“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Published on Aug 10, 2014 In this Video you can see the moment Kurdish forces from all four part of Kurdistan rescue more than 20,000 people from the Sinjar mountains, notice many of the fighters are YPG from Syrian Kurdistan and HPG (formally knows as PKK), these Guerrilla fighters came down from the mountains in Qandil to rescue these people and are fighting with the Kurdish Peshmerga forces against ISIS. There are many more Yazidis and Christians stranded on the mountains.

Peshmerga forces control both Gwer and Makhmour towns from the control of the Islamic State ISIS insurgents after a few days of heavy confrontations between the two sides. 

Peshmerga forces control both Gwer and Makhmour towns from the control of the Islamic State ISIS insurgents after a fee days of heavy confrontations between the two sides.

The well-organized operation by Peshmerga forces backed by air strikes, started early Sunday, August 10, 2014 and in the afternoon of the same day both Gwer and Makhmour were completely retained by Kurdish forces. The attacks left a lot of casualties among the ISIS members and forced them out of both towns, south west of the Kurdish Capital City of Erbil.

During the couple days of ISIS control over the area, Peshmerga Forces showed significant level of resistance and determination to regain the lost areas. Volunteers from the locals fought hand in hands with the Peshmerga and had a significant impact in raising the moral of the Peshmerga and the victory over insurgent groups.

Despite the fears of locals and concerns about logistics and arms issues, Peshmerga forces announced their full control over the whole area and determination for future advances in other war zones.

Additionally peshmerga Forces are still working very hard to extend humanitarian aid to the Yezidi IDPs in Mount Sinjar and help them evacuate from the mountains and move to safe areas within Kurdistan Region via Western Kurdistan soil.


  1. Look at the weapons being carried by the Peshmerga and compare them to the US supplied weapons being used by ISIS. These guys took a knife to a gun fight> Look at the women fighters amongst the Peshmerga. OOhrah!

  2. Okay, gotta respect what I'm seeing. They're looking pretty damned good compared to anything else that I'm seeing over there. They also seem to be pretty nice people.

  3. Rufus IISun Aug 10, 06:13:00 PM EDT
    Why can't those tunnels be destroyed from the Israeli side of the fence?

    Why SHOULD they be?

    1. Well you'd have to FIND them. They are 50-100 under the ground.

      As for easier? Would it not be easier to kill the invading forces seeking to tunnel into your nation and punish them for acts of war?

      Me? I'd fill the tunnels with sea water and flood them back into the maze they came from until they and everything above it would collapse. Watching 1/2 of Gaza City collapse on to itself, dozens of schools and mosques, hospitals, roads and civilian housing fall into a mud pit would make my day...

    2. The egyptians pumped raw sewage into theirs...

    3. Call in Halliburton's seismic crew. They'll find all the tunnels for you before lunch.

      Of cours, This

      "Watching 1/2 of Gaza City collapse on to itself, dozens of schools and mosques, hospitals, roads and civilian housing fall into a mud pit would make my day..."

      says it all.

    4. Watching 1/2 of Gaza City collapse on to itself, dozens of schools and mosques, hospitals, roads and civilian housing fall into a mud pit would make my day...


    5. Yeah it does,

      Hamas and it's citizens that support it, call for the genocide of all jews.

      I want to sink their tunnels and all supporting cover into the ground.

      Now America? They treated the Nazis and the Japanese to other methods of destruction.

      Why should America get to nuke it's fascist enemies and you hold me up to cupcakes and hugs?

      You suggested that it was "easier" to take out the tunnels from the Israeli side.

      I suggest take out the tunnels and sink that shit hole into the ground.

      Now you can think I said more than I did. But I said "Watching 1/2 of Gaza City collapse on to itself, dozens of schools and mosques, hospitals, roads and civilian housing fall into a mud pit would make my day"

      Not a mention of a single death..

      Just buildings.....

    6. But Rufus,

      Gaza, controlled by Hamas, a terrorists organization as per the UN, America, Europe and most all of the Arab world, including Egypt (which recently declared the moslem brotherhood's political arm criminal and dissolved it), is like ISIL or ISIS

      The population of Gaza? Chose Hamas to lead them. They are no different than the population of Germany that supported Hitler.

      Hamas (and their supporters) ADVOCATE the genocide of all Jews worldwide.

      So how is it that you have distain for my POV to see their terror tunnels collapse and take the "cover" collapse?

      It's more humane than what America does...

  4. QuirkSun Aug 10, 02:15:00 PM EDT

    WiO, you set yourself up to be rebuffed with ridiculous statements like Iraq and Jordan are not real countries.

    Post the complete statement.

    "Iraq is not a real country. Nor is Jordan.

    Both lack any historic ties to the land and were set up as a payoff to the KING of Jordan after the British and the tribe Saud of Arabia stole the oil there."

    1. Now what part of what I said was wrong?

    2. Nothing as long as your acknowledge that you are merely seeking equivalency for israel's own illegitimacy.
      All three countries share the same authorizing colonial sovereign, Great Britain.

    3. Actually Rat, it was the UN that set up the partition of the lands of palestine. Not the Brits.

      Self determination was Israel's card int he game.

      iraq and jordan were created with the stroke of a pen, no self determination with Kingdoms...

    4. Rat is a figment of your imaginationSun Aug 10, 08:06:00 PM EDT

      The UN had nothing to do with it, "O"rdure.

      The fact is that the Zionists rejected UN Resolution 181.

  5. Rufus IISun Aug 10, 07:17:00 PM EDT
    Call in Halliburton's seismic crew. They'll find all the tunnels for you before lunch.


    How does israel find the COMPLETED ones genius?

    1. Ground penetrating radar. dimwit.

    2. They can hit a well pipe with another well pipe two miles down; I think they can find a tunnel 100 ft. down.

    3. I think you should write up a proposal and submit it.

      Apparently you are smarter than the combined staff of the IDF...

    4. No, I just don't have a desire to go into Gaza, destroy schools, and hospitals, and kill people.

    5. Rufus, not to worry,

      Hamas, Hezbollah, ISIS or ISIL, Al Queda, Moslem Brotherhood will be coming to America (actually they are already here) and will be destroy us....

      Then you will have to shit or get off the pot and decide whose side you are on. America's? Or Jihadists...


  6. As for "O"rdure's claim that the UN legitimized Israel, well, the UN did the same with Iraq and Jordon.

    Again he is merely searching for legitimacy, for Israel, while denying it to states with the same founding authority, Great Britain.

    As described in UN Resolution 181, which had been denied by the Zionist, but now is embraced by the Israeli .

    The General Assembly passed on 29NOV1947 - Reslution 181, which RECOMMENDED that the ...

    Recommends to the United Kingdom, as the mandatory Power for Palestine, and to all other Members of the United Nations the adoption and implementation, with regard to the future Government of Palestine, of the Plan of Partition with Economic Union set out below;

    1. The "Plan" was never voted upon, by the Security Council, and the inhabitants of the area did not sign on, either.

      The Resolution was ignored by all the parties.

      The Israeli UNILATERALLY declared an independent state on 15MAY1948
      Seems that no one accepted Resolution 181, concurrent to its passage, the Plan was never implemented..

    2. Israel IS.

      The arabs rejected statehood for the arabs of palestine.

      So Sorry... Too Bad...


    3. More lies from our house Zionist.

      The Palestinian state cannot be the by-product of the Jewish state, just in order to keep the Jewish purity of Israel.
      Israel’s racial discrimination is daily life of most Palestinians.
      Since Israel is a Jewish state, Israeli Jews are able to accrue special rights which non-Jews cannot do.
      Palestinian Arabs have no place in a “Jewish” state.

      Apartheid is a crime against humanity.
      Israel has deprived millions of Palestinians of their liberty and property.

      It has perpetuated a system of gross racial discrimination and inequality.
      It has systematically incarcerated and tortured thousands of Palestinians,...
      .... contrary to the rules of international law.

      It has, in particular, waged a war against a civilian population, in particular children.

      Nelson Mandela

    4. It should come as no surprise that

      “the fear of territorial displacement and dispossession was to be the chief motor of Arab antagonism to Zionism”.

      Palestinian Arabs had seen the Jewish proportion of Palestine’s population triple from around 10 per cent at the end of World War I, while the Zionist leadership in Palestine made no bones about their political aims.

      A question worth asking then, is whether you or I would simply accept the loss of our country, or if we too would be ‘rejectionists’?

      A similar question can be posed about events at the Camp David negotiations of 2000.

      Contrary to popular assumptions, “Israel never offered the Palestinians 95 percent of the West Bank as reports indicated at the time”.

      The ‘generous offer’ was just another incarnation of previous Israeli plans to annex huge swathes of the OPT, retaining major settlement blocs “that effectively cut the West Bank into three sections with full Israeli control from Jerusalem to the Jordan River”.

      To question why the Palestinians have ‘rejected’ compromise is to look at the region’s past and present from a particularly skewed perspective.

      Palestine has been wiped off the map, its land colonized, and its people ethnically cleansed. Expecting those on the receiving end to be satisfied with the crumbs from the table is both unjust – and wishful thinking.”

      Ben White

    5. If you've been asking yourself, why do these super, master-race smart Israelis with all that wonderful, high-tech, precision equipment keep hitting hospitals, Wio supplies the answer. That's what they "really" Want to do.

    6. BUILDINGS used as cover.

      Didn't say kill the population, I said watch the schools, civilian homes, hospitals, mosques that are USED as COVER for the Terror TUNNELS to sink into the the ground.

      But I don't want Israel to stoop to the standards of the USA and just drop atom bombs on hundreds of thousands of civilians.

      Distorting my words just makes you look weak and a liar.

      Once again, fill the tunnels with sea water and flood them and all that is providing illegal cover for them. Be they schools, hospitals, mosques, apartment building or what.

      SINK them.

      If there are people there? They can leave...

      SINK 1/2 the freaking city. Any building that does not have terror tunnels and bunkers underneath? WILL BE FINE..

      you;re such a fucktard.

    7. If Hitler used schools to cover up military instillations? I bet we'd have bombed them FILLED with kids...

      Oh yeah, America and Britain DID kill civilians on purpose...

    8. Meanwhile there are more arabs that live in israel today as citizens than existed in the entire area from the river to the sea in 1948.

      The population of arabs that live in the west bank, gaza and inside Israel? 11 million.... Hardly ethnic cleansing or genocide.

    9. Distorting your words? You execrable asshole, I Cut and Pasted them.

    10. The blockade and economic sanctions deployed by the Israeli amounts to genocide.
      Simple as that

      No amount of walking back or wiggling by "O"rdure will change that reality.

    11. Rufus, in context not edited for effect...

      Asshole back at ya...


  7. ...from the Hindu about our Daudi friends:

    ...Saudi Arabia’s influential Prince Turki bin Faisal al-Saud told CNN last month that the problem is more than the Islamic State. He referred to Iran. The Saudis are not convinced that the Islamic State poses a threat to the region ---- although under immense pressure the King said that he was unhappy that “a handful of terrorists” took it upon themselves to “terrify Muslims.” One would have thought that when the IS’ al-Baghdadi proclaimed himself the Caliph, he had declared war directly against the Saudi King, who is the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques. That should have forced Saudi Arabia to rethink its regional strategy. But there was no policy direction, no demand that Gulf Arabs cease their private support for the group, and no recognition that a regional solution (that includes Syria) is needed to stem the tide of the IS. The Saudi Kingdom shares with IS its antipathy to Iran and to Shiism, and the Kingdom seems willing to allow IS to run riot through Iraq’s diversity to suit Saudi Arabia’s regional ambitions.

    Flight is the current strategy for minorities in the flight path of the Islamic State. They have no other choice.

    (Vijay Prashad is the author of The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South, LeftWord, 2013.)

    1. In broad daylight, a Saudi-Israeli alliance


      Israel’s Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren told the Jerusalem Post that Israel so wanted Assad out and his Iranian backers weakened, that Israel would accept al-Qaeda operatives taking power in Syria.

      “We always wanted Bashar Assad to go, we always preferred the bad guys who weren’t backed by Iran to the bad guys who were backed by Iran.”

      Even if the other “bad guys” were affiliated with al-Qaeda.
      “We understand that they are pretty bad guys,” Oren said in the interview.

      Israel - Founded by Terrorists and Sustained by Terrorism and now ... Allied with Islamic Terrorists

      In broad daylight, a Saudi-Israeli alliance

  8. From The Economic Times

    Israel and Saudi Arabia in a jam in Gaza

    IANS Aug 8, 2014, 07.49PM IST

    By Saeed Naqvi

    The US decision to launch limited air strikes to check the ISIS in Iraq and the Gaza initiatives in Cairo are obviously linked.

    To understand the collective Arab panic over the Gaza ceasefire, an overview is required.

    Ever since King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia came out of convalescence from Europe in February 2011 to see the first two casualties of the Arab Spring - Hosni Mubarak and Zine El Abidine Ben Ali - his heart sank.

    Logically, next to fall would be monarchies and Emirates - Saudi, Jordan, Qatar, Morocco, Bahrain, the GCC in general. "Never!" screamed Abdullah.

    Dmitry Medvedev in the Kremlin and Amr Moussa in the Arab League provided an enabling provision in Security Council Resolution 1973. First the Europeans - remember British Intelligence men in dark suits arrested in Libya raising a storm in the House of Commons - and then the Americans got involved. Well, Qaddafi's ouster has led to the current state of affairs in Libya.

    Then began the destruction of Syria, another efficient secular dictatorship with areas of civility and gracious living. Qatar and Turkey were alongside Saudi Arabia in this project of regime change.

    A clever psychological moment was chosen to lure Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan into the trap. This is his last term as prime minister. In popularity he is already ahead of Kemal Ataturk. Here is his chance to play a pan Arab role by, to begin with, facilitating Assad's ouster from neighbouring Syria.

    Erdogan took off his secular clothes (mandated by the Kemalist constitution), slipped into his Muslim Brotherhood garb and turned up in Tripoli and Cairo joining congregational prayers with such frequency that the Saudis panicked.

    The idea was to dethrone Assad, not strengthen the Brothers whom Saudis fear more than even the Shias ever since they laid siege to the Grand Mosque in Mecca in November 1979, soon after the Ayatullahs came to power in Iran.

    On the Syrian operation, Qatar too was mobilized by the Saudis for two reasons: Riyadh was keen to compose traditional differences with Qatar so that regional monarchies could provide a united front. Secondly, the credibility of Western mainstream media was being questioned. Qatar’s Al Jazeera was therefore required.



    1. {...}

      But as soon as Qatar started talking to the Taliban in Afghanistan and Hamas in Gaza, the Saudis panicked again. Qatar, with its Muslim Brotherhood affiliation, had to be pushed out of the equation. Al Jazeera's support was concurrently lost.

      The Saudis then bankrolled Egypt's Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to oust Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood and become president.

      In the summer of 2014 the line up in West Asia was as follows:

      Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Morocco, Bahrain and Emirates, fiercely opposed to the Brothers. Israel is most comfortable with this grouping, now more than ever. Egypt has coordinated with the Israelis in keeping the Refah crossing closed for Gazans unless Israel winks.

      This has inspired Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to float an alliance of the countries listed above. Even in normal times, an Israeli overture towards an Arab regime shows diminishing returns among the population. After the Israeli bombing of Gaza, comprehensively covered on the social media, such an overture would greatly accentuate popular anger against their own regimes.

      Should the ceasefire fail and bombing of Gaza resume, regimes whose support Israel seeks may not be able to withstand popular unrest at the plight of Gazans, every detail available on the social media.

      Consider the alternative lineup, Hezbullah, Syria, Iraq are all a huge moral support for Hamas. But at the moment they are overdrawn either in Syria or against the ISIS in Iraq. Turkey and Qatar, along with their Muslim Brotherhood affiliation, are openly supporting Hamas. Their regional influence has not been overlooked: Secretary of State John Kerry invites them for a meeting in Paris to consider a way out in Gaza.

      Either the Gaza ceasefire will break down or the Americans will have to prevail on Saudi Arabia and Egypt to accommodate Qatar and Turkey, directly or indirectly in discussing Gaza peace in Cairo.

      Qatar meanwhile has set the cat among the pigeons by announcing that Bahrain's opposition members - which means majority of Shias - can seek Qatari citizenship.

      The ISIS, running wild across Syria and Iraq, also has a Muslim Brotherhood link. Two days ago their blackshirt troops moved into the enclave of Arsal in Lebanon, abutting Syria. Immediately the Saudis turned up in Beirut with $1 billion to enable the Lebanese Army to contain the ISIS.

      To placate Qatar, President Obama presses Sisi to release three Al Jazeera journalists in Egyptian prison for having supported the Muslim Brotherhood when Morsi was being ousted.

      Meanwhile, the ISIS, encouraged by its own successes, begins to uproot some ancient church congregations in the Kurdish part of Iraq.

      Enough is enough, says Obama, and orders limited airstrike on ISIS positions. If Americans are bombing one set of Arabs, can their friends, the Israeli, resume bombardment of another set of Arabs

  9. The Economic Times INDIA
    Mon, Aug 11, 2014 | 06.56AM IST

  10. Sumpin hairy seems to be goin' down in Baghdad. It's thought to be a "coup," but, unfortunately, it seems to be Maliki taking the scalps.

    1. Mr Maliki said Mr Masum had missed a deadline for asking the biggest political bloc to nominate a prime minister.

      "This attitude represents a coup on the constitution and the political process in a country that is governed by a democratic and federal system," Mr Maliki said.

      "The deliberate violation of the constitution by the president will have grave consequences on the unity, the sovereignty, and the independence of Iraq and the entry of the political process into a dark tunnel."

      Within an hour, Shia militiamen and security forces loyal to Mr Maliki appeared at key centres in Baghdad. There were no reports of violence.


  11. Iraqi troops, security forces and tanks surged into Baghdad on Sunday as political turmoil deepened over who should lead the country.

    Military tanks were deployed to several neighborhoods in central Baghdad, two Iraqi police officials told CNN. The officials said there are also significantly more troops in Baghdad's Green Zone, the secure area where many government buildings, the military headquarters and the U.S. Embassy are located.

    The stepped-up troop presence comes as Iraqi forces battle Islamist militants in northern Iraq, and just after Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki accused Fuad Masum, Iraq's newly elected President, of violating the country's constitution by extending the deadline for Iraq's biggest political coalitions to nominate a candidate for prime minister.

    The precise reason for the growing number of troops in the Iraqi capital was unclear. But CNN military analyst retired Lt. Col. Rick Francona described it as an "ominous" development that signals the Iraqi Prime Minister doesn't want to hand over power.

    "You've got Nuri al-Maliki refusing to step down. Now he's mobilized not just security troops loyal to him, but now he's mobilized army units to put tanks in the streets. Some of the bridges have been closed," Francona said. "It looks like he's trying to lock down the city in some sort of confrontation with the President, so this does not portend well."

    Retired Marine Gen. James Williams said the stepped up security could also be a response to advances by militants from ISIS, the Sunni Muslim extremist group that has now declared itself the Islamic State.

    "It could be a show of force. If you're talking about protecting government buildings, there may be a sense that ISIS forces may be closer than everybody thinks at this point, and so depending on what the undercurrent in Baghdad right now, that could be a great sign for concern," Williams said. "But it may also be a concern that there's a coup afoot."

  12. .

    What is "Occupation"Sun Aug 10, 09:02:00 PM EDT

    Meanwhile there are more arabs that live in israel today as citizens than existed in the entire area from the river to the sea in 1948.

    I could care less about your argument with rat but when you htrow out this stuff as if it is true or significant it bugs me.

    So what if there are more arabs? Its 66 years later. There are also a hell of a lot more Jews. The population of Arabs has increased about 4.5 times since 1945. In that same time the number of Jews has increased about 10 times.

    The population of arabs that live in the west bank, gaza and inside Israel? 11 million.... Hardly ethnic cleansing or genocide.

    11 million (as taken from the WiO and Allen Alternate History of the Universe).

    In reality the population of Arabs is closer to 6.2 million, 1.7 million in Israel and 4.5 million in the occupied West Bank and Gaza.

    But who's counting?


    1. Rat is a figment of your imaginationSun Aug 10, 10:32:00 PM EDT

      It is not the scale of the oppression, but the scope of it, that matters

    2. The key question is the identification of a regime that practices
      systematic oppression and domination by one group over another.

      How then does it apply to Israel?

      To answer that, we need to clarify another concept: Israel.

      Although usually seen as residing within its pre-1967 boundaries,
      the Israeli regime exercises control over Palestinians
      in the occupied territories of the West Bank and Gaza.

      For the past 46 years, all residents within greater Israel have lived under the same regime,
      which claims to be the sole legitimate political and military authority.

      The state controls the territory between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, ruling over eight million rights-bearing citizens
      (75% of whom are Jews) and four million Palestinian subjects denied civil and political rights.

      Millions of Palestinian refugees
      (who were born in the territory or whose direct ancestors were)
      cannot set foot in their homeland, let alone determine its political future as citizens.

      How is the notion of apartheid relevant to this reality?

      The Israeli regime is based on an ethnic-religious distinction
      between Jewish insiders and Palestinian outsiders.

      It expands citizenship beyond its territory,
      potentially to all Jews regardless of their links to the country,
      and contracts citizenship within it:

      Palestinians in the occupied territories and refugees outside have no citizenship and cannot become Israeli citizens.

      The regime combines different modes of rule:
      civilian authority with democratic institutions within the Green Line
      (the pre-1967 boundaries), and military authority beyond it.

      In times of crisis,
      the military mode of rule spills over the line to apply to Palestinian citizens in Israel.
      At all times,
      the civilian mode of rule spills over the line to apply to Jewish settlers.

      The distinction between the two sides of the line is constantly eroding as a result,
      and norms and practices developed under the occupation filter back into Israel.

      Israel as a "Jewish democratic state" is "democratic" for Jews and "Jewish" for Arabs.

  13. The population of arabs that live in the west bank, gaza and inside Israel? 11 million.... Hardly ethnic cleansing or genocide.

    11 million (as taken from the WiO and Allen Alternate History of the Universe).

    In reality the population of Arabs is closer to 6.2 million, 1.7 million in Israel and 4.5 million in the occupied West Bank and Gaza.

    But who's counting?

    I'll take your numbers..

    the point was that rat and rufus were making was that Israel has practiced genocide and ethnic cleansing..

    Thanks for doing the research to prove my point.

    66 years later and there is no shortage of arabs that call themselves palestinian.

  14. Rat/Farmer Rob's new definition of "genocide".

    After Farmer Rob had raped the horse he had been riding all day, his "essence" ran down his leg, it was a genocide of sperm, which are sacred as a person....

  15. An absurd argument: It is not a matter of how many, it is important how the Palestinians are treated by Israel. Scroll through some previous posts and you will get an accurate assessment of how Israel treats the Palestinians. If the positions were reversed, one could argue that it was not really important that many Jews are being hurt, killed, maimed, economically deprived, humiliated and their basic human rights denied.

    Forget about those Jews and focus on the Jews that are not being hurt.

    Pitifully absurd.

  16. Can you deny that Gaza has far less rights than newly built colonial settlements behind the wall?


  17. Aug 11 (Reuters) - A bloc comprising Iraq's biggest Shi'ite parties is close to nominating a prime minister, the deputy speaker of parliament said on Monday, suggesting Nuri al-Maliki would have to step aside.

    Haider al-Abadi's comments in a tweet came after police sources said special forces and Shi'ite militias loyal to Maliki had been deployed in strategic areas of Baghdad after he made a defiant speech on television suggesting he would not cave in to pressure to drop his bid for a third term.

    Abadi is one of the people that has been mentioned as a possible successor to Maliki. (Writing by Michael Georgy; Editing by Sandra Maler)