Ground Zero: Kiev

By Austin Petersen

By Mark Splinter – Creator of “Confused Pro Putin Libertarians” American Libertarians normally hear about Europe as a distant land full of castles and populated by lazy socialists who drink wine all day and argue about farm subsidies. In reality, that’s just France, and it’s not even the majority of France. Europe is a highly complex […]

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14 Common Food Storage Mistakes

By Wendy Blanks

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Waste is not in my vocabulary. Even before it was considered environmentally responsible to recycle, I would snatch paper out of the trash and re-use the back side before sending it off to the trash bin. The same thing applied to food. I simply hated to waste those bits and scraps of leftovers and eventually found a use for them in what I call “garbage soup”. To this day, the dibs and dabs of leftovers are combined to make the most delicious soups you can imagine.

For many of us, an aversion to being wasteful is the a result of having too little money in our younger days. Like many of you, I have worked from the time I was a teenager and never took anything I had for granted. Scrimping and saving for rainy days is ingrained in my DNA.

I believe that is the case for a lot of preppers; we have always had a mindset that dictated that we save during times of plenty to cover ourselves for those rough patches in life. The only difference is that now we save for more than a rough patch or two; we save food and supplies to last us for six months, a year, a decade and longer as we wind our way through an uncertain economy, droughts, and the threat of an unexpected disaster.

In this journey to save for the future – and whatever the future holds in store for us – I have made some food storage mistakes. I like to call them GOOFS for no other reason than I like to laugh at myself after the fact. I like the word too; it just kind of rolls of my tongue.

Today I list some of my personal food storage goofs as well as some other common mistakes that are typically made in the quest to implement a long term food storage plan. I hope you can learn from them.

14 Common Food Storage Mistakes

1. Storing food you don’t enjoy.

Number one on the list is storing food you don’t like or will not eat no matter what. We have all done it: purchased an item when it is on sale because it was a great deal. If you won’t eat it now, what makes you think you will eat it later? Spending money and using your precious storage space on food you will not eat is just silly.

2. Not rotating out of date food items.

This has happened to me. A number of years ago I purchased a few dozen boxes of cake mixes because they were really cheap. After a couple of years, the leavening was dead so I wasted good eggs and a half cup of oil on a cake mix that only rose about a 1/2 inch in the oven. My recommendation? Label everything with the date of purchase. Sharpie pens were created for this purpose. Keep a log, or a notebook, or reminders in your Outlook file. However you keep track, rotate your stored food items well in advance of the pull date.

3. Storing everything in the same place.

Think about it. If everything is stored in your basement and the basement is flooded, you may have a problem. I know, you are thinking that everything is packaged in moisture proof packaging. If you have 3 feet of water in your basement, that will not matter since you will not be able to get to it.

4. You don’t know how to cook it.

Remember when I wrote about wheat in Wheat 101 for Newbies? For heaven’s sake, do not purchase wheat if you do not know how to use it. Of course it would not hurt to learn about wheat; freshly ground, it makes a heavenly loaf of bread. Check out the book How to Live on Wheat.

5. Storing a lot of basic foods but omitting comfort foods.

This happens to me here at my home. I may be here by myself for a few weeks and am too lazy to go to the store in town (20 miles round trip). So I go for three weeks eating basics – no fresh fruit, no cookies, and no Tim’s chips. Eat well, and eat healthy but be sure to allow for a splurge once in a while, too. (Tim’s chips are a definite splurge!)

6. Improper storage temperatures.

This is something you may not think of. I recently purchased 6 jars of mayo on sale for less than half the normal cost. They are being stored in my crawl space cellar and not in the garage where the temperature can reach the 80s in the summer. This will prolong the shelf life considerably. The same thing applies to almost any food that you want to store for longer than 6 months or a year.

7. Not storing liquids to reconstitute your dried items.

Have you every tried to cook rice without water or broth? How about pasta? Enough said.

8. Not planning alternate fuel sources for cooking.

This should be a no brainer. When the power goes out, you will need a fire, a grill or a portable stove. Rocket stoves and even propane stoves are inexpensive. If you can swing it, consider a tea light oven.

9. No condiments or spices to wake up the taste buds.

Salt, pepper, some chili powder, mustard, sugar, honey – the list is endless. These items do not need to cost a lot nor do they need to take up an extraordinary amount of space. When push comes to shove, however, your eating experience will be greatly enhanced by having a few things on hand to enliven the taste of your stored food stuffs.

10. Not storing a variety of items.

I confess that I can go for days eating the same meal of baked potatoes over and over again. That said, most people need and want variety. This is especially true for children, the elderly and the infirm who may already be picky eaters. Plus, you need a variety of foods items in order to get a full complement of nutritional value from your meals.

11. Storing food in inappropriate or unmanageable packages.

Your mileage may vary, but I prefer to package food in small, manageable sizes. In my own household, items stored for the long term (beans, rice, lentils, cereals, dog food etc.) have been stored in 1 gallon Mylar bags and not the larger, 5 gallon size. I take four or five of these small bags and put them in a bucket or Rubbermaid bin so that I can pull them out for use one at a time. For me this is more practical since there are only two in my family. Plus, if there is a short term emergency, I can pull out what I need without having to repackage the whole megila.

12. Improper storage containers.

This applies to a lot of things. Here is an example: do not store you rice in a bucket that previously held pickles without pre-packaging the rice in a Mylar bag. Pickle-flavored rice may taste good if you are pregnant but practically no one else will appreciate this exotic dish!

Make sure your food storage containers did not hold toxic chemicals in a prior life and make sure your containers are moisture and pest-proof.

13. Purchasing a kit without evaluating the contents.

This is another lesson I learned the hard way. Before purchasing a kit of any type, look at the contents and decide how many of the items will be truly useful. If there are items you don’t want, can you give them away to someone else? Look at the total cost. Is the kit still a good value even though you will not use everything?

This also applies to bulk sized products at Costco, Sam’s or other warehouse type stores. In many cases, I will purchase a giant sized package knowing that a third will not get used. Even so, the purchase is a good value. But do not assume this – sometimes it is better to pay more per ounce for a smaller size.

14. Don’t worry about a 25 or 30 year shelf life if you are 70 years old!

I am being a tad bit cynical and facetious here but really, if your lifespan is 20 years, don’t worry too much about 30 year items. Sure, you can give them away, donate them, or use them in less than 30 years but the point is, don’t stress if the items you store away have only a 10 or 20 year shelf life.

Go back to mistake #10, “Variety”. It is better to have a mix of items with varying shelf lives than to get hung up on extremely long storage life.

The Final Word

Are you guilty of any of these food storage mistakes and goofs? Can you think of others? If so, I would love to hear from you in the comments below!

Note: This article is an updated version of a similar article posted on Backdoor Survival in July 2011.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Gaye Levy, also known as the Survival Woman, grew up and attended school in the Greater Seattle area. After spending many years as an executive in the software industry, she started a specialized accounting practice offering contract CFO work to emerging high tech and service industries. She has now abandoned city life and has moved to a serenely beautiful rural area on an island in NW Washington State. She lives and teaches the principles of a sustainable and self-reliant lifestyle through her website at BackdoorSurvival.com. At Backdoor Survival, Gaye speaks her mind and delivers her message of prepping with optimism and grace, regardless of the uncertain times and mayhem swirling around us.

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We’re All Ukrainians Now

By Wendy Blanks

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On February 22, 2014, Ukrainian freedom died. Western-supported fascist putschists seized power. They ousted Ukraine’s democratically elected government.

Mob rule replaced it. Illegitimate xenophobic, ultranationalist, neo-Nazi, anti-Semitic thugs run things. They do so with full US backing.

Eastern Ukrainians reject Kiev putschists. They want democracy. They want the real thing. They want what Americans don’t have. They’re going all-out to get it.

They’re a role model for freedom fighters everywhere. They deserve universal support.

They continue rallying across Eastern Ukraine. They seized government buildings. They’re peaceful. They’re courageous.

They want local autonomy. They want Crimean-style referendum authority to decide. They want their democratic rights respected. They’re entitled to demand them. So do people everywhere.

Illegitimate putschist prime minister Arseny Yatsenyuk backed off from earlier threats. He promised legislation granting regional referenda.

He spoke as a 48-hour deadline given protesters to evacuate public buildings expired. He’ll support greater autonomy, he said.

His U-turn was short-lived. He ordered crackdowns on Slavyansk protesters. Kiev calls them terrorists. They’re in Donetsk’s industrial region. They’re under attack.

Transport helicopters ferried in troops. They besieged the city. Fighting erupted. Gunfire was heard. Injuries were reported.

Illegitimate putschist interior minister Arsen Avakov called protesters “Russian aggression.” He announced a “zero tolerance policy.” He ordered an “anti-terrorist operation.” He issue a statement saying:

“An anti-terrorist operation has begun in Slavyansk. It is being directed by the anti-terrorist center of the state security service.”

“Forces from all the security units of the country have been brought in.”

He claimed one Kiev security force member killed. Another five injured. Protesters sustained casualties, he said. He gave no further details.

Donetsk region health authorities reported one person killed. It happened on a road connecting Slavyansk with Artymovsk. Another five Slavyansk residents were injured.

It’s unclear whether these casualties are ones Avakov reported. Slavyansk protesters reported one death. Two other protesters were injured. Two Kiev troops were killed, they said.

Barricades were set ablaze. New ones were erected. Activists persist courageously. Freedom fighting entails risks.

Protesters still control Slavyansk police headquarters. They reinforced it with barricade protections. They’re confronting siege conditions valiantly.

Reuters said “(a) group of up to a 100 civilians, many of them elderly women, stood in front of (an occupied government) building, chanting messages of solidarity to the protesters inside, including “Referendum!”

Conditions are fluid. Local security forces refused orders to attack protesters. Western Ukrainian elements came in.

John Kerry blamed Russia for Eastern Ukrainian protests. He lied calling called them “orchestrated and synchronized.”

They’re “similar to ‘previous attacks’ in Eastern Ukraine and Crimea,” he claimed. He warned Sergei Lavrov.

“If Russia didn’t take steps to deescalate in Eastern Ukraine and move its troops back from (its) border, there would be additional consequences,” he said.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry dismissed Kerry’s arrogance. Lavrov justifiably blamed crisis conditions on Kiev’s failure “to take into account the legitimate needs and interests of the Russian and Russian-speaking population.”

He denied Kerry’s allegations about Moscow’s involvement. In diplomatic language, he said put up or shut up.

No evidence whatever links Russia to Eastern Ukrainian protests. They’re local. They’re homegrown.

They’re spontaneous. They’re glorious. They’re growing. They’re spreading. They reflect the best of legitimate resistance.

Lavrov warned Kerry saying:

“If Kiev’s threats to use force against people driven to despair in the southeast are carried out, prospects for further cooperation on the Ukrainian issue, including a planned four-party meeting in Geneva, will be foiled.”

A Russian Foreign Ministry statement said “the acute political crisis in Ukraine in general and in its south-eastern regions in particular was caused by the present Kiev authorities’ failure to take into account the legitimate needs and interests of the Russian and Russian-speaking population.”

“The leadership in Kiev is showing its inability to assume responsibility for the fate of the country and to effectively engage all political forces and regions in an inclusive process of drafting a new constitution.”

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt pointed fingers the wrong way. He condemned Eastern protests.

He lied calling them “a coordinated armed action to seize control over key parts of Eastern Ukraine.”

US-led NATO lied. It issued a so-called “Fact Sheet.” It’s titled “Russia’s accusations – setting the record straight.”

It twisted reality to fit Western policy. It accused Russia of “aggression.” A litany of lies followed. So-called “facts” were invented to do so. It’s longstanding US policy.

“To divert attention away from its actions, Russia has leveled a series of accusations against NATO which are based on misrepresentations of the facts and ignore the sustained effort that NATO has put into building a partnership with Russia,” it said.

“Russia has also made baseless attacks on the legitimacy of the Ukrainian authorities and has used force to seize part of Ukraine’s territory,” it added.

“…Russia now appears to be attempting to recreate a sphere of influence by seizing a part of Ukraine (and) maintaining large numbers of forces on its borders…”

On Sunday, Itar-Tass said Kiev putschists “may impose a state of emergency in Eastern Ukraine. (They) would not have happened without Russia,” they claimed.

Voice of Russia headlined “Operations begin in three cities in east Ukraine(‘s) (Donetsk region) to knock protesters out of seized administrative buildings.”

Putschist appointed Donetsk regional governor Sergei Taruta said:

“In connection with the current developments the decision has been made to reinforce law enforcement agencies of the Donetsk region.”

“We will use all legal means for prompt restoration of order.”

Former Berkut riot police refused to obey orders. They side with protesters. They offered security and protection.

They occupied Donetsk police headquarters. They tied St. George ribbons to their uniforms. A representative said:

“Berkut has always been and will remain with (Ukraine’s) people. I want to assure you that if you’re faced with threats, any type of threat, we will all rise up and come to your rescue.”

Crowds cheered his statement. They shouted “Berkut! Berkut!” Protesters demanded Donetsk’s police chief resign. Major General Konstantin Pozhidaev obliged.

Neo-Nazi Right Sector leader Dmitry Yarosh ordered militants he controls mobilized. He issued a statement saying:

“Considering the current situation, I order all of the Right Sector structures to conduct full mobilization and prepare for decisive actions to protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country.”

He urged law enforcement authorities “not to block” him. He accused Kiev officials of failing to act decisively.

Kiev’s interior ministry said protesters occupied Kramatorsk’s police headquarters. The city is an important mechanical engineering center.

Three administrative buildings in Enakiyeve were seized. Others were occupied in Druzhkovka, Krasny Liman, Konstantinovka, Snezhnoe, Mariupol and elsewhere.

Eastern Ukrainian activism is growing. It’s spreading. Perhaps it’s just a matter of time until Western Ukrainians react. ‘

Repression gets people to react. Combined with force-fed neoliberal harshness, conditions are potentially incendiary.

Perhaps hindsight will show Washington reaped the whirlwind in Ukraine. It’s post-9/11 agenda did so. Perhaps its entire post-WW II one.

It hasn’t won a war since then. It makes more enemies than friends. Its influence is waning. Eventually it’ll go the way of all empires.

None survived. Nor will America. Extremism is its own worst enemy. Washington is worst of all.

Will Ukraine be its Waterloo? Will people power show its strength? Will ordinary Ukrainians defeat its might?

Will dismissive Americans be awakened? Will they act in their own defense? Public anger across Europe is encouraging.

“When people lose everything and have nothing left to lose, they lose it,” says Gerald Celente.

When pain levels cross a threshold of no return, all bets are off. Change never comes top down. Bottom up alone works.

Hindsight is the best foresight. The moment of truth perhaps draws closer. It can’t come a moment too soon. The fullness of time will tell.

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Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. His new book is titled “Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity.” http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanII.html Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com.

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Escalating War On Syria

By Wendy Blanks

Escalating War On Syria

Syria is Obama’s war. He didn’t launch it to quit. He wants Assad ousted. He’s stronger now than when conflict erupted. It began in March 2011. It’s in year four.

On April 11, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) headlined “Army’s intensive campaign against terrorism continues in all Syrian areas.”

They’re effectively targeted or eliminated in and around Aleppo, Damascus, Qunetira, Homs, Hassaka, Idleb, and elsewhere.

Washington won’t accept defeat. It stepped up support for insurgents. It followed Obama’s late March Saudi Arabia visit.

He came to repair strained relations. Reports said expanded Syrian opposition aid was agreed on. Efforts will be made to increase insurgent numbers.

Perhaps doubling them at US-run camps in Jordan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and elsewhere. CIA and special forces are heavily involved in training and direction.

Heavier weapons will be supplied. Apparently they include anti-aircraft missile launchers. They’re called manpads (Man-Portable Air Defense Systems).

They’re effective against helicopters. They can down fixed-wing warplanes and civilian airliners.

Supplying them violates anti-terrorism agreements. In late March, one of Obama’s national security advisors said:

“We have made clear that there are certain types of weapons, including Manpads, that could pose a proliferation risk if introduced into Syria.”

Manpads are small. One person can easily operate them. They can be hidden in car trunks. A 2011 State Department document said:

“Since 1975, 40 civilian aircraft have been hit by Manpads, causing about 28 crashes and more than 800 deaths around the world.”

Then Secretary of State Colin Powell said “(n)o threat is more serious to (civil) aviation than Manpads.”

A 2003 G-8 Action Plan titled Enhance Transport Security and Control of Man-Portable Air Defense Systems (Manpads) prohibited supplying them to “non-state end-users.”

Other US-supported agreements permit supplying them only to authorized governments. A State Department fact sheet mandates keeping them away from terrorists and “other non-state actors.”

Washington says one thing. It does another. It’s longstanding policy. Earlier, Congress secretly approved supplying Syrian insurgents with anti-tank rockets and other small arms.

At the time, Manpads were excluded. Apparently no longer. Stepped up aggression is planned. Terrorist invaders comprise Obama’s main proxy army.

Reports suggesting extremist groups won’t be armed don’t wash. Al Qaeda, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Jabhat al-Nusra, and Ahrar al-Sham comprise the most effective anti-Assad elements.

They’re heavily recruited against him. Saudi Arabia is very much involved. It enlists some of the most extremist fighters. They pour in cross-border. Turkey is a main conduit.

They battle Syria’s military. They target Assad loyalists. They’re mostly civilians. They kill them with impunity.

They use car bombs and other explosive devices. They cause vast destruction. They use terror weapons.

They include poison gas and other toxic chemicals. Assad is wrongfully blamed for their crimes.

Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh said they used sarin gas against Ghouta civilians last August. Turkey was complicit. It was a classic false flag attack.

Obama planned using it as pretext for bombing Syria. Perhaps Libya 2.0. Overwhelming public opposition stopped him.

Attacking Syria was postponed. It wasn’t canceled. It’s perhaps another major false flag attack away.

Anti-Assad terrorist invaders are responsible for millions of internally and externally displaced civilians. Up to one-third of Syria’s population is affected. A deepening humanitarian crisis exists.

Syria remains a cauldron of violence. No end of conflict looks near. Supplying heavier weapons assures more casualties.

Video evidence shows insurgents using US-made BGM-71 TOW anti-tank missiles. Washington hasn’t officially confirmed supplying them.

Saudi Arabia is likely involved. Reports suggest Obama wants conflict escalated. On April 10, Voice of Russia headlined “US could supply Syrian rebels with anti-tank weapons to increase pressure on Assad.”

Doing so reflects “a major transition in US Middle East policy and could be used as (a) tool to unobtrusively exercise pressure on” Assad, said Middle East analyst Yezid Sayigh.

On April 8, RT International headlined “US reportedly starts supplying Syrian rebels with anti-tank weapons.”

RT called them “high-powered” ones. Most likely “supplied by the United States.”

Fars News reported the same story. It headlined “Syria: Militants Equipped with US-Made TOW Missiles,” saying:

“Sources in Syria revealed that the US has supplied its state-of-the-art anti-tank missiles to the militants fighting against the Damascus government.”

“The missiles have been seen at the hands of Hazem militants, who are loyal to former head of the military council of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) Salim Idris, in Idlib countryside in Northwestern Syria.”

On April 7, Mossad-connected DEBKAfile (DF) headlined “US arms Syrian rebels with first heavy weapons, anti-tank BGM-71 TOW missiles – raising war stakes.”

TOWs can pierce 500mm thickness tank armor. Their range is about four kilometers.

Supplying them “denotes a striking change in Obama administration policy,” said DF.

Weapons are “being airlifted in through two routes: the southeastern Turkish town of Diyarbakir on the Tigris, and the giant northern Saudi King Faisal Air Base at Tabuk near the Jordanian border.”

Last week, US Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey met with Netanyahu in Israel. He waived a standing US/Saudi/Israeli agreement.

He did so to let Saudi F-16s get “proximity to Israeli air space.” They’ll provide “air cover for (US) transports flying the new weapons in via Saudi, and the convoys ferrying them onward (to) southern Syria through Jordan.”

TOWs can penetrate Syrian tank armor. Assad changed strategy in response, said DF. He’s emphasizing “heavy air force bombardments.”

Sergei Lavrov got John Kerry’s commitment not to supply insurgents with “hand-held anti-aircraft missiles,” said DF.

His word isn’t his bond. Nor others in Washington. They say one thing. They do another. They lied throughout Obama’s war on Syria.

Regime change alone matters. Obama wants Assad ousted. He’s going all-out to topple him. Supplying heavy weapons and terror ones may be part of his strategy.

Russian Foreign Ministry pleas fall on deaf ears. It called for ending weapons sent to insurgent forces. It condemned ongoing terrorist attacks.

Civilians are harmed most. “Russia affirms the need for confronting all forms of terrorism in Syria and halting the support of terrorists,” its FM said.

It denounced the terrorist assassination of Father Frans van der Lugt. Terrorist attacks occur daily.

Dozens of noncombatant men, women, children, elderly and infirm Syrians perish. Many others are injured. Human misery is extreme.

So far, Russia’s best conflict resolution efforts failed. Washington bears full responsibility. White House press secretary Jay Carney lied saying:

“We are going to continue to press in every way we can to assist the Syrian people. We are constantly reviewing and assessing what else we can do.”

He hinted possible US military action adding:

“(W)hen bad things continue to happen in a place like Syria, (considerations) can always be reduced to the question of: is the US going to use its military forces to try and do something?

Perhaps he signaled possible Libya 2.0. Perhaps far more mass slaughter and destruction will follow.

Daniel Nisman is a far right-wing Israeli journalist. He specializes in Eastern Mediterranean affairs. He twists truths irresponsibly.

On April 10, he got feature Wall Street Journal op-ed space. He headlined “Chemical Assad.” He blamed him for insurgent CW attacks.

He lied claiming he “gassed more than 1,400 people to death in Eastern Ghouta near Damascus” last August. Hard evidence proved otherwise.

“On March 28,” he said, a so-called insurgent “Damascus Military Council reported a nerve-gas attack in the capital’s Harasta area the previous night.”

He claimed “credible opposition news outlets” reported it. No “credible” opposition sources exist. Nisman didn’t explain.

He said “casualties ranged from several dozen injured, to up to three dead from asphyxiation.”

He cited a so-called opposition “Local Coordination Committees” allegation about an April 3 Jobar district CW attack.

He claimed circulating videos on both attacks provide credible evidence. They’re easy to fake.

They’re dirty tricks. They were used in Libya. They were against Assad before. They raised suspicions both times.

They showed fake images. They were exposed. Evidence showed Western elements produced them. Qatari ones were involved against Libya. Perhaps something similar this time happened.

On April 7, an Israeli official claimed “strong evidence pointing to the use of chemical materials” used in Harasta, said Nisman.

He admitted no evidence links Assad to what allegedly happened. Plenty links insurgents to CW use numerous times.

Not according to Nisman. He claims otherwise. “It can therefore be concluded that unless the rebels theatrically fabricated the effects of a chemical attack, the Assad regime was likely responsible for carrying them out,” he said.

Even with much of its stockpile eliminated, it “has the ability to carry out localized attacks,” he added.

Throughout over three years of conflict, no evidence links Assad to CW use. None! Plenty points fingers at insurgents.

Nisman lied saying he “carr(ied) out anywhere from six to eight (CW) attacks in Damascus, Aleppo and Homs.” Nisman blocked out truth. He substituted lies saying:

It’s “quite reasonable to assume that Assad believes he may once again have a free hand to use the world’s most deadly weapons against his own people.”

It exceeds reason when no evidence suggests it. False allegations substitute for hard truths.

Don’t expect Nisman to explain. He’s part of the vicious anti-Assad propaganda campaign. Journal editors featured his lies. They publish plenty of their own.

Mohammad Marandi is Tehran University North American Studies Professor. He’s an astute observer. He’s a valued Progressive Radio News Hour guest.

On April 6, he headlined “Orientalism and Western illusions about Syria.”

Assad remains hugely popular, said Marandi. It’s for good reason. “(E)normous crowds” stage demonstrations supporting him.

They value him over Western or Salafist rule. “Saudi-based (so-called) ‘mainstream” cleric Saleh el-Luhaidan” supports violence and instability.

“Kill a third of Syrians so the other two-thirds may live,” he said. This type extremism poses grave regional existential threats, said Marandi.

Assad’s government won’t collapse, he added. The only way forward is acknowledging reality.

“Continued support for foreign extremists and al-Qaeda affiliates is no longer simply a regional threat; it has become a global threat much greater than what existed in Afghanistan.”

“Setting preconditions for one side of the Syrian conflict or the other simply means more death and destruction.”

“The international community must come together to support an election where the Syrian people choose their own leadership and for everyone to accept the results.”

The alternative is continued mass slaughter and destruction. It’s another global flashpoint. It risks conflict worldwide.

Washington bears full responsibility. Its policies risk mass annihilation. Challenging them matters most.

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Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. His new book is titled “Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity.”

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