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Resistance is inevitable, whatever enemies say

Posted by seumasach on March 25, 2014

Ghaleb Kandil


17th March, 2014

The illusions of some parties of their ability to alter the balance of power in Lebanon, and realize their dreams to target the Resistance and its legitimacy, have filed on the rock of reality. They thought to change the balance of power with the help of the Americans, the West and the Arab Gulf, including Saudi Arabia, but they have once again failed.
At the expiry of the period which would have transformed Tammam Salam government to a caretaker Cabinet, white smoke finally cleared, and the protagonists agreed on a ministerial statement recognizing “the right of Lebanon and Lebanese citizens to resist the Israeli occupation.” An inalienable right recognized by the United Nations Charter, but some Lebanese were willing to sell out, for free, to serve the interests of Israel, abandoning the only factor that makes the strength of Lebanon. March-14, helped by the President of the Republic, have still failed. Just hours after the oratory Carnival of March-14, the Future Movement has resigned to accept his defeat. The intervention of diplomats based in Beirut and major capitals concerned by the Lebanese situation convince that coalition of the inability to change the balance of power.
The escalation initiated by March-14 in denying the right of the Lebanese to resist occupation illustrates the internal dissensions which blow in the ranks of that coalition, the weakness of its external support, and reflects an unparalleled political amateurism. In this context, we can highlight the following factors:
Saudi Arabia sees its sphere of influence gradually reducing and witnesses the dismemberment of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
The West, led by the United States, is lost and does not know how to act after the offensive against Russia in the Ukrainian case. Moscow has prevented Westerners to capitalize on Ukrainian crisis. Germany launches signals on his disagreement with its NATO allies and seems tempted by a Eurasian partnership with Russia.
According to the most optimistic estimates, it is clear that the enemies of the Resistance are unable to launch a global offensive, as had been believed for a moment, by those who have analyzed too simply and too quickly events in Ukraine.
The Israeli attempts to change the rules of the game were met with strong ground realities and responses, some of which remained unknown to the general public and deeply mysterious.
The determination of the Lebanese political forces, allies of the Resistance, and their intelligent management of the confrontation, were due to the stubbornness of the Future and 14 Mars. These political forces have brandished the possibility of binding parliamentary consultations in if the government of Tammam Salam falls. They sent messages to the appointment of a new personality to form a government from which March-14 would be excluded. Unable to stay longer out of the government, the leaders of this coalition are resigned to accept the reference to the Resistance in the Ministerial statement. They felt that the Salam government is the most they can hope for in the current circumstances, where the organization of the presidential election seems very difficult.

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What will come of the Saudi-Qatari feud?

Posted by seumasach on March 21, 2014


TEHRAN (FNA)- The nearly 100-year-old tribal struggle between Al-Saud dynasty from Anza and Al-Thani dynasty from Tamim in the region of Najd in the Arabian Peninsula, has become part of the fault line of the strategic axis of the world’s politics.

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Saudi Arabia threatens to lay siege to Qatar

Posted by seumasach on March 13, 2014

Saudi Arabia Threatens to Lay Siege to Qatar: Cooperation or Confrontation?

David Hearst

Huffington Post

9th March, 2014

Saudi Arabia has threatened to blockade its neighbouring Gulf State Qatar by land and sea unless it cuts ties with the Muslim Brotherhood, closes Al Jazeera, and expels local branches of two prestigious U.S. think tanks, the Brookings Doha Center and the Rand Qatar Policy Institute.

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Obama’s Iran policy wins key point: Saudis drop its lead antagonist Prince Bandar

Posted by seumasach on February 20, 2014


19th February, 2014

The live wire of the Saudi royal house’s drive against President Barack Obama’s détente with Tehran has been dropped. Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Saudi Arabia’s National Security Adviser and Intelligence Director, has not been seen for more than a month. He was reported by DEBKAfile’s US and Saudi sources Wednesday, Feb. 19, to have been removed from the tight policy-making circle in Riyadh.

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La Contre-révolution au Proche-Orient

Posted by seumasach on May 12, 2011

Thierry Meyssan


11th May, 2011

Un clan saoudien, les Sudairi, est au cœur de la vague contre-révolutionnaire lancée au Proche-Orient par les États-Unis et Israël. Dans une vaste synthèse, parue en épisodes dans le plus important quotidien de langue russe, Thierry Meyssan dresse depuis Damas le tableau général des contradictions qui agitent cette région.

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Iran eyes mediation role in Bahrain

Posted by seumasach on April 21, 2011

Kaveh Afrasiabi

Asia Times

221st April, 2011

“America is trying to sow discord among Shi’ites and Sunnis… they want to create tension between Iran and Arabs… but their plan will fail.” Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad in a speech on Monday to mark national Army Day.

After weeks of rising tensions with Saudi Arabia over its military intervention in Bahrain, Iran plans to reposition itself as a mediator rather than a suspected interloper in the political impasse gripping the tiny island.

Behind Tehran’s plan is a firm conviction, reflected in Ahmadinejad’s speech on Army Day, that the United States

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Saudi Protests Against Bahrain Invasion, Repression

Posted by seumasach on April 19, 2011

Bill Van Auken


16th April, 2011

Hundreds protested in Saudi Arabia Friday demanding an end to the Saudi occupation of Bahrain and the release of the dictatorial kingdom’s political prisoners.

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