TCTT – Issue 40

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The Persian Rug Weaver Strikes in the US Backyard Through Venezuela – Global Research

Iranian tankers were 2200 km from the US coast when the Iranian-flagged “Fortune”, followed by “Forest”, entered Venezuelan waters, challenging the US embargo and the US’s threats. The Islamic Republic was broadcasting loud and clear a strong message. The first message was dispatched to the US administration after Gulf and Arab Leaders conveyed a directContinue reading “The Persian Rug Weaver Strikes in the US Backyard Through Venezuela – Global Research”

Washington’s tall tale of Iranian-Al Qaeda alliance based on questionably sourced book ‘The Exile’ – Ron Paul Institute

The US assassination of Qassem Soleimani in January touched off a new wave of disinformation about the top Iranian major general, with Trump administration allies branding him a global terrorist while painting Iran as the world’s worst state sponsor of terrorism. Much of the propaganda about Soleimani related to his alleged responsibility for the killing of American troopsContinue reading “Washington’s tall tale of Iranian-Al Qaeda alliance based on questionably sourced book ‘The Exile’ – Ron Paul Institute”

Why the Empire’s media arm must lie about Syria’s allies – The Saker

As per usual with Empire media, sourcing and fact checking doesn’t seem to be something that’s on their priority list. Since Bloomberg’s pathetic article was published on April 28, tons of media outlets have spinned the story and added more speculations and wishful thinking. … Another factor playing part in the Presstitute media’s lies aboutContinue reading “Why the Empire’s media arm must lie about Syria’s allies – The Saker”

The Irreconcilable Conflict with Zionism – American Herald Tribune

Israel thinks it has finally won its war against the Palestinians. There are sound reasons for its triumphalism.  İt is armed to the teeth and it has more support than ever before from one of the most powerful governments in the world, the US.  It has the increasingly open support of some Arab governments, with the United Arab Emirates now opening a direct air connection to Tel Aviv.  Corrupt as they might be, these governments areContinue reading “The Irreconcilable Conflict with Zionism – American Herald Tribune”

First of 5 Iranian Tankers Docks in Venezuela Without Incident – Stephen Lendman

Iran and Venezuela are prime targets because of their immense hydrocarbon resources the US seeks control over. They’ve withstood US war by other means for decades — defending their sovereign territory and rights successfully. Seeking peace, stability, and cooperative relations with other countries by their ruling authorities is worlds apart from US war on humanityContinue reading “First of 5 Iranian Tankers Docks in Venezuela Without Incident – Stephen Lendman”

Leading Neocon Directs Pentagon Middle East Planning – American Herald Tribune

Ironically, neocons mostly were critics of Donald Trump the candidate because he talked “nonsense” about ending “useless wars” but they have been trickling back into his administration since he has made it clear that he is not about to end anything and might in fact be planning to attack Iran and maybe even Venezuela. TheContinue reading “Leading Neocon Directs Pentagon Middle East Planning – American Herald Tribune”

US Sparking Another Tanker War with Iran? – Ron Paul Institute

Is the US military about to take out four Iranian tanker ships carrying gasoline to Venezuela? US Sanctions on both countries have drawn them together as the rest of the world has been warned off trade. But Washington’s neocons are furious that the two “pariah” states are trading with each other even though there isContinue reading “US Sparking Another Tanker War with Iran? – Ron Paul Institute”

The Pure Evil Pompeo Doctrine – Stephen Lendman

Pompeo never met a sovereign state not controlled by the US he didn’t want smashed, never a law of war he didn’t breach, never a peace and stability agenda he didn’t abhor. Like Mike Pence, he’s a neocon hardliner, a messianic extremist, an evangelical Christian fascist, an imperial war cheerleader, an Islamophobe, Russophobe, Iranophobe, Chinaphobe,Continue reading “The Pure Evil Pompeo Doctrine – Stephen Lendman”

Iran – Powerful and Determined – New Eastern Outlook

Iran is an internationalist country. Not unlike Cuba or Venezuela, who are its long-term allies. Even when injured, itself, it helps others, those who need solidarity even more. This can never be forgotten, particularly in places like Latin America, or Syria. Hezbollah, Iran’s close ally in the Middle East, is fighting the most dangerous terroristContinue reading “Iran – Powerful and Determined – New Eastern Outlook”

Finally, China Countering NATO Propaganda about its Terror Combating – Syria News

China, just like each other country not under the US hegemony, has been fighting terror for decades and has been the subject of western mainstream media propaganda outlets of demonizing and smearing for its human rights, western propagandists claim that China is oppressing its minority Muslims, and before that the Tibetans, while all that ChinaContinue reading “Finally, China Countering NATO Propaganda about its Terror Combating – Syria News”

Iran will give a crushing response to any US” adventurism”, says Jalali – The Syria Times

In his interview with Ria Novesti, Jalali pointed to Washington’s attempts to extend a UN ban on arms sales to Tehran that will expire in October, and said, “Ensuring its defense needs is Iran’s legitimate right, and when the restrictions are lifted, necessary steps will be made. Up to date, Iran has received offers onContinue reading “Iran will give a crushing response to any US” adventurism”, says Jalali – The Syria Times”

Intense US Anti-China Propaganda War Rages – Stephen Lendman

Virtually always when US officials and establishment media mouthpieces make accusations against nations on Washington’s target list for regime change, no supportive evidence is presented because none exists. Intense US Anti-China Propaganda War Rages

What does the Empire’s agony mean for the “Jewish state of Israel”? – The Saker

Right now, the Israelis are regularly bombing Syria, but with very little result other than the mantric, and no doubt therapeutic, proclamations of Jewish superiority over the Arabs.  And, predictably, the Ziomedia watching folks in Israel and the West are very impressed.  The Syrians, the Iranians and Hezbollah, not so much…Just like the US MICContinue reading “What does the Empire’s agony mean for the “Jewish state of Israel”? – The Saker”

Facebook Removes News Outlets in Latest Orwellian Purge – Global Research

Facebook and its Western government-backed partners will continue to remove accounts each month for engaging in CIB. It will be hard to know if the connections they make to the accounts are genuine. But if the sloppy work they did on SouthFront and News Front is any indication, claims from Facebook and the Atlantic Council’s DFRLab should always beContinue reading “Facebook Removes News Outlets in Latest Orwellian Purge – Global Research”

Israel Behind Air Strikes in Syria Directed against Hezbollah. “Greater Israel” in the Making? – Global Research

Some Israeli military experts have warned that the recognition of these attacks puts more pressure on Iran and its representatives to retaliate in order to save the country’s international public image – so that it does not appear “passive” in the face of foreign attacks. However, perhaps this is exactly the intention of the IsraeliContinue reading “Israel Behind Air Strikes in Syria Directed against Hezbollah. “Greater Israel” in the Making? – Global Research”

Russian Foreign Ministry on Syria, Iran, and US Threatened Use of Nukes – Stephen Lendman

Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova noted Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolot’s remarks about Western support for al-Qaeda-linked White Helmets. The group has nothing to do with civil defense or humanitarian operations, everything to do with serving as a US-led Western imperial accomplice. Syromolot stressed that White Helmets are involved in “criminal activities” in cahoots with USContinue reading “Russian Foreign Ministry on Syria, Iran, and US Threatened Use of Nukes – Stephen Lendman”

Israeli Military (Terrorists) Buildup Near Golan Heights Follows Strikes on Syrian Capital – Global Research

Over the past year, the Israeli Defense Forces have been steadily increasing their military presence in the area of the occupied Golan Heights under pretext of combating the so-called Iranian threat. Syrian sources describe these developments as a part of preparations for wider aggressive military actions against forces of the Damascus government and its alliesContinue reading “Israeli Military (Terrorists) Buildup Near Golan Heights Follows Strikes on Syrian Capital – Global Research”

Iraq Facing a Great US Threat: Expanding the US’ “Harir” Military Base in Iraqi Kurdistan – Global Research

US forces are stealing Syrian crude oil- even if its price is no longer sufficient to pay the expenses of the troops deployed around it- indicating that there is another reason for their presence, related to the US ally, Israel. Iraq Facing a Great US Threat: Expanding the US’ “Harir” Military Base in Iraqi Kurdistan

Arab Int’l Forum: Unilateral coercive measures on Syria unforgivable crime – SANA

The conferees considered the unilateral coercive economic measures and the unjust siege an unforgivable crime and a continuation of the aggression and terrorism that Syria has been exposed to for more than nine years. They reiterated that the Syrian people who stood in the face of the international terrorist aggression against their country and defeatedContinue reading “Arab Int’l Forum: Unilateral coercive measures on Syria unforgivable crime – SANA”

Turkey’s Erdogan Tangled in His Own Web of Deceit – American Herald Tribune

Israeli analyst backing Turkish narrative is peculiar enough to suggest that Erdogan’s meddling with a three-dimensional chess game was, unbeknown to him, exploited by a much more competitive player who did not miss the opportunity to create tension where it suits them. https://ahtribune.com/world/europe/4104-erdogan-web-of-deceit.html

Russian Foreign Ministry on Syria, Libya, Venezuela, and Trial of A US Spy – Stephen Lendman

Like earlier, Erdogan breached his agreement with Putin, once again showing he can never be trusted. US/Turkish supported terrorists in northern Syria continue attacking government forces and civilians — heavy weapons supplied by Washington, other Western countries and Ankara. https://stephenlendman.org/2020/04/russian-foreign-ministry-on-syria-libya-venezuela-and-trial-of-a-us-spy/

Trump Regime Aims to Suppress Iranian Truth-Telling – Stephen Lendman

Along with US wars of aggression, state terrorism, and other hostile actions, controlling the message is what the scourge of imperialism abroad and totalitarian rule at home are all about. The only solution is popular revolution. Without it, remaining fundamental rights are at risk of being lost, full-blown tyranny replacing them. https://stephenlendman.org/2020/04/trump-regime-aims-to-suppress-iranian-truth-telling/

US Rewards for Hezbollah Leaders’ Heads: How Do They Affect the Organization? – American Herald Tribune

The US government offers financial rewards to those who help arrest a Hezbollah leader or who reveal details of their activities that enable the US to disrupt them. These rewards vary from five to ten million dollars. Thus far, no one has been able to obtain a single dollar of these awards from the USContinue reading “US Rewards for Hezbollah Leaders’ Heads: How Do They Affect the Organization? – American Herald Tribune”

Iran Harassing the US? Trump Threatens War? – Stephen Lendman

Iran harasses no other countries. Yet the Pentagon falsely accused its military of “dangerous and provocative actions,” ignoring its own real ones. Iran’s IRGC dismissed what it called a “Hollywood-style” account of Iranian vessels in their own waters while US warships encroach on them provocatively. An IRGC statement refuted the Pentagon’s claim, denouncing what itContinue reading “Iran Harassing the US? Trump Threatens War? – Stephen Lendman”