Video report: How an Iraqi Shia survived an #ISIS massacre

12 Oct

Meet Ali Hussein Kadhim.

All the soldiers of his unit in the Iraqi army were bound and shot by ISIS soldiers.

Somehow he survived and escaped.

In the New York Times video report below, you will see how.

His survival is an amazing story, so is his escape back to his home in a Shiite area. He had to go through a Sunni area while ISIS forces were looking for him.

It reminded me of escape stories from Nazi soldiers during WWII.

Warning: the video contains disturbing images.

There was an explosion/fire at Parchin, the rest is not so clear

9 Oct

So there was a fire/explosion at the Parchin military site in Iran earlier this week. This is one of the conclusions from the recent report by the U.S based Institute for Science and

Photo of Parchin from 2012- source The Institute for Science and International Security

International Security. The report is based on purchased satellite pictures. Another report by the Israel Defense magazine also confirms this claim, based on pictures obtained from a French satellite. Meanwhile the Jane’s publication believes that it was an explosion which occurred at the site.

This puts to rest the question as to whether the reported explosion/fire was at the Parchin site itself. The reason being that none of the Iran based news organizations actually stated that the fire/explosion took place at the Parchin site. The only news source which stated this was Saham News, which belongs to the pro- Karrubi opposition.

Parchin is where Iran allegedly experimented with detonation and fuze systems required to build a bomb. The Iranian authorities have not allowed the IAEA inspectors to visit the site since November 2005.

So the next question is: did the fire/explosion take place at the section of Parchin where Iran allegedly undertook the experiments with the detonators?

The Israel Defense publication believes that the explosion took place “adjacent to another installation” where Iran is suspected to have worked on the nuclear detonation devices. It goes on to say that the area where the event took place “consists of a sizable testing center and what appears to be an area with bunker-shaped structures.” These were mostly or all destroyed.

The Institute for Science and International Security is not sure. First and foremost because for “unexplainable reasons” parts of the satellite pictures from the site which it purchased were not delivered. It is waiting for these photos to be delivered to it. Until then it can’t reach a conclusion regarding this matter (and rightly so). It also believes that the site where Iran undertook the detonation testing was at another part of Parchin.

So there is a dispute as to whether the recent fire/explosion took place near the area where Iran allegedly undertook detonator testing.

But, the question remains: why did the Iranian authorities go to extensive lengths to ensure that none of the reports published in Iran stated that the incident took place at Parchin itself? What did they have to hide?

#Iraq army v #ISIS: all hope is lost

6 Oct

Many Iraqi soldiers preffered to escape from ISIS, and in some cases for good reason.

I tried not to come up with such an extreme statement, but quite frankly after listening to the podcast below, I couldn’t put it any other way.

All hope is lost. The Iraqi army does not have a chance in hell of beating ISIS. At least not in the short-term.

The Financial Times Middle East and North Africa correspondent Borzou Daragahi filed this podcast from Iraq. In it, you hear the reason why I think this way.

You hear about Iraqi army commanders punishing their own under-equipped soldiers who were lucky enough to escape ISIS attacks. How instead of debriefing these soldiers and helping them, they literally spat on them. About how Iraqi commanders ignored pleas for air support from their units because they believed they were “exaggerating”. The podcast also talks about how sectarianism plays a role in the Iraqi army and the performance of the soldiers.

In my opinion, you can never win a fight as a national army, when many of your soldiers put their sectarian affiliation before their national identity. As a fighting force, ISIS does not have such a problem. Everyone is Sunni. But the Iraqi army does. And its a serious handicap.

Podcast: Under fire: the Iraqi army vs Isis

#Iran regime returns to its antisemitic propaganda- again

2 Oct

You remember that French anti-semitic comedian Dieudonné M’bala M’bala who came up with the reverse Nazi salute? He is in Iran now, attending a conference. So are a number of other Holocaust deniers. This is in addition to other anti-war activists.

According to Buzzfeed, quoting Iran regime mouthpiece PressTV:

The gathering’s goal is to unveil the secrets behind the dominance of the Zionist lobby over US and EU politics.

So to analyze such an issue, the Iranian regime needs the help of fervent haters of the Jewish people? Why? If this is only against Zionism, why does the Iranian regime need antisemites such as Dieudonné M’bala M’bala? Why does it need Holocaust deniers at this conference at all?

We all the know the answer. Anti-Semitic ideas are alive and kicking at this event. The organizers try to cover their tracks by saying its against “Zionism”, but the beliefs and background of some of its participants show that there is more to this.

This is not the only case which shows that antisemitism is rearing its ugly head again in Iran.

The state TV, which is controlled by the regime, not by the government (same applies to this conference) has started propagating centuries old lies against the Jewish people, again. Its trying its best to make the people of Iran anti-semitic.

This is shameful racism, and it must stop now. The Iranian regime is taking Iran to the dark ages, again. And Rouhani must speak up against such behavior.

مئیر جاودانفر: مصاحبه با بی بی سی فارسی در مورد سخنرانی نتانیاهو

30 Sep
​دیروز در مقر سازمان ملل متحد در نیو یورک نخست وزیر اسرائیل بنجامین نتانیاهو سخنرانی کرد. netan-small
در طول سخنرانیش وی در مورد دولت ایران صحبت کرد و در عین حال گروه حماس را به گروه داعش تشبیه کرد.
در مورد این سخنرانی و انگیزهای آقای نتانیاهو گفتگویی با بخش فارسی بی بی سی داشتم که در فایل صوتی زیر میتوانید بشنوید. ​

At the UN, Netanyahu was at his weakest

29 Sep

Benjamin Netanyahu spoke at the UN tonight.

What was different this time was that his position at home is more precarious compared to recent years. Naftali Benet is gaining on him and his popularity has fallen after the recent war in Gaza. And it could get worst if there is renewed rocket fire against Israel’s southern cities.

So this is why this year he sounded even more despondent than other years regarding the prospects of peace between Israel and Palestine.

But he did not disappoint. I mean who on earth believes him when every year he says he is ready for peace and every year he builds more settlements. This is something which hurts the credibility of Israel’s case abroad, and the peace process. This is not to say the other side is blameless, but nevertheless, the continuous settlement building isolates Israel and makes it hard for its friend to defend its case abroad.

And to try to equate Iran with ISIS? Not many people seem to have accepted his narrative on this topic.

I repeat what I said last year after his UN speech, because it’s still valid:

Israel has a very legitimate case against the Iranian regime’s current nuclear program, it’s just unfortunate that Benjamin Netanyahu has to present it.

What is wrong with some #Iran – #Israel schools of thought

28 Sep

If you want to fit in with the anti – Israel gang , then you must remember this golden rule:

Do not ever take a statement by an Iranian politician, especially Rouhani at face value. Always analyze the reasons of what he said and why he said it. Always try to observe the domestic political atmosphere in Iran and see how it impacts the speeches made by various officials. See who their domestic audience is. What are their internal and external interests and how this impacted their statements, towards the West, Israel or whoever.

Thats great. There is nothing with that. Thats the proper way to work as an analyst.

But its the next part which I have observed over the last years which bothers me.

Do take everything Israeli politicians say, especially regarding Iran at face value. Don’t for a second try to see if politician X just made this statement because of his own domestic audience. Or because he is trying to get prepared for elections. No. Israel controls AIPAC. Israel controls the U.S foreign policy. Its Israel and AIPAC which are the biggest reasons why Iran and the U.S don’t have friendly relations. If it weren’t for Israel and AIPAC, Iran and the U.S would have normal, fully functioning diplomatic relations.

I am of course paraphrasing what I have heard many times over the years.

I am not a Netanyahu fan. In fact the opposite. I hope he is voted out of office tomorrow. But just you watch when he makes his U.N speech.

Those who bent over backwards to try and convince us that we should not take what Rouhani said at the U.N at face value, will take everything Netanyahu says at face value. As if there is no domestic politics here in Israel. As if as bad as Netanyahu is, he does not have rivals. And believe me, even if there was another leader in Israel, you are very likely to see the same behaviour. I saw it when Olmert and Ariel Sharon were prime ministers as well.

Now if you want to belong to the anti- Iran gang then do the exact opposite. And I have seen that too, and keep seeing it.

Washington is not short of people or advocacy groups who think along these lines.

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