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September 17 2019

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Trump says US doesn’t need Middle East oil; data, experts prove otherwise

«America’s dependence on Middle Eastern oil is not just about high consumption levels. Several key refineries across the US are also set up to work with the type of crude that comes from the countries in the region.

As an example, Saudi Arabia’s Aramco which owns half of the biggest American oil refinery, Motiva Enterprises LLC in Texas, works best with Saudi crude.

There are other refineries in the US, particularly in California, which are located far away from big oil fields and therefore rely on cargoes that come from other countries.

The EIA [Energy Information Administration] states that in 2018, the US imported an average of 48 million barrels per month of crude oil and petroleum products from the Persian Gulf region, a third down from a decade ago but still around the same levels as in 1995 and 1996.»

October 06 2018

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Iran was indeed Islamized, but it was not Arabized. Persians remained Persians. And after an interval of silence, Iran reemerged as a separate, different and distinctive element within Islam, eventually adding a new element even to Islam itself. Culturally, politically, and most remarkable of all even religiously, the Iranian contribution to this new Islamic civilization is of immense importance. The work of Iranians can be seen in every field of cultural endeavor, including Arabic poetry, to which poets of Iranian origin composing their poems in Arabic made a very significant contribution. In a sense, Iranian Islam is a second advent of Islam itself, a new Islam sometimes referred to as Islam-i Ajam. It was this Persian Islam, rather than the original Arab Islam, that was brought to new areas and new peoples: to the Turks, first in Central Asia and then in the Middle East in the country which came to be called Turkey, and of course to India. The Ottoman Turks brought a form of Iranian civilization to the walls of Vienna.
— Bernard Lewis (via The Daily Persian)

September 25 2018

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Syria to get Russia’s S-300: Here’s what you need to know about the missile system — RT World News

“On the heels of an Israeli air raid on Syria, which saw the downing of a Russian plane, Moscow will now deliver S-300 anti-aircraft systems to Damascus. Here’s a quick guide to the sophisticated weapon and its capabilities.

The Syrian Army has long sought to procure the S-300 from Russia, but talks which began in mid-2000 were interrupted by the civil war in 2011. The current air defense systems operated by Syria’s military are mainly the old-fashioned S-125s and S-200s. The downing of a Russian patrol pane by the Syrian missiles – which Moscow said was caused by Israeli jets using the plane as ‘cover’ - has now changed the game.

So, ahead of the deployment, let’s sum up the key specs of the weapon not to be underestimated by Tel Aviv.”

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‘Significant escalation’: US warns Russia over S-300 missile sale to Syria

RT Newsline, Sep 24 2018

“Russian plans to supply Syria with a S-300 missile system would be a ‘significant escalation’ by Moscow, US National Security Advisor John Bolton said on Monday. He also expressed hope that the plan will be reconsidered, Reuters reports. The Russian military said earlier in the day that it will supply the surface-to-air missile system to Syria in two weeks despite strong Israeli objections. The move came a week after Moscow blamed Israel for indirectly causing the downing of a Russian military plane in Syria. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters on Monday that he will meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week.”

September 24 2018

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September 12 2018

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Moscow Has Upped the Ante in Syria – Consortiumnews

open letter - from: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity; to: The President

“We hope that John Bolton has given you an accurate description of his acerbic talks with his Russian counterpart in Geneva a few weeks ago. In our view, it is a safe bet that the Kremlin is uncertain whether Bolton faithfully speaks in your stead, or speaks INSTEAD of you.

The best way to assure Mr. Putin that you are in control of U.S. policy toward Syria would be for you to seek an early opportunity to speak out publicly, spelling out your intentions. If you wish wider war, Bolton has put you on the right path.

If you wish to cool things down, you may wish to consider what might be called a pre-emptive ceasefire. By that we mean a public commitment by the presidents of the U.S. and Russia to strengthen procedures to preclude an open clash between U.S. and Russian armed forces. We believe that, in present circumstances, this kind of extraordinary step is now required to head off wider war.”

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US Says Assad Has Approved Gas Attack In Idlib, Setting Stage For Major Military Conflict

“The Wall Street Journal has just published a bombshell on Sunday evening as Russian and Syrian warplanes continue bombing raids over al-Qaeda held Idlib, citing unnamed US officials who claim “President Bashar al-Assad of Syria has approved the use of chlorine gas in an offensive against the country’s last major rebel stronghold.”

And perhaps more alarming is that the report details that Trump is undecided over whether new retaliatory strikes could entail expanding the attack to hit Assad allies Russia and Iran this time around.”

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Ron Paul: 'Why Are We Siding With al-Qaeda in Syria?'

“Last week, I urged the Secretary of State and National Security Advisor to stop protecting al-Qaeda in Syria by demanding that the Syrian government leave Idlib under al-Qaeda control. While it may seem hard to believe that the US government is helping al-Qaeda in Syria, it’s not as strange as it may seem: our interventionist foreign policy increasingly requires Washington to partner up with ‘bad guys’ in pursuit of its dangerous and aggressive foreign policy goals.

Does the Trump Administration actually support al-Qaeda and ISIS? Of course not. But the ‘experts’ who run Trump’s foreign policy have determined that a de facto alliance with these two extremist groups is for the time being necessary to facilitate the more long-term goals in the Middle East. And what are those goals? Regime change for Iran.”

August 03 2018

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【photoset】 Êzîdî women who were held captive by IS

“The Êzîdî genocide is ongoing and remains largely unaddressed, despite the obligation of states to prevent and to punish the crime.”

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July 30 2018

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Damascus, Syria.

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baleqeesofsheba [via mideastnrthafricacntrlasia]: Yemeni weddings are considered to be distinctly social occasions, featuring singing, fashion, banquets, and emotional speeches. The bride usually wears a golden ceremonial dress with a lot of traditional gold and silver jewelry.

July 26 2018

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July 23 2018

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In Beirut, Lebanon
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July 19 2018

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I hate when people refer to the Middle East as the “Arab World” or “Islamic World”.

By using the term “Arab World” you are excluding the indigenous Assyrian, Amazigh, Mandean, Copts, Armenian, Persian, Turkoman and Kurdish communities.

By using the term “Islamic World” you are neglecting the presence of Judaism and Christianity (both religions originated there), and are erasing the existence of Zoroastrian, Druze, Bahai, and Yezidi beliefs, among others.

Choose your words wisely. They matter.
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June 25 2018

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awwww-cute: Saudi police officers handing out roses to women drivers (today is the first day they can drive legally)

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June 06 2018

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