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The US missile attack on a Syrian airbase: the most dangerous escalation in Syria

By Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.                  April 8, 2017

In some earlier articles (1, 2), I had described the dangers of escalations of wars and civil wars in Syria and Middle East by provocative military actions of Turkey, US, NATO, their so-called Coalition Forces, and foreign and domestic terrorists, financed, trained, and armed by them.  In Syria, in opposition to them, and in support of the legitimate government of Syria, which they have been trying to overthrow since 2011, the superpower of Russia and the great regional power of Iran have also intervened very effectively, and have been crucial in turning the tide in favor of the Syrian government.  All the major anti-state terrorist groups in Syria are in retreat and the Syrian government forces are getting closer to complete victory and establishment of control over all of its territory. Continue reading

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Context of Daesh (Islamic State, ISIS, ISIL) attacks in Paris, France

Destruction by coalition airstrikes in Syria1

Pictures of destruction of some of the houses in Syria by US led coalition airstrikes

Scene of concert hall after the attack

Scene of the concert hall in Paris, after the attack

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Operation Shock and Awe in Baghdad in 2003

By Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.           November 15, 2015

Young Muslim men struck again in Paris, France, at a concert hall, a sports stadium, and other locations, in a well planned and coordinated attack, killing 129 and wounding 352 people. Among other weapons, they were wearing suicide vests, which they exploded, blowing themselves into pieces, along with those around them. It is hard to imagine the type and level of anger that can make people do that to themselves, along with their targets. However, the causes of that anger are not hard to understand. As stated in my February 12, 2015 article below, “Capitalist-technocratic psychopaths of imperialism vs. the psychopaths of Islamic State (IS)”,

“Overwhelming majority of Muslim immigrants in the US and Europe experience demonic types and levels of economic, political, legal, religious, and cultural discrimination, exclusion, and oppression. That is one of the major reasons why they, especially the young, identify with the victims of aggression, invasions, domination, injustice, and exploitation in the Muslim countries, by the same powers and power structures-directly as well as through their local collaborators and clients-that oppress them in their centers.”

According to reports, there were eight of them and Daesh (Islamic State) has claimed the responsibility. Continue reading

Extremist capitalist class and police brutality in Pakistan: Demolitions of slums in Islamabad

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Pictures: Scenes during and after the demolitions.  Children crying at the loss of their huts, women wailing and protesting, part of the slum after demolitions. A slum woman being dragged and thrown down from the roof of her family hut, by the Pakistani policewomen

The following article was published in the Pakistani English language newspaper on July 30, 2015.  It is self-explanatory and contains a couple of videos showing policemen and policewomen demolishing the overcrowded tiny little miserable shacks, built of mud and whatever thousands of poor workers and their families could find-in a slum, called Afghan Basti, in the I-11 Area of Islamabad-on vacant public land.  Afghan Basti has been there for decades and most of its inhabitants are reported to be Pakistani Pashtuns or Afghan refugees-many of whom are now legal residents of Pakistan-who started arriving there decades ago, as a result of US instigated wars and invasions of Afghanistan.  They are parts of the victims of geopolitical and economic plans and actions of US and NATO imperialism and their Pakistani government and military clients.  Pakistani government, military, and business elites siphoned off billions of dollars from the American and other western aid and military expenditures to their private wealth. The Pashtuns and Afghan refugees built these primitive dwellings with their own hard labor, in the vacant land near Islamabad, at the same time working for very low wages in menial jobs.  Most men work in construction; in fruit and vegetable markets; cleaning the streets, buildings, and houses; as gardeners, plumbers, drivers etc.  Women work for very little pay as domestic servants.  Pakistani upper and middle classes take full advantage of their poverty and exploit them to the maximum, much more so than the Pakistani workers.  Now, after demolishing their dwellings, the government and businesses plan to “develop” that area and build houses for the rich and shopping malls etc., which are extremely profitable for people who have accumulated great amounts of wealth through corruption, drugs and arms smuggling, and other nefarious means, and are able and eager to invest in such ventures.  Estimates of their numbers at this particular slum vary between 8,000 and 20,000, innumerable small children among them. Continue reading

Capitalist-technocratic psychopaths of imperialism vs. the psychopaths of Islamic State (IS)

By Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.                             February 12, 2015

Destruction of a home in Idlib, Syria, by US-led coalition airstrike Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, who was beheaded later

Pictures of the destruction of a home in Idlib, Syria, by US led Coalition’s airstrike, supposedly targeting the IS (Daish), and Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, who was beheaded by the IS later.

After failing to defeat the forces of Islamic State (IS or ISIS or ISIL, also known by its Arabic name Daish) in Iraq and Syria by massive aerial bombardments of the US and its Arab and Western allies, the American President, Barack Obama, has announced sending the American troops there for that purpose, again demonstrating his extraordinary trapezing abilities.  Such escalation will inevitably lead to predicable results and reactions.  The US and its above-mentioned allies are already heavily involved in funding, arming, and training of the so-called moderate anti-government groups in Syria, out of which the Islamic State emerged, to begin with.  Fighters from other groups and other nations, including the US and Europe, have been increasingly joining the IS in its various campaigns. Overwhelming majority of Muslim immigrants in the US and Europe experience demonic types and levels of economic, political, legal, religious, and cultural discrimination, exclusion, and oppression.  That is one of the major reasons why they, especially the young, identify with the victims of aggression, invasions, domination, injustice, and exploitation in the Muslim countries, by the same powers and power structures-directly as well as through their local collaborators and clients-that oppress them in their centers.  When an Islamic force like the IS emerges that achieves significant successes against all odds, many victimized Muslims-especially the Sunnis-gravitate towards it.    Such growth and development of IS forces is very likely to multiply after the involvement of US ground forces.   Whatever the US imperialism does in that region creates more and more sinister destructions and losses of life and means of living.  None of this would have happened if the US had left Iraq alone and not invaded it. Continue reading

The Charlie Hebdo Affair in France: Is it a matter of defendable free speech or sadistic desecration and humiliation of Muslims and Islam’s holy figures

Protest in Zinder, Niger, against Charlie Hebdo-4 people killed, dozens injured

Demonstration against Charlie Hebdo in Niger (picture added on January 20, 2015)

Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.        Completed January 11, 2015

During 2012, a desecrating, defaming, and slandering film against Prophet Muhammad, Islam, and Muslims-made in the US-sparked numerous angry riots in many Muslim countries, resulting in many deaths, injuries, and arrests.  The current Charlie Hebdo affair in France is very similar in its nature and effects.  This author had analyzed the nature and causes of the Muslim reactions to that film in his September 27, 2012 article, “  Deeper context and causes of the Muslim demonstrations against the anti-Islamic film. Structural and personal biases of US media: Example of interviews of Don Lemon of CNN” ( https://imperialismandthethirdworld.wordpress.com/2012/09/27/deeper-context-and-causes-of-the-muslim-demonstrations-against-the-anti-islamic-film-structural-and-personal-biases-of-us-media-example-of-interviews-of-don-lemon-of-cnn-by-fazal-rahman-phd/ ).  As the nature, causes, and effects of the desecrating film and Charlie Hebdo’s desecrating, defaming, inflammatory, and obscene publications are the same or similar, some of the relevant contents of the earlier paper are also being included in this article. Continue reading

The Context of attack on the military-run school in Peshawar, Pakistan

By Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.                                      December 17, 2014

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Pictures of six Taliban who attacked the Peshawar army-run school (Pictures released by Taliban).  The mastermind of the attack on the school was Umar Mansoor, also known as Umar Naray (with long beard) , the Taliban military chief of the Dara Adam Khel tribal area, which is adjacent to Kohat.

Principle's office after the attackScence of final gun battle in Peshawar school

Pictures of school Principal’s office and room of final gun battle.

As usual, most people and news media in the US and the West are fragmenting, abstracting, and condemning this incident one-sidedly, in isolated form and out of its historical context.  Following are some of the relevant points to be included in any credible and truthful politico-economic or ethical conclusions, judgments, or feelings in this matter.  Wars, all forms of terrorism, losses of lives, and destructions of the means of living are abhorable anywhere.  However, it is necessary to move from the subjective and emotional into objective and rational and to place such incidents in their accurate historical, logical, and factual context, and see and analyze them within that developmental process.  Only then one can hope to arrive at the objective truth of the matter. Continue reading

The Norwegian Nobel Peace Prize Committee’s lockstep march with the NATO imperialism: Awarding of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize to Malala.

By Fazal Rahman, Ph.D.                 October 23, 2014

Third World’s traitors have always been the heroes and darlings of the West, while its real heroes have always been demonized and frequently exterminated.

Abstract

The 2014 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to two individuals, who did nothing to comply with the requirements of Nobel’s specifications, and as shown below in the article, one of them, Malala did the opposite.  Her various national and international activities, and her inflation to grotesque proportions in the West by the media and the powers-that-be-in the service of Pakistan-US-NATO state terrorism in Afghanistan and Pakistan-have caused the intensification of conflicts and tensions.  The alleged attack on her by the Taliban was systematically magnified and presented internationally, with important facts deliberately omitted and substituted with lies.  After that, US and NATO as well as domestic pressures greatly increased on the Pakistani government and military to launch a military operation in North Waziristan and other tribal areas, on the border of Afghanistan.  That operation has been launched and has caused enormous devastation, losses of life and property, and one million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).  The international use and magnification of the incidence of Malala was one of the causes of this new Pakistan-US state terrorism.

Among other things, the reaction to this award in the West shows the deformation of mass psychology, under the prolonged conditioning of the most powerful politico-economic forces of imperialism and its false-consciousness-creating  propaganda systems.

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