bigoted sycophants.

                           Image source:  The Intuition blog by Sajad Khan

        Valley of Kashmir.  Image source  The Intuition blog

                           Ladakh, Kashmir.   Image source The Intuition blog.

In January 5,1949 UN affirmed that the accession of Jammu & Kashmir must be through a free and fair referendum (plebiscite), that only the people of this region were entitled to determine their future. But India showed its back to the UN (just as Israel does). Western political history books eager to discreetly favor India have chosen their words ultra carefully to display phony neutrality between India & Pakistan. India's rejection to respect the UN's call for referendum in January 1949 is often ridiculously referred as "differences in interpretation of the procedure for demilitarizing Azad Kashmir Army" by Pakistan & India.  Azad Kashmir forces of 1947 made up of retired WW2 veterans of the region that included disciplined platoons & battalions. They fought the first Kashmir war against the Indian army from October 1947 to December 1948.  After ceasefire in 1949, Azad Kashmir forces had the same uniforms and designated ranks as the Pakistan army and became its 12th infantry division legally based in Azad Kashmir province (the portion of Kashmir administered by Pakistan). At this time in 1949 the Azad Kashmir forces were NOT fighting the Indian army. It was a period of complete ceasefire and there's NO logical reason why the presence of Azad Kashmir forces should have been an excuse for ignoring a referendum other than India's political obstinacy to evade it. The UN never addressed this issue.

Then, three years later in 1951 ....

to distract the Kashmiri people and the world, India craftily manipulated the situation by calling for "post independence elections" (a modus operandi for maintaining the status quo via installing a puppet provincial rule) within Indian occupied Kashmir, despite knowing that this was NOT what the people of Kashmir were demanding. Consequently the UN reiterated that such an "election" was not a substitute for referendum because it did not allow the Kashmiri people to choose between Pakistan or India nor did it give them the opportunity to establish an independent Kashmiri state. But India ignored the UN (just as Israel does) and held a heavily rigged election. For the people of Kashmir this was nothing but a sick and cruel joke. 

Five years later in 1956 came the Kashmir catastrophe ..

when the Indian constituent assembly amended its state constitution self-declaring Kashmir as an "integral part of Indian union" followed by the Indian home minister's visit to occupied province of Jammu & Kashmir asserting that even the question of a referendum didn't arise A year later in 1957, UN passed a meek little resolution telling India that such a decision would not resolve the problem which of course India's despotic regime didn't even bother to entertain. Hence today, we see hardline Indian nationalists as well as those Indians who are too scared to speak in India's dictatorship (most of whom congregate in online neocon hotspots) persist to reject a referendum claiming Kashmir is "not a monolithic province and it's an integral part of India." Not to mention, at least 85% of Kashmiris are Muslims and the principle ideology of the creation of Pakistan in 1947 was that all provinces of the sub-continent that are geographically contiguous having a Muslim majority must comprise of Pakistan.

               An Indian occupying soldier in Kashmir.  Image source The Intuition blog.

 Indian occupying soldiers in Kashmir beat elderly unarmed man.  Image from The  Intuition blog.

      Injured Kashmiri girl carried by her brother.  Image source The Intuition blog

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Shahram Amiri: More likely a defector than an abductee

                                  Image source:  Global Times

He arrived in Iran in July 2010 flashing the "V" sign and got quite a warm welcome when he said he was "kidnapped" by the CIA in Saudi Arabia while performing Hajj, taken to the U.S. but resisted CIA attempts pressuring him to provide sensitive information on Iran's nuclear program. However, his story had many discrepancies and missing details that weren't adding up. ‪#‎ShahramAmiri‬ was arrested less than a year later. It was soon clear that Iranian authorities had not accepted his version of events. He was sentenced for 10 years in prison. He was also given a lawyer and went through a lengthy trial. As the story unfolded during the trial, the Supreme Court was convinced that Amiri was guilty of espionage. Having access to highly sensitive and confidential information on Iran's nuclear program, he decided to sell some precious and vital information, including the location of the country's covert headquarters for nuclear works, at a price to enemy No.1 - United States of America - a criminal offense that carries the death penalty according to Iranian law. Some reports claim the price negotiated was $5 million, though Amiri hadn't collected that amount when he returned to Iran in 2010. 

Within two years following Amiri's return - from 2010 to 2012 - four Iranian nuclear scientists were assassinated in Iran and a fifth survived a bomb attack. All incidents certainly had the involvement of US and Israeli intelligence services. It's not easy to confirm to what extent Amiri's cooperation with the CIA helped the foreign intelligentsia to target five Iranian nuclear scientists in just two years. But it's certainly very possible that during the one year of his disappearance spent in the United States, Amiri did volunteer enough state secrets including the schedule and whereabouts of Iranian nuclear scientists that helped US and Israeli operatives to target them.

The United States has flatly denied the "kidnapping" story and stated that Amiri visited and left the US entirely on his own. It's again impossible to determine how far that's correct. However, those stories about getting "kidnapped by CIA during Hajj" are no more uncommon tales coming from double-agent defectors.  If the CIA had really kidnapped Amiri, it's unlikely they would allow him to return after finding out that he was a staunch nationalist and wouldn't divulge any sensitive information.  The reasons for that are obvious.  According to the NPR, Amiri had regular ties with the CIA and wanted to get out of Iran. But other sources have reported that once in the US, Amiri was homesick and wished to return. He only wanted the deal to get through. When Amiri suddenly returned to Iran in 2010, he was seemingly convinced that the Iranians would buy his story of a CIA orchestrated kidnapping.

Iran Human Rights posted statements from Amiri's mother on the conversations she had with him when the family met him while he was in detention.  Iranian authorities didn't disclose precisely where Amiri was kept in custody, but it was apparently not a prison; similar to house arrest .. as it seemed.  In his mother's words, Amiri admitted he was kept in a "nice place" and given "good food."  But he was distraught after more than 5 years of imprisonment.  Yet strangely enough, in his conversations with his mother, he never explicitly refuted the charges of defection.  Instead, during his last meeting with his family, he expressed his despair and his desire that he wanted to be in "peace" alluding to his death sentence.  According to Iran's Human Rights report, Amiri's mother was deeply distressed as she felt her son was innocent and was also critical of the legal process.  However, it's but natural that no parents would view their children not innocent regardless of their crime, and it would very improper to criticize their feelings.  But factually there's no evidence to suggest that Amiri's trial was not carefully conducted nor was he a victim of injustice and neither was he treated in violation of the country's constitutional laws.  Unfortunately, it was more than obvious he did commit an act that greatly imperiled Iran's national security .. an act he should never than indulged in. 

Debating the existence of capital punishment is a different issue and this isn't the context for its discussion.    

It's extremely sad, nay heart rending, to learn of the execution of a young man leaving behind a young wife, a gorgeous 7-year-old son and elderly parents all of whom desperately loved their husband, father and son.  It's also tragic and mind boggling why some young men turn so dangerously and unscrupulously adventurous for the sake of money and in the process overlook the risks of emotional devastation their loved ones may have to experience. 

After all, those four nuclear scientists who lost their lives after their security was jeopardized also left behind many grieving loved ones.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Aleppo Syria - As takfiris struggle to dodge their Waterloo

The Syrian government has confirmed that it intends to retake the whole of Aleppo and continue attacking the armed foreign fighters who are occupying large swathes of the province.  Syria's resolute approach is becoming a growing obstacle for Al Qaeda affiliates and their disciples etched as "moderates."  Obama's hopes have been substantially dashed.  That lullaby his advisors sung for long to soothe his heart that the Syrian Army is too stretched and won't be able to withstand the "rebels" for much longer is just not beginning to look true.  

Bedlam Blogger mentions in "Aleppo Endgame" that foreign fighters in Syria and their Western sponsors are presently "desperate to salvage the regime-change project." Not surprising that very recently a frantic propaganda was unleashed by the voluntary Civil Defense group (aka White Helmets, the accomplished liars)  that there were "two chemical attacks" in northern Syria without a shred of evidence which prevented senior US officials to resume beating the war drums, much to their disappointment.   Agreeing with Bedlam Blogger, they are extremely wary that Assad with his Hezbollah and Iranian allies and whatever help Russia is still offering would be able to liberate most of Syria by the end of this year.  It's possible that the bloodbath initiated by foreign fighters in 2011 could be over before the Clinton regime takes over the White House after the upcoming fixed US elections, the rigging for which has already begun.  It would then be difficult for the old woman to initiate a new inquest  against Syria upholding another bout of invasion, much less a direct NATO intervention that was stymied in August 2013. 

Accordingly, there's an opinion that the Syrian government may want to move fast with its plans while Obama is still in the Oval Office.  But that may not be wholly correct.  Rather, it isn't.  From his side, Assad has made it abundantly clear that Washington may march off to Hell along with its flunkies. Visibly the Syrian strategy has been moving at its own pace squarely focused on the best interest of the country.  Assad is no political laggard and those five harrowing years since 2011 have made him still smarter.  He knows that there are no rules nor scruples within the neocons' new world.  If they're hellbent upon the preemptive destruction of a country, they will do it, even if that amounts to the resumption of another illegal war.   Assad's aspiration comes from his commitment to his country, defending its sovereignty and rejection of puppetism.  That's the real problem which has left the neocon jackholes scratching their heads for decades since the time of Hafez al-Assad.

A week ago - August 6 - An Nusra and its allies of different FSA factions inside Aleppo were desperately trying to seek help from external takfiri forces in Syria including Daesh. This ought to be an eye opener for Vladimir Putin whom Tayyip Erdogan is trying to woo with stories that "Syrian rebel groups" or "moderates" have no ties with Daesh.  Considering that, it isn't surprising that there are no reports until now of Turkey shutting its borders with Syria to block the supply of weapons and entry of terrorist fighters.  Neither has Putin been perturbed about this terrible intentional oversight of the Turkish leader which is the prime cause turning all confrontations between the Syrian Army and terror groups into yo-yo battles, slowing the progress for Damascus.  Yet the good news is that despite Ankara's low-key but continued support for terrorists, the turn of the tide looks increasingly in favor of Damascus.

Liberation - Kinsabba, Lattakia Province (Syria) July 2016

Liberation of the mountainous town of Kinsabba is a big victory for the Syrian Army. 

"Kinsabba is on the road connecting Latakia with Aleppo, which will allow the Syrian Army to plan its ground operations for the liberation of Idlib and its suburbs."  (Sputnik)

Latakia was one of the most beautiful provinces of Syria.  Needless to say, takfiri occupation has left it in ruins.  Watch the brief aerial video footage of Kinsabba town after its recent liberation.  It's a literal illustration of the expression "a ghost town."  

Brief aerial video footage of Kinsabba like a ghost town.

Hezbollah - a major anti-terror force

"Ten years after the 33-day war between Hezbollah and Israel, Lebanon’s resistance movement has turned into a major anti-terror force in the region. Experts believe the experience Hezbollah fighters have gained in the Syria war have made them a greater challenge for Israel." - Press TV (Beirut) 

 Israeli media Haaretz acknowledges "Israel military now sees Hezbollah as an Army in every sense," adding Hezbollah's "battle experience in Syria raises its game considerably."  

"Hezbollah is positioning itself as Lebanon’s first line of defense against 'takfiri' terrorists: The Lebanese army cannot succeed in its current and future plans without at least moral support from Hezbollah. It would not be possible to eliminate terrorist and takfiri groups in Syria without the party." Syyed Hassan Nasrullah humbly states: "Hezbollah is not a substitute for the state, even in the matter of resistance. When the state becomes capable and strong enough to defend Lebanon, we in the Resistance will go back to our schools and our universities and affairs" (as-Safir [Beirut], April 8). - The JamesTown Foundation, Global Research and Analysis.