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This article @meforum provides a good overview of a new trend: an increased focus on whether federally-funded #MiddleEast research centers on 🇺🇸 campuses are in compliance w/the terms of Title VI of the HEOA. It’s about time!
A number of faculty who serve as directors of the programs (at least 6 of the 15) are publicly on record supporting the boycott of Israeli #academia. Legit Q: is this just advocacy (ie, speech protected by academic freedom & the 1A) or are they actually implementing the boycott?
If the latter, then the centers are in violation of Title VI, which explicitly requires engagement & exchange w/academic institutions in their regions of study. (I’m also concerned w/how speech & research is chilled by these academic boycott supporters who are administrators ☹️)
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MAR 5 #CoronavirusOutbreak MD THREAD 1: Latest ARGIS Map 3/5 6:53AM .. NOTE #China not supplying DEATHS update.FIRST SEE #IMF Report from yesterday.. AND Breaking #Boris suspends #British #Parliament .. IS #Iran totally sure that Vendor from #Wuhan had come to HolyDays before?
MAR 5 #CoronavirusOutbreak MD THREAD 2:
Yesterday's MD THREAD: tinyurl.com/ww2jk4h
by MD trained during #HIV #AIDS Epidemic When we had to fight YEARS for Research, and Treatment.
Still do @VP #Pence killed many in #Indiana in 2015 #maddow @seattletimes @sfchronicle
MAR 5 #CoronavirusOutbreak MD THREAD 3: WaPo Mapping LINK...tinyurl.com/qrsxkva as I note above I like ARGIS JohnsHopkins Map better but this is US alone... HEADS UP..SCARY folks...
While #ImpeachedForLife #IMPOTUS45 #Trump and @VP Pence are clueless @maddow @CNN @votevets
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Great to be @MiddleEastInst for an event on #EU-#MiddleEast relations with @AlexVatanka, Przemyslaw Osiewicz and @KianpourWorld. What do changes in EU personnel and the new @EU_Commission mean for EU-MENA relations?
Listen to our own MENA episode on Europe and #Iran here: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/eur…
What are the main issues in MENA region for EU?
1) #MiddleEast Peace Plan
2) Iran
3) #Libya
4) #Syria

For reference, here is Osiewicz's latest MEI piece: mei.edu/publications/e…
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#UkrainianPlaneCrash #Iran
Two minutes after take off, the transponder, communications, and lights on the aircraft were shut off, obviously via remote. It flew in this hacked configuration for approximately 4 minutes and 30 seconds before, in error, Iranian ground forces mistook
it for a cruise missile and shot it down, with #Iran's top #nuclear physicists aboard. The plane was sent out during a no fly order to get the most important people (and their families) out of Iran before a war broke out, which Iran was expecting.

#AltMedia #news #MiddleEast
So who would turn off the planes lights, transponders, and communications as it flew through a war zone, and then subsequently make sure Iran's weapons systems detected it as a cruise missile?
GUARANTEE: IRAN DID NOT KILL THEIR OWN #NUCLEAR #SCIENTISTS ON PURPOSE.
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#Thread @adgpi Chief Gen MM Naravane outlines vision as Chief. Advocates ABC: Allegiance, Belief and Consolidation. “We swear our allegiance to the constitution of India... As in the preamble Justice, equality and fraternity. That is what we are fighting for.
Gen Naravane: Belief in ourself, our organisation. Our superiors and subordinates.. We will not fall prey to vile rumors and innuendos. Belief is what will keep us strong.

Consolidation leads to continuity... Somewhere along the way there will be midcourse correction. #ArmyDay
Gen Naravane on #Siachen: Siachen is very important to us. That is one area which faces the Western and Northern front.

We should not lose sight that its one place where collusivity can happen. So we should keep control
@the_hindu
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In the early hours of Friday, a #US led airstrike targeted a convoy exiting the #Baghdad International Airport, killing #Qassem_Soleimani,the commander of #Iran’s terrorist #Quds Force, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy commander of Hashd al-Shaabi in #Iraq.
@SecPompeo
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The death of #Soleimani caused a stir across the globe and filled the ranks of the #Iranian regime with terror. Regime supreme leader #Khamenei declared three days of mourning for his regime personally attended an emergency meeting of the Supreme National Security Council.
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In a statement, the #SNSC described the death of Soleimani as a “great blow to the world of Islam.” Political observers and analysts perceive the demise of #Soleimani as a turning point in the region and an irreparable blow to the mullahs’ regime ruling #Iran.
@usadarfarsi
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*Announcement*

Our Winter 2019/20 issue is now online!

Read articles by @SheenaGreitens, @ImMyungheeLee, and @emir__yazici, Brendan Rittenhouse Green & Austin Long, @j_r_mcallister, Galen Jackson, and @Andy_J_Payne.

mitpressjournals.org/toc/isec/44/3

#AcademicTwitter #PolicyTwitter
Articles for Vol. 44, No. 3 include:

"#Counterterrorism and Preventive Repression: #China's Changing Strategy in #Xinjiang" by @SheenaGreitens, @ImMyungheeLee, and @emir__yazici.

mitpressjournals.org/doi/full/10.11…

This article is indefinitely *ungated* (free!) thanks to @mitpress!
"Conceal or Reveal? Managing Clandestine #MilitaryCapabilities in Peacetime Competition" by Brendan Rittenhouse Green & Austin Long.

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#BREAKING: Oman’s ruler Sultan Qaboos has called on the US and Iran to resolve their issues diplomatically and asked the international community to intensify efforts for peace in the region arab.news/pyz8x
#BREAKING: #UK Foreign Minister Raab says war in #MiddleEast is in no one’s interests arab.news/pyz8x
#BREAKING: #UK Foreign Secretary @DominicRaab says route is open to #Iran to engage in meaningful diplomacy arab.news/pyz8x
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Here’s What I reported on Operation Target #Iran in March 2019, Planned & On Pause Until After #Syria. The Domino Pieces for What We See Now Was Planned & Set Up In Adv.
Also this on #Iran on Dec 1 this year- What most People Don’t Understand: In #DeepState Geopolitical Moves & Wars All Domino Pieces Are Planned, Created & Put In Place Long In Adv. Sudden & Unexpected Events Are Not Sudden-Unexpected.
Anyhow.I’l report further for my #Newsbud community friends soon. I rather work with, and for, those who value & understand the importance of Geopolitical Pretexts & Contexts, thus, sound analyses by experts, than gossip-oriented, short-term & short-sighted UTube/SocMedia masses
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Qassem Soleimani was killed in an air strike by the #US in #Baghdad. Equivalent to Jiang Zemin in #China, Soleimani was a dominant figure in the military, politics and oil industry of #Iran. Most of his family reside in #HongKong, #Shanghai and #Beijing.
#China’s Bank of Kunlun was established by Soleimani family in collaboration with the #CCP. The actual #Chinese main shareholders are Jiang Zemin, Wang Qishan, Meng Jianzhu (and Zhou Yongkang before jailed). Its asset has increased from $17 billion to $28 billion.
#Bank of Kunlun is a tool of #Iran’s Soleimani, Khamenei and the #CCP kleptocrats to launder money and evade the #US sanctions @robert_spalding @MischaEDM @WarrenPlatts @geoff_p_wade @DanRDimicco @Jkylebass @BenKTallmadge @IndoPac_Info @BoycottHegemony
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The consequences of killing Soleimani are hard to grasp; this is the biggest news in the #MiddleEast for years.

For starters, the US will have to leave #Syria soon & the #Iraq presence is likely on its way out too.

Plus Hezb-#Israel; the Gulf, US Embassies & assets region-wide.
This is insane.

Reports now of US Marines “arresting” Qais al-Khazali & Hadi al-Ameri in #Baghdad.

#Trump wanted a “royal flush?” Jesus.

War is coming, the only questions are the important ones: where, in what form & when?

Messaging coming out or #Tehran is already ominous - “strikes,” “earthquakes,” etc.

Killing #Soleimani is an extraordinarily bold move by #Trump - but is he prepared for the consequences?
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Taking a brief foray back to Twitter to note the strategic significance of today's U.S. strikes on Kataib #Hezbollah in #Syria & #Iraq.

19 dead (incl. 3 #IRGC) & 35+ wounded is a major response by the U.S. - alike #Israel's retaliatory modus operandi - BUT note: U.S is exposed.
#pt: The U.S. government apparatus (esp. IC) has known for a long time - and feared - this scenario, whereby the death of an American would necessitate a serious response, which in turn would leave U.S. personnel in #Syria & especially #Iraq exposed to #IRGC counter-retaliation.
#pt: #IRGC-linked rocket attacks in #Iraq are hardly new, but the death of an American was.

Likewise, the death of 19+ KH fighters is new & a marked walk up the escalation ladder.

#Iran holds the cards now & re-escalation seems likely -- leaving #Trump in a position he fears.
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1/#Turkey had well established "soft power" lines of influence throughout the Greater #MiddleEast (North #Africa, Horn of Africa, Eastern #Mediterranean, etc.).
2/But now #Turkish leaders are ready to assume greater risk to assert overt military power in an expeditionary manner to expand #Turkey's influence, and therefore leverage, on conflicts beyond the country's near abroad (#Libya being farther than say #Cyprus or #Syria).
3/However #Turkish leaders don't want to risk significant casualties to their own forces in these expeditionary ops, whether far away like in #Libya or closer to home like in #Syria, when #Turkey's military has spent so much time and $$ building a proxy force of #Syrian fighters.
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Interlude #2: Next episode by Dr Dre featuring Snoop Dogg. '2001' is a perfect album from start to finish. open.spotify.com/track/4LwU4Vp6…
Pre-911 I'd not gotten into History or Geopolitics much. I didn't feel like Nations & how they ran themselves would hold many surprises. Expect folks creating a broken/backwards system to themselves be broken/backwards. #911 reminded humans how quickly this stuff can matter /23
End of the day on 911 I felt like I all I knew for sure was America was about to smoke somebody, maybe a whole bunch of somebodies & that it would be nice to know who actually did it & why. What else can you do? You wait for the President to speak. Yeah. *That* guy. /24
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1. The spy who loved Al Qaeda

James Bond is dead.
James Le Mesurier, who founded the shadowy 'White Helmets' has been found dead near his home in Istanbul.
He was a Bond.
A real one, not the glamorous fictional character created by Jan Fleming and made
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famous by Hollywood.
Licensed to kill. Syrians.
In her Majesty’s Secret Service.

The White Helmets, a 3,000 member NGO formally known as the Syrian Civil Defense, was established in Turkey in late 2012 - early 2013
They received at least $55 million
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from British Foreign Office and $23 million from the Agency for International Development.
They have received millions from Qatar.
The US has provided at least $32 million to the group - around 1/3 of their total funding , mostly given during
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US facing expanding radicalization problem - National Counterterrorism Center acting Director Russell Travers warns during talk at @WashInstitute the number of people in the #NCTC datat base has "grown by a factor of almost 20"
@WashInstitute NEW: "We have no indication that foreign terrorists have tried to exploit" the US refugee system, per #NCTC acting Dir Russell Travers
@WashInstitute Goal should be for US to have "near real time biographic & biometric screening" to keep terrorists out of the country, per #NCTC's Travers
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51. The Legacy of US, UK, France, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Bahrain, Canada, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Australia, Jordan, Nato in Syria
#RegimeChange #FakeNews #FalseFlag #terrorism #SyriaInvasion #WarCrimes #CrimesAgainstHumanity
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Another “Synthetically Produced & Directed” Operation by the West To Reinforce #Sunni-#Shia Divide. #Iraq #Iran - - - ”Iraqi protesters attack Iran’s consulate, 4 killed & over a dozen injured as police try to stop mayhem” rt.com/news/472552-ir… #
The sectarian divide has long been the tool of Imperial conquests. Whether #Kurds vs #Turks or #Shia vs #Sunnis or ... They’ll Rule #MiddleEast as long as they keep the Divide & Clashes Alive. #Iraq #Iran #Sunnis #Shia #Turkey #Kurds #MuslimBrotherhood
The coverage remains light & sketchy. #Iraq #Iran #Shia #Sunni - - - “Iraq protests: #Baghdad blocked as unrest escalates, five more killed” indianexpress.com/photos/world-n…
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50. The Legacy of US, UK, France, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Bahrain, Canada, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Australia, Jordan, Nato in Syria
#RegimeChange #FakeNews #FalseFlag #terrorism #SyriaInvasion #WarCrimes #CrimesAgainstHumanity
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BREAKING - reports of a (US?) helicopter-borne raid on a convoy of Huras al-Din (#AlQaeda in #Syria) leaders traveling near Barisha in #Idlib.

Locals say as many as 6 choppers involved - gave chase to convoy, 2 landed & assaulted vehicles. Possibly took bodies or evidence away.
#pt: Barisha is ~3-4km from the #Turkey border. It's in long-time #AlQaeda territory, spanning between Al-Dana-Sarmada-Salqin.

As I recall, a helicopter-borne raid on AQ in NW #Syria has never happened - this would suggest a very high-level target.
#pt: In more recent years, the Turkistan Islamic Party (#TIP) has probably been the most significant authority in the Barisha region (stretching NE to Jisr al-Shughour).

Unverified reports have claimed 1 #TIP fatality, in what looks like a series of successive clashes. #Idlib
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49. The Legacy of US, UK, France, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Bahrain, Canada, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Australia, Jordan, Nato in Syria
#RegimeChange #FakeNews #FalseFlag #terrorism #SyriaInvasion #WarCrimes #CrimesAgainstHumanity
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48. The Legacy of US, UK, France, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Bahrain, Canada, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Australia, Jordan, Nato in Syria
#RegimeChange #FakeNews #FalseFlag #terrorism #SyriaInvasion #WarCrimes #CrimesAgainstHumanity
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Mrs. #MaryamRajavi's speech to #European Parl discussed the continuing #HumanRights violations in #Iran & the destructive policies of the Iranian regime in #MiddleEast.She calls 4 a firm European policy in support of the Iranian Pple’s Resistance 4 democracy.
#NoImpunity4Mullahs
#MaryamRajavi: "I would like to once again reiterate that to thwart #Iran|ian clerical regime’s terrorism & espionage, its Ministry of Intelligence & Security (#MOIS), #IRGC & the terrorist Quds Force must be designated as #terrorist entities."
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#MaryamRajavi: "I would say: #Iran is a massacred country where, in addition to #PoliticalPrisoners, its #Natural resources, #Culture, & #Environment have all been massacred."
#NoImpunity4Mullahs #FreeIran #1988Massacre
#AFP #Reuters #FoxNews #CNN #NGOs
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#US Secretary of State #MikePompeo said in an interview that given the danger of Iran's increasing influence in Syria, efforts to push back #Iran are both real and serious &are being pursued on an ongoing basis... iranfocus.com/en/iran-genera… #Iranfreedom #freeiran #MEK
@USAdarFarsi
...In an interview with ABC News’ This Week program on 20 October, #Pompeo said: “I can assure you that the effort to push back against #Iran are real and continuous,... iranfocus.com/en/iran-genera…
#Iranfreedom #freeiran #MEK @USAdarFarsi
...unlike what the last administration did that picked #Iran as its strategic security partner in the #MiddleEast.”
iranfocus.com/en/iran-genera…
#Iranfreedom #freeiran #MEK #Iran
@USAdarFarsi @threadreaderapp #Unroll
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