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Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Khadhimi Promises To Protect Iraq's Sovereignty; All Weapons Are A Matter For The State, Not For Individuals Or Groups

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Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Khadhimi said in an April 9, 2020 address that aired on Al-Iraqiya TV (Iraq) that his government will protect Iraq’s sovereignty and independent decision-making abilities. He said that all of the weapons in Iraq fall under the purview of the state, and not under the purview of individuals or groups. He elaborated that the PMU, the Peshmerga, and Iraq’s national military and police institutions will ensure that this remains the case. PM Al-Khadhimi also said that the blood shed by Iraqis in the fight against ISIS and in recent demonstration is valued. He expressed hope that Iraq’s foreign relations will be successful and based on reciprocal respect and cooperation with other countries. He added: "We serve no one but the [Iraqi] people."

Mustafa Al-Khadhimi: "Sovereignty is where we draw the line. It is impossible to remain polite at the expense of Iraq's sovereignty or to make concessions at the expense of the honor of Iraq and the Iraqis. Iraq is a deeply-rooted country that owns its sovereign decision-making and the government will be vigilant to protect the sovereignty and the interests of the Iraqis. Yes, Iraq's sovereignty will not be up for debate. Let me repeat this again and again: Iraq's sovereignty will not be up for debate, and the Iraqis will make their decisions. Iraq belongs to the Iraqis. All the weapons - heavy, medium, and light - are a matter for the state and nobody else. Weapons are not a matter for individuals or groups. The various military and security institutions - the army, the police, the PMU, and the Peshmerga - will fulfill their duty to prevent the weapons anarchy. We will take decisive measures to make sure that the weapons are confined [to the state].

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"The people have demands that they voiced during the demonstrations. We pledge to uphold these demands. The blood that the Iraqis shed and the sacrifices that they made in the war against ISIS are dear and the blood that was shed and the sacrifices that were made by the Iraqi demonstrators who demanded their rights are also dear. We shall protect these rights. Our foreign relations should be successful. Their success depends on adopting the notions of respect and cooperation, as well as balance with neighbors and friends in the region and the world, with national sovereignty being our number one principle. Foreign crises do not serve domestic stability. Reciprocal relations on the basis of shared interests are the kind of agreements that can provide stability and bolster the economy - and most importantly, they may protect the honor of the Iraqis. Yes, they may protect the honor of the Iraqis. We will not allow any Iraqi to be insulted by anyone, at home or abroad, with the accusation of being subservient to foreigners. Iraqis are not subservient. They are the descendants of [ancient] civilizations. Their strength lies in the pride they take in their patriotism. We are a match to our rivals, and we are brothers to our neighbors and friends. We serve no one but the [Iraqi] people. Let me repeat this: We serve no one but our people."

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Lebanese Journalist Dr. Hassan Hamade: The Rockefellers, Rothschilds, Morgans Are The "Brood Of Vipers" Behind The Conflict In America, ISIS, Coronavirus; They Are The Global Government

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Lebanese journalist Dr. Hassan Hamade said in a May 28, 2020 interview on OTV (Lebanon) that Lebanon should opt for the "eastern option" since the West has made it clear that it sees Lebanon as a guinea pig meant to serve the Jews. He also said that the Rockefellers, Rothschilds, and Morgans are the "brood of vipers" behind ISIS, the conflict in America, and possibly the coronavirus pandemic. He said that they constitute the "global government."

Dr. Hassan Hamade: "We need to seek the help of some of the brightest economic minds in the country. They should not be part of the establishment and we should opt for the eastern option. It's over. The West has told us that it does not want us. The West has told us that we are nothing but guinea pigs. Full stop. 'You are nothing. You are guinea pigs, creatures on which we hold experiments so that you can serve the Jews.'"

Interviewer: "There is a conflict in America. It boils underneath and all you can see is the tip of the iceberg. But what happens underneath is terrifying."

Hamade: "And the people behind it are the same people behind ISIS. It is the same people, the 'brood of vipers,' the sons of Rockefeller, Morgan, and Rothschild. These are the same people, brother. These are the people of the global government, brother. Many people are talking about it. It is out in the open now. There is a global government. They are behind it. They destroy everything. They may be behind the coronavirus pandemic, as well."

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Chinese Journalist Li Gang On Arabic-Language Chinese TV: Trump Is Falsely Accusing China Regarding COVID-19 In Order To Make Excuses For His Incompetence; There Will Be A Post-Corona U.S.-China Conflict; China Will Be A Leader In The New World Order

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Chinese journalist Li Gang said in a May 30, 2020 monologue that aired on CGTN Arabic TV (China) that U.S. President Donald Trump and the Western media have been accusing China of being the source of the coronavirus, but that these things are nothing but politically motivated rumors and lies. He said that President Trump launched this "campaign" against China in order to "export" the crisis, make excuses for his own incompetence, and avoid responsibility. In addition, Kang said that this American campaign of false accusations should be viewed as a preemptive strike in the post-coronavirus conflict that he said will take place. He also predicted that the balance of power in the world is about to change and that China will take a leading role in the new world order, at the expense of America’s power and position in the world.

 

Li Gang: "Since American President Donald Trump used the term 'Chinese Virus' in reference to the novel coronavirus, on March 16, the Western propaganda machine began making false accusations against China. Conspiracy theories began spreading among the people that China is the source of the virus or that the virus leaked from a lab in Wuhan. Is that really the truth? It is clear that these are nothing but American rumors and lies because they are not based on irrefutable scientific proofs and are politically motivated.

 

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"I believe that the Trump administration launched this campaign against China for several reasons. First of all, the corona crisis has exposed America's failure in fighting the virus, even though the American health system is the strongest in the world. The Trump administration has faced accusations due to this failure.

 

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"More than 38 million Americans have filed for unemployment. In addition, the financial markets have collapsed. All these crises have exposed President Trump to harsh criticism. Therefore, by launching this campaign against China, he is trying to portray China as responsible for spreading the virus, to export the crises, and to make excuses for his failure and incompetence and to evade his own responsibility. Secondly, because China has proven its ability to control the coronavirus, this campaign should be considered as an American preemptive strike against China, in preparation for the post-coronavirus conflict. The balance of power in the world is expected to change when the coronavirus crisis is over. A lot has been said about the progress of China, which will take a leading role in the new world order at the expense of America's power and position."

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Turkish Government Charity Organization Operates In Regions Of Syria Controlled By Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham

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The following report is now a complimentary offering from MEMRI's Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM). For JTTM subscription information, click here. On May 30, 2020, an event honoring fighters wounded in battles against the Syrian regime and its allies was held in the city of Idlib, Syria, which is controlled by Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS). The event, titled "My Steadfastness Has No Limits" and featuring the distribution of monetary grants to disabled fighters, was organized by the Turkish government-affiliated Türkiye Diyanet Vakfı (TDV) charity organization. It was extensively covered by the pro-rebel media, including the HTS news agency.[1] Photos from the event published by the HTS news agency Ebaa. On its website, TDV bills itself as having been "founded to support the activities of the [Turkish] Ministry of Religious Affairs, to help religious services reach more people, and for the raising of a generation employed in religious service," and states that it operates in 149 countries.[2] The organization's logo TDV operates in northern Syria, both in regions where Turkey implemented its Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch operations that are now essentially under Turkish control, and in HTS-controlled areas. For example, on September 25, 2019, it was reported that the organization had, in conjunction with the Pakistan-based Bayt Al-Salam charity organization, erected 100 homes in Idlib province for families of orphans, the disabled, and slain fighters.[3] As in the instance of the activity for the disabled fighters, it appears that TDV's activity in HTS-controlled areas is carried out with the approval of HTS, or at least with its knowledge of it. While previously there was a dispute between TDV and HTS over the administration of two refugee camps in HTS-controlled territory in Idlib, it was resolved that TDV would bring about the HTS-controlled Syrian Salvation Government's (SSG) approval of the appointments for the administration of both camps.[4] Thus, the TDV joins the ranks of Turkish charity organizations cooperating with HTS.[5]   [1]  Telegram, May 31, 2020. [2] Tdv.org/tr-TR/kurumsal, accessed June 1, 2020. [3] Enabbaladi.net, September 25, 2019. [4] Arabstoday.net, November 22, 2018. [5] See MEMRI JTTM report Turkish NGOs Meet With Jihadi Leaders In Syria, Help Fighters Cross Border, Fundraise For And Organize Events With Hamas, Hizbullah, Sell Jihadi Publications, Raise Money From Schoolchildren In Coordination With Turkish Government, November 22, 2019.

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June 2, 2020 Special Dispatch No. 8776

Iranian Researcher Dr. Sam Mehdi Torabi: Iran Would Be Willing To Help The Americans In Their Revolution; The American Oligarchs Must Be Annihilated

June 2, 2020
Iran | Special Dispatch No. 8776
Dr. Sam Mehdi Torabi, the Director of Iran's Risalat Strategic Studies Institute, said in a May 30, 2020 interview on Channel 2 (Iran) that the United States is an oligarchy in which the power and wealth are controlled by one percent of the society, and that the legal processes and constitution in the U.S. cannot lead to reform. He said that the way to reform the United States, which he referred to as "Satan," is through a revolution that would annihilate America's oligarchs. Dr. Torabi added that Iran would help the American people if they have the courage to start a revolution, but that if they don't have the courage, someone from the outside will have to finish off the American oligarchs. For a related statement in which Dr. Torabi discusses the current unrest in the United States, see MEMRI TV Clip No. 8033. To view the clip of Iranian researcher Dr. Sam Mehdi Torabi on MEMRI TV, click here or below. "The Reality Is That There Is An Oligarchy In America. There Is No Democracy" Dr. Sam Mehdi Torabi: "The reality is that there is an oligarchy in America. There is no democracy. The existing legal process and the American Constitution are not supposed to reform America. "Don't Pin Your Hopes On Reforms Through The Existing Legal Methods In America... The Only Solution... Is For Those Oligarchs To Be Annihilated" "Don't pin your hopes on reforms through the existing legal methods in America. So long as the power and the wealth are held by one percent of society, America will remain the same. If we want America to change, we must deal with those people - not in legal ways but through a revolution. "I've said before that I don't pin much hope on the Americans carrying out a revolution, but the only solution that will bring an end to this Satan, in the words of Imam Khomeini, is for those oligarchs to be annihilated. "If [The Americans] Do Not Have The Necessary Courage, Someone From The Outside Must Finish Those [Oligarchs] Off" "If the Americans have the courage to do it - by all means. We will help them, too. If they do not have the necessary courage, someone from the outside must finish those [oligarchs] off."

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June 2, 2020 Special Dispatch No. 8775

Atlanta Islamic Scholar Soleiman Hamed On George Floyd Protests: Burning Down Businesses Hurts the Oppressors' Pockets, Destruction And Violence Are Part Of A Quranic Model Applied By Muslims In Revolutions, Taking Over The World

June 2, 2020
United States | Special Dispatch No. 8775
In two videos uploaded to the Masjid Al-Islam Facebook page, Soleiman Hamed, an American-born Islamic scholar, reacted to the protests following the death of George Floyd. American-born Hamed is the resident Imam of Atlanta's Masjid Al-Islam, and trained in Damascus, Syria under Grand Mufti Sheik Ahmed Kuftaro at Abu Nour University. He previously served as an Imam in Masjid Fresno in California, and as an assistant to Masjidul Waritheen of Oakland, California.[1] In the first video, a Friday sermon uploaded on May 29, 2020, Hamed said that he will continue talking about revolution until the Muslims "achieve having the world look like Allah would have it." Saying that he does not "necessarily" advocate the violence in the recent riots, Hamed elaborated that Muslims are not "kumbaya" pacifists and that in revolutions, they should follow the Quranic examples of Abraham and Muhammad, who employed destruction and violence against polytheism and false worship. He added that this is the model that Muslims use when they "take over the world." In a second video, uploaded on May 31, Hamed said that it is okay to fight and resist evil mentalities. He said that riots have a place in bringing down oppressive systems and explained that when corporate businesses such as Target are burned down the "people engaged in oppression" feel their pockets hurt. Hamed warned rioters against "agents provocateurs" and asked that his words are not to be "twisted". In addition, he criticized cross-training that he said has taken place between Atlanta's police force and Israeli forces. To view the May 29, 2020 clip of Islamic Scholar Soleiman Hamed on MEMRI TV, click here or below. "No One Should Be Fooled... To Think That Muslims Are To Be Sitting Around [All] Pacifist [And] 'Kumbaya' When The Revolution Comes. That's Not Quranic" Soleiman Hamed: "So no one should be fooled, and no one should be beguiled, to think that Muslims are to be sitting around [all] pacifist [and] 'kumbaya' when the revolution comes. "That's not Quranic. 'Oh, there you go talking about revolution again, imam.' Well, you all know me and I am going to keep talking about it until we achieve having the world look like Allah would have it. So you don't be afraid of that, because I am not afraid of it. [...] So they say: 'Well, imam, are you advocating violence?' That is what they ask me, talking about the riots and all that. 'Are you advocating violence, imam?' And I answer them: 'Not necessarily.' [...] "The Worst Form Of Oppression Is What? Polytheism, False Worship" "It irks me a little bit when they say: 'How could people be engaged in acts of destruction?' 'How could you be engaged in acts of violence?' 'Is that a religious thing?' Let me show you something, that I know we don't look at it like this. I want to first bring to your attention that the worst form of oppression is what? Polytheism, false worship. [...] "Let's talk about these acts of destruction that everybody is up in arms about. You look at Abraham. I know some of you... Because we read Quran like a fairy tale and we don't see the practical application int these things. This might go over my head. But look at Abraham and even Muhammad the Prophet, when they witnessed this form of oppression, polytheism and false worship, they engaged in an act that the 'kumbayas' and the people who don't understand that aggression and things like this happen in these cases - what did they do? They would both be guilty, by these people's standards, of engaging in acts of destruction and violence. Is that right? I am just showing you that in the midst of revolution, change - and take that word in the biggest sense of it - that sometimes, those things happen. [...] "Yes, it is what Quran says. Yes, it is what Muhammad did. That is the model. That's the model that we are using when we go out and engage in the world and take over the world and make the world like Allah wants it to be." In the second video uploaded to the Masjid Al-Islam Facebook page on May 31, Hamed commented further on the protests. To view the May 31, 2020 clip of Islamic Scholar Soleiman Hamed on MEMRI TV, click here or below. "It Is Okay To Fight... We Are Not Just 'Armchair Revolutionaries'" Soleiman Hamed: "It is okay to fight - listen to my words - and resist and go against that evil mentality of people believing that they are God, presenting themselves as God, being against Allah, polytheism - yes, we fight against that. [...] "We are not just 'armchair revolutionaries' and not just talking on the computer. But we are involved and engaged and even being seen. So again, with these uprisings and these events that are happening - it is okay to be there. [...] "Engagement In These Activities [Burning Property] Has A Place In Revolution, In Change, And They Have A Place In Bringing Down Oppressive Systems" "And be careful again, I will reiterate that. They twist my words up, [saying:] 'You said in the Friday sermon, that we should be out there burning stuff.' I didn't say that, you heard what I said. I said that I was advocating for the establishment of good - and we went over those things - and forbidding the evil. And I said that the engagement in those activities has a place in revolution, in change, and they have a place in bringing down oppressive systems. Yes, and I stand by that statement. But do you know that there are some agents provocateurs and that it is in the midst of these things. You all know who the police is and who the devil is, and don't be involved in that. [...] "Dr. Martin Luther King [Said] That Riots Are The Voice Of The Voiceless. It Has A Place." "Everybody has been throwing this quote around from Dr. Martin Luther King that riots are the voice of the voiceless. It has a place. It has a place. When... Let me relax... When people feel their pockets being hurt... When people feel their businesses... I am talking about corporations, Target is a corporation, right? These incorporated... I am just using that one for example because it was in the news... Make sure that you are listening very carefully and not twisting my words. [Saying:] 'There he is condoning this and condoning that.' Be careful, that is malarkey, and I will not go for it myself. But if we are asking the question on the level of understanding strategy in movements... OK, I am answering the question from that perspective. When people take to the streets and are in the streets and are disrupting the norm - it gets the attention of the people who are engage in the oppression, right? It wasn't until those white kids go out there, burning stuff up, that they arrested the officers in Kentucky - excuse me, in Minneapolis. [...] "The Police Department In Atlanta Was Receiving Training [From] The Zionist Regime In Israel" "Even using the words 'protests' and 'riots' - those words are loaded words, I said 'uprisings.' People are making themselves seen and making themselves heard and combating - actually combating - the oppressive system. The police department in Atlanta was receiving training and providing training - it may be both ways - with the Zionist regime in Israel, right? So actually, [you should be] engaging your political officials and law enforcement, ensuring that can't be done. You can't be using the same thing that the Zionists are using on our people."   [1] Atlantamasjid.com/aboutourstaff, accessed June 2, 2020.

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June 2, 2020 Special Dispatch No. 8774

Russian Reactions To The Riots: Government Gloats, Commentators Assess Political Fallout On US Presidential Elections

June 2, 2020
Russia | Special Dispatch No. 8774
Russia's political establishment drew satisfaction at seeing American pretensions to lecture others on human rights punctured by the killing of George Floyd and the massive demonstrations that it triggered. This satisfaction was somewhat tempered by the knowledge that liberal voices in the United States, for example George Soros, were not Russia's friends and some commentators even endorsed the theory that the Democrats had instigated and were trying to capitalize on the riots. Russia's wariness about the Democrats was also reflected in the quick reaction to remarks by Obama's National Security Adviser, Susan Rice, that insinuated that Russia had a hand in the riots. Russian press commentary also speculated on how the disorders would impact on the November 2020 presidential elections in the United States. Below is a survey of Russian reactions to the events in the United States: Demonstrator confronts policemen (Source: Vesti.ru) Government Outlets: The US Is Getting A Taste Of Its Maidan Medicine Russian officials, surrogates and state-controlled outlets expressed satisfaction at America's discomfiture and the discomfiture of Russian liberals, who disdained their government and looked up to the US. Senator Alexey Pushkov tweeted: The US is starting to crumble. This is visible in Syria and Afghanistan, in the disaster with Covid-19 within the USA itself, in the [US'] inability to help its European allies at the peak of the pandemic, in the hysterical but sketchy accusations against China, in the racial rebellion, in the internal schism. The US has entered an era of turmoil.[1] Alexey Pushkov (Source: Mk.ru) Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova  in a televised appearance claimed she was not gloating over the "terrifying and unimaginable" images an felt compassion for a nation "that is torn apart by such terrible contradictions." However, the events had revealed American hypocrisy on the human rights issue: "This national tragedy revealed something, what they [Americans] probably did not want to talk about or listen to, but on what they eagerly lectured the whole world. Namely [I’m talking] about a tragedy in the 'human rights' sphere, in the very field that Americans always considered to be resolved and problem-free for the US. The leadership in the human rights sphere, which they arrogated to themselves, turned out to be no leadership at all. "It was now clear why the United States withdrew from the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in 2018. “Apparently, they understood what was happening inside their own state, and left the Human Rights Council. And now this 'abscess' has burst."[2] TV presenter Vladimir Soloviev, a major regime surrogate, posted on his Telegram channel: “So, the United States has not yet found the 'hand of Moscow' in the riots? What are they waiting for...And why are all our opposition members silent? [I guess] the US manual [on the issue] is delayed, and they are not accustomed to using their own brains. How is the [US] State Department doing? Have they already demanded to release all those detained by the police, and not to interfere with the will of the people? Has the [economic stimulus] 'Helicopter money' helped? Judging by the joy with which shops are being looted, people don’t feel prosperous…  Maybe the United States made a mistake in choosing the way to combat the coronavirus… The old recipe: racism and police lawlessness. 'Black Lives Matter' has turned into 'I Can't Breathe.'"[3] The Russian service of Russia Today (RT), the government-controlled outlet referred to the events as an American "Maidan". Maidan was the central square in Kiev where pro-Western demonstrators brought down the Kremlin-friendly government of Alexander Yanukovich. Putin has seen the US as the prime instigato. Now America was seeing how it felt RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan said: "In almost any other country, such a Maidan, as is now occurring in the States, would very quickly lead to regime change. But in America it will not do so. Because America does not have a second America that would aid this Maidan. And over the past many years I can’t recall a single regime change that could have been accomplished without active American help."[4] Military correspondent Semyon Pegov amplified the Maidan theme in an opinion column for RT: "It would seem that the ideals by which the protesting Americans are driven are far from the worldview of Ukrainian radicals, but in this case, it does not really matter. In an ideological sense, the Americans received a 'Maidan in reverse', but, I repeat, this is not that important. The chaos factor itself is important, which is the fundamental active force in such events. I will expand this thought. "Over the past few decades (30, maybe 40 years), the United States has adhered to a 'controlled chaos' strategy, which it actively spread to state entities that broke away as a result of the USSR's collapse, and then to dozens of other countries of Eastern Europe (and with the beginning of the “Arab Spring” ”This American trend from the 1990s again found broad application in Egypt, Libya, Syria and other countries of the region). So, that in adhering to the strategy of 'controlled chaos', the States, unexpectedly for all, were themselves engulfed by it. The only question is how much it is controlled and by whom… "But along with sympathy for those who suffer from American chaos, I am grateful for these protests, inter alia for their wonderful lesson. [They provide] an illustrative lesson for those who considered and still consider Russia to be a police state. Those who compare the actions of the Russian National Guard at the [opposition] demonstrations almost to a massacre by African dictators. Against the background of how the American security forces work and disperse the protests, our Russian riot police seem like good boys with impeccable education received in high-school school. It suffices to track on which day of the rally the first shots were fired (no matter what weapon), and then recall what our Russian national guardsmen, who are sent to disperse unauthorized processions are usually armed with."[5] Semyon Pegov (Source: Gazeta.ru) The Maidan parallel was also invoked by Vladimir Vasiliev, the chief researcher at the US and Canada Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences in an interview with Izvestia.[6] on Monday, June 1. However, Vasiliev believes that the riots do not spring from economic malaise but are directly related to the American elections. He believes that a true threat exists that the party that loses these elections will refuse to recognize the results and then either the Democrats or the Republicans will appeal to the masses and try to settle the issue in the streets: "The Americans have rolled out this concept many times for other countries. When people in these countries were dissatisfied with the election results, 'color revolutions' took place there, the masses came out, demanding that the results should not be recognized and should be altered. I think this technology - the organization of the All-American Maidan - is being fully developed in order to influence the election results in the right direction if they do not suit the Democratic Party" observed Vasiliev. He believed that the protest rallies were coordinated and organized by the leadership of the Democratic Party's National Committee.  To support this thesis, Vasiliev claimed that the riots occurred in electorally important states. “The state of Minnesota is a pro-Democratic state with very progressive traditions in the struggle for the rights of the working class of workers. California, Texas, Washington. In the Republican states and cities, the situation is relatively calmer, they maintain order a bit better," concluded Vasiliev. Journalist Fillipov:  In America, Black Lives Do Not Really Matter Artyem Fillipov writing in vz.ru believes that the protests reflect the fact that there has been little progress in eradicating racism in the US: "Despite all the efforts of the federal government, the expert community and activists, the years of reform and millions of dollars, police violence is still an urgent problem for the United States. The incident in Minneapolis has once again demonstrated that the practice of ill-treatment of blacks by the US law enforcement agencies has not yet been eliminated. The criminal justice system is in many ways a modern embodiment of racial terror. It seemed that such an attitude towards the Negro population remained in the distant past of American history. However, as it turns out, today the life of African-Americans in the USA still does not have much significance. Not surprisingly, mass protests of blacks are sweeping across the country."[7] Researcher Blokhin: Unsolved Racial Problems And Depression-like Economic Conditions Behind Disturbances According to Konstantin Blokhin, a leading researcher at the Russian Academy of Sciences Center for Security Studies, the United States is suffering from a racial problem caused by social stratification, which the American political establishment cannot solve. "Therefore, representatives of the US establishment are now trying to implicate Russia, although it was not the Russian police who killed George Floyd," Blokhin noted. He added that the current protests were fueled by the difficult economic situation and the rise in unemployment caused by the coronavirus pandemic. "The situation in the United States today is comparable to the Great Depression."[8] Putin Spokesman Peskov Distinguishes Between Susan Rice, Who Blamed Russia For Instigating Riots And The Trump Administration That Did Not Do So Another issue, already touched upon above by Vladimir Vasiliev was who stood behind the riots and who sought to gain from them. Russian officials were quick to push back against a May 31, 2020 interview by Susan Rice, who served as Obama's national security adviser accusing Russia of complicity in the violence. Dr. Rice told CNN that Russia not only sought to disgrace the United States, but to pit Americans against each other: "We have peaceful protesters focused on the very real pain and disparities that we're all wrestling with that have to be addressed, and then we have extremists who've come to try to hijack those protests and turn them into something very different. And they're probably also, I would bet based on my experience, I'm not reading the intelligence these days, but based on my experience this is right out of the Russian playbook as well."[9] Putin's press secretary Dmitry Peskov responded: "Of course, we are very closely watching what is happening in the United States. But everything that happens there is an internal affair of this country…We have never interfered in American affairs and are not going to intervene now." Responding directly to Rice, Peskov said: "Any insinuations like the one you mentioned are, of course, completely wrong, erroneous. And, as far as we understand, such insinuations can in no way reflect the official point of view in Washington."[10] Dmitry Peskov (Source: Tass.ru) If Peskov was relatively diplomatic Zakharova slammed Rice on her Facebook account: "Former Obama administration national security adviser Susan Rice suggested in an interview (CNN) Sunday that the Russians could be behind the violent nationwide demonstrations following the in-custody death of George Floyd. "I did not believe it until i saw the interview. And now I want to react. "Dear Suzan (sic) Rice, "Some time ago your party colleagues made a fatal mistake when they decided to blame absolutely everything that was not to their liking on Russia. Hillary Clinton and the Obama team convinced themselves and tried to convince the world that the domestic problems in the United States were created and encouraged by an external force: Russia. "You are repeating this mistake today together with a CNN reporter, using dirty methods of information manipulation, such as fake news and absolutely no facts to prove your allegation. "Your interview with CNN is a perfect example of barefaced propaganda. "I would like to remind you that the social media, which you believe are being used by Russian agents to fuel protests in American cities, were registered in the United States, belong to Americans and are regulated by American laws. "Are you trying to play the Russia card again? You have been playing too long; please, come back to reality. Go out and face your people, look them in the eye and try telling them that they are being controlled by the Russians through YouTube and Facebook. And I will sit back and watch 'American exceptionalism' in action. "Not Yours, "Maria Zakharova, Russian MFA’s spokeswoman"[11] If Zakharova was outraged at Rice's attempts to impute responsibility to Russia, some Russian commentators were not shy about accusing the Democrats of complicity. The popular Boiler Room Telegram channel commented: "Inhabitants of African-American ghettos, Mexicans have always been the Democrats' strike force. The scandal with the murder of George Floyd by a white cop (who was photographed in a 'Trump cap') will certainly be used by the Democrats against Trump. The colored people along with the radical feminists were the strike force of the Democrats in the last US presidential election. The continuation of the riots, and widespread discussion of the tragic event on all television channels are in the interests of Trump's opponents.”[12] The conservative Tsargrad.tv in an article titled "Bandits on the Pay of Soros Torch Minneapolis the Protesters Are Not Local reached the same conclusion and cited a tweet by conservative activist Candice Owens: "The Minneapolis chief of police just confirmed that many of the protesters that are burning down the city are NOT FROM MINNEAPOLIS. My guess: As he did with Antifa, Democrat George Soros has these thugs on payroll. He is funding the chaos via his Open Society Foundation." [13] Russian Commentators: The Disorders Will Not Necessarily Hurt Donald Trump's Electoral Prospects Russian commentators believed that the disorders did not doom Donald Trump in November Tass Article: The Riots Will Frighten The Political Center Into Voting For Trump TASS conducted an interview with Andrei Korobkov, a professor of political science at the Middle Tennessee State University. Korobkov, a graduate of Moscow State University has maintained his ties with pro-Kremlin think tanks. Korobkov believes that the riots will push the Democratic Party further to the left and this will benefit Trump. "All this leads to the strengthening of ultra-leftist groups within the Democratic Party and in general on the left flank,". These political forces Korobkov, used the protests from their very outset to attack the Trump administration. According to Korobkov, the Democrats, in particular, are disappointed that the coronavirus pandemic did not produce the effect they were counting on. "It did not lead to a catastrophic drop in Trump's ratings," the professor said. At the same time, Korobkov predicted that riots and protests, while strengthening the left wing of the Democrats, will at the same time weaken the general position of that party in the long run. "Because, of course, the political center is always scared when outbreaks of violence occur, when it becomes really dangerous for itself." As a result, Biden’s position in the November elections will be somewhat weakened, while Trump will get stronger. [14] Andrei Korobkov (Source Valdai.com) Russian Think Tank Director Kortunov: Riots Will Not Decide The Presidential Race Andrei Kortunov, Director General of the Russian Council on Foreign Affairs, commented on the riots in the United States: “The outbursts of violence indicate the existence of a very deep [social] split in the United States. The situation is tense. Regardless of who wins the presidential election in November, this tension is likely to remain.” According to Kortunov, the riots will not affect the final result of the presidential race. In the current situation, Trump will appeal to the blacks not as an ethnic group, but “to that category of blacks that can be considered to be traditional middle class…But It is hard to say yet how convincing this tactic will be, because the middle class has a choice: to return to jobs (this is what Trump wants), or to continue receiving social aid, which are guaranteed by the Democrats…The Democrats have long and consistently worked on the minorities. They lost their traditional working class electoral base to the Republicans, but the minorities are still voting for them. It is unlikely that Trump will be able to grab African-American votes, by focusing on ethnicity]. His strategy is to contrast ethnicity with all-American patriotism." [15] Andrei Kortunov (Source: Iz.ru) Alexei Fenenko, assistant professor of international security at Moscow State University’s faculty of world politics also believes the riots will not be a factor in the election. "Trump initially relies on the white states of the Midwest; he does not bet on states in which color minorities predominate. Therefore, just the opposite, the fact that Trump applies toughness can greatly increase his rating in the states he relies on."[16]   [1] Twitter.com/Alexey_Pushkov, June 1, 2020. [2] Tass.ru, May 30, 2020. [3] T.me/SolovievLive, May 30, 2020. [4] Vz.ru, May 31, 2020. [5] Russian.rt.com, May 31, 2020. [6] Iz.ru, June 1, 2020. [7] Vz.ru, May 28, 2020. [8]  Russian.rt.com, June 1, 2020. [9] Cnn.com, May 31, 2020. [10] Tass.ru, June 1, 2020. [11] Facebook.com/maria.zakharova.167, June 1, 2020. [12] T.me/boilerroomchannel/7001, May 29, 2020. [13] Tsargrad.tv, May 29, 2020. [14] Tass.ru, June 1, 2020. [15] Vz.ru, May 29, 2020. [16] Ria.ru, June 1, 2020.

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Iranian Analyst Mohammad Marandi: Blacks In The U.S. Are Deprived - They Live In Slums And Have The Literacy Skills Of Iranian Third-Graders; All They Have Left Is Sports

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Source: Channel 2 (Iran)

Iranian academic and political analyst Mohammad Marandi said in a May 30, 2020 interview on Channel 2 (Iran) that black people in the United States oftentimes live in slums and have education so poor that it is comparable to second- or third-grade education in Iran. He said that the media tells blacks that they are violent, smugglers, dancers, and so forth. Marandi stated that the only thing most blacks have left is sports. Marandi also discussed former U.S. President Barack Obama, saying that Obama had joined the establishment, became "one of them," and spoke of the Founding Fathers, even though they had been slave owners and he would have been a slave if he had lived during the same period that they had lived in.

Mohammad Marandi: "A black person who grew up in a deprived city with no proper school... The schools there are a disaster. In general, the school system in America - with the exception of the top universities - is not good, but in the black areas, it is worse than everywhere else. People graduate high school without knowing how to read or write. Then this kid..."

Host: "Are you kidding? They graduate high school without knowing how to read or write?"

Marandi: "Is it not so?"

Host: "But the image of the American school system is so different."

Marandi: "In many of America's deprived cities and areas - they call them 'slums' - the schools are really bad and are not safe. Students simply move on to the next grade. Their reading and writing skills are at the level of second or third grade in Iran. They really cannot read properly. So they are poor and deprived. They cannot enroll in a university. They did not attend a proper school. The TV constantly tells them that they are violent smugglers, dancers, and so forth. Well, this is the result. All they have left is sports... Obviously, I am not saying that they are all like that. Some of the blacks are in the middle class, some have gotten rich, some have become university professors, and some of them become like Mr. Obama. But Obama himself has joined the establishment and become one of them. When Obama would make a speech, he would talk about 'our Founding Fathers' - that America's founders were like that. All of America's founders had been slave owners. If Obama lived back then, he would have been one of their slaves, yet he repeats their rhetoric."

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Atlanta Islamic Scholar Soleiman Hamed On George Floyd Protests: Destruction And Violence Are Part Of A Quranic Model Applied By Muslims In Revolutions, Taking Over The World

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On May 29, 2020, a Friday sermon by Atlanta Islamic scholar Soleiman Hamed was uploaded to the Masjid Al-Islam Facebook page. In the sermon, Hamed reacted to the protests following the death of George Floyd and he said that he will continue talking about revolution until the Muslims "achieve having the world look like Allah would have it." Saying that he does not "necessarily" advocate the violence in the recent riots, Hamed elaborated that Muslims are not "kumbaya" pacifists and that in revolutions, they should follow the Quranic examples of Abraham and Muhammad, who employed destruction and violence against polytheism and false worship. He added that this is the model that Muslims use when they "take over the world."

Soleiman Hamed: "So no one should be fooled, and no one should be beguiled, to think that Muslims are to be sitting around [all] pacifist [and] kumbaya when the revolution comes. That's not Quranic. 'Oh, there you go talking about revolution again, imam.' Well, you all know me and I am going to keep talking about it until we achieve having the world look like Allah would have it. So you don’t be afraid of that, because I am not afraid of it.

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So they say: 'Well, imam, are you advocating violence?' That is what they ask me, talking about the riots and all that. 'Are you advocating violence, imam?' And I answer them: 'Not necessarily.'

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"It irks me a little bit when they say: 'How could people be engaged in acts of destruction?' 'How could you be engaged in acts of violence?' 'Is that a religious thing?' Let me show you something, that I know we don't look at it like this. I want to first bring to your attention that the worst form of oppression is what? Polytheism, false worship.

[...]

"Let's talk about these acts of destruction that everybody is up in arms about. You look at Abraham. I know some of you... Because we read Quran like a fairy tale and we don't see the practical application int these things. This might go over my head. But look at Abraham and even Muhammad the Prophet, when they witnessed this form of oppression, polytheism and false worship, they engaged in an act that the 'kumbayas' and the people who don't understand that aggression and things like this happen in these cases - what did they do? They would both be guilty, by these people's standards, of engaging in acts of destruction and violence. Is that right? I am just showing you that in the midst of revolution, change - and take that word in the biggest sense of it - that sometimes, those things happen.

[...]

"Yes, it is what Quran says. Yes, it is what Muhammad did. That is the model. That's the model that we are using when we go out and engage in the world and take over the world and make the world like Allah wants it to be."

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