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January 10, 2020 Special Dispatch No. 8485

Palestinian Authority, Fatah Hold Military Training Camp For Girls, Named After Imprisoned Terrorist Karim Younis

January 10, 2020
Palestine | Special Dispatch No. 8485
The Palestinian Authority's National Security Forces (NSF) and the Fatah movement recently held a training camp for high school girls, at which the participants wore military-style uniforms and took part in various activities, some of them military, such as training with mock weapons.[1] The camp was named after Karim Younis, an Israeli Arab who is serving a life sentence for the kidnapping and murder of an Israeli soldier in 1980.[2] Younis, who is the longest-serving Palestinian prisoner in Israeli custody, and has served 38 years of his 40-year prison term, is greatly revered by Fatah and the Palestinian Authority (PA). In 2017 he was even elected to Fatah's Central Committee, and PA officials refer to him as "the eldest of the prisoners." To mark the 38th anniversary of his imprisonment, and as part of promoting the ethos of armed struggle against Israel, Fatah websites and the PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida published statements and articles praising him,[3] while stressing the commitment of PA President and Fatah Chairman Mahmoud 'Abbas to continuing the payments to the prisoners and the martyrs' families.[4]  This document reviews the reports on the Karim Younis training camp, and a statement issued by Fatah in his honor. Participants hold up a poster bearing the name of the camp, with a portrait of Karim Younis flanked by those of Palestinian President Mahmoud 'Abbas and Yasser Arafat (Source: Facebook.com/shabeba2017, January 7, 2020) Military Training Activities At Karim Younis Camp The three-day camp, held at the Al-Nu'eima base, was attended by 93 high school girls active in the Fatah movement,[5]  and its launching ceremony, on January 5, was attended by Fatah and PA officials.[6] Fatah spokesman Jamal Nazzal said that the objective of training the girls was to build up their discipline, with an eye to their future recruitment to the NSF.[7] At the camp's graduation ceremony, Fatah Central Committee member 'Abbas Zaki stressed the importance of such camps for "strengthening the national spirit and true loyalty to the homeland," and praised "the struggles of the imprisoned commander Karim Younis."[8] As stated, the camp participants wore military-style uniforms and took part in military activities, under the guidance of NSF commanders, including a nighttime march, drilling exercises, training with police dogs, training with mock rifles, joining NSF motor patrols in the city of Jericho and rappelling from a tower. [9] Below are pictures: Nighttime march (source: Facebook.com/shabeba2017, January 5, 2020) Posing with mock rifles (source: Facebook.com/Palestain.NSF, January 8, 2020) Rappelling from a tower (source:Facebook.com/shabeba2017, January 7, 2020) Fatah Deputy Chairman Mahmoud Al-'Aloul addressing the camp participants (source: Facebook.com/nwiamh.camp, January 6, 2020) Fatah Central Committee ' member Abbas Zaki (second from left) and Fatah Nablus branch secretary Jihad Ramadan (first from left) hand out graduation certificates to the participants (source: Facebook.com/Palestain.NSF, January 8, 2020) Praise for Karim Younis On Fatah Websites And In PA Daily: "Deep Faith In The Principles Of Struggle" On the 38th anniversary of Karim Younis's imprisonment, Fatah's Information, Culture, and Ideology Commission issued a statement saying: "The Palestinian National Liberation Movement [Fatah] underscores its commitment to the principle and the goal of freeing the prisoners, and sees the liberation of the fighters and commanders from the occupation's prisons as a sacred national cause that cannot be relinquished or bargained over... The position of the president of the [Palestinian] state and commander[-in-chief] of the Fatah [movement], Mahmoud 'Abbas Abu Mazen, regarding the continued payment of allowances and [social] benefits to the prisoners and the martyrs' families is the best proof of [his] steadfastness and adherence to national principles... Fatah praises the legendary steadfastness of the imprisoned fighters and leaders, and regards the brothers [Karim] and Maher Younis's defiance of the occupation from their prison cells as the best proof of the depth of their faith in the principles of fighting and struggle..."[10] Post on official Fatah Facebook page: Karim Younis – "the world's longest-serving prisoner" (Facebook.com/officialfateh.com1965, January 5, 2020) Article on Karim Younis in PA daily (Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, January 7, 2020)   [1] On other NSF camps, see MEMRI Inquiry & Analysis Series No. 1334 - 2017 Summer Camps In The Palestinian Authority – Part I: Military Training, Glorification Of 'Martyrs' In Camps Run By Higher Council For Youth And Sports Headed By Jibril Rajoub – August 29, 2017. [2] Facebook.com/officialfateh.com1965, January 5, 2020. [3] Al-Hayat Al-Jadida articles praising Karim Younis were published on January 7, 2020. On past PA actions honoring Karim Younis and his cousin Maher Younis, who was his partner in the crime, see MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 7980 - Palestinian Authority, Fatah Continue Official Support And Encouragement Of Armed Struggle Against Israel – April 2, 2019; Special Dispatch No. 7282 - Palestinian Authority Honors Two Prisoners Serving Life Sentences For Kidnapping, Murder Of Israeli Soldier; Representative For PA President 'Abbas: 'The Two Prisoners Are A National Example' – January 16, 2018. [4] See MEMRI Special Dispatch No.7583, Palestinian Authority (PA) President 'Abbas: 'If We Had Only A Single Penny Left, We Would Pay It To Families Of The Martyrs And Prisoners,' July 24, 2018.' [5] Facebook.com/officialfateh.com1965, January 7, 2020. [6] Facebook.com/nwiamh.camp, January 6, 2020. [7] Facebook.com/jamaldrnazzal, January 5, 2020. [8] Facebook.com/Palestain.NSF, January 8, 2020. [9] Facebook.com/Palestain.NSF, January 8, 2020. [10] Fatehmedia.ps, January 6, 2020.

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January 10, 2020 Special Announcements No. 861

The MEMRI Weekly: January 3-10, 2020

January 10, 2020
Special Announcements No. 861
The following are links to reports from MEMRI's Special Dispatch Series and Inquiry and Analysis Series, as well as to transcripts from the MEMRI TV Project, released during the past week. *MEMRI REPORTS Special Dispatch No. 8484 – Russian Journalist Bovt: ' People Like Soleimani Do Not Greatly Fear The UN, They Only Understand Force', January 10, 2020 Special Dispatch No. 8483 – After His Call To End U.S. Military Presence In Iraq, Adel Abdul-Mahdi Seeks To Be Reinstated As Iraq's Prime Minister With The Support Of Pro-Iran Lawmakers, January 9, 2020 Special Dispatch No. 8482 – Following Killing Of IRGC Qods Force Commander Soleimani, Lebanese, Syrian Press Reveal New Details About His Aid To The Assad Regime And Hizbullah, His Struggle Against The U.S., And The Arming Of Gaza Terrorist Organizations, January 9, 2020 Special Dispatch No. 8479 – On VK, Top National KKK Leader And His Skinhead Fiancée Document Their Family Life In U.S., Promote Nazi Ideology, Recruit For Klan Activity, January 9, 2020 Inquiry and Analysis Report No. 1496 – The Iran-U.S. Crisis Part II – Iran, The Paper Tiger, January 8, 2020 Special Dispatch No. 8481 – Iraqi Government, Politicians React To Iran's Attack On Iraqi Military Bases Housing U.S. Troops, January 8, 2020 Special Dispatch No. 8480 – Iraqi Lawmakers' Decision To End U.S. Military Presence Sparks Debate Among Iraqis Regarding Parliament's Lack Of Legitimacy, Quorum, January 8, 2020 Special Dispatch No. 8478 – Urdu Daily Says Soleimani's Death Could Be Avenged In Afghanistan: 'Thousands Of Volunteers… Trained By General Qassem Soleimani Are Present In Afghanistan', January 8, 2020 Special Dispatch No. 8477 – Commanders Of Shi'ite Militias In Iraq Respond To Iranian Attack On U.S. Bases In The Country: The Iraqi Response Will Be No Less Extreme, January 8, 2020 Special Dispatch No. 8476 – Shi'ite Cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr Lashes Out At President Trump; Spokesperson Tones Down Earlier Statement On Harsher Actions Against U.S., January 7, 2020 Special Dispatch No. 8475 – Iraqi Caretaker Prime Minister Counters Mark Esper's Remarks: 'Letter Notifying Of The U.S. Withdrawal Is Formal And Considered Official Notice And Iraq Will Abide By It', January 7, 2020 Special Dispatch No. 8474 – Responses On White Supremacist Platforms To U.S. Killing Of IRGC Qods Force Commander Qassem Soleimani, January 7, 2020 Special Dispatch No. 8473 – Russia This Week – Focus On Russia's Bilateral Relations – January 7, 2020, January 7, 2020 Special Dispatch No. 8472 – Russia's Collapsing Birthrate – It Is The Economy, Stupid, January 7, 2020 Special Dispatch No. 8471 – After Gen. Soleimani's Death In U.S. Drone Strike, Pakistani Government And Military Call For 'Constructive Engagement' And 'De-Escalation Of Tensions', January 7, 2020 Inquiry and Analysis Report No. 1495 – The Iran-U.S. Crisis Following Soleimani's Killing – Analysis And Assessment: Part I, January 6, 2020 Special Dispatch No. 8470 – Reactions In South Asian Newspapers To Assassination Of Qassem Soleimani, January 6, 2020 Special Dispatch No. 8469 – Lebanese Pro-Hizbullah Daily Lists U.S. Bases In Middle East As 'Possible Targets', January 6, 2020 Special Dispatch No. 8468 – Shi'ite Militias In Bahrain And Saudi Arabia Threaten To Avenge Soleimani And Al-Muhandis By Targeting U.S. Interests, January 6, 2020 Special Dispatch No. 8467 – Russia's Officials And Media Commentators React To The Killing Of Soleimani, January 6, 2020 Special Dispatch No. 8466 – Russia Vs Turkey In Libya – Part III – Turkish Expert Hakki Ocal Replies To 'Rogue' Russian Ambassador To Turkey Aleksei Erkhov: Russia's Libya Policy Has Been Hypocritical Since It Allowed Qadaffi's Ouster, And Now A Russian Contingent Is Fighting For Haftar, January 6, 2020 Special Dispatch No. 8465 – Iranian Government Outlets: Turkish President Erdoğan Offered Condolences To Iranian President Rohani Over Killing Of 'Martyr Soleimani', January 5, 2020 Special Dispatch No. 8464 – Reactions In Iraq To Parliamentary Decision Demanding That Iraqi Government End Foreign Military Presence In Iraq, January 5, 2020 Special Dispatch No. 8463 – Al-Jazeera Reporting Following Soleimani's Killing: Retaliation Is 'Something Absolute And Inevitable' And Its Arena Will Stretch From Palestine To Uzbekistan, January 5, 2020 Special Dispatch No. 8462 – Shi'ite Militias In Iraq Threaten To Target U.S. Bases There: Iraqi Forces Should Keep Their Distance From These Bases; Our Missiles Are Prepared, January 5, 2020 Special Dispatch No. 8465 – Kommersant Observer Gurevich: Instead Of Inflicting New Prohibitions Each Week The Government Should Go Ahead And Ban Everything, January 5, 2020   *MEMRI TV MONITOR PROJECT MEMRI TV Clip No. 7719 – Hamas MP Sheikh Salem Salameh: George Washington Killed Indians Because They Were Muslims; Normalization Of Relations With Israel Is Betrayal Of God, Islam, Mayadeen TV (Lebanon) To read the transcript, click here. MEMRI TV Clip No. 7718 – Russian TV Anchor Popov Presents Russian Hypersonic Tsirkon Missile, Says: The U.S. Tries To Catch Up With Russia, But Can Only 'Envy Us In Silence', Russia 1 To read the transcript, click here. MEMRI TV Clip No. 7717 – General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, Commander Of IRGC Aerospace Force: Killing President Trump And His Defense Secretary, Attacking Every U.S. Base Would Not Be Enough To Avenge Soleimani's Blood, Channel 1 (Iran) To read the transcript, click here. MEMRI TV Clip No. 7716 – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani: Iran's Nuclear Industries Will Prosper In The Coming Years; American's 'Leg' And 'Hand' Will Be Cut Off From The Region; PMU, Hizbullah, Houthis Are Not Iranian Proxies, IRINN TV (Iran) To read the transcript, click here. MEMRI TV Clip No. 7715 – Senior Iranian Official Mohsen Rezaee: Fighters Permitted To Target U.S. Soldiers; Trump Has Crossed The Red Line, Mayadeen TV (Lebanon) To read the transcript, click here. MEMRI TV Clip No. 7714 – Ahmad Abu Al-Gheit, Sec.-Gen. Of Arab League: If Iran And Turkey Attain Nuclear Capabilities, Arab Countries Will Also Seek Them,  Sada Al-Balad (Egypt) To read the transcript, click here. MEMRI TV Clip No. 7713 – Syrian Academic Jamal Al-Mahmoud: We Should Kill American Soldiers To Influence Upcoming U.S. Elections, Rein Trump In, Al-Ikhbariya TV (Syria) To read the transcript, click here. MEMRI TV Clip No. 7712 – Hamas Political Bureau Chairman Ismail Haniyeh Eulogizes Soleimani In Tehran: He Is A Martyr For Jerusalem; He Gave The Palestinian Resistance What It Needed To Attain Its Current Power And Devotion, Mayadeen TV (Lebanon) To read the transcript, click here. MEMRI TV Clip No. 7711 – Dearborn, MI Imam Ibrahim Kazerooni Eulogizes Qasem Soleimani: He Brought Hope To The Marginalized And Fear To The Enemies Of Islam, The Internet (Lebanon) To read the transcript, click here. MEMRI TV Clip No. 7710 – Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: Our Missile Attacks Were A 'Slap' To The Americans; America's Corrupting Presence In The Region Must Come To An End, The Internet To read the transcript, click here. MEMRI TV Clip No. 7709 – Syrian Opposition TV Channel Criticizes Al-Jazeera's Coverage Of Soleimani Killing For Echoing Iranian Narrative, Ignoring Massacres Perpetrated By Iran In Iraq, Orient News TV (Syrian Opposition) To read the transcript, click here. MEMRI TV Clip No. 7708 – Khamenei's Defense Advisor General Dehghan: If Trump's Logic For Killing Soleimani Was Valid, Then The Iraqis Have The Right To Kill One Million Americans, Channel 1 (Iran) To read the transcript, click here. MEMRI TV Clip No. 7707 – IRGC Commander-in-Chief General Hossein Salami: 'The Muslims Will Leave No Spot Anywhere Safe For The Americans',  Channel 1 (Iran) To read the transcript, click here. MEMRI TV Clip No. 7706 – Afghan MP Belquis Roshan: Soleimani Was Responsible For The Death Of Thousands Of Afghan Youth, The Internet To read the transcript, click here. MEMRI TV Clip No. 7705 – Senior IRGC General Naqdi Predicts: Muslims Will Pull Americans Out Of Embassies And Military Bases And Hang Them Blindfolded From Trees, IRIB Ofogh TV (Iran) To read the transcript, click here. MEMRI TV Clip No. 7704 – Senior IRGC Commander General Naqdi: White House Should Retreat From The Region Or Order Coffins; The Zionists Should Go Back To Europe Or Suffer 'Decisive Blow', Channel 3 (Iran) To read the transcript, click here. MEMRI TV Clip No. 7703 – U.K.-Based Palestinian Academic Azzam Al-Tamimi: Only A Regional Movement Can Dismantle Zionist Regime; Arab Spring Revolutions Will Succeed; 'Palestinians Do Not Use Bullets', The Internet To read the transcript, click here. MEMRI TV Clip No. 7702 – Iranian Video Depicts Assassination Of President Trump As Revenge For Soleimani's Death; Caption Reads: 'If You Begin The War, We Will End The War', The Internet To read the transcript, click here. MEMRI TV Clip No. 7701 – In Iran, 'Gift' Of $80 Million Offered For Head Of 'Crazy Little Man With Yellow Hair' - Trump, Khorasan Razavi TV (Iran) To read the transcript, click here. MEMRI TV Clip No. 7700 – Hizbullah Sec.-Gen. Hassan Nasrallah: Everyone In The Region Should Seek Retribution; Trump Will Lose The Elections When U.S. Troops Arrive In Coffins; Soleimani's Shoe Is Worth Trump's Head, Al-Manar TV (Lebanon) To read the transcript, click here. MEMRI TV Clip No. 7699 – Iraqi Shi'ite Milita Leader Qais Khazali: American Forces Must Leave Iraq Now Or Face Dire Consequences; We Will Erase Israeli Entity From Existence, Al-Ahd TV (Iraq) To read the transcript, click here. MEMRI TV Clip No. 7698 – Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami In Tehran Sermon Pledges Vengeance Against US; Resistance In Iraq Must Say: 'Yankees Get Lost!', Channel 1 (Iran) To read the transcript, click here. MEMRI TV Clip No. 7697 – Iranian Defense Minister General Amir Hatami: Retaliation For Soleimani's 'Martyrdom' May Take Place Anywhere In The World, Channel 1 (Iran) To read the transcript, click here. MEMRI TV Clip No. 7696 – New Qods Force Commander Esmail Ghaani: We will Remove American Presence From The Region And Bring About Global Rule Of Hidden Imam,  The Internet To read the transcript, click here. MEMRI TV Clip No. 7695 – Lebanese Political Analyst Faysal Abdel Sater On Al-Jazeera: Iranian Retaliation Is Inevitable, Could Be Anywhere In The World; There Are 52 U.S. States, Al-Jazeera Network (Qatar) To read the transcript, click here. MEMRI TV Clip No. 7694 – Former Iranian Diplomat Amir Musawi On Al-Jazeera: Iran Has A Black List Of U.S. Politicians And Military Officers; The Iranian Hand Will Reach Them, Al-Jazeera Network (Qatar) To read the transcript, click here. MEMRI TV Clip No. 7693 – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani To Family Of Qasem Soleimani: Everybody Will Avenge His Blood; America's Evil Hand Will Be Severed From The Region, Channel 1 (Iran), IRINN TV (Iran) To read the transcript, click here. MEMRI TV Clip No. 7692 – Mohammad Marandi, Head Of American Studies At Tehran University On Al-Jazeera: American, Western Citizens Should Leave The Region Immediately, Al-Jazeera Network (Qatar) To read the transcript, click here. MEMRI TV Clip No. 7691 – Hanna Isa, Sec.-Gen. Of Islamic-Christian Council For The Protection Of Jerusalem: Our Goal In ICC Proceedings Against Israel Is To Convict Ordinary Israelis Of War Crimes; Palestinians, Palestinian Authority Are Also Legally Exposed To Accusations Of War Crimes, Al-Alam TV (Iran) To read the transcript, click here.

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January 10, 2020 Special Dispatch No. 8484

Russian Journalist Bovt: 'People Like Soleimani Do Not Greatly Fear The UN, They Only Understand Force'

January 10, 2020
Russia | Special Dispatch No. 8484
Political scientist and journalist George Bovt wrote a column titled "They wanted him dead and killed him." for the Gazeta.ru outlet in which he debunked the thrust of many official Russian articles and reactions in response the assassination of Qassem Soleimani by the Americans.[1] He scoffs at Russia's pious invocation of international law and reminds Russia how it also employed the same tactics that it condemns the Americans for using. Bovt also debunks the prophecies that America will face severe and painful blowback and instead predicts that the Iranians will bow to reality and refrain from a serious response. In general, he feels that too many– either out of wishful thinking or ignorance– are writing off America. The true situation is that America remains powerful. The Europeans, who curse America still shelter under an American military umbrella. Those wanting to shake off American supervision should ponder whether they would prefer Chinese domination over American intervention, despite the mistakes that the US, like everybody else has committed in the international arena. Bovt's article follows below:[2] George Bovt (Source: Tulactive.ru) "The entire Middle East is hopping. Iran, as well as other Shiite Muslims, customarily curse the 'great Satan' –America. The Iranian leadership threatens 'just retribution'. "By order of Trump, the Americans essentially killed the second [most important] man in Iran - General Qassem Soleimani, the head of the Quds special forces of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards. Several leaders of the Shiite militia of Iraq were killed along with him. On the New Year's Eve, pro-Iranian Islamists attempted to storm the US Embassy in Baghdad. Washington connected this attack with Soleimani, who was also behind a series of attacks against the Americans and American military target. He has the blood, according to the Pentagon, of dozens of US citizens’ (since the first war in Iraq), not counting [the blood] of other countries' citizens [on his hands]. He, like the entire Quds division, in the process of stamping Iran’s “personality” on the greater Middle East, was declared a terrorist in America and was under sanctions. So, they 'got' him deservedly (a drone with a deadly load), by American standards. "But there is a nuance. It's called international law. The phrase even here if often preceded by the definition “so-called”, but which is often brought up when someone does something that displeases us and we can’t do anything about it. "Soleimani was an official of a sovereign member state of the UN. And to just go and 'take out' [Soleimani] without trial, like any bandit, purely due to anti-American offenses… Something like this has not happened in world politics for a long time. But the Americans just went ahead and killed the general, an important Russian ally (albeit a difficult one, he played his own game) in Syria. [He was] the one, they say, who played an almost decisive role in “persuading” Putin to intervene in the Syrian civil war on the side of Assad. (Which, I think, is an exaggeration). "The 'sovereign' general was 'whacked' as a number of notable terrorists before him were also 'whacked', Osama bin Laden being the first. Same thing we did with [Chechen leader Dzhokhar] Dudaev. America did this without bothering herself to complain to the UN Security Council about the embassy seizure, ​​as [Russian FM spokesperson] Maria Zakharova retroactively advised. Because: a) everyone knows the price of appealing to the UN Security Council and the helplessness of this organization, b) America simply can afford to do it. Additionally, Trump remembers very well what the attack on the US Embassy in Benghazi (when the US ambassador was killed) cost the former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She lost the presidential election. And, in general, people like Soleimani do not greatly fear the UN. They only understand force. "References to the so-called 'international law' contain not only guile, but also envy. Quod licet Jovi, non licet bovi [Latin what is allowed Jupiter is not allowed an ox] - this is obvious, as they say. But many want this freedom too. Because "international law" sometimes has some benefit in diplomatic disputes. However, everyone is well aware that it often bends before the right of the stronger party. "If our politicians in 2014 could 'allow themselves' in the current American sense to send similar "warm greetings" to, say, Ukrainian 'ultra', like [interim president Oleksander] Turchinov or even [former Ukrainian interior minister Arsen] Avakov, would they not have sent it? "And the Novorossiya project would have been reinforced with more powerful arguments. In general, they would not have allowed the establishment in a neighboring country of such a hostile to Moscow regime. If they only could have done so. "On the other hand, if, in the same 2014 in Moscow, after the not fully legitimate, to put it mildly, overthrow of Yanukovych, the subservient worship of 'international law' in its American interpretation would have carried the day (and that interpretation, it must be noted, is always subjective), then Crimea would not only remain Ukrainian, but would now be subjected to intensified Ukrainization. A lease agreement for Sevastopol with the Black Sea Fleet would be terminated. The other "uncles" would be digesting the former Russian Navy bases, and Ukraine itself would already be in NATO along with Georgia. "So it is better to support the discussions on international law with a solid military potential, and even better to carelessly wave a big 'nuclear club'. Then the conversation turns out to be more constructive "However, “quod licet Jovi, non licet bovi” now mostly relates to America. They will reprimand us for the ugly extermination (in a well-kept German zoo) of a scumbag from a Pankisi gorge named [Zelimkhan] Khangoshvili, who has slightly less Russian citizens’ blood on his hands than Soleimani had American’s blood on him. "In addition, we promised Trump to 'squeeze out' the pro-Iranian units from Syria further away from Israel. Now they are fulfilling part of our promises for us. And before that they warned Moscow through special services about terrorist attacks being prepared in Russia. So Americans have 'their fingers in every pie', and the corresponding means to do so. "Great agitation arose throughout the Middle East.[3] Some (like Israel) are afraid that the pro-Iranian Islamists, like Hezbollah (still another of our allies in Syria) will start throwing rockets. Others are afraid of Tehran’s tricks and activation of its nuclear program (although if Iran activates it [nuclear program], they will receive another American military strike, and Tehran is well aware of that). America itself has been wary of Persian cyber-attacks. Sunnis like the very same ISIS (organization banned in the Russian Federation), for their part, were quite thrilled: General Soleimani was their biggest enemy. "However, despite the curses hurled by Shi'ites of all stripes and Iranian ayatollahs at America, this outrage will not end in anything serious. They will have to take it. One can't fight guns with sticks. And funerals of "American hegemonism" around the world are at least premature. "Trump's America is being cursed also in the very same Europe (but at the same time [Europe] asked to keep NATO’s 'umbrella' over it, [paid for] mostly by American money), as well as around the world, for neglecting international alliances and acting selfishly. This is true. Because [America] simply can afford it and acts accordingly, in the knowledge that anyway without it, no serious global problem can by and large be solved. "America withdrew from Paris Agreement on climate? Yes. But US environmental standards are stricter than in many signatory countries. In America has a huge public debt, already about 22 trillion dollars. So what? There are many serious economists who argue that this has no practical significance whatsoever in the foreseeable future. On the New Year’s Eve, I read another horror story in one of the state-owned media that the dollar would “collapse”. How many times it was proclaimed dead, but it still remains alive. And even growing China still holds hundreds of billions in American debt securities. And [China] was terribly frightened, when the White House threatened (and not even seriously) to expel Chinese companies from the US stock market. "Beijing reluctantly 'surrendered' under the pressure of a persistent Trump, made concessions in the trade war, fearing to lose the access to the American market and, most importantly, to American technologies, which it learned not only to copy through espionage, but also to develop further. "It is America that imposes its rules of the game on financial markets today around the world. US unilateral (bypassing that very same "international law") sanctions are being complied with by everyone who does not want to become a world outcast. It spends more on military purposes than all the other countries of the world combined. And sometimes it uses its military force, like an elephant in a china shop: the destruction of Iraq, by NATO forces, Libya’s transformation, which flourished under Gaddafi, into a true failed state, the creation of Taliban movement in Afghanistan (an organization banned in the Russian Federation) and the already mentioned ISIS in Iraq (it must be pointed out that this organization is banned in the Russian Federation; this phrase removes the curse)[4]. However, with some exceptions such as the 'September 11 attacks' all the problems that arose from this fell mainly on the shoulders of the “natives” and on the very same Europe. As for September 11 attacks, America has learned a number of lessons: she transformed state into a technologically equipped 'Big Brother', redid the entire global financial system according to its own rules, and that includes a fight against objectionable offshores. "Moreover, many began to realize that a world without the supervision of the “world gendarme” could become even worse or fall under a new 'gendarme' (for example - Beijing), compared to which “Uncle Sam” would seem like the most delicate prince charming. "America remains the leader in creating the latest technology in diverse branches of industry and areas of life. Its total expenditures on science and inventions exceed $ 500 billion per annum, of which only a third are government ones (it occupies second place globally in terms of research and development expenditures per researcher - about 360 thousand dollars). China is catching up (more than 450 billion, the 8th place in the world in terms of expenditures per researcher - more than 260 thousand dollars). Moreover, China overtook the United States in the number of patent applications filed (1.4 million applications in 2018 compared to 606 thousand in the United States and 36.8 thousand in Russia). However, in the number of applications filed for international patents (according to the results of 2018), the United States is still in first place: 56.14 thousand applications, versus 53.34 thousand in China and 49.7 thousand in Japan. By comparison, Russia has only about 970 [applications for international patents], and this is an eloquent figure. As of on October 2019 out of the 14 million patents that are in force in the world, the United States had 3.1 million, China 2.4 million, Japan 2.1 million. "America is the undisputed leader in medical and biotechnological development; it owns nearly half of the entire global medical and pharmaceutical market. Its lifestyle, forms of consumption or entertainment are directly or indirectly being followed, and that includes the countries that hate it. Every year, tens of thousands of immigrants legally or illegally go to America, and not China. "In absolute terms, the US GDP still holds first place in the world; in 2019, its size exceeded $ 21 trillion (20% of the world GDP), and more than a fifth of the companies from “Fortune Global 500” rating are American ones. China is catching up here as well, and in purchasing power parity it has already overtaken America (nominal GDP - 13.3 trillion, PPP - 25.27 trillion). By the way, according to the same World Bank assessment criteria, Russia is now at the 11th place: nominal GDP - 1.63 trillion, PPP - 4.21 trillion (sixth place after Germany in terms of PPP). "America continues to be a “missionary country”, trying to remake the world for herself and according to her own understanding. It [America] got this apparently from the founding fathers, who entirely were Freemasons. Same as the conquistadors tried to carry the "mission" to South America, the Catholic preachers did the same in new lands in general. Same as the Soviet Bolsheviks tried to remake the world. To redo, while sometimes not reckoning with local 'features.' [All the while] getting offended and punished when the world resisted: 'how come, inside America herself everything works fine and people live generally good satisfying lives and with more freedom than in most countries of the world?'. America even remade part of China for herself. This part is called Taiwan. "China does not seek to bear its 'mission' and to impose some specific model on the rest of the world. She uses the rest of the world for purely utilitarian purposes, accepting local 'features' as long as they do not interfere with Chinese goals. Which, of course, is more comfortable for local elites: they are not taught to 'live' correctly and [China] even shares 'bonuses' with them. "Against the background of not always 'delicate” US behavior, the task of overthrowing their [the Americans'] 'hegemony' is declared by many countries, not realizing in what world we can find ourselves if there would be no 'world gendarme' in it or if it will be a different one, but even someone less delicate. "Just do not make me laugh with the talks about international law and the 'constructive role of the UN.' No one has yet succeeded in overthrowing or even significantly diluting this dominance. Not a single country in the world has succeeded in achieving successful development, while quarrelling with America. It is possible only to cause a small discomfort [to America], with unobvious benefits to oneself. It is still much better to reach agreement with America. "Many argue that this is impossible, although most likely they mean that it is impossible to come to terms [with America] for their personal benefit, and not for their country as a whole. However, the reality is that it will be harder to agree with China in every sense. And it would be even funnier to appeal to “international law”, when something that Beijing wouldn’t like occurs. They are still reluctant to admit it, but sooner or later they will do so."   [1] See MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 8467, Russia’s Officials And Media Commentators React To The Killing Of Soleimani, January 6, 2020. [2] Gazeta.ru, January 6, 2020. [3] In the original author uses a pun. The word “киппиш”, in addition to the meaning of “agitation”, “excitement” also means a type of fraud in Odessa, which came to the Russian language from Yiddish. [4] The author is taking a swipe at art. 4 of the law “On Mass Media”, which obligates him to insert the phrase “organization banned in the Russian Federation” before the names of organizations included in the corresponding list of the Russian Federation Justice Ministry.

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Sheikh Salem Salameh, member of Hamas Legislative Council and Deputy Head of the Palestine Islamic Scholars Association, said in a December 26, 2019 interview on Mayadeen TV (Lebanon) that it is inconceivable to Muslims that there are other Muslims who recognize and normalize relations with Israel. He said that this constitutes betrayal of God, of Islam, and of the Muslims, and that Palestine and Jerusalem are Islamic land belonging to all the Muslims in the world. He claimed that U.S. President Washington had warned the Muslims and killed Native Americans because they were Muslims who had mosques. In addition, Sheikh Salameh said that the U.S. passes rulings that allow the Jews to kill the Palestinians.

 

Sheikh Salem Salameh: "No Muslim on the face of this Earth could ever imagine that there are Muslims who recognize the Zionist entity or normalize relations with it.

 

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"This is considered a betrayal of God, His religion, and the Muslims. Second, all of Palestine – and first and foremost Jerusalem – constitutes a Muslim waqf land that belongs to all Muslims, from Jakarta to Tangier.

 

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"We warn the Muslims of what U.S. President Washington himself warned. [Washington] killed the Indians and the Muslims, because the Indians and the owners of that land were Muslims. It has been proven that they were Muslims, and that they had mosques. This is why they killed them... The [U.S.] is a murderous state that assists murderers. It helps those who have killed the prophets, the holy men, the women and the innocent children. The [Americans] give them rulings permitting them to kill the [Palestinians]."

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In an episode of 60 Minutes on Russia 1 TV, Russian opinion-makers discussed the country's military supremacy. Show host Yevgeny Popov stressed: "All of you, of course, remember Krushchev's call to catch up and overtake America. So, we did it!" He then added that the U.S. has no choice but to catch up to Russia.

 

Presenting the Russian hypersonic Tsirkon missile, Popov stated: "It's very, very difficult to catch up with a state that has hypersonic weapons. They [the U.S.] only can... I don't know, envy us in silence? But the Americans can't do this," Popov stated.

 

On the show, Russian Ground Forces Air Defense Force chief Lt.-Gen. Alexander Leonov explained how hypersonic weapons work: "Prospective air defense systems based on new physical principles are being developed for the army's air defense. A weapon that is based on physical phenomena and principles that haven't been used before for defense purposes, for example, laser, radio-frequency, beam, and kinetic engagement with an enemy, has been in creation in Russia for at least the past two years.

 

"After the New Year's celebrations, we will continue creating a prospective mobile air defense artillery system with a 57-mm automatic gun with enhanced ballistic properties and a set of ammunition. This combat machine is to replace the Shilka anti-aircraft system... [and] will be capable of delivering fire both on the move and from the water, eliminating small drones easily. This is not deemed reasonable for any other air defense systems, due to a number of reasons that can be summarized in a well-known phrase 'You don't need a musket to shoot a butterfly.' It's expensive and inefficient."

 

Center for Strategic Communications president Dmitry Abzalov said: "...Hypersonic is the ultimate weapon... If you build regular weaponry, it's no use competing with a country [i.e. the U.S.] that has an actual $448 billion budget. The thing is, we need to place our bet on a weapon that gives a crucial advantage. This is our main goal. And Moscow managed to do it... We detected the points that allow us, having a small budget, so save a colossal amount of money."

 

The video was translated into English by Vesti.

 

It is worth noting that at the December 24, 2019 Defense Ministry board meeting, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that the West is trying to catch up with Russia because no other country possesses hypersonic weapons. Putin said:

 

"Here is what I would like to say in this regard, which I think is critically important. Please note: Neither the Soviet Union, nor Russia have ever tried to create a threat to other countries. We were always catching up in this regard. The United States created the atomic bomb, and the Soviet Union caught up with it. We did not have nuclear weapon delivery vehicles or carriers. There was no such thing as strategic aviation, and the Soviet Union was catching up in this area, as well. The first intercontinental missiles actually were not built here, and the Soviet Union was trying to catch up.

 

"Today, we have a unique situation in our new and recent history. They are trying to catch up with us. Not a single country [besides us] possesses hypersonic weapons, let alone continental-range hypersonic weapons. We already have Kinzhal (Dagger) hypersonic missile systems in the field, and Peresvet laser combat systems have already been deployed with the troops as well.

 

"The Minister just told us that we have begun to equip the first regiment of the Strategic Missile Forces with the latest Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle. Work on other systems is underway, including the Sarmat boosted intercontinental ballistic missile; the Zircon ground- and sea-based hypersonic rockets; the Poseidon UUV; and the Burevestnik nuclear-armed cruise missile.

 

"Other systems have been fielded as well, including the ones that were tested during various exercises and in combat conditions in Syria, such as Kalibr cruise missiles.

 

"There are also other technologies. They are not covered much in the media, but they do exist, are sent to the army, and are operational.

 

"In this regard, I would like to say that even though we spend much less than other countries (we rank seventh at this point, the Minister said, and could even slide to ninth), this does not mean that we are ready to compromise our combat readiness. No. All we are doing we are doing according to a plan.

 

"At one of the board meetings I deliberately said, and maybe someone in the audience remembers it; I would like to repeat what I said back then. I didn't say it accidentally. I said it because it represents our competitive advantage and it is about our ability to maintain the defense capability we need. What exactly will help us move forward? I said then literally the following: brains, intelligence, better organization of work, minimizing theft and negligence, and concentrating efforts on key areas will lead us to a high state of defense capability." (Kremlin.ru, December 24, 2019)

 

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January 9, 2020 Special Dispatch No. 8483

After His Call To End U.S. Military Presence In Iraq, Adel Abdul-Mahdi Seeks To Be Reinstated As Iraq's Prime Minister With The Support Of Pro-Iran Lawmakers

January 9, 2020
Iraq | Special Dispatch No. 8483
One day after the Iranian missile strike against U.S. military bases in Iraq, Iraqi media reported that caretaker Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi appears to be attempting, along with the support of pro-Iran lawmakers, to win the parliament's blessings to stay in his position, or to head the upcoming government. A Facebook post promoting Abdul-Mahdi reinstatement as prime minister (Source: Facebook.com). Abdul-Mahdi, the son of a Shi'ite cleric who had served as a minister in Iraq's monarchy, announced his resignation on November 3, 2019, after Iraq's top Shi'ite cleric, Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani, urged legislators to withdraw support for the government over its use of violence against Iraqi protesters. However, reports in Iraqi media[1] quote a lawmaker from the Al-Bena' bloc, who said that "many Shi'ite MPs are in favor of ​​reinstating Adel Abdul-Mahdi to form the new government". The Al-Bena' bloc is a pro-Iran coalition that claims to be the largest parliamentary bloc, and is therefore entitled to select a new premier according to the Iraqi Constitution. "Political blocs have begun to accept the idea of reinstating the resigned prime minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi to form the new government," MP Salem Al-Tufayli of Al-Bena' bloc said on January 9. Al-Tufayli also said that "this scenario surfaced after the prime minister showed up in the parliament and opposed the presence of U.S. forces," in reference to Abdul-Mahdi's speech to the parliament about ending the U.S. military presence in Iraq following the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. Muhammad Al-Husayni, a senior leader in the Al-Hikma Movement[2], echoed the same sentiment and said "there is a proposal by some political blocs to renew the confidence in Adel Abdul-Mahdi and his government," and they feel that it is "necessary for Abdul-Mahdi to stay in his position and to abolish the idea of holding early elections." Haneen Al-Qaddo, an MP from the pro-Iran Al-Fateh Alliance, said on January 9 that "Abdul-Mahdi is known by the parliamentary blocs, and his recent position was very courageous when he recommended the departure of foreign troops from the country," noting that "his position and the failure of political blocs to agree on a candidate for the position of prime minister makes them go toward reinstating him."[3] Former Iraqi MP and current political mediator Izzat Al-Shabandar, known for his pro-Iran stance, said that a meeting was held recently that was attended by all Iraqi political parties with the exception of Muqtada al-Sadr's Sa'iron bloc. In the meeting, it was agreed to reinstate Abdul-Mahdi to his position. He also noted that former Iraqi prime minister Haider Al-Abadi's Al-Nasr bloc objected to reinstating Abdul-Mahdi.[4] A video[5] from January 3, 2020, was circulated on Iraqi social media showing close aides to Abdul-Mahdi at the funeral of Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis. In the video, a man gives an emotional "appeal" to Abdul-Mahdi's aides and to the crowd, asking them to do their best to keep Abdul-Mahdi in his position, because it is the "best response to the Americans". Footage from the funeral of Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis showing the crowd chanting in support of Abdul-Mahdi as his aides look on. (Source: Facebook.com) It is also worth noting that as early as January 5, a social media campaign titled "Yes For Adel Abdul-Mahdi, The Prime Minister" was circulated by Abul-Mahdi's supporters on Twitter and Facebook.   [1] Almadapaper.net, January 9, 2020. [2] Alaraby.co.uk, January 9, 2020. [3] Radionawa.com, January 9, 2020. [4] Nasnews.com, January 9, 2020. [5] WhatsApp, January 3, 2020.

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Platform: Snapchat Account: Abu Huthayfa Al-Qalamouni[1] Additional Details: On January 8, 2020, the Abu Huthayfa Al-Qalamouni Snapchat account posted its first video in over a month. A link to this account was shared by the Telegram channel of pro-rebel reporter Ahmad Rahal. The Snapchat video first shows a fighter firing a large weapon as unseen individuals in the background say "Allahu Akbar."; the upper left corner features the emblem of the Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS)-affiliated "Battles News Channel" and text across the bottom states: "A nation that will not be defeated despite oppression and abuse. The revolution continues." Next in the video, men silently reassemble new munitions from spent shells. At the upper right is the emblem of the HTS media arm Ebaa' News Agency.[2] The rest of the video show the use of various heavy weapons. The video concludes with a statement ridiculing Iran's January 8 missile attack on bases in Iraq housing U.S. forces: ''The losses at an American base resulting from the Iranian attacks include: 12 tea cups, 6 plastic plates, 6 forks, 5 spoons, a gas stove, a pair of plastic slippers (may God honor you), half a kilo of sugar, two stacks of bread, and two cans of sardines bought with credit at the Salih Al-Samman Shop."   [1] Snapchat.com/add/bank1989rm, accessed on January 8, 2020. [2] See MEMRI JTTM report Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham's (HTS) Ebaa' News Agency Publishes Article Offering Tips On Computer Data Security, July 24, 2019.  

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