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August, 2013

Aug 31, 2013
...establishing a one democratic state on the land of historical (mandatory) Palestine, a democratic state for all its inhabitants, based on a democratic constitution, the values of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,
 which guarantee freedom, democracy and equality of rights without discrimination based on race, religion, gender, colour, language or political or non-political opinion, national or social origin, wealth,
 place of birth or any other status – establishing this state is, indeed, a just and feasible solution for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict...
 
Syria
  George Galloway speaks as The British House of Commons holds an urgent debate on possible military action against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. Prime Minister David Cameron recalled parliament following reports of a chemical weapons attack against Syrian citizens...
[A great man among wolves and sheep. A must watch.]
 
  A large number of Greek Orthodox Palestinian Christians held a sit-in at the courtyard of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher to express sympathy with Syria which is exposed to threats and pressures targeting its stance and national role. In a speech in front of the participants, Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Sebastia, Atallah Hanna said that we call on all honest people to reject the foreign intervention in Syria which is planned by western countries, particularly the US...
 
  The parliament of the UK voted against a war on Syria. For now.. The propaganda onslaught for such an attempt already started with new BBC claims of another "atrocity". Several scenes in this video seem to me to be quite obvious fakes. Obama so far seems to continue to want to go it alone. But the "senior officials" quoted are probably all from the National Security Council and Obama's National Security Adviser Susan Rice is the one who drove this bus against the wall. Her utter mismanagement of this incident - a rush to war then retreat, an attempt to block the UN observers then let them work, presenting dubious intelligence, bad management of potential allies...

  Now, with all eyes and news coverage on Syria, it is time to set the record straight. This is crucial- as the saying goes: “Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.” We know this is not the first long-planned and orchestrated war. We also know that this won’t be the last one. As with Iraq, the plans, the setting of the stage, the mammoth waves of propaganda and misinformation paving the path for war with Syria, were all in place over two years ago-when no one was looking, and while the gatekeepers were busy hushing...
 
...Truth told, it’s a bit intense these days in Tehran as in most other countries in this region, and this observer fairly soon may be on what just might be the last Tehran-Damascus flight for some time in light of what could occur in the coming days. Not that one is in any hurry to leave the Islamic Republic. I love Iran and its people, who in their basic values and outlook on life are about as American as apple pie. Iranians think a lot like me and my friends back home, and Americans think a lot like them, this despite the extremist, politically motivated portrayals of each other designed by their governments...
 
  Despite a Reuters/Ipsos poll showing that only 9% of Americans support military intervention in Syria, the White House today assured the public that a more recent and reliable poll leaves no doubt that the President’s constituency favors war. The poll was conducted by Defense Industries Systems Information, Inc. (DIS Information). It shows that 99.9% prefer increased U.S. military intervention. The poll has a .1% margin of error. DIS Information spokesperson Lyon Daly spoke to this reporter about the polling methodology and findings...
 
...Messrs William Hague and David Cameron spoke at times as though the UK and its Western allies were fully entitled to act as judge, jury and executioner.I hope I won’t offend US readers if I say that Europeans half expect that sort of mentality from US leaders. We look on the US as a country in which habits formed in the Wild West in the nineteenth century resurface from time to time. But from our own European politicians, schooled by centuries of intra-European conflict, we look for more measured and cautious responses...
 
 
  As the machinery for a U.S.-led military intervention in Syria gathers pace following last week’s chemical weapons attack, the U.S. and its allies may be targeting the wrong culprit. Interviews with people in Damascus and Ghouta, a suburb of the Syrian capital, where the humanitarian agency Doctors Without Borders said at least 355 people had died last week from what it believed to be a neurotoxic agent, appear to indicate as much...
 
  Before the stupidest Western war in the history of the modern world begins – I am, of course, referring to the attack on Syria that we all yet have to swallow – it might be as well to say that the cruise missiles which we confidently expect to sweep onto one of mankind’s oldest cities have absolutely nothing to do with Syria. They are intended to harm Iran...
 
...When it comes to Syria, the real question yet remains: American public opinion and the war cheerleading from both neoconservative hawks and supposedly liberal voices in the mainstream media aside, will Barack Obama heed not only the mandate of the U.S. Constitution, but also the tenets of international law, which unequivocally prohibit a military strike? What about the fact that such attacks could certainly do far more harm than good by putting even more Syrian civilians lives in danger and exacerbating an already devastating humanitarian crisis? So far, the signs don't look good...
 
  US President Barack Obama should be stripped of his Nobel Peace Prize if the United States carries out a military strike on Syria, Alexei Pushkov, head of the Russian parliament’s International Affairs Committee, said Friday. “If the United States attacks Syria without UN approval, the global community should demand that the Nobel Committee strip Obama of his peace prize,”..
 
  Gung-ho prime minister Cameron and his sabre-rattling lieutenant, William Hague, were so eager to crank up their war machine that they’d lost all caution and reason. They’ve paid the price with a quite brutal Commons defeat. A decade ago the pair voted “very strongly” for the Iraq war, failing to exercise due diligence and establish the truth about Saddam’s supposed weapons of mass destruction before approving the almost total destruction of Iraq and the obscene slaughter that went with it. Both were members of the opposition charged with holding the government of the day (Blair’s) to account...
 
...The most bestial attack with weapons of mass destruction was conducted by the USA Government on Japan, when it dropped two atomic bombs on civilians. In contrast to much of the events described in this article, this is a fact acknowledged by the perpetrators themselves. The event transcends the boundaries of War Crimes and can be defined as Crimes against Humanity. It was a literal Holocaust. Mr Obama, you and your people have no legitimacy to speak about the use of Weapons of Mass Destruction. You don't have the legitimacy now, and you will not have it in a thousand years from now. You will not have legitimacy even in a million years. May your victims rest in peace...
 
  The Vatican’s official daily on Tuesday blasted western powers for preparing possible military action against Syria despite an ongoing UN investigation into an alleged chemical weapons attack near Damascus. “The tones are becoming ever more drastic and the action being taken by the United Nations appears subjected to a sort of crossfire,” the newspaper said.. The Vatican is against any armed intervention, pointing to the havoc caused by the US-led war to topple Saddam Hussein in Iraq in 2003...
 
  Gen. Martin Dempsey, Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, has spoken soberly about the dangers from any military strike on Syria, but press reports indicate President Obama is still set on launching cruise missiles in the coming days, an action that former U.S. intelligence professionals say should prompt Dempsey’s resignation...
 
These are the people Obama and his Zionist masters want to blast into oblivion, as was done to hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis...
 
...who says that Assad released the gas? Pure logic seems to advise against this conclusion. When it happened, a group of UN experts, no nincompoops they, were about to investigate the suspicions of chemical warfare on the ground. Why would a dictator in his right mind provide them with proof of his malfeasance? Even if he thought that the evidence could be eradicated in time, he could not be sure. Sophisticated equipment could tell. Secondly, what could chemical weapons achieve that ordinary weapons could not? What strategic or even tactical advantage do they offer, that could not be provided by other means?
 
  Israeli and US state terrorism are poised to destroy another largely Muslim country, Syria. The serial war-makers, war criminals and Obama Administration assert that the Syrian Government has used chemical agents against civilians and is positioning American forces to bomb and devastate Syria. However there is no conclusive evidence for the Obama Administration conclusion as set out in great detail by Stephen Gowans in an article entitled “Accusations continue, but still no evidence of a Syrian military gas attack"..
 
  Peace and stability defeat Obama's agenda. Violence, instability and permanent wars further it. They persist nonstop. New wars follow earlier ones. Some never end. Afghanistan is America's longest war. It's continued longer than WW I and II combined. It shows no signs of ending. It could last another decade or longer. Wherever America shows up, mass killing and destruction follow. Occupations are permanent...
 
The Zionist Gang Behind New York’s 9-11 Conference, by Christopher Bollyn | Veterans Today
  The Mizel brothers are devoted high-level Zionist agents who are national real estate moguls.  They own a real estate company called Richmond American Homes.  The Mizel brothers are deeply connected to the Silverado Savings and Loan scam and other Zionist financial crimes of our time.  Federal whistle blower Stewart Webb, who was married to Kerre Millman, a family member of the Mizel gang, has done a great deal in researching and exposing this criminal network...
 
While Palestinians talk, Israel creates facts on the ground | Redress Information & Analysis
  The Palestinian Authority.. are making special efforts to reach out to Israel “in an attempt to jump-start recently renewed peace efforts”. It’s a pity, then, that the feeling is not mutual. According to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, “the number of Israeli construction projects in the West Bank increased by 141 per cent in the first half of 2013. The work that began on 1,461 homes during the first six months of 2013 surpassed the 1,089 starts registered by Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics for all of 2012.. Israel has refused so far to freeze any kind of settlement activity”..
 
Israeli Scientist Challenges Hypothesis of Middle East Origins | Gilad Atzmon
  Following is a very interesting and important article regarding Jews and their origin. Eran Elhaik, an Israeli young academic, proves that Ashkenazi Jews' roots lie in the Caucasus - in short, Ashkenazim have nothing to do with Palestine or the Middle East.  Elhaik's scientific account fits nicely with Shlomo Sand reading of Jewish's History and origin...
[News that Jews (i.e., Khazars) could use] 
 
Anti-Zionist Rabbi at Al-Quds Day rally | YouTube
  Rabbi Yisroel Feldman speaking in New York City at International Al-Quds Day rally, August 2, 2013...



Aug 30, 2013

None Of Us Are Free - If One Of Us Is Chained, by Solomon Burke | ICH
And there are people still in darkness,
And they just can't see the light.
If you don't say it's wrong then that says it right...
 
Syria: A Reprieve, At Least Temporarily
  The stunning parliamentary defeat Thursday for Prime Minister David Cameron that led him to rule out British military participation in any strike on Syria reflected British fears of rushing to act against Damascus without certain evidence. By just 13 votes, British lawmakers rejected a motion urging an international response to a chemical weapons strike for which the United States has blamed the forces of the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad...
 
  Investigative journalists inside Georgia and the region have traced shipments of chemical weapons to American controlled sources in the region...
 
...the debate about direct military strikes is dominated by non-legal questions, such as (1) clarifying what happened and who is responsible, (2) further danger to US credibility given existing controversies about President Obama’s “red line” statements, and (3) whether military intervention would be prudent or effective. However, as suggested by gathering momentum for military action, legal issues are on the agenda internationally and within governments contemplating the use of force...
 
  The Tamarod campaign has released a statement Wednesday urging authorities to close Suez Canal to vehicles carrying weapons supporting US military attacks on Syria...
[Now there’s an idea]
 
  Testimony from victims strongly suggests it was the rebels, not the Syrian government, that used Sarin nerve gas during a recent incident in the revolution-wracked nation, a senior U.N. diplomat said Monday. Carla del Ponte, a member of the U.N. Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, told Swiss TV there were “strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof,” that rebels seeking to oust Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad had used the nerve agent...
 
  Joubar Area...Terrorists killed and chemical weapons confiscated all made in Saudi Arabia...
 
..."It's no accident that the permanent war party wants the President to go around Congress when the majority of Americans are strongly opposed to a new war. If Congress and the American people can be evaded in this case, it's a body blow to the principle that U.S. foreign policy should be subordinate to democracy and the rule of law." As Mary Ellen O’Connell, a professor of international law at the University of Notre Dame, told McClatchy, “The president and his close advisers talk a lot about international law, so I don’t see how the president can ignore that now without seeming to be hypocritical.”..
 
  The Obama administration is finalizing a public report aimed at convincing skeptics that—against all logic—the Syrian government used chemical weapons against unarmed civilians.  As establishment media breathlessly reports the build-up of Western military forces for a "limited" strike—no convincing proof of who is actually responsible for the casualties portrayed on gruesome videos is yet available.  It is therefore useful to analyze the latest pretext for wider conflict against the past actions of the country likely to be the key beneficiary of any U.S. intervention—Israel.  Israeli false-flag attacks have typically occurred in moments where long-term territorial issues were in play. The present is just such a moment...
 
  At the United Nations, despite the threat of a United States missile attack on Syria, momentum is actually shifting away from imminent action in favor of a more patient "wait and see" approach spearheaded by the secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon. On Wednesday, the Russian and Chinese delegation walked out of a Security Council emergency meeting on Syria triggered by a United Kingdom draft resolution calling for humanitarian military intervention in Syria "to save civilian lives" in light of the recent ghastly chemical weapon attack that the US, UK and France insist without a shadow of doubt was the work of the Syrian regime...
 
...Western democracies are becoming lethal instruments easily manipulated by foreign interests and ethnic lobbies. We are basically taken into wars by our elected politicians, because some other people expect us to do so. Yet when our leaders launch criminal wars they actually incriminate not just themselves, but each and every one of us...
 
..."Once again," Hilarion warned, "thousands of lives will be sacrificed on the altar of an imaginary democracy;" among them, according to the Metropolitan, there are, first of all, "Christians, about whose fate no one cares." They are at "risk of becoming hostages to the situation and the main victims of radical extremist forces, who, with the help of the United States, will come to power."..
 
  With much righteous indignation, President Obama is somberly indicating to the American people that he effectively has no choice — he must go to war, on his own initiative and employing what is effectively his private army, against Syria owing to the Syrian government’s purported use of chemical weapons against its own people. Where have we heard that one before?..
 
Iranian MPs approve bill on following up 1953 coup case | IRNA
  Members of the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) approved a two-star bill on Tuesday which assigned the government of President Hassan Rohani to follow up the case of involvement of US and Britain in Iranˈs 1953 coup dˈetat at international forums.. Following the US-Uk led coup in Iran, the country suffered 25 years of dictatorship and was entangled with heavy material and spiritual damage...
 
Most Egyptians oppose Muslim Brotherhood: Poll | Daily News Egypt
  69% of Egyptians do not approve of the Muslim Brotherhood, a recent poll finds...
 
America’s Neo-Praetorian Guard, by  Jim W. Dean | Veterans Today
  Military and Intelligence professionals, especially retired ones, are growing more concerned over the growing police state inside America. Those who served and fought to prevent its being imposed by an outside force have been watching it imposed internally… by Americans, including sadly, even veterans themselves...


Aug 29, 2013

The Axis of Evil on the Verge of pulling the Trigger
 
  The Wall Street Journal reveals that the US is citing claims from Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency fed to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), a repeat of the fabrications that led up to the Iraq War, the Libyan War, and have been used now for 3 years to justify continued support of extremists operating within and along Syria’s borders...
 
  The Bandar-Zionist lobby collaboration, currently the cocktail party talk of many in Washington,  is not  a case of strange bedfellows given three decades of mutual cooperation which started during Prince Bandar’s long tenure as Saudi ambassador in Washington. Based in Washington, but with a palace out west and up north, Bandar developed almost familial relationships with five presidents and their key advisers. His voice was one of the shrillest urging the United States to invade Iraq in 2003...
 
  A U.S. invasion of Syria could be the first war based on a Youtube video.  After a video was released showing victims of an alleged chemical weapons attack, England immediately declared the Syrian government responsible, while Obama began drawing up military plans, saying there was “little doubt” the Syrian Government was at fault (zero evidence currently exists to suggest this)...
 
  Without whistleblowers, the mainline media outlets are more transfixed than ever with telling the official story. And at a time like this, the official story is all about spinning for war on Syria. Every president who wants to launch another war can’t abide whistleblowers. They might interfere with the careful omissions, distortions and outright lies of war propaganda, which requires that truth be held in a kind of preventative detention.By mid-week, media adrenalin was at fever pitch as news reports cited high-level sources explaining when the U.S. missile attacks on Syria were likely to begin, how long they might last, what their goals would be...
 
  Israel has clearly been quite comfortable with the idea of the US attacking Syria, but new revelations suggest that behind the scenes they have actually been the driving force on selling the Obama Administration on the narrative behind it. The US has conspicuously insisted that the rebels’ story is “undeniable” even though they have never presented any proof of it, but the secret “proof” which is never put forth for public scrutiny apparently comes straight from Israeli intelligence...
[I have daydreams about nuking Tel Aviv. I'm not in the habit of stepping on bugs, but poisonous ones are an exception.]
 
  Here we go again. As Americans prepare to march on Washington, Washington is preparing to march on Damascus. As part of the buildup to war, a chorus of liberal hawks and neoconservatives has issued a new manifesto in—where else?—the Weekly Standard calling upon President Obama to engage in regime change in Syria. Just as they demanded military action to topple Saddam Hussein, so they now are insisting upon the removal of Bashar al-Assad...
 
  During his emergency press conference today Foreign Minister Lavrov said something to the effect that attempting to predict the future is not a helpful exercise and I will not argue with this wise man.. Is it possible that a NATO air campaign might still fail in removing the government?  I think that while attempting to predict the future is, indeed, a useless exercise, a few general guesses can be made based on past experience and this is what I would like to do here...
 
  And here we go again. In Syria, things were getting desperate for Washington. It needed a major made-for-TV, cross-the-red-line incident involving chemical weapons. Unsurprisingly, by hook or by crook – probably crook – it got it. The BBC, British Foreign Secretary William Hague and a multitude of other media outlets and politicians now clamour, or at least strongly imply the need, for direct military action to bolster the illegal ‘indirect’ military intervention from the West and its allies that has already been taking place for a long time...
 
  This essay examines the connections between the foreign intervention crisis in Syria, the vast NSA surveillance program that has recently been exposed, and the sequence of events that begin with NSA program changes in February, 2001 — six months before 9/11.  The connections are illuminating...
 
  If there is any comfort in how the Guardian has been reporting the Middle East, especially Libya and Syria, it is that many of its readers, judging from their remarks in ‘Comment is Free’, do not appear to believe or trust it.. As liberals themselves, its readers around the world must think they are on safe ground when quoting from the Guardian but if so, where the Middle East is concerned, they are deluding themselves. Throughout the crisis in Syria the Guardian has been not so much reporting the conflict as running a propaganda campaign against the government in Damascus, to the benefit of the armed Islamist groups and the outside governments sponsoring them...
 
  After initially insisting that Syria give United Nations investigators unimpeded access to the site of an alleged nerve gas attack, the administration of President Barack Obama reversed its position on Sunday and tried unsuccessfully to get the U.N. to call off its investigation.. The sudden reversal and overt hostility toward the U.N. investigation, which coincides with indications that the administration is planning a major military strike against Syria in the coming days, suggests that the administration sees the U.N. as hindering its plans for an attack...
 
  The drums of war are beating again. The Obama administration will reportedly launch a military strike to punish Syria’s Assad government for its alleged use of chemical weapons. A military attack would invariably kill civilians for the ostensible purpose of showing the Syrian government that killing civilians is wrong. “What we are talking about here is a potential response.. to this specific violation of international norms,” declared White House press secretary Jay Carney. But a military intervention by the United States in Syria to punish the government would violate international law...
 
  The 'responsibility to protect' (R2P), formulated at the 2005 UN World Summit, is based on the idea that state sovereignty is not a right but a responsibility. Where offending states fail to live up to this responsibility by inflicting genocide, ethnic cleansing and other crimes against humanity on their own people, the international community has a responsibility to act. Economic sanctions and the use of military force can thus be employed as 'humanitarian intervention'..
 
  A recurring pattern throughout the Syrian crisis is the coincidence of massacres suspiciously at times when there is a shift in the political backdrop. This is important to bear in mind when assessing reports this week of an alleged chemical weapon massacre near Damascus where some reports put the death toll at over 1,100. The Syrian government has vehemently denied responsibility for the incident and has even questioned whether such weapons were actually used...
 
  The recent acts of political violence in the Middle East’s Levant are not unrelated. Car bombings in the predominantly Shia southern Beirut suburb of Dahiyeh; twin bombings targeting Sunni mosques in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli; an alleged chemical weapons attack in the suburbs of Damascus blamed on the Syrian government; a secret IDF operation across the Lebanese border foiled by Hezbollah; rockets lobbed by an Al Qaeda-related group into Israel; an IDF airstrike on a pro-Damascus Palestinian resistance group base in Lebanon...
 
  ...we want to highlight an interview that Hillary did with Zeinab al-Saffar when we were in Beirut earlier this summer..  Hillary’s account of how the United States self-servingly demonizes non-Western countries that get in its way seems highly applicable to the current discussion.. about attacking something in Syria, ostensibly because of claims that the Syrian government used chemical weapons against civilians last week in Ghouta, an eastern suburb of Damascus. The frame for such demonization, Hillary notes, is inevitably driven by and bound up with “the United States’ way of going to war...
 
  If you ever doubted the erosion of popular democracy in the U.S., the next few weeks should set you straight. The simple fact is that the voting population is the main "constituency" of politicians only at election time. Right now it is reported that approximately 60% of that constituency does not want the U.S. to attack Syria. However, it is not election time...
 
  So now it’s Assad’s government in Syria that has crossed the Rubicon.  What shall the Emperor do?!  Should he listen to voices coming from Russia, China… and elsewhere, who are warning the US from taking unilateral military action… or should he follow the advice of that dime-store oracle in Washington: John McCain.. McCain, given his lack of grey matter, over-abundance of ignorance in most any field, low moral standards and personal recklessness, had little choice but to pick the goofy lady from Alaska, so he would not be outshone by a running mate during the presidential campaign...
 
  The moral outrage is all over this debate. As the West prepares to launch airstrikes against the Syrian regime in retaliation for its alleged use of chemical weapons, lines of global leaders and their cheering commentators are using a superior sense of morality to justify it. Last year, Obama talked of chemical weapons use being a "red line" in Syria - and now that it has been crossed, we are told that we must act...
 
...Obama’s previous intervention is what has brought us to this point. Instead of steering clear of this regional conflict, he declared that Assad must go; designated the use of chemical weapons as a “red line” the crossing of which would bring a U.S. response; and armed and otherwise aided Assad’s opposition, which is dominated by al-Qaeda-style jihadists who have no good feelings toward America. Once an American president does these things, further steps are almost inevitable if for no other reason than that “American credibility” will be said to be at stake...
 
  All wars are based on lies. Truth prevents them from being waged. America hasn't waged a legal one since WW II. What's now ongoing bears eerie resemblance to events preceding Bush's Iraq war. Waging them requires pretexts to do so. When none exists, they're invented. Lies substitute for truth. Claims about Syria using chemical weapons don't wash. They repeat with disturbing regularity. Assad's wrongfully blamed for last Wednesday's Ghouta incident. No evidence whatever links it to Syrian forces. Plenty lays blame where it belongs...
 
  I sometimes wonder why interventionists don’t donate their brains to science, after they die of course. It would be interesting to know whether they are born with interventionist mindsets or whether their mindsets are the result of the many years of indoctrination they received in the public (i.e., government) schools their parents were forced to send them to...
 
Anne Speckhard: Heroine of Israeli Hasbara, by Vacy Vlazna | Palestine Chronicle
  As its daily violations of international law, war crimes and settlement expansion flatline Israel’s international reputation, its desperate public relations (hasbara) efforts, scrambling for message control, have revived and slammed, yet again, Palestinians with the old catchall shibboleth of ‘terrorist’. As luck would too conveniently have it, from a recently published book, a new heroine of hasbara has risen, Christian American, Anne Speckhard; propaganda princess, and wanna be femme fatale...
 
Israel flag-wavers in US and UK suffer double whammy | Redress Information & Analysis
  In Europe and the United States, Israel’s stooges have suffered setbacks in their attempts to silence critics and destroy the careers of anti-apartheid campaigners...
 
Why forget the Holocaust? | Paul Treanor
  At least until 11 September 2001, the Holocaust was the primary historical reference used to justify military intervention, by the US and its allies. Indirectly, it is also used to legitimise social injustice in liberal-democratic nations, and to imply a liberal-democratic entitlement to a monopoly of power. It is used to legitimise global inequality, as if it entitled opponents of the Holocaust to prosperity, while others starve. Remembering the Holocaust is not a moral imperative: the memory serves no good purpose, only evil purposes. The Holocaust should be publicly forgotten, in the same sense as it is now publicly remembered...



Aug 28, 2013


Syria: Another Western War Crime In The Making, by Dr. Paul Craig Roberts | Global Research
  The war criminals in Washington and other Western capitals are determined to maintain their lie that the Syrian government used chemical weapons.. The US and UK governments have revealed none of the “conclusive evidence” they claim to have that the Syrian government used chemical weapons. Listening to their voices, observing their body language, and looking into their eyes,  it is completely obvious that John Kerry and his British and German puppets are lying through their teeth...
[Given our recent experience, at least as far as the American public is concerned, you can indeed fool most of the people most of the time.]
 
President al-Assad: “Syria will Never become a Western Puppet State” | Global Research
..President al-Assad stressed that “the majority of those we are fighting are Takfiris, who adopt the al-Qaeda doctrine, in addition to a small number of outlaws.” On the alleged use of chemical weapons, President al-Assad said that the statements by the US administration, the West and other countries were made with disdain and blatant disrespect of their own public opinion, adding that “there isn’t a body in the world, let alone a superpower, that makes an accusation and then goes about collecting evidence to prove its point.” His Excellency stressed that these accusations are completely politicised and come on the back of the advances made by the Syrian Army against the terrorists...

The Confidential Memo at the Heart of the Global Financial Crisis, by Greg Palast | OpEd News
  When a little birdie dropped the End Game memo through my window, its content was so explosive, so sick and plain evil, I just couldn't believe it. The Memo confirmed every conspiracy freak’s fantasy: that in the late 1990s, the top US Treasury officials secretly conspired with a small cabal of banker big-shots to rip apart financial regulation across the planet. When you see 26.3 percent unemployment in Spain, desperation and hunger in Greece, riots in Indonesia and Detroit in bankruptcy, go back to this End Game memo, the genesis of the blood and tears...
 
Once Upon a Palestine, by Tamerishe | Dissident Voice
  “Once Upon a Palestine” began in the spring of 2011; a few lines and the title, swiftly followed by a cascade of verse, then put to one side for a previous work barging in out of nowhere, demanding to be written. Going through my own dark night of the soul at the time, “Once Upon a Palestine” continued to gather dust in a drawer until the summer of 2012, when the words came back to haunt me. So here it is. My humble contribution to the betrayed, abandoned, shunned, vilified, outstandingly brave Palestinians of Palestine. I don’t know about the ‘Lost Tribes of Israel.’ It’s about time the dispossessed, ethnically cleansed, indigenous Peoples of Palestine picked up their keys and came home. Where they belong...
[Sauron is ascendant over Middle Earth; the darkness and the stench of Mordor prevail everywhere. But as long as there are a few lights kept burning, the sun will surely reappear and this evil shall be swept away.]
 
Imperial Madness | Stephen Lendman
  Benjamin Franklin once said there's no such thing as a good war or bad peace. His advice went unheeded. Big Lies launch wars. One after another follows. Doing so reflects imperial madness. America's a warrior nation. It's addicted to war. It ravages and destroys one country after another. It does so claiming humanitarian intervention. Mass killing and destruction follow. So do charnel house conditions. No nation in world history has caused more bloodshed and human misery than America...
 
Why Our Rulers Killed MLK, Jr. and Malcolm X: Remember This As We Commemorate the 1963 March on Washington, by John Spritzler | New Democracy World
  Despite the fact that we have streets named after  MLK, Jr. and postage stamps honoring him, I believe that if he were alive today that Obama would have him assassinated, just as "governmental agencies" (as determined by a jury verdict, by the way) did in 1968. The ruling class assassinated King because he led the Civil Rights Movement to oppose the Vietnam war as well as Jim Crow, and because he rejected his initial racial analysis and adopted a class analysis. The latter fact is less well known than the former. Here are some King quotations that tell the story...
 
Jeff Blankfort on Max Blumenthal and The Zionification of Palestine | Gilad Atzmon
...I can say, with sufficient evidence, documentation, etc., that the Palestine solidarity movement has been dominated by Jews who identify themselves either as anti-Zionist or non-Zionist and who have thus been able to define the parameters in which Zionism and Jewish responsibility for Zionism and Israel's crimes may be discussed or not discussed...
 
The Energy Vampires, by  Dean Henderson | Veterans Today
  The global elite know that energy is paramount to life. Control over energy means control over people. Four giant companies are now making a play to own not just all the oil, but virtually all energy sources on the planet. I call them the Four Horsemen – Royal Dutch/Shell, Exxon Mobil, Chevron Texaco & BP Amoco...
 
President Obama, Why Have You Become a Warmonger? Stop the Madness, by Mohamed Khodr | Veterans Today
  President Obama, you’re not attacking Syria because of an alleged and unproven Chemical attack, You’re doing so because ISRAEL demands it of you, and once you destroy Syria, Israel will want more blood, next it will be Iran. If humanitarian anger at the use of weapons of mass destruction is enough to launch wars, then there are countless nations around the world that should be invaded, beginning with the U.S., Israel, Europe, Russia, Saddam Hussein’s gassing of Iranians with CIA help, and so much more...
 
Brand Israel self-destructs, by Stuart Littlewood | Redress Information & Analysis
...Upgrading the Israel brand can only be achieved if the product itself changes for the better. That would require a courageous and seismic change of attitude by committed Zionists, which isn’t about to happen. So, it remains a mission impossible. That’s why, four years ago, “The Israel Project”, a US media advocacy group, produced a revised training manual to help the worldwide Zionist movement win the propaganda war, keep its ill-gotten territorial gains and persuade international audiences that its crimes were not only necessary but – would you believe it? – consistent with “shared values” between Israel and the civilized West...
[Unfortunately, there’s some truth to that last bit. The worship of money and power pretty much sums it up.]
 
BBC journalist on an expenses-paid propaganda trip to Israel | Redress Information & Analysis
  With the the worst brand reputation on the planet and a well-oiled international public relations campaign that is increasingly failing to pull the wool over people’s eyes, Israel has been able to call on an old friend: the BBC.. “Dozens of young journalists, including at least one working for the BBC are in Israel this week for a government-backed junket designed to give them “a more positive attitude” toward Israel’s policies.”..
 
Jewish Peer Attacks Violinist for Israel Apartheid Remark, by Anthony Lawson | Intifada Palestine
  World-renowned violinist Nigel Kennedy has been attacked by Baroness Deech, of Cumnor, for something that he said at a BBC Proms concert, featuring the Palestinian Strings, a group of talented young musicians aged between twelve and twenty-three. Apart from the seriousness of attacking a fine musician who was speaking the truth, then having his words censored from any future broadcasts by the BBC, the video looks into the activities of the Jewish lobbies in the United Kingdom in attempting to suppress the vicious activities of the Jewish, Apartheid State of Israel against the Palestinian people...
 
Israel seeks to pit Christian Arabs against Muslims in a cruel clash, by Jonathan Cook | The View from Nazareth
  The Holy Land may be the cradle of Judaism, Christianity and Islam – the three Abrahamic faiths that share much in common – but Israel has preferred to draw on a tradition that imagines the region in terms of a clash of civilisations. Theodor Herzl, the father of Israel’s national ideology, Zionism, averred that a Jewish state should act as “a rampart of Europe against Asia, an outpost of civilisation as opposed to barbarism”. On this view, Israel is on the fault line between a Judeo-Christian west and the barbarian hordes of the Islamic east...
 
They don't have a dream anymore | Roi Tov
...The topic is so hot that on January 27, 2013, Israel's Ministry of Health formally admitted having injected Ethiopian-Jewish women with venom against their will, so that they wouldn’t get pregnant. The topic is so hot that on April 27, 2012, five Molotov Cocktails were thrown in Shapira Neighborhood, a poor area in Tel Aviv's south. One of them hit a kindergarten, where children were sleeping, the others hit private homes. The victims were African workers; the attackers were Jews backed by a political party and were not prosecuted by the racist Israeli Police...
 
Zionist-imposed American Holocaust, by Gideon Polya | MCW News
  The huge financial cost of Israel to Americans has now reached trillions in today’s dollars. However the human cost involves the preventable deaths of millions of Americans – passive mass murder of Americans in an American Holocaust inflicted by the fiscal perversion of American Neoconservative and Zionists committing $8-10 trillion to ethnic cleansing and active and passive mass murder of Muslims abroad in support of Apartheid Israel instead of keeping Americans alive at home...
 
Jumping The Gun on Syria, by Stuart Littlewood | Intifada Palestine
...The BBC has also been telling the nation that there’s no legal requirement for the prime minister to consult Parliament before committing an act of war. This sounds incredible. So too does the idea being circulated that a military strike could happen without UN Security Council approval.. Many fingers point to Israel as the likely perpetrator of the chemical weapons atrocity. It is after all the region’s chief troublemaker...
 


Aug 27, 2013

Syria’s Business
  Discussing the matter in a 40 minute phone call on Saturday night, President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron agreed in principle to start attacking Syria within the next two weeks. France, long calling for such a war, is also reportedly in on the idea...
[May Obomba, Cameron, Harper and the rest of them spend eternity somewhere even worse than Hell!]
 
  The liberal warhawks are groping around for a pretext they can call “legal” for waging war against Syria, and have come up with the 1999 “Kosovo war”. This is not surprising insofar as a primary purpose of that US/NATO 78-day bombing spree was always to set a precedent for more such wars.  The pretext of “saving the Kosovars” from an imaginary “genocide” was as false as the “weapons of mass destruction” pretext for war against Iraq, but the fakery has been much more successful with the general public.  Therefore Kosovo retains its usefulness in the propaganda arsenal...
 
  If you liked the run up to the US attack on Iraq, with the lurid fictional tales of mobile chemical weapons labs and Saddam's nukes, you will love "Iraq, The Sequel", currently unfolding in Syria. It is everything the interventionists have been hoping for: a heady brew of Kosovo, Iraq, and Libya all rolled into one. The possibility for an infinitely more toxic conflagration is exponentially higher, to boot, adding for the interventionists much excitement to the mix...
 
...the Empire uses exactly the same trick over and over again to justify its military aggressions. Though history is replete with false flag attacks, the end of the Cold War saw a systematization of a specific complex of measures designed to give a sophisticated illusion of an undeniable fact.  Here is how this works - I will present a theoretical model and one example:..
 
...On April 28, Former Mossad Director Meir Dagan (he recently survived a liver transplant in Belarus, no other country agreed to treat him) said during the Jerusalem Post Annual Conference in New York that Bashar al-Assad didn't sanction the use of chemical weapons. Dagan may have committed many war crimes along the years, but he is not a fool. He understands that the claim that Assad used chemical weapons "doesn't hold water." Yet, the IDF wants an American Holy-Democracy Attack on Syria. One decade after the Mother of All Battles, Israel is again attempting to wag the dog...
 
  President Obama is considering what military action the U.S. government should take against Syria in retaliation for its purported use of chemical weapons against the Syrian people. At the risk of asking an indelicate question, where in the Constitution does it authorize the president to undertake such action?..

  The U.S. government may be considering military action in response to chemical strikes near Damascus. But a generation ago, America's military and intelligence communities knew about and did nothing to stop a series of nerve gas attacks far more devastating than anything Syria has seen.. In 1988, during the waning days of Iraq's war with Iran, the United States learned through satellite imagery that Iran was about to gain a major strategic advantage by exploiting a hole in Iraqi defenses. U.S. intelligence officials conveyed the location of the Iranian troops to Iraq, fully aware that Hussein's military would attack with chemical weapons, including sarin, a lethal nerve agent...
 
...Threatening to attack Syria, and moving ships into position to do it, are significant, and illegal, and immoral actions.  The president can claim not to have decided to push the button, but he can’t pretend that all the preparations to do so just happen like the weather.  Or he couldn’t if newspapers reported news....
 
  Any US military intervention in Syria will merely exacerbate the crisis in the Arab country and put the globe on the brink of another world war...
 
  Fear, misinformation, and deceit work best enlisting popular support, whether in ancient China, Greece or modern times. Television today supplies it. From its earliest days, it lied, distracted, entertained, and provided a platform for corporate America to control thought, manipulate public opinion, and sell people junk they don't need...
 
  Evidently, the BBC was not satisfied with the propaganda pieces I referred to in yesterday’s article, so it’s come out with another, equally audacious piece of fiction that reiterates, again without any proof, the same drivel it peddled to us yesterday (and the day before). But what ‘UN’s Angela Kane in Syria urges chemical weapons probe‘does is communicate a sense that it (the BBC’s) wishes might yet come true; that the Empire would once again unleash the dogs of war this time on poor, destroyed Syria...
[The BBC: Zionist occupied territory]
 
  A recurring pattern throughout the Syrian crisis is the coincidence of massacres suspiciously at times when there is a shift in the political backdrop. This is important to bear in mind when assessing reports this week of an alleged chemical weapon massacre near Damascus where some reports put the death toll at over 1,100...Previously, when the United Nations Security Council was convening to vote on tougher international sanctions against the government of President Bashar al-Assad, a massacre or bombing atrocity would occur, as in the notorious case of Houla village in May 2012 when more than 100 civilians were slaughtered...
 
  The “evidence” upon which the West is propping up its narrative of the Syrian government using chemical weapons against large numbers of civilians hinges so far entirely on claims made by “Doctors Without Borders.” In the New York Times article, “Signs of Chemical Attack Detailed by Aid Group,”.. While it is often described by the Western media as “independent,” nothing could be further from the truth...
 
...One must note that in the eyes of the orthodox Shias and this means the clergy in Iran and Iraq and the Hezbollah, the Alawites are not Shias and many would even term them heretics. From their perspective they are in Syria not to defend in religious terms the Alawite regime but the Shia shrines. Their support for Assad is grounded entirely in reasons of state. Syria is Iran’s only Arab ally and the conduit for Iran’s support for the Hezbollah. But in the eyes of the world this has now become a battle between the Shias and Sunnis...
 
  For all those still shocked by the "developing events" in Syria, here is the full rundown as it was orchestrated back in 2011, and as it was released in March 2012 by Wikileaks...
 
The Art of Deception, by Paul Balles | Veterans Today
...I carried on reading and writing about the unjust treatment of the Palestinians by the Israelis. What struck a deeper spot in this ongoing affair was the continued unabated support of Israel provided by America. According to the American government–the administration, the congress and the courts–Israel could do no wrong. The same was true of corporate America. From the big banks, like Goldman-Sachs, to the military industrial complex supplying armaments to Israel, even when local firemen had their pay cut by 10% in order assure the billions of dollars going to support Israel’s misdeeds...
 
To defuse one-staters, liberal Zionist must justify ‘wrongs’ of ’48, by Jeffrey Blankfort | Mondoweiss
  This is further evidence that Zionists across the board are seriously out of touch with reality. In Haaretz, Chaim Gans invokes humanism and morality in condemning the post 67 settlements but accepts as just the far greater crimes that were committed in 1948, which he doesn't deny. Gans is forced to make the argument because he states that the one-state position has been given impetus not just by the left, but by right-wing settlers who are endangering the entire enterprise:..
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US Sending Saudi Arabia Thousands of Cluster Bombs, Despite International Ban, by John Glaser | Antiwar
  Even as they condemn the Syrian regime’s use of cluster munitions, the U.S. is selling Saudi Arabia $640 million worth of American-made cluster bombs. Cluster munitions have been banned in 83 countries on account of their indiscriminate nature and their record of killing children...
 
Terrorism with a “Human Face”: The History of America’s Death Squads, by Prof Michel Chossudovsky | Global Research
  The recruitment of death squads is part of a well established US military-intelligence agenda. There is a long and gruesome US history of covert funding and support of  terror brigades and targeted assassinations going back to the Vietnam war. As government forces continue to confront the self-proclaimed “Free Syrian Army” (FSA),  the historical roots of  the West’s covert war on Syria –which has resulted in countless atrocities– must be fully revealed...
 
Yinon’s Revenge? A Panoramic of Chaos in the Arab World, by Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya |  Strategic Culture Foundation
  The Middle East and North Africa have been turned into an arc of instability all the way from Iraq and the Persian Gulf to Libya and Tunisia. Chaos and violence seem to be in almost every corner of the Arab World and the Middle East. The bloodletting does not seem to stop. One country in the region, however, is gleaming with satisfaction. Tel Aviv has been given a free hand by the instability that it has helped author with Washington in the region. The chaos around it has allowed Israel to move ahead with its annexation of more and more Palestinian land in the West Bank while it pretends to be talking peace with the Palestinian Authority of the irrelevant Mahmoud Abbas...



Aug 26, 2013
Syria in the USraeli Empire’s Crosshairs
 
  The Syrian government and the UN have agreed that the UN inspection team will begin investigating the alleged chemical weapons use in the countryside of Damascus on Monday. The announcement was made amidst Western threats of the use of military force against Syria, US warships being positioned for cruise missile attacks and Iranian warnings not to set the Middle East on fire by crossing the red line in Syria. China warns that inspections have to be objective and asks UN Inspectors to fully cooperate with the Syrian authorities...
 
  Syrian rebels have used chemical weapons against regime forces in the Damascus suburb of Jobar, where soldiers discovered stockpiles of toxic poisoning antidotes, state media reports. According to SANA citing “an official source” suffocation cases among army soldiers have been reported. The source told the agency that army unit pushed into the area, where soldiers were attacked, and seized a warehouse containing material labeled 'Made in KSA' as well as a large number of protective masks...
 
...The very idea that the government of Syria would launch a nerve agent attack as a UN inspection team is about to arrive to investigate previous gas attacks is politically absurd. That is on a level with the bombing in Bulgaria that killed five Israeli tourists and was blamed on a Canadian to provide pseudo-justification for passing extreme “anti-terrorism” legislation by Canada’s neo-con government, which appears to be playing “catch up” in its efforts to compete with its own version of the Patriot Act.  These are obvious “false flag” attacks...
 
  The last time the U.S. blamed the Syrian government for a chemical weapons attack, that claim was was debunked. But is the claim that the Syrian government used chemical weapons against its people true this time?..

The Crises in Syria, Lebanon and Egypt: The Plan to ‘Divide and Conquer’ the Middle East and Why All Roads Lead to Tehran, by Timothy Guzman | Silent Crow News
...The recent terrorist attacks in Lebanon are to create divisions among the Sunni and Shiites as well.  Is it a coincidence that Lebanon is now experiencing more terror attacks in recent weeks as Egypt and Syria are facing civil wars and sectarian violence?  On Friday more than 42 people were killed and hundreds more injured as car bombs explode targeting 2 mosques in Tripoli, the largest city in Northern Lebanon.  There was also a car bomb explosion that targeted Southern Lebanon where Hezbollah members and supporters live.  It killed more than 20 people and injured well over 200.  The Lebanon based Daily Star reported that Lebanese President Michel Sleiman blamed Israel for the attack:..
 
IDF Begins Redeployment Plan with an Attack on Lebanon | Roi Tov
...two explosions near Sunni mosques in Tripoli, further north, caused almost 30 deaths and left hundreds of wounded. Despite claims that it was caused by Hezbollah in retaliation to an earlier attack, Israeli media outlets reported the event while mentioning the earlier air force attack. In the Israeli typical undertone in such cases, the odd linkage is a hint to a secret operation. "Mr. Minister of Defense, we were attacked by Turkey, let me retaliate in Russia," is the logic displayed by the IDF command. "Rhinos, bees; same, same," the officer continued his bestial monologue, "they are all anti-Semites, the sooner we kill them the better."..
 
The Spreading Wings of Islamophobia in Egypt | Richard Falk
  The Orwellian features of the military takeover in Egypt have received attention, although the use of language to evade unwanted truth continues because incentives to do so persist. For this reason, Washington has remained unwilling to call what happened in Egypt on July 3rd as a coup, despite its unmistakable character. The nature of Egypt’s coup has daily become more and more evident. It is now clear that not only was the takeover properly described as coup, but it has turned out to be a particularly bloody coup that is now being reinforced by a total lockdown of opposition forces and democratic options, including even dissenting opinions...
 
Taking Sides In Egypt, by Lawrence Davidson | OpEd News
  There are a series of historical precedents that can give us insight into the problems now seen in Egypt. These precedents are from both the West and the Middle East. Both are relevant because the conflict in Egypt has modern structural qualities that are transcultural. Among others, these qualities are: a traditional military caste allied to a reactionary police force, to a reactionary judiciary and to "big business" elements; a middle class most of whose members have a stated aspiration for both stability and a democratic society; and a bete noire (dark beast) factor...
 
NSA bugged UN headquarters | The Hill
  U.S. intelligence officials bugged the United Nations headquarters in New York, according to a report from a German publication. Operatives from the National Security Agency were able to decode the UN’s encrypted e-mail system and hack into the organization's closed video teleconferencing system to track communications by UN members, the report by Der Spiegel said...
 
Egyptians and the Stockholm Syndrome, by Brahim Barhoun | Morocco World News
  The condition of incompleteness of the Arab Spring must have acquainted readers and observers with the Turkish concept of “deep state.” For a reminder, the concept is close to the idea of a state within a state or, in other words, to the existence of hidden remnants of the old state within the new one. The nature of the deep state is antagonistic to popular revolts and radical change. Its complex structure makes the shift from dictatorship to transparent democracy difficult and complex...
 
Israel introduces apartheid kindergartens | Redress Information & Analysis
  First came the apartheid hitchhiking and now there’s the apartheid kindergartens. No, we’re not talking about South Africa of yesteryear. We’re talking about Israel in the year 2013. More precisely, we’re talking about Israel’s most liberal city, Tel Aviv. Here’s an extract from a report published in today’s Daily Beast:..
 
Remembrance of Things Past, by Stewart Ogilby | Veterans Today
...It is written, “Yesterday this day’s madness did prepare..” Translated in five versions by Edward Fitzgerald, The Ruyaiyat comes to us from ancient Persia, today’s Iran. Omar Khayyam was a tentmaker, mathematician, philosopher, and poet in the land that gave a numbering system to western peoples emerging from barbarism. The culture, museums, lives, and dignity of Iraq, its neighbor, have now been all but obliterated with the help of our tax dollars. Will we soon do the same for the land of Omar the tentmaker?..
 
What Egyptians think about the dispersal of Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins | Redress Information & Analysis
  So much has been spoken and written about the dispersal of the Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins in Cairo, but one central stakeholder in this tragedy, the Egyptian people, seems to have been forgotten. What the Egyptian people think is what really matters. Everyone else – Europeans, Americans, Israelis, right wingers, left wingers, centrists, liberals, conservatives, progressives – is secondary, at most...
 
“Al-Qaeda jihadist” attacks Million American March! by Kevin Barrett | Veterans Today
  Sean Hannity is not the only extremist who hates the idea of Americans marching together on 9/11 to protest the politics of fear. Apparently “al-Qaeda” agrees with Hannity. An alleged al-Qaeda supporter who calls himself “@AmerJihad” has launched an angry attack on the organizers of the Million American March Against Fear, which will take place on the National Mall in Washington, DC on September 11th. In a blistering tirade, the self-styled jihadi echoes Islamophobes who claim that Muslims cannot be Americans:..
 
Purity, a Jewish Ideal, and Max Blumenthal, by Ariadna Theokopoulos | Boldface News
  A fundamentalist meme first plays out as tragedy and then is re-enacted as a farce. Both tend to have tragic consequences though. Racial purity as pursued by Nazi Germany referred to the Aryan race. Germanic peoples do indeed belong to the white race. Israel’s obsession with racial purity is a farçe insofar as Jews are not a race, yet “Jewish blood” is a reality in their minds: “A number of people from the former Soviet Union wishing to immigrate to Israel could be subjected to DNA testing to prove their Jewishness...”


Aug 25, 2013

Syria symptoms 'point to neurotoxic agent' | Al Jazeera
  Thousands of people suffered neurotoxic symptoms and 355 of them died following an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syrian capital Damascus, aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has said. A total of 3,600 victims flooded three hospitals within hours of the reported attack on the al-Ghouta suburb on Wednesday, said Medecins Sans Frontieres director of operations Bart Janssens, adding that the symptoms the victims experienced "strongly indicate mass exposure to a neurotoxic agent"..
[Logic and history strongly suggest this was a false flag attack by the Takfiris. Syria would have nothing to gain and everything to lose.]
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Fear Spreads Through Palestinian Camps in Syria, by Franklin Lamb | Intifada Palestine
 
  Palestinian Popular Committee in al-Yarmouk Camp as well as the other twelve camps (two “unofficial”) have reported both directly and indirectly to this observer that they possess information that clearly suggests the possibility, indeed probability, of a terrorist use of chemical weapons in the Camp, calling the Palestinian factions to take preemptive steps to prevent that...
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Who owns the future? by Pat Buchanan | Paul Eisen
  This is the always-readable Pat Buchanan on the present crisis in Egypt - but also on much, much more. Isn't it strange that the coolest, most moderate and most informative voices are always the most demonised by the Jewish-influenced left?..
 
The Ugly American Telegram, by Andrew J. Bacevich | NYT
...Richard C. Holbrooke, who was in South Vietnam at the time, expressed hope that the mistakes had at least left policy makers a bit wiser. Perhaps, he speculated, they “learned to ask themselves more searching questions about what kind of regime might follow the incumbents; about the real extent of American influence, and of its ability to control events..” They hadn’t then. They haven’t since. In Washington, the conviction that removing obstreperous leaders, whether adversaries like Saddam Hussein or “friends” like Hosni Mubarak, facilitates Washington’s ability to steer events remains the most persistent - and dangerous - of illusions...
 
Richard Nixon Says Jews Should Be 'Americans First' on Last Tapes | Jewish Daily Forward
...Nixon accused the Jews of holding American foreign policy “hostage to Jewish emigration from the Soviet Union,” and added that “the American people are not going to let them destroy our foreign policy — never!” Future presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush are heard in conversations recorded on the tapes offering Nixon support during the Watergate affair. Nixon on previous tapes was heard making anti-Semitic remarks about Jewish politicians and others...
["There’s a Jewish cabal, you know, running through this, working with people like Burns and the rest. And they all - they all only talk to Jews." ~ Richard M Nixon, July 24, 1971]
 
Independent News as Vehicle for Character Assassination, by Kim Petersen | Dissident Voice
...Recently TRNN has been presenting a series called “Reality Asserts Itself.” Some fine insight has been provided by Chris Hedges, Vijay Prashad, and Max Blumenthal. However, in a recent installment of the show, Blumenthal engaged in, what can best be described as, character assassination. Blumenthal’s target was the jazz musician/author Gilad Atzmon...
 
No Room for Hate: Racism and the Movement to End the Israeli Occupation, by Paul Larudee | CounterPunch
  On August 6, 2013, State House spokeswoman Jen Psaki made history by telling AP reporter Matt Lee that the U.S. had “determined that we do not need to make a determination” whether the military coup in Egypt was in fact a coup d’état, which would have triggered a suspension of roughly $1.5 billion annually in mostly military aid to Egypt.  This head-in-the-sand approach to policymaking and implementation apparently has other applications, as groups dedicated to “ending the Israeli occupation” of Palestinian land are discovering...
 
Those exotic Arabs, and other Orientalist fetishes, by Belen Fernandez | Al Jazeera
  In the introduction to his masterpiece Orientalism, the late Edward Said writes of "the Orient" as "almost a European invention... a place of romance, exotic beings, haunting memories and landscapes, remarkable experiences". Indeed, the exoticisation of the "Other" is a subtler component of Western hegemony, comprised of caricatures that are premised on and reinforce a denial of indigenous agency...
 
The Jewish side of Muslim Brotherhood, by Dr. Ashraf Ezzat | Veterans Today
...MB uses the same Zionist technique, the same phony tales and images, the same theme of over victimizing the Jews in their struggle to survive the unbearable persecution. MB even goes so far and so outrageous as to portray their dead being scorched by the Nazis, oops … I mean the Egyptian military...
[And why not emulate the best in the business]
 
The Big Picture: Israel’s African Misadventure, by Anwar Kazaure | Veterans Today
...It is yet early to write a conclusive account of the role Israel played in the destabilization and Balkanization of the Sudan, but subsequent developments which followed South Sudan’s secession such as the dependence of the ruling former S.P.L.A guerrillas on Israeli Military support and the immediate signing of oil deals with several Israeli companies which effectively gave Israel a big slice of South Sudan’s huge oil wealth points to a more sinister past...



Aug 24, 2013

Forward to Fascism? by Jason Hirthler | CounterPunch
...Our surveillance apparatus is premised on the fear of the other, the terrifying enemy who lurks in the shadows and silhouettes of our own backyards, but so rarely shows himself. The purveyors of 9/11 are dead, but their namesakes are metastasizing in distant lands thanks to our own clever efforts to produce—largely via signature strikes, sanctions, and shock-and-awe—an enemy worthy of our totalitarian dreams. Our imperial president seems intent on masking the master plan, but the destination is clear. As George Orwell slyly warned, a society transitions to totalitarianism when its ruling class retains power by dint of either “Force or Fraud,” which in our case is both...
 
Obama and Aid to Egypt: Pragmatism or Weakness? by John Cassidy | The New Yorker
...The President’s response to the carnage in Cairo has appeared pretty tepid. In his remarks on Martha’s Vineyard last week, when he announced the token suspension of some joint military exercises, he called for an end to the state of emergency that the generals have imposed, but failed to explicitly link this demand to the future of U.S. aid. Writing in the Washington Post after Obama spoke, Jackson Diehl, the paper’s deputy editorial-page editor, said, “Obama looks like a president in full flight from a world that looks nothing like what he imagined when he took office.” That’s not a fair criticism...
[Promoting the extermination of the Palestinian people and confiscation of their homes is advocating democracy and human rights?  Does Cassidy think we are stupid?  Still, cutting through Cassidy’s mush-mouthed rhetoric, one acknowledges that he sees subservience to Israel is the entirety of Obomber’s policy toward Egypt, and any other entity in North Africa or the Middle East. ~ JWG]
 
A Peek inside Kerry’s ‘Peace’ Efforts or Propaganda? | Palestine Chronicle
...if the U.S. and Israel are adamant to throw into the sea international law, humanitarian law, UN resolutions, human rights, rights of refugees, and sheer common sense, then expect the Palestinians to redefine their self-determination from a struggle for statehood to a struggle for civil rights between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River. In the words of the late Palestinian (and global) intellectual, Edward Said, it’s “equality or nothing.” What is it about these three simple words that are so hard to comprehend?..
 
On the Trail of a Rendition: The CIA Came at Night, by Jeffrey St. Clair | CounterPunch
  They came for Jabour at night. He was ordered by the men to turn around and face the wall, while his hands were cuffed and his legs shackled. A blindfold was fastened to his head. He was led from his cell in an Islamabad jail to a waiting van. Jabour was then driven to an airport and marched into a bathroom, where his blindfold was removed. He was confronted by a group of Americans, talking to each other in sign language...
 
Syria chemical mayhem: Another Israeli false-flag? by Dr. Kevin Barrett | PressTV
  On Wednesday - just hours after the massacre of hundreds of Syrians with chemical weapons - Israeli Minister of Military Affairs Moshe Yaalon claimed he knew who did it: The Syrian government. Other world leaders, including US President Barack Obama, did not rush to judgment. Instead, they called for a United Nations investigation. Many experts.. ridiculed or cast doubt on the notion that Syrian President Assad would launch a chemical attack at the exact moment weapons inspectors arrived in Syria. The Russian Foreign Ministry came right out and called the chemical attack “a provocation planned in advance.”..
 
Fear Spreads Through Palestinian Camps in Syria, by Franklin Lamb | Intifada Palestine
  Palestinian Popular Committee in al-Yarmouk Camp as well as the other twelve camps (two “unofficial” ) have reported both directly and indirectly to this observer that they posess information that clearly suggests  the possibility, indeed probability, of a terrorist use of chemical weapons in the Camp, calling the Palestinian factions to take preemptive steps to prevent that...
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Americans waking up to Israel’s hemorrhaging of their tax dollars | Redress Information & Analysis
  Slowly but surely, Americans are waking up to the paradox of their government spending more and more of their tax dollars on Israel while cutting public expenditure, allowing the country’s infrastructure to fall apart and letting states go bankrupt...
 
The Perverse and Dark Side of Christian Zionism, by Jonas E. Alexis | Veterans Today
...Israel, “the problem child,” will never be satisfied until the entire Western world (including Christian Zionism) is reduced to abject servitude. You give “the problem child” $3 billion this year, the “problem child” will ask for more. In the process, America, as one Russian television has put it, has become “The United States of Israel.”..
 
After the Reich: The Brutal History of the Allied Occupation | EU Times
  Those who honestly chronicle human events, present or past, are a rare and honorable breed. We should certainly ennoble them within the pantheon of our earthly gods. As we do so, we will no doubt include those who, not out of alienation against the West or the United States or its people but out of a thirst for truth, are bringing to light the awful events that followed in the wake of World War II (as well as the enormities that were committed as part of the way in which the war was fought against civilian populations)..
 
'Everybody-hates-us/oh-how-we've-suffered/so-we-can-do-anything' | Paul Eisen
...among the victims of the "Holocaust" lie were not only the Germans – though not their leaders – and the Palestinians but also Jewish youths themselves, locked in the ghetto of their community's creed.  With "the Holocaust" (or "Shoah") the world is becoming more and more crazy...

El-Sisi’s reign of terror and the propaganda of ‘Fascism,' by Irfan Ahmad | Al Jazeera
...those participating in sit-ins were not just pro-Morsi supporters; they also included people unaffiliated with the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) but supporting democracy. The day the military launched its heinous crackdown, Cairo’s Ayesha Jadhav wrote an email: ‘I’m tired of hearing that only people in Rabaa al-Adawiya are either Pro-Morsi or MB. They are not. I have close friends and family who support democracy.’..
 
Cry, Beloved Country, by Uri Avnery | Arab Media Internet Network
...Egypt has fallen into the hands of a brutal, merciless military dictatorship, pure and simple. Not on the way to democracy. Not a temporary transition regime. Not anything like it. Like the locusts of old, the military officers have fallen upon the land.  They are not likely ever to give it up voluntarily...
 
Settlement boycott on the Supreme Court Agenda, by Adam Keller | Before It's News
  Israeli settlement on the West Bank, always a hot issue, seems to have heated up even more in recent weeks. The Netanyahu government’s decision to authorize 1,200 new housing units precipitated a predictable crisis in the just-resumed talks with the Palestinians. And since the European Union put down a collective foot, no Israeli academic institute located or active in a settlement would be eligible to get European grants. Should the government of Israel fail to provide a written acknowledgement of these terms, all of our country’s universities and research institutes stand to lose hundreds of millions of euros in grants, a considerable blow to Israeli science and academia...
 
Iran, Turkey and Israel fight Egypt | Roi Tov
...In a sarcastic joke of history, the book was published roughly at the time when on August 19, 2013, Turkey's Prime Minister Erdogan blamed Israel for the military putsch in Egypt. The book discloses a similar plan. In 1958, Israel, Iran, and Turkey were planning a putsch in Egypt to overthrow Gamal Abdel Nasser. In those days, Prime Minister Ben Gurion was trying to create the "Peripheral Alliance" in the Middle East, with no-Arabic countries in it. The core of this alliance was the triangle Jerusalem-Ankara-Tehran. The efforts were coordinated through the Mossad...



Aug 23, 2013

Pick Your Poison: Egypt in Extremis
...It is a sad commentary on the state of the world that only two years later a gloomy political atmosphere is creating severe doubts about the workability of democracy, and not only in the Arab world, but more widely. What has emerged is the realization that deep cleavages exist in the political culture that give rise to crises of legitimacy and governability that can be managed, if at all, only by the application of repressive force. These conflicts are destroying the prospects of effective and humane government in a series of countries throughout the world...
[Falk’s voice – reasoned, mature, empathetic and with no little wisdom – rises above the others, who grasp at some sort of partisan certainty amidst overwhelming confusion. No wonder the Zionists hate him.]
 
...MB, financed by the satellite country of Qatar, and backed by the White house, EU and Tel Aviv, is trying to gain hold once again of the Egyptian state. And in doing so all kinds of dirty diplomacy, intelligence and propaganda are being played out in day light and with unprecedented political debauchery...
 
...On 3 July 2013, the enlightened USA-educated General Sisi, true promoter of democracy and selfless protector of the people, had violently removed President Mohamed Morsi and suspended the Egyptian constitution in the name of freedom, democracy and true-love. In the last weeks, he is rolling back the democratic changes that took place in Egypt since the 2011 thrown-out of thinly-disguised Mubarak's military-dictatorship. The Egyptian army is a self-serving elite living out of the American military help. The close relations between the ousted president and the Muslim Brotherhood endangered the American generous financial help to its foreign puppet-generals...
[It’s like Fatah and Hamas - A pox on both sides.]
 
...The smoke is already clearing in the wake of Egypt’s latest coup—the whodunnit and why. All traces of the post-2011 attempts to reform and clean up the corruption of the previous 40 years are systematically being erased. All appointees under Morsi are being replaced by military officials and old-guard Mubarakites. A state of emergency and trials by military courts are in place. Complete disregard for legal norms—presided over by the Mubarakite head of the Supreme Constitutional Court and interim President Adly Mansour—is the order of the day...
 
  Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan blames Israel for ousting Morsi. It wouldn't surprise. He claims he has proof.. No country imprisons more journalists than Turkey. Thousands are wrongfully accused of terrorism and other anti-government charges. Press freedom's verboten. Independent thought's not tolerated...
 
...real democracy proved too much for the military and the layers of corrupt political and economic elites it represents. Now, the rosy image of a peaceful revolution guided by its military to achieve a better tomorrow is over: the masks have all been lifted and the reality is much uglier than previously thought. Egypt's real struggle for freedom and political definition is just starting...
 
  ...Rarely are these easy periods for any nation, but now the darkness of oppression has brought the worst upon the people of Egypt. The recently deposed President Mohamed Morsi came to power last year after winning a run-off election against Ahmed Shafiq.. Though his victory was narrow, Morsi enjoyed considerable support from liberal forces eager to avoid putting an old Mubarak hand in the presidency. Scarcely a year later, millions rallied for Morsi’s removal, and his rivals in the military were only too happy to oblige. Hundreds of lives have since been lost as the military has turned its guns on Islamist protesters demanding Morsi’s reinstatement. So what happened?..
 
...For Sisi, what at stake in Egypt right now is the survival of the “deep state”, a core of Mubarak supporters and thugs in the security services and the economic ruling class. It has deep roots in the military, whose stake in the economy is estimated at over 30%. Flush with over 12 billion dollars in aid from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait – collectively fearing Tahrir-style “Arab Springs” and Shi’ah inroads via Syria – US influence is no longer priority number one...

The Wikileaks Files: What Bradley Manning Revealed, by Bradley Manning Support Network | CounterPunch
  PFC Bradley Manning is a US Army intelligence specialist who released classified information to WikiLeaks, an organization that he understood would release portions of the information to news organizations and ultimately to the public.. “The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.”   ~ United States founding father Patrick Henry (1775)..
 
Daring to Know: The Enthronment of Illogic, by William Manson | CounterPunch
  The individual human mind, with its inherent capacity for critical analysis of received “truths,” remains the final, not yet entirely colonized, frontier.  I remain convinced that this capacity, if resistant to the flood of unremitting propaganda, can still find its way to real understanding of perplexing, camouflaged governmental policies and crimes.  It is not that the average U.S. citizen is incapable of critical thinking, but that there is little incentive to exercise it.  Everywhere she turns, she feels boxed-in, blocked from the free exercise of her principles and values...
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Caught, White House Reiterates Flat Out Lies About NSA Surveillance, by Jason Ditz | Antiwar
  Fresh off of a brand new series of document releases, including several that flat out admit to the NSA violating the US Constitution with its surveillance schemes and collecting broad swathes of data about ordinary Americans’ communications, the White House is quick with another statement. Caught red-handed in repeated lies about the NSA not doing any surveillance of the American people, White House spokesman Josh Earnest issued a new statement that was materially identical to the old one, insisting that “there is no spying on Americans.”..
[They assume that most Americans will buy anything being sold to them by the government, as long as the media plays along. They’re right.]
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Homeland Security Made in Israel, by Philip Giraldi | Antiwar
  If there should happen to be an al-Qaeda attack in Calhoun County Alabama, Sheriff Larry Amerson will presumably know what to do. That is because he and a number of colleagues in law enforcement have received paid trips to Israel to learn how to deal with the terrorist threat. The Washington-based Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA) sponsors a Law Enforcement Exchange Program "in order to learn how to better protect the U.S. communities from terrorist attacks." The program takes law enforcement officials from the United States and sends them to Israel for training in the "strategies and techniques perfected by Israeli law enforcement."..
[I guess it takes one to know one, and the Israelis are the best in the business – after all, they pioneered terrorism in the Middle East.]
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Palestinian Hacker Posts Facebook Bug Report on Zuckerberg’s Wall | Palestine Chronicle
  A Palestinian information system expert says he was forced to post a bug report on Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook page after the social network’s security team failed to recognize that a critical vulnerability he found allows anyone to post on someone’s wall...
 
RT: Syria ‘Chemical Attack’ was ‘Planned Provocation’ by Rebels | Global Research
  Reports by “biased regional media” about alleged chemical weapons use near Damascus might be “a provocation planned in advance,” says Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Aleksandr Lukashevich. “It draws attention to the fact that biased regional media have immediately, as if on command, begun an aggressive information attack, laying all the responsibility on the government,” Lukashevich said in a statement on Wednesday. The Russian Foreign Ministry, citing its sources, said that a homemade rocket carrying unidentified chemical substances had been launched from an area controlled by the opposition...
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Military Censor Releases Dimona Construction Images | Roi Tov
  A zealot, nothing can stop Israel's Military Censor, not even that nonsense called law. In 2012, it even tried to censor CBS' 60 Minutes. One of its activities is suppression of information related to the Negev Nuclear Research Center in Dimona, home and heart to Israel's nuclear weapons program. Thus, we have the lawful right to be surprised by the pictures of the facility's construction released on August 22, 2013; even Israel's Military Censor cannot censor surprise...
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Max Blumenthal on Anti Semitism, Neo Fascists and Gilad Atzmon | Gilad Atzmon
  The campaign against me and my work fell apart a while ago. I assume that my Jewish detractors came to realise that I enjoy their attention and use it to affirm my criticism of their tribal and exclusivist identity politics. But yesterday I had a nostalgic moment reading Max Blumenthal dissing me publicly. When Blumenthal was asked about Israeli critics he ended up talking about the vile ‘anti Semites’, ‘neo Fascists’ and the ‘racists’ in the movements. Interestingly enough, he failed to remember any name but one – Gilad Atzmon...
[It's a bit sad watching Blumenthal make such an azz of himself. But it's par for the course when "anti-Zionist" Jews get on their tribal shtick.]
 
Saudi Arabia: Israel’s and America’s Chief Ally Against Islam and Muslims, by Mohamed Khodr | Veterans Today
...According to the truest “Axis of Evil” of all – Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the United States – Freedom and Democracy in the Muslim world means never threaten, oppose, or criticize the hegemonic agenda of this Evil Axis to invade, occupy, slaughter, steal, plunder bribe, corrupt, and manipulate any Muslim nation or organization.. In the opinion of a large majority of Arabs Saudi Arabia is the greatest threat to their political, economic, and religious freedom. It’s decades long meddling in the Arab world that has inflamed both inter-Arab and civil wars, Saudi Arabia with its enormous wealth and backing by the U.S. has been the major player of widespread instability in the region...



Aug 22, 2013

Kuala Lumpur Tribunal: State of Israel Charged for “Crime of Genocide and War Crimes” | Global Research
  The Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal (KLWCT) will be hearing war crimes and genocide charges against Amos Yaron, a retired Israeli army general and the State of Israel from 21 to 24 August in Kuala Lumpur. This is the first time that war crimes charges will be heard against the retired general and the State of Israel in compliance with due legal process. KLWCC, having received complaints from victims from Palestine (Gaza and West Bank) and the Sabra – Shatila refugee camps in Lebanon, in 2012, investigated these complaints resulting in the institution of formal charges on war crimes against the accused...
 
Israel puts Jews at risk | Redress Information & Analysis
  Israel cannot have it both ways. On the one hand, it and its mouthpieces around the world claim ad nauseum that anti-Semitism is rising globally, in an attempt to justify Israel’s raison d’être as a haven of last resort for world Jewry. According to the racist worldview of the Zionist ideology on which Israel is founded, non-Jews, or gentiles, will inevitably persecute Jews whenever the two mix – unless, of course, the Jews are in charge. On the other hand, by coupling itself to non-Israeli Jews, Israel smears the foreign Jews it claims to represent with its criminal behaviour and its racist policies...
 
The road to federal consociationalism, by Abdalhadi Alijla | Open Democracy
  Many Israeli Jewish intellectuals, activists and politicians over the years have spoken out clearly for a one-state solution. They were very aware of the consequences of war and conflict, and arrived at the conclusion that we must live together, sharing food, water, resources, and even politics...
[Eventually, in the fullness of time, after considerable destruction, obfuscation and suffering, the obvious will become obvious even to the Zionists and all their shabbas goyim in the West.]
 
August - September War on Syria has begun: 30.000 Flee Kurdish Region, by Christof Lehmann | nsnbc international
Over 30.000 refugees from Syria´s northern, predominantly Kurdish region have fled to the Kurdish Administrated Region of Iraq over the last days, informs the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Since the beginning of August, the region has been under sustained attacks from Western- and Gulf Arab-backed al-Qaeda brigades, including Jabhat al-Nusrah and The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham...
 
UK seeks to renew Iran sanctions despite court setback, by Tom Arnold | The National
  The United Kingdom government is seeking to renew sanctions against Iran's largest private bank, despite Britain's Supreme Court finding no evidence Bank Mellat had helped to fund Iran's nuclear programme. Last month nine UK senior judges ordered the sanctions against the Tehran-based lender be removed after labelling the measures as "irrational". But Britain's treasury is now seeking to reinstate the listing through European Union courts...
 
EU enterprise chief seeks stronger ties with Israel's war industry, by David Cronin | The Electronic Intifada
  Every time there has been tension between Israel and the European Union over the past few years a suave, silver-haired Italian has come to the rescue. Antonio Tajani, the superhero in question, is up to his old tricks once more. In his capacity as the EU’s enterprise commissioner, Tajani is planning to visit Tel Aviv during October, accompanied by numerous high-flying businesspeople. The official purpose of his “mission for growth” — as it is being billed — is to stress that the EU and Israel are happy to trade with each other...
 
Interview with Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif: “It’s US Turn to Show Political Resolve” | Iran Review
..Javad Zarif is taking over the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran from his predecessor, Ali Akbar Salehi, at a time that the entire Middle East and North Africa from Syria to Egypt, from Tunisia to Libya, and also from Bahrain to Iraq and Lebanon, are grappling with various political and security crises. Iran's nuclear case has been also relatively stagnant. In the meantime, the radical politicians in the United States as well as pro-Israeli lobbies in the US Congress and Senate are keeping up their loud cries for the intensification of sanctions against the Islamic Republic...
 
Decline and Fall: The Tantrums of the American Ruling Class, by Thomas L. Knapp | CounterPunch
  Not too long ago, I predicted that if I live to the average American male lifespan of 76 — I’m 46 now — I’ll have outlived the United States as we know it. At the time, I feared I was being over-optimistic, but lately I’m leaning the other way and thinking that my timetable may have been unduly timid. The United States may be something quickly receding in history’s rear view mirror by the time I start getting junk mail from AARP (“you’re 50 — join now!”)..
[The US has been thoroughly judaified - so we can say with some confidence that it's toast. RIP USA]
 
How Many Governments Has the US Overthrown? by John Glaser | Antiwar
  Foreign Policy has posted a nifty map of the world noting “the 7 governments the U.S. has overthrown.” It’s cool and all, but this number 7 is a significant undercount...
[See also List of countries the USA has bombed since the end of World War II. This list is more than two years old - predating the drone campains - so we can add a few more.]
 
Are Manning and Snowden patriots? That depends on what we do next, by Andrew J. Bacevich | Washington Post
...Manning and Snowden confront Washington with something far more worrisome. They threaten the power the state had carefully accrued amid recurring wars and the incessant preparation for war. In effect, they place in jeopardy the state’s very authority — while inviting the American people to consider the possibility that less militaristic and more democratic approaches to national security might exist...
 
The Empire insults our collective intelligence. Again | The Vineyard of the Saker
  This is the sequence which the Empire submits to our attention: on August 18th a UN inspection team arrives in Syria to investigate the reports of use of chemical weapons.  Two days later, on August 20, the Syrian government uses chemical weapons against hundreds of civilians.  And not in some distant and remote corner of the country, but in a suburb of Damascus, conveniently near the UN inspection team. Does anybody see a problem with this narrative?..
 
The smartphone as a weapon to defeat the Empire's propaganda | The Vineyard of the Saker
...CNN, al-Jazeera, the BBC and the rest of them can continue to spew their lies, millions of people with cheap smartphones in their pockets can now prove that they are lying and show the facts on the ground if not on TV then, at least, on the Internet. The Internet plus the smartphone are a fantastic combination of technologies which have political repercussions which their creators (DARPA, IT corporations) never saw coming.  Sure, the bad guys are now very *very* busy trying to get all that back under their control, but, hopefully, the good guys - us - will remain a step ahead of them...
 
Israel’s West Bank Plans Will Leave Palestinians Very Little, by Noam Chomsky | Palestine Chronicle
  The Israeli-Palestinian peace talks beginning in Jerusalem proceed within a framework of assumptions that merit careful thought. One prevailing assumption is that there are two options: either a two-state settlement will be reached, or there will be a “shift to a nearly inevitable outcome of the one remaining reality — a state ‘from the sea to the river’,” an outcome posing “an immediate existential threat of the erasure of the identity of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state” because of what is termed “the demographic problem,” a future Palestinian majority in the single state...
 
Latin America Condemns US Espionage at United Nations Security Council, by Carla Stea | Global Research
  Throughout the day, on August 6, President Cristina Fernandez Kirchner of Argentina chaired a historic United Nations Security Council meeting that revealed a seismic shift in geopolitical consciousness and incipient strength...
 
The Jewish majority in Israel still see their country as 'a villa in the jungle,' by Aluf Benn | The Guardian
...Israel has never appeared so remote and disconnected from its neighbours. Seen through a mainstream political prism in Israel, the latest switch in the Arab spring revolutions with the military retaking of Egypt simply proves that the Jewish state is, as former prime minister Ehud Barak once said, "a villa in the jungle". Despite all its inter-tribal rivalries and domestic tensions and even its never-ending occupation of the West Bank, Israel is uncharacteristically an island of calm in a troubled region. Or, in popular terms, "they" kill each other while we go to the beach...
[A fool’s paradise – keep those foreign passports handy]
 
Obama, the Arabs and Israel In Just One Paragraph | Gilad Atzmon
  It is hard to believe how little is left of Obama’s superb Cairo speech. In a relatively short time, the American administration has managed to fall into every possible trap. It is now affiliated as well as conflicting with Al-Qaeda (assuming there is such a thing), Wahhabi war-mongers, Salafist terrorists, the Muslim Brotherhood and their enemies - the Arab seculars and nationalist revolutionary forces. They all despise America equally. It indeed takes some talent to mess things up that badly. However, as usual, when everything goes wrong for America, the Administration expects the Palestinians to save the single world superpower’s honour...
 
Moshe Machover, Israelis and Palestinians: conflict and resolution, reviewed by Ludwig Watzal | MCW News
...His central hypotheses are: Both peoples can only liberate themselves from the imperialist yoke when the masses smash the ruling class in Israel and Palestine; and the fight between both peoples is not primarily about territory but rather a social struggle, and only secondarily a national, because the solution of the central question is to answer the national one, i.e. the social revolution requires the solution of the national question...



Aug 21, 2013

WHO Is Delaying Release of Iraqi Birth Defect Data? by Kelley B. Vlahos | Antiwar
...Doctors have been crying out for help since at least 2010, when the BBC’s John Simpson was handed a photograph of a baby born in Fallujah with two heads. Women there were being told to stop getting pregnant. A 2010 study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health declared that some kind of congenital malformation was found in 15 percent of all births in Fallujah – heart defects being the most common, followed by neural tube defects...
[Uncle Shmuel’s fingerprints are all over this. And who is Uncle Shmuel? Well, He (or She) has gone by many names over the millennia. It’s an archetype, the archetype that embodies, symbolizes Evil. Uncle Shmuel presents a categorical imperative. Silence is Complicity. It’s why I do this every day, and have done for the last 14 years. Does anyone notice? Doesn’t matter.]
 
The Washington Post’s Distorted Cartography: Erasing Palestine From the Map, by Robert Ross | CounterPunch
  A foreign affairs blogger for The Washington Post recently posted “40 Maps that explain the world.”  Some of the maps are important (“Economic inequality around the world”), some are interesting (“Meet the world’s 26 remaining monarchies”), but others grossly distort the reality they purportedly represent.  Chief among this latter category is “How far Hamas’s rockets can reach into Israel” ..
[We just need to keep pointing out truth – truth about facts and truth about the human dimensions of what is going on – and eventually the Zionist plague will be wiped out. Patience and persistence are the key.]
 
Irish Mercenaries Training Syrian Death Squads, by Gearóid Ó Colmáin | Dissident Voice
...The fact the Irish government is going along with NATO’s war on Syria and military officials are training death squads on the ground inside that country is particularly sickening when viewed in the light of Irish history. During the Irish War of Independence, the British Empire sent death squads into Ireland to terrorize the Irish people into submission. The terrorist gangs were known as Black and Tans. Syria’s fight for its independence from the US Empire is no different to the Irish fight in the 1920s, yet the reactionary Fine Gael/Labour government in Dublin is supporting the “Black and Tans” murdering and torturing the people of Syria, while blaming their crimes on the Syrian Arab Army...
 
Social and Economic Justice Precede Peace | Alternative Insight
...the Israeli government, after its victory and relative peace, senses it has nothing to gain from deliberations that it cannot gain by itself, and sees no reason to offer anything. Never clarified is that negotiations are not between Israel and the Palestinians; they are between Israel and a self-appointed and unelected group in the West Bank. These negotiations occur after Israel has consistently refused to recognize the West Bank and world wide Palestinians' legitimate petitions for social and economic justice, and when Israel has relative peace...
 
Obama’s Sinister Crackdown on the Press, by Dave Lindorff | CounterPunch
  It is becoming perfectly clear that the outrageous detention of American journalist Glenn Greenwald’s Brazilian partner David Miranda by British police during a flight transfer at London’s Heathrow Airport was, behind the scenes, the work of US intelligence authorities.. clearly, Miranda was on one of America’s “watch lists” and the British police needed instructions from their superiors in the US regarding what do do with him...
[That’s one power relationship at play. The other is the Zionist dominance over both parties. Anyone who isn’t already aware of that is deaf, dumb and blind.]
 
The NSA: ‘The Abyss from Which There Is No Return,’ by John W. Whitehead | Antiwar
  “The National Security Agency’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything: telephone conversations, telegrams, it doesn’t matter. There would be no place to hide. If a dictator ever took over, the N.S.A. could enable it to impose total tyranny, and there would be no way to fight back.” ~ Senator Frank Church (1975)..
 
Ten Reasons the U.S. Is No Longer the Land of the Free, by Jonathan Turley | The Future of Freedom Foundation
  While each new national-security power Washington has embraced was controversial when enacted, they are often discussed in isolation. But they don’t operate in isolation. They form a mosaic of powers under which our country could be considered, at least in part, authoritarian. Americans often proclaim our nation as a symbol of freedom to the world while dismissing nations such as Cuba and China as categorically unfree. Yet objectively, we may be only half right...
[If anyone is expecting the Lone Ranger and Tonto to ride up and save the day, good luck with that. The sad truth is that America the Beautiful, Land of the Free, Home of the Brave, is no more. Well, it’s hardly unusual for paragons of beauty, charm and social graces to change over the years into ugly, confused, spiteful old hags. It was fun while it lasted. RIP, old girl.]
 
JFK’s Death Marked the End of the American Republic: Interview with the author, Mathias Broeckers | Lars Schall
...JFK had made definitive steps to end the cold war. He had denied the involvement of the army in the Bay of Pigs invasion, which he had inherited from his predecessor, he had solved the missile crisis in Cuba through direct and secret contact with the Soviet-leader Khrushchev, he had ensured a nuclear test-stop with the Soviets, and he had ordered the withdrawal from Vietnam. All this against the will of the military, the CIA, and even against many members of his own administration...
 
YouTube deactivates Press TV's account under orders of the ADL | The Vineyard of the Saker
  A political commentator says YouTube deactivation of Press TV's official page under pressure from the Israeli-American Anti-Defamation League (ADL) shows the video-sharing site is afraid of people’s awareness.. “So in reality, they have not even begun to see how Press TV can challenge censorship and wake people up until even those who make the programming realize that they've got to go to the full limit to bring down this condemned house of Islamophobia, racism, imperialism and intolerance that dominate in the media that serves the purposes of the empire,” Short added.  “People essentially in America are in particular brain dead,”..
[And who’s your daddy?]
 
The Obama Regime’s Fabricated “Terror Conspiracy” in Defense of the Police State | James Petras
  Representative democracies and autocratic dictatorships respond to profound internal crises in very distinctive ways: the former attempts to reason with citizens, explaining the causes, consequences and alternatives; dictatorships attempt to terrorize, intimidate and distract the public by evoking bogus external threats, to perpetuate and justify rule by police state methods and avoid facing up to the self-inflicted crises...
 
CIA Confirms Role in 1953 Iran Coup | Global Research
  Marking the sixtieth anniversary of the overthrow of Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddeq, the National Security Archive is today posting recently declassified CIA documents on the United States’ role in the controversial operation. American and British involvement in Mosaddeq’s ouster has long been public knowledge, but today’s posting includes what is believed to be the CIA’s first formal acknowledgement that the agency helped to plan and execute the coup...
 
9/11 False Flag: German Documentary | Veterans News
  This German documentary video rips the official 9/11 story apart. It carefully details a long list of inconsistencies. The documentary illustrates historically how false flag attacks are planned and how in ”Creating Tomorrow’s Dominant Force“, Section V of the Neocon The Project for the New American Century, a defining document “Rebuilding America’s Defenses,” which was written in September of 2000, a full year before the 9/11 attacks, the Neocons wrote that a new Pearl Harbor was needed to catalyze public opinion behind the use of American force in the Middle East and Afghanistan. This video details why the general public does not know these things to this day and why we are being deceived...
 
Globalizing Homeland Security | Richard Falk
...President Obama keeps reassuring Americans, and indeed the world, that he shares a concern for protecting elemental rights, and yet he seems to spare no means to move against disclosures of information that seems awkward for the United States and some allies even when not of great interest to Al Qaeda and the like. Just as 40 years ago the government sought to prosecute Daniel Ellsberg for revealing secrets being kept from the American people, and not from the ‘enemy’ in the jungles and rice paddies of Vietnam. It is not a matter of secrecy for secrecy’s sake, but secrecy to sustain the trust of the citizenry by a cover up of lies and deception...
 
The New Anti-Semitism, by Gideon Polya | MCW News
... “zero tolerance for racism”, “never again for anyone”, “bear witness” and “zero tolerance for lying”.. these sacred injunctions are grossly violated by the anti-Arab anti-Semitic racist Zionists running democracy-by-genocide Apartheid Israel and its  ongoing Palestinian Genocide - 2 million Palestinians dead from violence or violently-imposed deprivation since 1936; 7 million refugees; of 12 million Palestinians, 6 million are forbidden to step foot anywhere in their own country, 4.3 million are Occupied Palestinians with no human rights living in ever-dwindling West Bank Bantustans (2.5 million) or in the Gaza Concentration Camp (1.8 million), and only the adults of 1.7 million Palestinian Israelis can vote...
 
UK forced newspaper to destroy files: Editor | Al Jazeera
  The editor of the Guardian newspaper, a major outlet for revelations based on leaks from former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, says the British government threatened legal action against it unless it either destroyed the classified documents or handed them to British authorities. In an article posted on the British newspaper's website on Monday, Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger said that a month ago, after the newspaper had published several stories based on Snowden's material, a British official advised him: "You've had your fun. Now we want the stuff back."..


Aug 20, 2013
Egypt: Confused? So am I
 
  A wave of devastating violence swept through Egypt Wednesday as the government attempted to disband the supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi from their sit-ins.  According to the Associated Press, 638 people have now been confirmed killed, and nearly 4,000 are injured. The fighting is far from limited to the Islamists and the military, however. Since Wednesday’s violence began, there have also been a wave of attacks on churches and Christian institutions...
[Cry havoc! Uncle Shmuel must be rubbing his hands in glee – without even bothering to wipe off the blood.]
 
...Christians have long suffered from discrimination and violence in Muslim majority Egypt, where they make up 10 percent of the population of 90 million. Attacks increased after the Islamists rose to power in the wake of the 2011 Arab Spring uprising that drove Hosni Mubarak from power, emboldening extremists. But Christians have come further under fire since President Mohammed Morsi was ousted on July 3, sparking a wave of Islamist anger led by Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood. Nearly 40 churches have been looted and torched, while 23 others have been attacked and heavily damaged since Wednesday...
 
  Israel plans this week to intensify its diplomatic campaign urging Europe and the United States to support the military-backed government in Egypt despite its deadly crackdown on Islamist protesters, according to a senior Israeli official involved in the effort...
 
...The generals in Cairo felt free to ignore the Americans first on the prisoner release and then on the statement, in a cold-eyed calculation that they would not pay a significant cost — a conclusion bolstered when President Obama responded by canceling a joint military exercise but not $1.5 billion in annual aid...
 
...In post-revolution Egypt–which is, perhaps, not actually as “post” revolution as many think – Hosni Mubarak-era media owners, Mubarak regime loyalists, and key members of Egypt’s liberal and secular opposition have teamed up to create arguably one of the most effective propaganda campaigns in recent political history. In a matter of months, these forces have managed to demonize Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood, from which Morsi hails, to the extent that many Egyptians openly call for the overthrow of the democratically elected government and the imprisonment of Brotherhood members...
 
  The evacuation of the deposed pro-Morsi Islamist Muslim Brotherhood camps from Rabi’a al-Adawiya and al-Nahda squares has revealed, clearly and without any ambiguity, that these camps have not been peaceful sit-ins, rather terrorist military occupations; pre-meditated planned, financed, armed and orchestrated by the Global Council of Muslim Brotherhood during their last July 7th meeting in Turkey...
 
  February 11, 2011 marked the end of Mubarak's 30-year dictatorship. July 3, 2013 reflects its reincarnation. Iron fist junta power's reinstated. Perhaps it'll be worse than before. For sure it is now. Violence continues daily. Many hundreds, perhaps thousands, died. Countless numbers were injured and arrested. State terror targets Morsi supporters. Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) generals demand things their way...

Imam Khamenei: “All of Palestine for all Palestinian People, from the river to the sea” | Islamic Invitation
  Any operational solution must be based on the principle of “all of ‪Palestine‬ for all ‎Palestinian‬ people”. Palestine is the land that extends “from the river to the sea”, not one inch less than that. Of course it should be noted that through its elected government, the Palestinian people will run the affairs of any part of the Palestinian soil they manage to liberate, just as they did in the case of Gaza, but they will never forget the ultimate goal...
[Sounds reasonable to me. Go for it!]
 
No Mas! Barack Obama and the Neo-Liberal Coup, by Rob Urie | CounterPunch
  Defenders of the policies of President Barack Obama have correctly pointed to the difficult circumstances he and ‘the nation’ faced when he entered office and the dim intransigence of Congressional Republicans while they fail to address that his actual policies have derived almost exclusively from the political-economic theories of neo-liberalism—the economics of the radical right. And as Mr. Obama moves his policy proposals for his second term forward what is once again apparent is that both the policies and his articulation of them are from the radical right...
[This should have come as no surprise, as he was hand-picked by the Chicago Jewish political mafia. All hail Milton Friedman, not to mention Leo Strauss.]
 
Antiracism without race may be quite complicated!: Alain DeBenoist interviewed by Tom Sunic | The Occidental Observer
  The French government has recently decided on the removal of the word ‘race’ from all official documents. Removing the word in order to eradicate the evil, is this not, spot on, some magical thinking? Moreover, if there are no races, how can there be any racism? And in passing, how can there be any antiracism at all? Antiracism without race, well, this may be quite complicated!..
 
Greek Orthodox Archbishop: Syria faces a systematic Terrorism, by Matthias Klostermayr | Intifada Palestine
  The Archbishop of Sebastia from the Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, Theodosios (Atallah Hanna) of Sebastia, made several statements about the current violence and chaos in Egypt as well as about the Syrian conflict and the gruesome deeds of the Takfiri groups in both Arab states in a meeting with figures from the occupied area of Jerusalem...
[I have read several things by him – he is very impressive; not just some cleric.]
 
Russian Deputy Defense Minister on US Tactical Nuclear Weapons in Europe, by Dan Joyner | Arms Control Law
  I recently saw this statement by Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov, calling on the US to withdraw its tactical nuclear weapons from the territory of European countries who are NATO members.  He grounds this call in the illegality of the placement of these nuclear weapons under the NPT.. I thought I might offer here some of my analysis from my 2009 book, International Law and the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction, that essentially supports Antonov’s interpretation of the NPT, as applied specifically to this issue...
 
Mandatory Drug Sentences and Moral Change, by Adam Gopnik | The New Yorker
...there are more African-American men now incarcerated in America than were held in slavery in 1861, and more Americans under “judicial control” of one kind or another than Stalin held in his Gulag...
 
Iran’s Telling Ministerial Confirmation Hearings, by Farideh Farhi | LobeLog
  Iran’s cabinet confirmation hearings this week were painful, but not for its new president Hassan Rouhani, despite the rejection of 3 out of his 18 ministerial nominees. They were painful for Iran’s hardliners, whose mismanagement of the country was spotlighted along with their weakening form of political speech...
 
Why Western media frames civilian areas as “Hezbollah strongholds,” by Sharmine Narwani | Al Akhbar
  Beirut was thrown into turmoil on Thursday evening as a terrorist attack against residents of Dahiyeh - a southern suburb of the Lebanese capital and a predominantly Shia neighborhood - threatened to draw the country into a region wide crisis. As conflicting news reports began to eke out in the immediate aftermath of the city's deadliest car bombing in eight years, there was a disconcerting congruity in headlines beaming out from western capitals - and it had nothing to do with facts...
 
An Interview With David Heap on Gaza's Ark: Sailing From Gaza to Break the Blockade, by Alessandra Bajec | CounterPunch
...Given that Gaza’s Ark is outbound, it will be interesting to see what the response from the Israeli military will be. They won’t be able to use the security argument since, even if we carried anything dangerous –which is to exclude- Israel shouldn’t care about a boat sailing out. However, I’m sure they will come up with a pretext, but It will be even harder to defend in international public opinion...
 
Jewish Agency plans most exorbitant ‘pro-Israel’ campaign ever, by Mairav Zonszein | +972 Magazine
  A new initiative to market Israel to American Jews is expected to cost up to $300 million annually, three times the Birthright budget. But a cheaper project for both Americans and Israelis that could bolster Israel’s image much more effectively is not on the table: Ending the occupation...



Aug 19, 2013

US ‘Aid’ Destroys Egypt’s Economy, Democracy, by Kevin Barrett | Veterans Today
...If Obama simply called the coup what it is – a coup – US law would automatically trigger a suspension of military aid. Why has Obama decided to lie and pretend that a coup is not a coup? Why does he insist on maintaining US funding for Egypt’s brutal dictatorship? The answer, in one word, is “Israel.” Zionists dominate the American media, financial, and political sectors. They insist on funding Egypt’s military dictatorship because they want to keep Egypt weak and subservient to the US and its Israeli masters...
[There it is in a nutshell]

José Carreras &Teresa Salgueiro: "Haja o que houver" | YouTube
  I find it’s so refreshing, even necessary, to immerse oneself from time to time in the beauty, wisdom and sophistication of so many cultures, and nature itself of course, as an antidote to the savage, malevolent world of the Zionists that we are all inadvertently immersed in. This state of affairs will continue, and get worse, until the Jewish State is mercifully wiped from the map. It’s the age old confrontation between good and evil in its current incarnation...
 
Despite outcry, EU guidelines on settlements will have little effect | HaOkets
  Not only do the EU guidelines do very little to affect the occupation economy, they may also bestow legitimization on commercial activities that, despite supposedly taking place within the Green Line, yield huge occupation-born profits...
 
Overcoming Zionism: Creating a Single Democratic State in Israel/Palestine by Joel Kovel , review by Michael Steven Smith | Committee for Open Discussion of Zionism
...Kovel believes that the creation of Israel in l948, as a colony of settlers who established an exclusively Jewish and discriminatory state, has created a multi-faceted disaster – “a dreadful mistake” – that should be undone, with Israel de-Zionized and integrated into the Middle East. His solution is stated in the book’s subtitle and restated in the title of the last chapter: “Palesrael: A Secular and Universal Democracy for Israel/Palestine.” This is an elegant solution, and he lays out an action program to accomplish it...
 
Israeli minister Lapid expresses concern about impact of growing anti-Israel sentiment on the economy | EJP
  Israel's Finance Minister Yair Lapid expressed concern about the impact of growing anti-Israeli sentiment overseas on the country’s export-based economy. In an interview with the Financial Times, Lapid said he was concerned that anti-Israel lobby groups in Europe were gaining more legitimacy to « do their thing’’ which, he said, ‘’ woud be more and more painful’’ to Israel economically. He criticized as ‘’horrible’’ last month’s publication of new guidelines banning Israeli entities beyond the Green Line from EU funding...
[It’s so heartening to see them squirm. Useless schadenfreude, I know, but when starving even crumbs taste good.]
 
I salute the BBC (not) | Gilad Atzmon
  The BBC was reportedly set to cut out remarks about apartheid in Israel made by world famous violinist  Nigel Kennedy two weeks ago at the Proms Music Festival.. “Ladies and gentlemen, it’s a bit facile to say it but we all know from experiencing this night of music that giving equality and getting rid of apartheid means there's a chance for amazing things to happen," Nigel Kennedy said while introducing artists from the Palestine Strings at the Proms music festival two weeks ago. And I wonder, what could lead the BBC to remove such a beautiful a humanist and universalist statement?..
 
"For your enjoyment and amazement" by Yaron Stavi | Paul Eisen
 My dear friend Nigel Kennedy, who doesn't use Facebook (for the very simple reason that he doesn't use a computer), has asked me to forward this message to the world of Facebook...
[It's not that they are pressured by the Zionist Lobby - they ARE the Zionist Lobby. The BBC has been hijacked.]
 
Syrian-Kurds Exodus = Assad's Victory? | Roi Tov
  Despite the West being obsessed with technological advance, it has not yet developed a fan strong enough to shoo away the fog of war. "Assad is losing," CIA-owned newspapers claim. "Assad is winning," Syrian newspapers blare. How can one decide which one is propaganda? Yet, as predicted here soon after violence broke over two years ago, even CIA-owned newspapers recognize that Bashar al-Assad is still in power and that a war is going on. Can more specific details be deduced from the ongoing violence?..
 
Culture War Goes Global, by Patrick J. Buchanan | The American Conservative
..The Post weeps for the “young women of the persecuted rock band Pussy Riot,” who engaged in half-naked obscene acts on the high altar of Moscow’s most sacred cathedral. Had these women crayoned swastikas on the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., would the Post have been so sympathetic? Putin suggested the ladies try the same stunt in Mecca...
 
Politicians lie, by Mazin Qumsiyeh | Popular Resistance
  There is no way to say this truth nicely: Politicians lie.. Yet, so many citizens around the world believe their own politicians or wistfully acknowledge lies but think it is part of the job needed to run things..  This phenomenon is rather remarkable.  It is a dissonance and disconnect from reality that many seem oblivious to.  It is very dangerous because it can lead to accepting a rationale for going to war.  These can be deadly wars that lead to millions of lives lost..  Even when incredible and declassified evidence abound, politicians continue to lie and old mythologies refuse to die.  Here are just a few of the countless  lies told to us over the past few decades:..
 
Being honest about the dominant Zionist narrative, by Neve Gordon | Redress Information & Analysis
  The Israeli mayor of Upper Nazareth, Shimon Gaspo, is an honest man. As part of his bid for re-election in the town which overlooks the ancient Palestinian city of Nazareth, he has launched a well-orchestrated political campaign. During the first stage, which began early in August, he furtively posted billboards which quoted left-wing politicians – including Haneen Zoabi from the political party Balad and Ahmed Tibi from the United Arab List-Ta’al – clamouring for his removal...
 
Twisted from the start: Quit meddling in the Holy Land, John Kerry, by Stuart Littlewood | Redress Information & Analysis
  The reason for entering politics is surely to improve the human condition, not self-aggrandisement. The person chosen for Kerry’s job, one might suppose, would bring to it the most honourable of intentions and be prepared to sacrifice his or her immediate political career for the greater good. The role calls for someone who accepts that the cause of peace is bigger than he/she is. Is there anyone of noble calibre among the American political élite these days?..
[With Ron Paul and Cynthia McKinney out of the mix, there's not a single one holding national office or in either of the other two branches, at least that I'm aware of. Not even close.]
 
Israelis kill Palestinian Woman After Giving Safe Passage | YouTube
 In the amateur video which seems to be recorded with an occupier's cell phone, a Palestinian woman is seen who is waving a white flag toward a group of Israeli forces. She is then shown walking away from her house, after she demands permission to leave with safety, but she falls on the ground following a gunshot by Israeli soldiers who laugh in enjoyment after they see her fall dead after the head-shot...
[What do you mean, genocidal culture? It gets boring out there, keeping watch over the animals in the Zoo – and boys will be boys. Y’know what I mean.]
 
Franco Battiato: Concerto di Baghdad 1992 | YouTube



Aug 18, 2013

Sari Husseini’s journey, and Darwish’s memory, Moe Diab | Mondoweiss
  Memory for Movement, a documentary presented as a powerful poetic memoir style reflection, written and produced by Mahdi Diab, takes the viewer into the mental and physical landscape of a native Jerusalem-Palestinian dancer, Sari Husseini. The documentary begins in a pitch of darkness, our focus solely on the words of the Palestinian prophet of humanism--poet Mahmoud Darwish. And from these words comes light, and a young man deep in thought, standing before Darwish's majestic memorial...
 
Ending the Muslim Brotherhood’s “Occupy Egypt,” by Dr. Ashraf Ezzat | Veterans Today
  As expected, and as the mainstream media was raving about the horrifyingly bloody crackdown on the peaceful Muslim Brotherhood ‘sit-ins in Cairo on Wednesday morning August 14, most Egyptians (the decent patriots with a functioning and sane mind still) were heaving a sigh of relief. The two sit-ins, or to be honest, the terrorist bases in Rabaa and Nahda squares, were not peaceful at all; unless you believe Molotov cocktails, automatic weapons, grenades, and RPG’s are legitimate tools in protests and occupy movements with a good cause...
 
Milton Friedman Baby!: Empire State of Mind, by Robin D. G. Kelley | CounterPunch
In the face of creeping disfranchisement, unbridled corporate power, growing poverty, an expanding police state, 2.3 million people in cages, vigilantes and cops taking our children’s lives, a presidential policy of assassination-by-drone, global environmental disaster, attacks on reproductive rights, a war on trade unions, a tidal wave of foreclosures, and entrenched racism camouflaged beneath a post-racial myth, why do we care if Harry Belafonte and Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter have “beef”?..
 
How al-Qaeda Succeeded Last Week, by Philip Giraldi | The American Conservative
  Terrorism is essentially a force multiplier, enabling a weaker insurgent to exhaust much stronger government forces hamstrung by needing to provide comprehensive security for a civilian population against an elusive enemy capable of striking anywhere. The terrorists know they cannot win on the battlefield so they instead seek to make the conflict so expensive and damaging that their opponent collapses under the strain. Osama bin Laden clearly understood that principle and more than once alluded to his desire to see the United States impoverish itself and squander its resources in its struggle to defeat him...
 
Neoconservatism on the Decline, by Eric Alterman | Center for American Progress
  In an August 2 New York Times column titled “The Neocon Revival,” David Brooks argues that, “Neocons came in for a lot of criticism during the Iraq war, but neoconservatism was primarily a domestic policy movement.” He goes on to contrast the good sense and cheer of old-fashioned neocons with the current crop of conservative crazies. It’s a curious viewpoint.. The main problem for the survival and continued relevance of neoconservatism is the babies it has spawned...
[Let’s hope he’s right, but the devil never gives up]
 
What We Lose if We Give Up Privacy, by Peggy Noonan | WSJ
  What is privacy? Why should we want to hold onto it? Why is it important, necessary, precious? Is it just some prissy relic of the pretechnological past? We talk about this now because of Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency revelations, and new fears that we are operating, all of us, within what has become or is becoming a massive surveillance state. They log your calls here, they can listen in, they can read your emails. They keep the data in mammoth machines that contain a huge collection of information about you and yours. This of course is in pursuit of a laudable goal, security in the age of terror...
[Why is it that so many establishment types are nervous about the NSA spying on Americans? Easy – people might find out what these whores, hypocrites, crooks and traitors are up to.]
 
IMEU Fact Sheet: The Israeli Government & The Two-State Solution | The OtherSite
  Although in 2009 Likud leader and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said for the first time that he supports the idea of a Palestinian state, with numerous caveats, a majority of Likud members oppose the two-state solution and the party as an institution has never endorsed it. Historically, Likud has strongly opposed the creation of a Palestinian state and has played a leading role in the Greater Israel movement, which holds that all of historic Palestine as well as parts of neighboring countries such as Egypt, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan, belong to Israel...
 
Boycotts that aid the Palestinians, by Ben White | Al Jazeera
  Ben White details four main reasons why a boycott on Israeli goods will benefit the Palestinian people...
 
Why settlements will lead to a one-state solution, by Michael Marder | Al Jazeera
  The possibility of a negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will appear in all its bizarreness if it is contextualised within the history of twentieth-century colonialism and anti-colonial struggle. Where else has peace (and, along with it, political statehood) been achieved through direct negotiations between the colonising and the colonised parties, while acts of colonisation proceeded apace? What is the logic of discussing the borders of two independent states, when one of these has not yet been acknowledged as such and the other is busily altering conditions on the ground in what amounts to a barefaced land grab?..
 
Egypt Turmoil: Muslim Brotherhood Violence or Government Crackdown? by Brandon Turbeville | Activist Post
  As violent clashes continue across Egypt, more and more evidence arises demonstrating that, much like the early Libyan and Syrian situations, Egypt is facing a foreign-backed destabilization campaign aimed at disrupting the fragile rule of a government fresh on the heels of a counter-coup and attempting to transition from military rule to civilian government...
 
Pollard Takes Israel for a Sabre-Rattling Ride | Roi Tov
...Mr. Pollard, please, show some respect to your readers! Your prison is a foreign one only because you had renounced your American citizenship! You also claim, apparently without blushing, "simple justice for the nation and for the agent." Are you claiming that Israel had the right to spy on the USA? Regarding your being thrown out from the Israeli Embassy in Washington, with all your intelligence background, did you really expect any other reaction from the nation of Judas?..
 
BBC to censor Nigel Kennedy's statement from TV Broadcast, by Tom Suarez | Mondoweiss
  The BBC has confirmed that it will censor a statement made by violinist Nigel Kennedy from its television broadcast of his performance with the Palestine Strings at a prestigious music festival last week. In his statement at the Proms, Mr. Kennedy used the word “apartheid” to describe the world in which his Palestinian colleagues live...
 
Hijacking America’s Mind on 9/11 by Elias Davidsson: Review by Ludwig Watzal | MCW News
...The author provides persuasive evidence that the official narrative is riddled with contradictions, anomalies, puzzling coincidences, lies, forged and planted evidence; that witnesses were intimidated; and that news were fabricated. A substantial chunk of his book is devoted to an analysis of the telephone calls made between passengers and crew-members with their colleagues or loved-ones on the ground. It is actually the most comprehensive and thorough analysis of these phone calls undertaken to this date. One gets the rather sinister impression – reading the quoted phone calls – that the callers were not experiencing true hijackings...
 
9/11/13: Million American March ignites media firestorm! by Kevin Barrett | Veterans Today
...Non-Muslims have been brainwashed to fear Muslims, and Muslims have been brainwashed to fear Guantanamo and worry about what non-Muslims think of them. The Million American March Against Fear rejects this brainwashing. Those who march are making a clear statement: “We are fearless! We are no longer ruled by the politics of fear.” (Anyone willing to join Muslims marching on 9/11 in DC is obviously fearless!) The marchers will demand the restoration of the Constitution for all Americans, an end to post-9/11 police state measures, and a real investigation of 9/11...
 
Israel’s booming secretive arms trade, by Jonathan Cook | The View from Nazareth
  Israel’s secretive arms trade is booming as never before, according to the latest export figures. But it is also coming under mounting scrutiny as some analysts argue that Israel has grown dependent on exploiting the suffering of Palestinians for military and economic gain. A new documentary, called The Lab, has led the way in turning the spotlight on Israel’s arms industry. It claims that four million Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza have become little more than guinea pigs in military experiments designed to enrich a new elite of arms dealers and former generals...
 
Alice Walker reinvited to speak at U of Michigan, which regrets her dis-invitation | Mondoweiss
  Yesterday we reported Alice Walker's statement that the University of Michigan disinvited her from a speaking gig because of pressure from pro-Israel donors. This morning Gloria Thomas, director of the Center for the Education of Women at the University of Michigan, thanked me and others who had called her to express our concern and directed us to the following statement saying that Walker has been reinvited to speak:..


Aug 17, 2013

“The machiavelian threefold game of the neoconservatives,” by Laurent Guyénot | Voltaire Network

...Neoconservatism is essentially a modern Jewish version of Machiavelli’s political strategy. What characterizes the neoconservative movement is therefore not as much Judaism as a religious tradition, but rather Judaism as a political project, i.e. Zionism, by Machiavellian means.. “Listen to [Leo Strauss's] political philosophy, and you will hear the Jewish music”, wrote Ledeen, citing in particular Machiavelli’s contempt for the nonviolent ethics of Jesus and his admiration for the pragmatism of Moses, who was able to kill countless men in the interests of enforcing his new law...

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Bad Precedent and Bad Faith: (Part I ) Hedges v. Obama, by Lawrence Davidson | Intifada Palestine

  Back in January of 2012 former war correspondent Christopher Hedges and others, including Noam Chomsky and Daniel Ellsberg, filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the constitutionality of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and specifically the Act’s Section 1021(b)(2), which allows for indefinite detention by the U.S. military of people “who are part of or substantially support Al Qaeda, the Taliban or associated forces engaged in hostilities against the United States.”..

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Jews: A Religious Community, a People, or a Race? by Mark Weber | Journal of Historical Review

...Benjamin Netanyahu, who has served as Israel's prime minister, frankly regards Jews as members of a racial group. Speaking to a gathering of nearly a thousand Jews in southern California, he said: "If Israel had not come into existence after World War II then I am certain the Jewish race wouldn't have survived." The Israeli leader went on to exhort his audience: "I stand before you and say you must strengthen your commitment to Israel. You must become leaders and stand up as Jews. We must be proud of our past to be confident of our future." (Similarly forthright appeals by non-Jews to racial-ethnic pride are, of course, routinely condemned as "racist" or "neo-Nazi.")..

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The Toughest job in Washington: Explaining U.S. policy toward Israel, by Kevin MacDonald | The Occidental Observer

  I had to feel sorry for State Department spokesperson Marie Harf trying to explain U.S. reaction toward Israel’s in-your-face announcement of thousands of new housing units on the West Bank on the eve of the Israeli-Palestinian talks. The U.S. expressed its “serious concerns” and labeled the settlements “illegitimate” — at the same time claiming that Israel was negotiating in good faith...

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University of Michigan withdraws author Alice Walker's speakership invitation

  The University of Michigan invited "The Color Purple" author Alice Walker to speak at an event and then rescinded the invitation, although the reason isn't clear...

[The ZioNazis still run the show in America's universities. Money talks, but hopefully doesn’t have the last word.]

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Doreen and Karen – a tale of two mothers, by Francis Carr Begbie | The Occidental Observer

  The elevation of Mrs Doreen Lawrence to Britain’s highest parliamentary chamber, the House of Lords, should come as no surprise to seasoned observers of the British political elite. For as the mother of arguably the most important murder victim in modern British history, she occupies a special place in the political firmament somewhere beside Bob Geldof and the late Princess Diana — perhaps equivalent to Rosa Parks or the parents of the sainted Trayvon Martin...

[Oh, what a tangled web we weave]

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IDF Court-Martial Prosecution Corrupt says President of the Court | Roi Tov

  Condemning Israeli Courts is easy. The cases of proven Court corruption by judges and Justices abound; rumors on unproven cases are common, to the extent that recently a prominent Likud leader said: "Israeli courts are corrupted." Yet, seldom can one cite such a claim from the President of the IDF Court-Martial in the Occupied Territories. On August 15, 2013, Colonel Netanel Benisho, President of Court issued a verdict accusing the Military Prosecution of systematically breaking the law by denying Palestinians the right to defend themselves...

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Christian Conservative Voters Boo Ron Paul's 'Golden Rule' | Yahoo! News

  On Monday night, in the tourist city of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the Republican Party held its 16th nationally televised debate of the campaign season. And as if the audience there to witness the debate between the five major Republican candidates still in the race had taken to heart their state's primary being characterized as an upcoming bloodbath by the media, they responded with a bloodlust to Newt Gingrich's words regarding America's enemies: "kill them." They had a similarly quick and loud response to Rep. Ron Paul's subsequent suggestion that American foreign policy adhere to the "Golden Rule" on a national scale. The audience booed him...

[No doubt Uncle Shmuel was rejoicing. His good work has been rewarded.]

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A New Guinness Record, by Uri Avnery | Dissident Voice

  I don’t know if the Guinness Book of World Records has a special section for “Chutzpah.” If it does not, it should. That’s the one competition where we might take home a few gold medals. The first one would surely go to Binyamin Netanyahu...

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The U.S. Government Loves Egypt’s Military Dictatorship, by Jacob G. Hornberger | The Future of Freedom Foundation

  Some Americans are agog at the U.S. government’s indifference to the military coup in Egypt and to the dictatorship’s brutal massacre of peaceful demonstrators. They just don’t get it. The U.S. government loves Egypt’s military dictatorship as much as it loved the Chilean military dictatorship that took power in 1973 and proceeded to rape, torture, or kill tens of thousands of peaceful Chileans...

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A Tale of Two Hearts, by Gordon Duff | Veterans Today

  This week, a fifteen-year-old African American boy from Atlanta was told he would die. He could be saved, but a “transplant approval board” at a local hospital decided he would be a poor risk, citing that they thought he might not “take his medication in a timely manner.” Anthony Stokes will not get the new heart he needs. No one really believes their excuse. Criteria for transplants and other specialized procedures, those regularly denied minorities, the poor and military veterans in particular, are highly subjective. Henry Kissinger called these people, a group I belong to, “useless eaters.”..

[It’s usually quite clear when Duff is taking his meds and when he’s off them. This piece is an excellent example of the former.]

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Let This Jewish Voice For Peace Resound Across The Globe, by Michelle Cohen Corasanti | Facebook

...When the horrors of the Holocaust were uncovered, there was a need to find a place for the survivors to go. The west, didn’t want us so they were happy to give us Palestine. And they were happy to buy the fallacy that Palestine was “a land without a people for a people without a land”, and that we made the desert bloom. Let’s be honest, Palestine already had a people.. In 1947, when the UN proposed to partition Palestine into a Jewish and a Palestinian state, the Palestinians objected to the partition plan and instead argued for the creation of a secular democracy where Jews, Christians and Muslims would live together with equal rights. As you know, the west rejected their proposal for democracy...

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Israel’s foul-mouthed PR genius and its slick army bloggers | Redress Information & Analysis

  It’s been a bad week for Israel’s famed public relations machine, thanks to… Israel! First came the story of a social media unit, comprising university students recruited by the national Israeli student association, whose purpose is to pimp for the Zionist state on Twitter. The unit is headed by one Daniel Seaman, who’s proved to be a bit of a public relations genius.. this silver-tongued high flier responded to a demand by the Palestinian chief negotiator, Saeb Erekat, for an end to new Jewish squatter colonies with Shakespearean eloquence: “Is there a diplomatic way of saying ‘Go Fuck yourself’?”..

[As long as Uncle Shmuel has their back, they just don't give a damn what anyone else thinks]

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Aug 16, 2013

Documenting a warped and psychotic society in Israel's Wild West, by Anshel Pfeffer | Haaretz     
  Interview with author Assaf Gavron, whose new book, 'The Hilltop,' engages with the radical fringes of the settler movement in their full, flesh-and-blood glory...
 
The Killers of Peace, by Nicola Nasser | Palestine Chronicle
  The Israeli Jewish settlers of the Palestinian territory, which was occupied by Israel in 1967, are dictating unilaterally the demarcation of the borders with any future Palestinian state, thus rendering its creation impossible; holding the Israeli decision-making process hostage, they have become the real killers of peace, who brought the twenty –year old Palestinian – Israeli peace process to its current stalemate. As early as the summer of 1995, the Iraqi born Israeli – British “new historian” Avi Shlaim wrote in the Journal of Palestine Studies: “The settlers now are the ones who determine Israel’s internal political agenda.”..
 
The reality of war in the Middle East | YouTube
  Journalist Ramzy Baroud is speaking about conflicts in the Middle East and the real reasons for them...
 
Israel Destroys Bedouin Village for 54th Time | Palestine Chronicle
  Israeli authorities on Thursday demolished the Bedouin village of al-Araqib for the 54th time. Resident Aziz al-Turi said Israeli forces arrived carrying weapons and batons to intimidate villagers in Al-Araqib before bulldozers tore down all the homes in the Negev village. Israeli authorities also bulldozed homes and buildings on Thursday in the Negev village of Abu Qreinat, resident Maher Abu Qreinat told Ma’an...
 
Double Standards Be Damned: Canada’s One-Sided Israel Extremism, by Yves Engler | CounterPunch
...In response to the EU listing Hezbollah’ s military wing as a terrorist group its leader, Hassan Nasrallah, said: “Why are you not defining the State of Israel as a terrorist organization, why do not you define the military wing of Israel, ie., the IDF, as a terrorist organization, while you Europeans recognize that Israel occupies Arab land and has not implemented international resolutions for decades. The whole world is witness to the Israeli massacres.” Nasrallah raises an important point that Canadian foreign affairs professionals must be familiar with. It’s a simple fact that the IDF and other branches of the Israeli government have killed far more civilians than the military wing of Hezbollah...
 
The Unwitting Agents of the Imperial Order: The Wishful Thinking Left, by Jean Bricmont | CounterPunch
...People who succumb to the illusions of revolutionary romanticism or who side with the apparent underdog, regardless of the underdog’s agenda, are being taken in by the tactics of present-day imperialism. But those who aspire to a more peaceful and more just world order, and who think that a precondition of this order is the weakening of U.S. imperialism, easily see through this camouflage. These two different world views divide both the Left and the Right: liberal interventionists and neoconservatives on one side, libertarians, paleoconservatives and traditional leftists on the other, and it may call for new and heterodox alliances...
 
Who Is the Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing? by Philip Giraldi | Antiwar
  Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been going around the world as well as regularly appearing on American television telling everyone who might be inclined to listen that "The [Iranian] president was replaced but the goal of the regime remains obtaining nuclear weapons to threaten Israel, the Middle East and the safety of the world." He has repeatedly described Iran’s new President Hassan Rouhani as a "wolf in sheep’s clothing." The phrase originated in the New Testament and is attributed to Jesus, which likely makes Netanyahu cringe if he is aware of its provenance...
 
The Paranoid Roots of American Injustice | Stephen M. Walt
...think about the United States' use of drones or special operations forces to conduct "targeted assassinations" of suspected terrorists. In many cases, U.S. officials have some reason to think somebody might be planning a terrorist operation, but the person isn't actually doing it when officials decide to take the individual out. Notice that this policy goes way beyond mere "stop and frisk": If the United States can't apprehend someone it thinks might be dangerous, these days it just blows the person away and calls the individual a "suspected terrorist" afterward...
 
Any other ‘statesman’ who negotiated peace like John Kerry would be treated as a thief, by Robert Fisk | The Independent
  Has John Kerry no shame? First he cuddles up to both Palestinians and Israelis and announces the renewal of a “peace process” which the Palestinians don’t trust and the Israelis don’t want. Then Israel announces that it will build 1,200 new homes for Jews – and Jews only – on occupied Palestinian land. And now Kerry tells the Palestinians – the weak and occupied Palestinians – that they are running out of time if they want a state of their own...
 
Japan Demands Explanations from Israel on Facebook Attack | Roi Tov
...When both Jewish Mishnah and Muslim Quran condemn the State of Israel using the same words, one can safely assume that the latter had crossed all red lines and then one more for good measure. Two days after Israel announced a new Gestapo secret police-style unit designed to manipulate media on Facebook and to be run from the Prime Minister's Bureau, Japan protested words published by the designated head of the unit. In the ongoing diplomatic dispute, the project has been frozen...
[If it weren’t for the massive support from the Zionist-occupied West, the organized crime racket called Israel run by the Jewish KKK would long since have been consigned to the trash bin of history.]
 
Snowden’s Post-Asylum Relevance | Richard Falk
  Now that Snowden has been given temporary asylum in Russia for a year, attention in the drama has shifted in two directions, although overshadowed at the present by the horrific happenings in Egypt and Syria. The Snowden issues remain important, and it is too soon to turn aside as if the only question was whether the U.S. Government would in the end, through guile and muscle, gain control of Snowden. Among the issues that should continue to occupy us are as follows:..
 
Nasrallah: Hezbollah bombed Israeli troops | Al Jazeera
  The leader of Lebanon's powerful armed group Hezbollah says members of his party were behind last week's bombing that wounded four Israeli soldiers. Hassan Nasrallah said on Wednesday that two bombs were detonated by remote control inside Lebanon, giving the group's first account of an incident about which Israeli military officials have given few details. The Lebanese army said last week that a group of Israeli soldiers crossed the border into Lebanon and were wounded in an explosion. The army said the force was 400 metres inside Lebanon...
[Unlike Israel’s usual victims, unarmed and helpless civilians, Hezbollah can fight back. See also The Lowdown on Hezbollah’s Ambush in South Lebanon]
 
Semantic Gymnastics: US and Egypt, by Patty Culhane | Al Jazeera
  What does the military crackdown on protests in Egypt mean for US policy?  It’s the question I’ve been asked often on and off camera today.  The answer, at least publicly and for now is – it means nothing.  Nothing has changed if you look at what the Obama administration said today compared with yesterday, and all the days since the military removed the Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.. US law says if a democratically elected leader is removed by military force or decree, it is a coup and US aid has to be cut off.  The administration has tried various ways to get around this...
 
Manning “Apologizes,” by Sherwood Ross | Veterans Today
  Perhaps the most stunning aspect of the Bradley Manning trial was his apology yesterday to the court that, “I am sorry that my actions hurt people…(and) the United States” when, in fact, there is no proof they did either. This show of repentance and contrition offered during the sentencing phase of his trial for feeding WikiLeaks 700,000 military and diplomatic documents is pardonable given that Manning faces 90 years in prison and the price he’s paid for his past honesty and courage has been three years behind bars, during which time he was tortured, humiliated, and hectored as any captive of the medieval Inquisition...
 
Obama and civil liberties: bad precedent, bad faith | Redress Information & Analysis
  Lawrence Davidson explains why in terms of civil liberties there is not much “daylight” between Obama’s practice and the past behavior of neo-conservative vulgarians such as George W. Bush...


Aug 15, 2013

Israel's Everyday Racism — and How American Jews Turn a Blind Eye to It, by Larry Derfner | Jewish Daily Forward
  The Anti-Defamation League and the rest of the American Jewish establishment owe Jesse Jackson a big apology. They put the man through the wringer, they made him apologize in every possible forum for his “Hymie” and “Hymietown” remarks back in 1984. Yet look at the kinds of things Israeli leaders — senior government ministers, chief rabbis — get away with without ever having to apologize, without ever being punished in the slightest...
 
How Laura Poitras Helped Snowden Spill His Secrets, by Peter Maass | NYT Magazine
  This past January, Laura Poitras received a curious e-mail from an anonymous stranger requesting her public encryption key. For almost two years, Poitras had been working on a documentary about surveillance, and she occasionally received queries from strangers. She replied to this one and sent her public key — allowing him or her to send an encrypted e-mail that only Poitras could open, with her private key — but she didn’t think much would come of it...
 
Stop the Holocaust!: The Truth About the 2009 Gaza Massacre | Live Leak
 
The Guardian's Vilification of Settlers is Illogical, Immoral | Algemeiner
...Probably the only net benefit to be reaped from the Oslo Accords is that their failure clarified what the true obstacle to peace between Israel and the Palestinians is and has always been. It is not the territories, nor the settlements, nor the settlers – but the very existence of Israel.  Recent history confirms this Arab intransigence: from 1949–67, when Jews were forbidden to live in the West Bank and “East” Jerusalem, the Arabs nonetheless refused to make peace with the “Zionist Entity”..
[My comment, which of course they won’t publish, goes like this - 'All the hasbara and pilpul in the world can’t obscure the fact that Israel is essentially a criminal enterprise – one that violates all of the civilized norms so painfully established over millennia. It is not only the settlements across the line that spit in the face of humanity’s yearning for peace, justice and simple human decency. Nature has a way of restoring equilibrium. If I were an Israeli, I would get out before the proverbial sh.. hits the fan.']
 
Great Expectations: Iran’s New President and the Nuclear Talks | International Crisis Group
  In its latest briefing.. the International Crisis Group examines the potential embodied by Rouhani’s election. There are still far more questions than answers: about the extent of his authority; his views on his country’s nuclear program; and the West’s ability to display requisite flexibility and patience. But although both sides can be expected to show caution, now is the time to put more ambitious proposals on the table...
 
West Bank’s Ahava Muddies Address as EU Boosts Israel Rules | Bloomberg
  Ahava Dead Sea Laboratories Ltd., which makes skin creams from mineral-rich mud, moved its executives and researchers to new locations in Israel to get them away from its factory in a West Bank settlement. That won’t be enough for Ahava to skirt a new European Union ban on funding operations on Israeli-occupied land as the company seeks a 6.2 millioneuro ($8.25 million) EU grant to produce a new line of SuperFlex cosmetics for the elderly.. a 15-year research collaboration with its largest trade partner could founder if it pulls out of an EU grant program in protest. The loss of funds would be “catastrophic,” said former lawmaker Naomi Chazan...
[Kudos to the courageous Catherine Ashton and her colleagues. Going up against Goliath takes guts.]
 
Israel setting up “covert units” to tweet, Facebook government propaganda, by Ali Abunimah | The Electronic Intifada
  The Israeli prime minister’s office is organizing Israeli students in “covert” and “semi-military” style units to tweet and post pro-Israel messages on social media without revealing they are doing it as part of a government propaganda campaign, Israeli media reported today...
 
EU official says U.S. quietly supporting settlement sanctions, by Barak Ravid (Haaretz) | Israpundit
...Last week, senior Foreign Ministry officials said, Ambassador to the European Union David Walzer met with Helga Schmid.. one of EU foreign policy czar Catherine Ashton’s top aides. The meeting dealt with the crisis in EU-Israel relations sparked by the new guidelines. Walzer told Schmid that Israel won’t participate in the EU’s new research and development program, Horizon 2020, if it is governed by the guidelines as they now stand. Schmid, according to a senior Foreign Ministry official, responded that Israel would be better off not trying to threaten the EU with freezing negotiations over Horizon 2020...
 
The Jewish state’s bottom line, by Jonathan Cook | The View from Nazareth
...there will be an eruption of outrage should Netanyahu’s promised referendum on an agreement depend for its outcome — given the likely split between Israeli Jews — on the votes of Palestinian citizens. A senior minister, Silvan Shalom, has already indicated that only Israeli Jews should decide. But Israel’s Palestinian minority will be thrust into the heart of the negotiations much before that...
 
News from the Asylum: Israel Attacks Haredim Protesting State's Grave Digging | Roi Tov
  It is difficult to find a bad word on Jewish organizations in the Hebrew media. There are two notorious exceptions: Neturei Karta and Atra Kadisha. The first is quite quiet; seldom do they make notorious public appearances. In sharp contrast, the second is often involved in protests and even in physical attacks by the State. Why are Jewish Israelis attacking Atra Kadisha?.. Atra Kadisha is a small Ultra-Orthodox group that in the 1950s took upon itself the task of protecting Jewish graves.. It could be dismissed as another Jewish racist organization if they wouldn't have become over the years the principal protectors of Palestinian graves...
[Perhaps some day the Israelis will begin to respect the living at least as much as the dead. Wishful thinking, I suppose.]
 
Too clever by half: The Jewish Story | Paul Eisen
Just check out the guy in the picture - the one on the left. Just look at him - so youthful, so vital, so very, very clever! Or perhaps just a bit too clever?..
[The Bernie Madoffs are legion - they can't help themselves; it's the culture]
 
Breaking the Set with Abby Martin: Norman Finkelstein on Renewing Peace Talks between Israel & Palestine | YouTube
 
America: Addicted to War | Stephen Lendman
  It's been that way from inception. America's history reflects violence. It's blood-drenched. It glorifies war. It does so in the name of peace. America believes war is peace. It's part of the national culture. Eventually it's self-destructive. Today's super-weapons make the unthinkable possible...
 
Bradley Manning: Hits Just Keep on Hitting, by Michael Farrell | Veterans Today
...if I had been anywhere in Manning’s chain of command, when I was shown a picture of my soldier in drag along with a note telling me about my problem, thoughts of “oh, we’re short handed, how will we survive?” would have been  immediately sidetracked to a couple of choice four letter words. According to testimony in the Mitigation and Extenuation phase of Manning’s sentencing, Manning not only made no attempt to hide his orientation, he was actively seeking help to resolve it, even though the only resolution in 2009 would have been a discharge...
 
Terrorism: Americans in Paris, Bought by the MEK, by Akbar Montaser | Veterans Today
...Recently, an Iranian Terrorist organization (Mojahedin-e-Khagh or MEK), extremely despised by Iranians, held a Conference in Paris on June 22nd in Villepinte, a suburb of Paris. The conference notable for its list of attendees included several so-claimed “defenders of democracy and freedom” such as now the infamous Mayor of San Diego, former Mayor of New York Rudi Giuliani, and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, and former US Permanent Representative to the United Nations John Bolton. Most speakers apparently received substantial fees for travel and/or speaking at the Conference...
 
US “death squad envoy” arrives in Egypt – and the slaughter begins, by Kevin Barrett | Press TV
...Is the US government targeting Egypt for destabilization – and eventual destruction? The recent appointment of death squad organizer Robert Ford as US Ambassador to Egypt suggests as much. Ford’s appointment sends a clear message: US policymakers want to destroy Egypt in the same way they have destroyed Iraq and Syria – by using death squads and false-flag terror to incite civil war...


Aug 14, 2013

Israel Builds New Settlement To Host Palestinian Peace Talks | The Onion
  As part of their continuing efforts to bring peace to the conflict-stricken region, Israeli government officials announced today the construction of a new settlement on Palestinian lands where future peace talks can be held. “After years of failed diplomacy, it has become clear that we need to make a fresh start, and what better way to do so than by appropriating a small amount of Palestinian territory where Israeli citizens can live and negotiators from both sides can talk about a peaceful way forward?” said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, referring to the civilian Jewish community that will be constructed in place of multiple razed city blocks in the West Bank...
 
Kerry Is Making Everything Worse, by MJ Rosenberg | Tikkun
  Initially it appeared that Secretary of State John Kerry’s peace initiative was harmless. Although few Israelis, Palestinians or Americans expected it to accomplish anything, it was hard to make the case that it would do any damage. No more. And not just because the Israeli government keeps announcing the building of new settlements. Or that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu continues the litany of propaganda attacks on Palestinians, including the charge that the 23-year old “Arab Idol” winner, Gaza singer Mohammed Assaf, is a threat to Israel because he nostalgically sings about towns inside the 1967 lines...
 
Larry Summers: Wall Street's Man | Stephen Lendman
...America's founders knew the dangers. Letting bankers control money assures trouble. James Madison called them "Money Changers," saying: "History records that the Money Changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling money and its issuance.".. Thomas Jefferson said: "I sincerely believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies." "Already they have raised up a money aristocracy that has set the government at defiance."..
[The age old problem, in a nutshell]
 
U.S. Weapons to Israel | US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation 
  Have you ever wondered which weapons the United States gives Israel with more than $3 billion in taxpayer money each year and which corporations profit? Open our book below to explore our interactive maps and databases to find out...
 
End Dirty Wars: Americans Adopt Israel's Absence of Guilt for Anything, by Paul Balles | Al Jazeerah
  All wars are dirty wars. One stands out for the number of lives lost in the minds and memories of Americans - the Vietnam War. The American public had enough of both the meaningless domino theory and the seemingly useless deaths of 58,000 American servicemen. Then as a gift to those who wanted that war ended: a photo taken from a helicopter of a young girl running along a road with her whole body aflame. That one incident involving the carnage on a very young victim resulted in America ending 15 years of a war that nobody won...
 
The 'Israel Lobby' threatens freedom of speech in Germany, by Ludwig Watzal | MCW News
  Due to the pressure from the “Israel lobby”, events and exhibitions about Palestine can hardly take place in Germany anymore. The pro- Zionist “Israel lobby” is well organized. When an event is announced publicly, perfectly organized machinery is set in motion, which exercises massive pressure on those who provide the premises for a Palestinian event. Consequently, it has become almost impossible to have an open debate about Israel's policy towards the Palestinian people and the Zionist colonization in Palestine...
 
9/11 In the Academic Community, by Allen Jasson | MCW News
  A new Documentary is currently in production by Adnan Zuberi and is expected to be ready for release in October this year. I have recently viewed a YouTube trailer for the documentary, which is available at 9/11 In the Academic Community and was highly impressed. If this documentary even approaches delivering the promise of the preview it will be a major milestone for 9/11 Truth. An award Winner of the University of Toronto Film Festival it documents academia’s treatment of critical perspectives on 9/11 by exploring the taboo that shields the American government’s narrative from scholarly examination...
 
Green shoots of Palestinian Spring? | Redress Information & Analysis
  While Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) gear up for another round of American-sponsored talks, and with the international media fixated on Israel’s miserly release of just 26 Palestinian prisoners, another peace process lies forgotten. That is the peace process between the Fatah-dominated PA, which has been empowered by the Israelis to kill mosquitoes, collect refuse and arrest Palestinians it doesn’t like in the occupied West Bank, and Hamas, the Palestinian wing of the Muslim Brotherhood, which runs the Israeli-besieged Gaza Strip...
 
Lebanon offers Palestinians fleeing death in Syria Ramadan greetings: Go back where you came from!” by Franklin Lamb | Intifada Palestine
...“You should write a story about what you saw here today Mr. Lamb.  We need more staff! Look at my men! Have you ever seen anything like this?” Frankly, I hadn’t.  For sure the supervisors’ all male staff did indeed look utterly exhausted, even somewhat intimidated by the shouting throngs. But what I encountered next was even more disturbing...
[The real victims of the faux victims – they are surely the wretched of the Earth]
 
Washington Ready to Repeat Past Mistakes in Nuclear Diplomacy with Iran: Tehran Thinks About a Plan B | Going to Tehran
  The Obama administration is lining up to repeat, in its dealing with the Islamic Republic of Iran under Hassan Rohani’s presidency, many of America’s past mistakes in nuclear diplomacy with Tehran.  On the eve of Rohani’s inauguration as the Islamic Republic’s president, Flynt described to Ahmed Shihab-Eldin on HuffPost Live some of the old temptations to which America and its European partners seem inclined to succumb once again...
 
"Nuclear Narratives" by Jonas Siegel and Saranaz Barforoush | CISSM  
"... Rather than asking why officials say what they say, and how best to settle the dispute on terms acceptable to all, news coverage—and as a consequence, public discussion—has been caught in a constrained and distorted narrative of how Iran threatens global security and how best to coerce it to stop. It is a narrative that has only a passing resemblance to the complex contours of the dispute, but one that holds vast and potentially dire consequences."..
 
‘Your freedom to swing your arm ends where your finger touches my nose’ | Paul Eisen
  "Jews can define themselves as they wish. If they feel themselves to be a nation, then they are a nation. But, in accordance with the dictum, that ‘your freedom to swing your arm ends where your finger touches my nose’, it is when this self-definition impinges on others that the problems begin." Of course at that time I was writing about Israel/Palestine but I could have been writing about LGBT. Here are some articles about the struggle currently raging in Russia. The first article ends with a televised debate on the subject...
 
Commando Gestapo Hits Facebook | Roi Tov
...Even from Hells' Upper Neighborhood one can feel the same anguish filling the streets of Israel nowadays. Massive protests of Israelis against the release are accompanied by media articles condemning Netanyahu for the decision. These protests became highly photogenic due to a colorful gimmick. Protesters stain their hands and Israeli flags in red blood. They make allusion of an Israeli policy not to release from jail people "with blood on their hands," an idiom for killers. They ignore the fact that not even one of the prisoners faced a just Court. They also ignore that most people on this planet..  just see Israelis in a mock Nazi-hailing with bloody hands. Violent people announcing their own crimes...
 
CIA deputy director: Al-Qaeda replacing Assad is the biggest threat to US security | RT
  The second-in-command of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) says that the toppling of Bashar Assad’s regime in Syria is the largest threat to United States national security and may help al-Qaeda acquire chemical weapons. Speaking to The Wall Street Journal, CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell said the prospect of the Syrian government being replaced by al-Qaeda is his biggest worry...
[So which way you gonna jump, Uncle Shmuel?]



Aug 13, 2013
Wall Street Take-Off: 2012-2013, by James Petras | Dissident Voice
  The Bush-Obama Wall Street bailout has resulted in the deepening financialization of the US economy: Finance has displaced the technology industry as the most profitable sector of the US economy. While the US economy stagnates and the European Union wallows in recession and with over 50 million unemployed, US financial corporations in the Standard and Poor 500 index earned aggregate profits of $49 billion in the second quarter of 2013...
[Mazeltov, Uncle Shmuel]
 
Israel to Christians: Christ is a Monkey on a Cross, by Tim King | Salem News
  So, a slutty Israeli TV show features a chick in a skimpy bikini mocking Jesus Christ by showing him as a stupid looking monkey hanging on a cross. Then using the 'f' word, she proceeds to tell Jewish viewers that Christians, we 'goyim', are 'dangerous' toward Jews. From there, it gets much worse. We aren't making this up; this is Israeli television being widely viewed today. The show is called, "The History Program of Toffee the Gorilla". Anyone who advocates for this should not write a comment, instead they should consider ripping their heart out and sticking it in a jar; (it would have equal purpose and someday doctors could study it and perhaps determine what the hell is wrong with you)..
[This is more recent: What the Israelis Really Think About Christians. At least most Israelis don’t spit on anyone wearing Christian robes; that, as far as I know, is just the Haredim in Jerusalem who do that. ]
 
Israel’s prize: 300 new settlers per prisoner | Jonathan Cook
  Few of us – even the participants – believe that there is any hope these latest “peace” talks will lead anywhere. All the Palestinians will get from the negotiations are a handful of political prisoners, while Israel gets a quick expansion of the very settlements it is supposed to be about to dismantle as part of a peace agreement. The current exchange rate is 1,200 new settler homes for the 26 Palestinian prisoners to be released this week. Or looked at another way, about 300 Jewish settlers for each prisoner...
 
Why Israel-Palestinian peace talks will fail, by David Suissa | Jewish Journal
  His point, “The concessions of a thief are worthless,”  is - as is usual from such hasbarachiki - a complete projection and the obverse of truth. The previous link provides a good example. You’ve got a choice, you can laugh or cry. They actually call it the TRIBE Media Corp.! How about Sophistry, Inc. or Chutzpah, LTD?
 
Did Rouhani dupe Europe? by Peter Jenkins | Asia Times
  In defense of his 2003-05 record, Iran's president-elect Hassan Rouhani writes, "While we were talking with the Europeans in Tehran, we were installing equipment in parts of the facility in Isfahan. In fact, by creating a calm environment, we were able to complete the work in Isfahan." Some claim this as evidence that Rouhani duped and tricked his European counterparts in the negotiations that took place in Tehran in October 2003. That interpretation is wrong. I will explain why...
 
FBI field offices asked to "Maintain a Professional Distance from ADL" | IRmep
  On behalf of IRmep supporters across fifty states, I urge your division office to opt out of all future coordination, joint programs and informant sourcing with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). Based on a thorough review of FBI-documented interactions with the ADL since the 1940s (obtained under FOIA and now online, we believe such formal and informal ties with the ADL undermines the FBI mandate as a federal criminal investigative body and internal counterintelligence agency. The ADL has tried long and persistently to establish close ties with the FBI—for the wrong reasons...
[Hey, shmuck, we’re just following orders]
 
The Talmud Tested: A Comparison of the Principles and Doctrines of Modern Judaism with the Religion of Moses and the Prophets, by Alexander McCaul | On the Contrary
  Michael Hoffman writes: “This is the most convincing and comprehensive Christian textbook on Judaism since Eisenmenger. Open-minded persons who study it from cover to cover are unlikely to be deceived by the rabbis to any considerable degree ever again. (Professor of Hebrew and Rabbinic Literature at Kings College, London) Dr. McCaul’s phenomenal scholarship effectively inoculates his readers against the epidemic of Talmudic confusion engulfing our nation.”..
 
Bugger, by Adam Curtis | BBC
  The recent revelations by the whistleblower Edward Snowden were fascinating. But they - and all the reactions to them - had one enormous assumption at their heart. That the spies know what they are doing. It is a belief that has been central to much of the journalism about spying and spies over the past fifty years. That the anonymous figures in the intelligence world have a dark omniscience. That they know what's going on in ways that we don't.. the strange fact is that often when you look into the history of spies what you discover is something very different...
[When I was in Military Intelligence back in the day, a few of us – among ourselves – referred to it as Military Ignorance. Hey, if the shoe fits..]
 
When will UK teachers make Education trips to Gaza and Deir Yassin to learn about the Nakba and the Palestinian genocide? | Jerusalem Post
  A delegation of 23 teachers from across the United Kingdom took part in the Holocaust Educational Trust’s 10-day teacher training program at Yad Vashem last week. The program, which began on August 2 and ended on Sunday, was designed to “offer teachers the opportunity to enhance their understanding of the history of the Holocaust in order to develop their skills to effectively deliver Holocaust education in their classrooms.”..
 
The Stark Reality Behind Obama’s Russian ‘Statesmanship,’ by F. William Engdahl | Veterans Today
With a diplomatic attitude more reminiscent of a spoiled brat grabbing his toys and leaving the room, US President Obama has resorted to diplomatic snubs and childish criticisms of Russian behavior as if the Russian leaders were small children. In a press conference Obama described the Russian President as having a “slouch…looking like that bored schoolboy in the back of the classroom.” Yet behind the childish form of the latest White House refusal to meet President Putin before the G-20 St. Petersburg Summit is a grim reality: Washington is rapidly losing its way to impose its will in the world on multiple fronts and the Putin snub is an impotent reflection of that loss of power...
 
Israeli Peace Game Charades, by  Jim W. Dean | Veterans Today
...With each failure as the peace ‘moderator’ we look more and more like a late 50′s hooker who is in denial over why business has dropped off so much. The least we can do while the charades are going on is to take PR advantage of the attention to publicize as heavily was we can the fraud of the past ones, which we have the proof of in our own declassified Intel, which corporate media never seems able to locate, much less print. Israel makes a fool of our country, and our country makes fools of us...
 
The kids are alright: 15-year-old girl learns the truth about the Holocaust, submits a report and gets an A! | Paul Eisen
...Skepticism about the Holocaust narrative was long a view held, it seemed, by a tiny, marginalised and persecuted minority, but over the years, largely due to new information from the old Soviet bloc and the rise of the internet, this situation has changed - or has it?..  'The kids' are a generation that has been born and brought up on the Holocaust narrative..



Aug 12, 2013

The Kennedys vs Israel’s Lobby: How Israel gained Control of American Foreign Policy, by Grant Smith and Hesham Tillawi | Veterans Today
...the Americans - as much as they champion themselves as a “free people” - are in no better shape than the Palestinians. On the contrary, the American position is worse than that of the Palestinians. The Palestinians can identify the enemy - he is the one with the gun and blowing away their loved ones. They KNOW they are occupied and oppressed. They KNOW how Israel occupied Palestine, killed its inhabitants and forced the majority of those who survived the carnage out of their homes and lands to then live as strangers in refugee camps. The Americans however, have no idea. Like a drug addict who thinks he feels great after shooting up, he does not realize he is a slave...
 
Why are Palestinians blamed for violence in Lebanon? by Moe Ali Nayel | Intifada Palestine
  As Syria’s war spills over into Lebanon, and Palestinian refugees from Syria pour into Lebanon by the tens of thousands, the Palestinian refugee community in Lebanon once again finds itself scapegoated along with Syrian refugees by Lebanon’s media and political elite...
 
Muslim Brotherhood switches its focus from Egypt to Syria | World Tribune
  Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, ousted from power by the military, has intensified its participation in the Sunni revolt in Syria. Islamist sources said the Brotherhood has been recruiting what could result in thousands of new fighters to battle the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. The sources said the Brotherhood was receiving funds from Saudi Arabia to bolster the embattled rebel movement amid the offensive by the Assad regime...
 
US remains 'uninterested' as Kurds massacred by Syria’s militant opposition, by Patrick Henningsen | RT
  Reports this week of the radical Islamist opposition in Syria massacring Kurds in the northern Syria is a disturbing development, but not nearly as disturbing as the strategic silence on the issue by the US and European government-media complex.. For nearly a year now, this Saudi and Qatari-financed armed opposition, known as Al-Nusra Front, or Jabhat Al-Nusra, has been enabled by its benefactors to run rampant in and around Syria. Because of the US and Britain’s cozy relationship with both their gulf allies Saudi Arabia and Qatar, very little, if any, condemnation has come from the political ring leaders of the Syrian reformation project based in Washington and London...
 
Indictment of Iran for ’94 Terror Bombing Relied on MEK, by Gareth Porter | Antiwar
  Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman based his 2006 warrant for the arrest of top Iranian officials in the bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires in 1994 on the claims of representatives of the armed Iranian opposition Mujahedin E Khalq (MEK), the full text of the document reveals.. But the document, recently available in English for the first time, shows that his only sources for the claim were representatives of the MEK...
 
Yousaf Butt | The Scott Horton Show
  Nuclear physicist Yousaf Butt discusses the Wall Street Journal’s fear mongering on Iran’s nuclear program; why the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty needs replacing; how Iran’s moderate President Rouhani is frustrating the neoconservatives; and the obvious outlines of a US-Iran nuclear agreement...
 
Greenwald Testifies to Brazilian Senate about NSA Espionage Targeting Brazil and Latin America, by Mabel Duran-Sanchez | The Americas Blog
  This past Tuesday, investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald testified before the Brazilian Senate’s Committee on Foreign Relations and National Defense (CRE) at a public hearing on the clandestine surveillance activities of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) in Brazil. Greenwald, who has published many top-secret NSA documents leaked to him by whistleblower Edward Snowden, explained how the agency’s surveillance programs go far beyond gathering intelligence related to terrorism and other national security threats, as the U.S. government has suggested. According to Greenwald, NSA spying has focused on foreign business interests as a means for the U.S. government to gain a competitive advantage in negotiations...
 
Brilliant German anti-Semitism | Roi Tov
  Twice in five weeks, Israeli media accused Germany of being anti-Semitic. The twist this time was the reproduction of cartoons published in German media as a proof of their inherent racism. On July 3, 2013, Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronot published an article titled "Anti-Semitic drawing in German paper: Israel a voracious Moloch." On August 13, the same newspaper continued its odd tirade against Israel's second-most strategic military partner in another enlightening piece: "German Cartoon: Netanyahu Poisoned a Peace Dove."..
 
CrossTalk Kerry's Shuttle | RT/YouTube
  US Secretary of State John Kerry recently visited Israel to discuss the Israel-Palestine peace process. Is peace still possible? Can Kerry repeat the successes of Kissinger's 'shuttle diplomacy?' And is the US a fair broker in these negotiations? CrossTalking with (the impressive) Susan Abulhawa, Jason Isaacson and Adina Friedman...
 
Israeli Democracy: A Convenient Illusion | Stephen Lendman
   Israel's more hypocrisy than democracy. Rhetoric belies longstanding policy. Nothing ahead suggests change. Democracy exists in name only. Arundhati Roy calls India a "limbless, headless, soulless torso left bleeding under the butcher's cleaver with a flag driven deep into her mutilated heart." America's the same. So is Israel. They're pariah states. They're rogue states. They abhor fundamental freedoms. They prioritize war and instability. They deplore peaceful conflict resolution...
 
Assange hails Obama spy scheme reform | Al Jazeera
  WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has called President Barack Obama's announcement of plans to limit sweeping US government surveillance programmes a "victory of sorts" for fugitive former spy agency contractor Edward Snowden. "Today, the President of the United States validated Edward Snowden's role as a whistleblower by announcing plans to reform America's global surveillance program,"..
 
Iraqi Kurd leader vows to defend Syria Kurds | Al Jazeera
  In a statement posted on the Kurdistan Regional Government's website, Barzani called for a delegation to visit Kurdish areas in Syria to verify the reports that "Al-Qaeda terrorists" are killing Kurds. If confirmed, then Iraqi Kurdistan "will make use of all its capabilities to defend the Kurdish women, children and citizens in western Kurdistan,"..
 
Angela Merkel reaffirms German servility to Israel | Redress Information & Analysis
  The world is changing for Germany. German exports are falling, German goods are no longer seen as synonymous with reliability and durability, and the German political establishment is viewed with contempt in a growing number of European countries. But not to worry: the German ruling elite can take comfort in at least one constant that seems immune to change. No, we’re not talking specifically about Germany’s expansionist and Nazi heritage but something related – an affinity with a particular country that has assimilated many aspects of Germany’s colourful past, Israel...
[Heil Hymie!]
 
Tsarnaevs 9/11 truthers, not terrorists, by Dr. Kevin Barrett | PressTV
  Why would a Muslim who knew that 9/11 was an anti-Islam PR stunt - and a disaster for Muslims - want to stage another 9/11-style attack on US civilians? (Especially since Islam prohibits attacks on civilians.) Obviously, Muslims, who are aware that 9/11 served the Zionist agenda, benefitted the military-industrial complex, and damaged the cause of Islam, wouldn’t stage such attacks...
 


Aug 11, 2013
The poetry of absence – remembering Mahmoud Darwish, by Sonja Karkar | Australians for Palestine
  Exiled. Stateless. Displaced. Dispossessed. Uprooted. Refugee. Each word shatters the myth of human progress and our essential humanity. Mahmoud Darwish’s anguished, poetic narrative of his and his people’s exile is the defining expression of that continuing human tragedy that callously, violently turned Palestine into Israel with no place — then or now — for those who belong. Darwish (1941-2008) described exile thus: “Absent, I come to the home of the absent,” and when he was asked who he is, he responded, “I still do not know.”..
‘The occupation has no future’ | +972 Magazine
  +972 speaks with Shawan Jabarin, general director of Palestinian human rights NGO Al-Haq, about how and why the organization decided to start using the term Apartheid, and what role accountability and international intervention could play in guaranteeing human rights.. ““I have no hope for the short-term. But I have more than hope for the long-term. There is no future for occupation. I have no doubt of that. For me, it’s a matter of time.”..
 
Vows of ‘Occupation Until Martyrdom’ by Franklin Lamb | Intifada Palestine
  Jihadists are entering Syria at an accelerating pace, according to Syrian, UNWRA, and Palestinian officials as well as residents in the refugee camps here. For the now-estimated 7000 imported foreign fighters, Palestinian camps are seen as optimal locales for setting up bases across Syria...
 
What If a Russian Snowden? | Richard Falk
  What is most troubling about how the Snowden case has played out diplomatically and via the media is the almost total refusal to focus attention on the central legal, moral, and political issues. The United States Government from the outset has acted as if it is entitled to have Snowden transferred to its custody because he is a fugitive from American criminal justice...
 
Hating On Russia, by Justin Raimondo | Antiwar
...When Snowden first came to Russia, his presence was treated as an annoyance by Putin rather than an opportunity to snub the Americans. They just wanted him to go away. It was only later, when Snowden became a hero to the Russian people – for reasons any supposedly "authoritarian" regime would do well to fear – that US efforts to get him back were denied and asylum was granted. In short, the popular Russian reaction to Snowden’s presence was the same as that of the Chinese: the Russians consider him a hero, just as the people of Hong Kong did when he arrived. While Putin is hardly the Russian equivalent of Thomas Jefferson, even a tyrant must make some concessions to public opinion...
 
The Effects of The Economic Sanctions Against Iran, by Mina Khanlarzadeh | Jadaliyya
...Economic sanctions result in the destruction of people and the creation of worlds ”in which vast populations are subjected to conditions of life conferring upon them the status of the living dead.” [3] One direct effect of the economic sanctions against Iran has been the banning of the sale of civilian aircraft. Iran is prohibited from updating its thirty year-old American aircrafts, and the purchase of spare parts from European companies has become extremely difficult. The consequence of using old aircrafts has been repeated airplane crashes during the last three decades (i.e. thirteen airplane crashes happened between 2000 and 2011, with at least 1,224 people killed)..
[Uncle Shmuel has cause to rejoice]
 
The Politics of AIPAC’s Anti-Iran-Diplomacy Letters, by Marsha B. Cohen | Lobe Log
...weeks after Khatami took office, President Bill Clinton confirmed that virtually all trade and investment activities by US persons with Iran were prohibited. Those sanctions not only boosted Iranian hardliners who oppose a detente with the US, they also helped ensure that Khatami and his supporters would be unsuccessful in making many of the economic improvements and political changes needed to improve the lives of the Iranian people. His crippled victory was followed by the election of hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2005. Since then, dozens of letters, resolutions and sanctions bills have emanated from Congress, which of late seems incapable of accomplishing anything else...
 
John Kerry’s Israeli-Palestinian talks are a cover for aggression and annexation, by Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya | RT
..The main purpose of the so-called peace process has been to serve as a theatrical distraction. Initially, the Israeli-Palestinian talks were used to keep the Palestinian people and Arabs at bay. The peace talks and negotiations acquired another dimension with time, when they became a convenient tool for distracting the international public and influencing global public opinion by presenting Israel as a reasonable entity willing to make concessions for peace and security...
 
Lost in Mistranslation: Before Inauguration, Rouhani Gets the Ahmadinejad Treatment, by Nima Shirazi | Wide Asleep in America
  Oh, look, an Iranian president said something about oppression and occupation in Palestine and his words were mistranslated, misinterpreted, widely condemned and proliferated by warmongers as evidence of hatred and aggression. Obviously, this comes as no surprise as we've all been here before. And yet again, the accusations are not true...
 
The Zionist Handbook: A guide to defending Israel against Mean People, by Steven Salaita | The Electronic Intifada
  In the past few years, Israel has faced unprecedented criticism for killing children, bulldozing homes, ethnic cleansing, land theft, anti-Black racism, a discriminatory legal system, continued settlement building, violations of international law, lobbying to bomb Iran and general unpleasantness. What follows are 23 handy arguments you can use to counter nonsense such as facts and evidence in defense of fair Israel’s honor:..
 
On Obama's cancellation of summit with Putin and extradition, by Glenn Greenwald | The Guardian
  President Obama today canceled a long-scheduled summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in part because the US president is upset that Russia defied his personal directive to hand over Edward Snowden despite the lack of an extradition treaty between the two nations. That means that US media outlets will spend the next 24 hours or so channeling the government's views (excuse the redundancy) by denouncing the Russian evil of refusing extradition. When doing so, very few, if any, establishment media accounts will mention any of these cases:..
 
Burqas and empire, again, by Zillah Eisenstein | Al Jazeera
...The lead up to the Afghan war in post-9/11 used the rhetoric of "women's rights" to mobilise the American public. We were supposed to save their women from the Taliban and their "backward ways". Laura Bush used the language of women's rights to wrap the bombs of war with supposed democratic purpose. But not then, or now, should women's rights ever be launched in the name of imperial democracy...
 
Revolutionary Metaphysics, by Yukon Jack | Veterans Today
...All beings have the right of self defense, revolution in the defense of self autonomy, which is a Universal principle and thus will be honored by the Universe. If you fight a revolution based on spiritual principles then you can not lose, you will be assisting the Divine in driving out the evil force. The Zionist evil will be driven from this planet, it is the malevolent force destroying world civilization...
[I’d say them’s fightin’ words]
 
Rachel Maddow, 9/11 shill, and the United States of Fear and Redaction, by Jim Fetzer and Brad Friedman | Veterans Today
...that the “official account” is indeed a myth has been demonstrated innumerable times, as I explained in “20 reasons the official account of 9/11 is wrong”, including  the fires in the Twin Towers burned neither hot enough nor long enough to cause the steel to weaken, much less melt; the buildings were blown apart in every direction from the top down, unlike a bona fide gravity driven collapse, and when it was over, there were no massive piles of “pancakes”, because they were largely converted into millions of cubic yards of very fine dust.  What happened to them is well illustrated by “9/11: The Towers of Dust”:..
[Abby Martin, as usual, is right on the money]
 
Saudi rulers pour money into arming militants in region, by Finian Cunningham | PressTV
  If Saudi rulers had more brains, they might be formidably dangerous. Even with lackluster intelligence assets, they are already causing enough havoc and bloodshed across the Middle East and North Africa regions, pouring millions-of-dollars-worth of weaponry into Al Qaeda and other Takfiri networks that are destroying once proud civilizations in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Libya through nihilistic sectarianism...
 
Israeli Drone Bombs Egypt | Roi Tov
...People are not countries. The latter cannot declare war on individuals, despite the USA obviously thinking otherwise. Envious of America's drone assassinations, Israel entered the same path with the blessing of the USA-backed military dictators in Egypt. In essence, this is not different from Hiroshima's bestial attack on 1945. Countries cannot declare war on individuals. If the latter are suspected of breaking the law, they are entitled to defend themselves in a proper court acting under published, non-secret laws and in public hearings so that people can see the justice in action. Anything else is State-Terror...



Aug 10, 2013
A critical eye on Germany in the 21st Century
I was delighted to come across this site because it reflected on an issue which really bothers me. More and more, people are focusing on the plight of the Palestinians - the prime, current victims of an abusive Jewish power (BTW, I include the word 'abusive' simply because of the dim, dim hope that perhaps Jews could have some power without abusing others) but few give a thought to the possibly even greater victim - the German people. In fact, not only do they not give a thought, they positively deny that Germans have suffered, and even persecute anyone who dares to differ...
[When the Germans do come to some awareness of what really happened, until now forcibly suppressed by the “Allies” and the unceasing persecution and extortion by The Tribe, there will be hell to pay]
 
..“we’ll never be neutral and that Israel can be sure of our support when it comes to ensuring its security,” she said. “That’s why I also said that Germany’s support for Israel’s security is part of our national ethos, our raison d’être.” In the interview Merkel, who is believed likely to win her third term as chancellor next month, repeated her past criticisms of Israel’s settlement policies, but also blasted anti-Zionism. Germany has for years been Israel’s lead advocate in the European Union, which is Israel’s largest trade partner...
[In hoc signo vinces – the Swastika and the Hammer & Sickle have been replaced by the Star of David – plus ca change, plus la meme chose]
 
  AJC demands apology from Stuttgarter Zeitung for depicting Netanyahu as an evil character from a folk song...
[It would be hard to keep going without the occasional outbreak of sanity and humor. There's a glimmer of hope yet.]
 
Iranian political prisoners' plea to Barack Obama | The Guardian
  We, the undersigned current and former political prisoners in Iran, are writing this letter to bring to your attention the devastating effects of crippling economic sanctions and the intensified efforts to diplomatically isolate Iran in the international community. These efforts are adversely affecting the lives of Iranian people and have resulted in severe constraints in the political life of our country. This letter reflects the serious concerns of the Iranian public about the bleak future that continued conflict between Iran and the United States of America could lead to. We share these concerns...
 
Throw the Bums Out, by Philip Giraldi | Antiwar
  As I have become accustomed to nearly every type of outrage here in the land of the BushObamas, it takes quite a bit to either surprise or shock me. But last week was a twofer and I’ll start with the shock...
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Egypt: Coups Modern and Postmodern | Eric Walberg
  Already the early enthusiasm for Egypt’s 3 July coup is waning, as EU leaders demand President Morsi’s release and US President Obama prevaricates. Senator John McCain, who soon after the coup called for an end to US military funding as stipulated by law, arrived in Cairo Monday to mediate. As a kind of cruel joke, the new ‘president’ Adly Mansour, who is also president of the Supreme Constitutional Court, has scheduled a trial 25 August of Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie and his deputies, including Khairat el-Shater, who are accused of killing protesters, though it is the Egyptian coupmakers who since 2011 have killed hundreds of unarmed Egyptians with impunity...
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Israel ready to withdraw from EU deal worth millions over anti-settlement clause | The Jewish Chronicle
  A senior Israeli minister has said the country is prepared to pull out of a multi-million pound European Union research project over the EU's new guidelines on settlements. Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin said Israel wanted to take part in the Horizon 2020 science project, but would do so only if the EU scrapped the guidelines, which force Israel to accept its borders do not extend over the Green Line...
 
VFP convention shocker! Overflow crowd seeks 9/11 truth, by Kevin Barrett | Veterans Today
..A standing-room-only crowd turned out at 8:30 a.m. today to listen to 9/11 whistleblower Kevin Ryan and activist Klayt Morfoot cast aspersions on the official version of 9/11. Ryan, who was fired by Underwriters Labs for exposing UL’s lies about the steel used in the World Trade Center skyscrapers, recently published Another 19, which argues that the 9/11 Commission may have blamed the wrong nineteen guys. Morfoot, a veteran who has served repeatedly in Iraq and Afghanistan, has sparked controversy at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire by starting a student 9/11 truth group...
[Will the truth out? It’s a cliffhanger]
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Temper Tantrum Politics | Stephen Lendman
  "Following a careful review begun in July, we have reached the conclusion that there is not enough recent progress in our bilateral agenda with Russia to hold a US-Russia Summit in early September.".. Doing so makes more enemies than friends. It threatens world peace. It's more evidence of America's dark side. It shows Obama's true face. He's not ready for prime time. Politics by temper tantrum doesn't work. Snubbing Putin was unprecedented. It's the first time a US president cancelled an announced Moscow visit since the Cold War ended...
 
Dear Vladimir.. | Paul Eisen
  We are glad to hear that you have expressed a commitment that “Future generations should know the truth about WWII heroes,” and that ““We must keep and defend the truth about the war,” whereby future generations will be able “to distinguish the truth from blatant and cynical lies.” The best possible way to do that, is to fund Russian university history departments, whereby they can ascertain that truth, so important to all of us. The worst possible way to do that, is to make certain historical views a crime, so that you will have to start putting Russian historians in jail if they reach alleged ‘wrong’ conclusions...
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Bolshevik Purge of Western Civilization and Rational Discourse (Part II), by  Jonas E. Alexis | Veterans Today
...If Netanyahu does not stop his fabrication and continues to perpetuate one lie after another as if it is a sort of chutzpah, this can presage catastrophic consequences, not only for America (particularly the average American who has already paid a huge price), and not only for the Middle East (particularly thousands upon thousands of precious children who have already lost their lives and thousands up mothers who have mourned for their lost children), but for all mankind. The deadline for stopping Netanyahu’s lies is crucial...
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Israel Breaks Truce | Roi Tov
...On July 24, the prisoners who are candidates to be released issued a special statement in which they threatened not to leave prison unless an external third party would oversee the release. "Should there be any manipulation on Israel's part we will take unexpected steps that will stop the entire peace process," they wrote. They proved having used their time in jail wisely. Now they perfectly understand Israel's Politics of Ransom; it was just a matter of days until Israel raped the renewed talks...
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The End of the Road: A Federation? Why Not? by Uri Avnery | CounterPunch
...We called ourselves “Semitic Action” and published a document, “The Hebrew Manifesto”, which I still think was and has remained unique: a complete, detailed blueprint for a different State of Israel. It contained among many other things the plan for the establishment of an Arab-Palestinian state alongside Israel, and a federation between Israel, Palestine and Jordan, to be called “the Jordan Union”..
[Avnery, the eternally optimistic progressive Zionist, is still convinced that the idea of a Jewish State in Palestine is somehow viable. Good luck with that, Uri - history suggests a different ending.]
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Richard Dawkins’s wake up call to Muslims met with hysteria | Redress Information & Analysis
...Instead of indulging in an orgy of denial and smears in the face of reality, Muslims and their slogan-mongering opportunist friends should treat Richard Dawkins’s truth-telling – “All the world’s Muslims have fewer Nobel Prizes than Trinity College, Cambridge. They did great things in the Middle Ages, though” – as a wake-up call...
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Afghanistan: the Shadow of Evil, by Jack Heart | Veterans Today
...The students of the Deoband school blended their dark age philosophy with the Sufi mysticism espoused by Sayed Ahmad Shah and the mystic who had influenced him; Shah Wali Ullah. Deobandi madrassa’s (schools) sprung up all over the Indian subcontinent but particularly among the Pashtun...
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Aug 9, 2013
Truth in the Crosshairs, by John Pilger | CounterPunch
  The critical moment in the political trial of the century was on 28 February when Bradley Manning stood and explained why he had risked his life to leak tens of thousands of official files. It was a statement of morality, conscience and truth: the very qualities that distinguish human beings. This was not deemed mainstream news in America; and were it not for Alexa O’Brien, an independent freelance journalist, Manning’s voice would have been silenced. Working through the night, she transcribed and released his every word. It is a rare, revealing document...
 
Bradley Manning’s Revelations Saved Lives, by Marjorie Cohn | CounterPunch
...The verdict finding Manning guilty of Espionage Act offenses, however, sends an ominous warning that could deter future whistle-blowers from exposing government wrongdoing. It’s important to keep in mind that Manning provided information indicating the U.S. had committed war crimes. Traditionally the Espionage Act has been used only against spies and traitors, not whistle-blowers. Yet President Obama has used the Espionage Act to prosecute more whistle-blowers than all prior administrations combined...
 
AIPAC flexes its muscle on Iran and Egypt, by Alex Kane | Mondoweiss
  The powerhouse Israel lobby group wants more sanctions on Iran and the continuation of U.S. military aid towards Egypt--and Congress has obliged. Over the past week, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) has seen its legislative priorities on U.S. policy in the Middle East sail through Congress.. Expect more bloodshed soon - all backed up by the military aid the U.S., AIPAC and Israel ensured will continue to flow...
 
Fry-Up | Gilad Atzmon
  In my latest book The Wandering Who, I explore the ideological, spiritual and political continuum between Jewish identity politics and gay theory. Yesterday, Stephen Fry, a British gay Jewish playwright and celebrity, provided us with an opportunity to review the tight political and spiritual affinity between Jewish identity politics and the LGBT call...
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Disabled Arabs face harsh challenges, by Jonathan Cook | The View from Nazareth
...Al-Aqaba’s mayor, Hajj Sami Sadeq. He has been using a wheelchair since the age of 14, when a bullet from an Israeli soldier lodged in his spine, paralyzing him from the waist down. Sadeq has not only ensured that all public buildings are wheelchair friendly but has given the village a stature way beyond its size. Through friendships forged with the political leadership in Ramallah, and alliances with an array of international organizations, he has fortified his village against Israel’s ethnic cleansing policies in this part of the West Bank. One of the potential strengths of the disabled movements in many Arab countries, paradoxically, are the large numbers they represent...
 
Nuking Syria? | Paul Eisen
...“what we are seeing in both these cases is a tactical nuclear strike, probably by cruise missiles launched from aircrafts near the borders of Syria or right off the coast in the Mediterranean.”.. The likely assailant in both cases is Israel he claims: “Israel is the only nation that can deploy these sorts of weapons with impunity without fear of a counter-attack...
 
Jewish Vindictiveness, by Ariadna Theokopoulos | deLiberation
  yimakh shemo ימח שמו ” May his name be obliterated” is the heaviest Jewish curse usually uttered against those perceived to be enemies of the Jewish people. “Never again… shall thou block our path, not even in memory. Jewish vindictiveness goes beyond death, extending to eternity...
 
Major General Albert N. Stubblebine: “I can prove that it was not an airplane” that hit the Pentagon, by Ross Pittman  | Veterans Today
..Stubblebine, visibly upset, describes how he felt when he realized the truth about his government after having a strong belief in his country since early childhood: “My belief system was so strong from age five when I could remember standing on a parade ground at attention with not anybody telling me to do that – at West Point.”
 
EU-Israel Conflict Exposes Funding Scheme | Roi Tov
...On August 8, 2013, an even stranger scheme was disclosed as a result of the ongoing escalation in the conflict between the European Union and Israel. Without paying attention, Israeli ministers of government disclosed how in Europe, $600 million are in fact worth $900 million...
 
British lawmakers to get another Israel lobby group | Redress Information & Analysis
...Not only does each major party represented in the legislature – Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat, UK Independence Party – have its own “Friends of Israel” group, but there’s also an All-Party Britain-Israel Parliamentary Group and an All-Party Parliamentary Group for Christian and Jewish Relations. In fact, one reputable British source says that up to 80 per cent of Conservative Members of Parliament belong to the Conservative Friends of Israel lobby group, and we all know how Labour Friends of Israel dominated and bankrolled the Labour governments of war crimes suspect Tony Blair and his successor, Gordon Brown...
 
Listen to Slapper Lewinsky | Gilad Atzmon
  “I have two proposals for you, neither of which is you not seeing me so just deal with it,” Lewinsky tells Clinton. “I’ll quickly sneak over and we can have a nice little visit for 15 minutes, or half an hour, of whatever you want.”..
 
On Those Middle East Peace Talks, by Paul Larudee | CounterPunch
  The moment Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas agreed to send emissaries to Washington to discuss the resumption of 20-year-old peace talks, the objective of the talks was achieved. To anyone not in a coma, it is clear that these talks will not lead to peace, and in fact might not even lead to peace talks, merely to talks about resuming talks. What, then, is the objective of the talks?..



Aug 7, 2013

Top American General Cites Israel as Unsustainable and Apartheid, by Gordon Duff | Veterans Today
...American reporting of the talk carefully edited out General Mattis’ references to Israeli settlements and his use of the word “apartheid state.” This wasn’t just any general, not one of the kooks and malcontents who have sold a colorless military career for a payoff from the Israel lobby, “hot running girls or boys” and a condominium on a top rated PGA golf course. This is James Mattis, former commander of CentCom, a Marine general with 41 years’ experience, the most respected combat leader of the last two American generations...
[Americans have routinely ignored unwelcome words from their top military leaders - Gen'l Smedley Butler: "War is a a racket," Vinegar Joe Stillwell: "Don't fight a land war in Asia," and Eisenhauer's warning to beware of the military-industrial complex. Instead, they eat up the Hoo-Yah types, self-serving egomaniacs like Petreaus and McCain.]
 
Palestinian in Hiroshima, by Mazin Qumsiyeh | Popular Resistance
...how can one imagine the horror of dropping a nuclear weapon on a population incinerating and skeletonizing tens of thousands and leaving tens of thousands with burned body skin hanging in rags and worse. Harder to imagine yet is the darkness of the human hearts and minds that took the decisions to do that to fellow human beings... 
 
The Joker in the pack: Opinion poll finds Israelis don’t want peace | Redress Information & Analysis
...According to an opinion poll, the results of which were released on 6 August, most Israeli Jews would oppose a peace agreement with the Palestinians involving withdrawal from the West Bank with land swaps to let Israel retain major squatter colonies. What this means is that the current round of talks is simply an exercise in futility: talks for the sake of talks...
 
Groupthink in Service of Government, by Sartre Batr | Veterans Today
...This inauspicious culture, dominated by the disorder of Groupthink, is explained in an informative power point presentation, from Psychologists for Social Responsibility. From the perspective of an “application of psychological knowledge and expertise in addressing today’s pressing societal challenges and in building cultures of peace with social justice” this left learning society offers the following breakdown. Groupthink, a term coined by social psychologist Irving Janis, occurs when a group makes faulty decisions because group pressures lead to a deterioration of “mental efficiency, reality testing, and moral judgment..”
 
120 children slaughtered in Syria's Tal Abyad | Al Alam
  Terrorists affiliated with the al-Nusra Front have massacred 120 children and 330 men and women in Syria's northern district of Tal Abyad, al-Alam reports. According to our reporter, terrorists attacked villages in Tal Abyad.. on Monday, killing civilians including women and children. The Kurdish dominated region of Tal Abyad.. was already volatile after terrorist groups from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and al-Nusra Front attacked the region weeks ago to take it under control.. As the foreign-backed insurgency in Syria continues without an end in sight, the US government has boosted its political and military support to Takfiri extremists...
 
Terrorists set Syrian Kurds on Fire | Syria News
[Since they’ our allies, and therefore “the good guys,” I’m sure that the suits in DC, if they mention it all, are saying something like “boys will be boys.”]
 
Rebels in Israeli uniforms fight in Syria | al-Alam
  A Syrian army officer has revealed that dozens of militants of the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) dressed in Israeli uniforms are fighting government forces in Syria. Citing informed sources, the officer told al-Alam on Monday on condition of anonymity that the foreign-backed militants have been seen in different areas including in Jobar, a village on the outskirts of Damascus...
 
The “Brain Trust” Behind Iran’s New President, by Andrew Detsch | The Diplomat
  Who is Hassan Rouhani? Compared to his brash predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran’s president-elect is an enigma. Embraced by youth and reformists on the campaign trail, he boasts an impressive set of revolutionary credentials, has served as Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator, and maintains deep ties to both Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. Still, with little of the flash and personality of Ahmadinejad, Rouhani leaves the world with many questions on the eve of his inauguration, not least of which: how will he govern?..
 
America’s Iran Policy, the Undermining of International Order, and the Bankruptcy of Washington’s Approach to Nuclear Diplomacy | Going to Tehran
...Washington and a coterie of European states remain focused on forcing the Islamic Republic to abandon its nuclear program, accept open-ended American and Israeli military dominance, and acquiesce in its (Western-sponsored) secular liberal transformation.  Determination to compel Iran’s surrender prompts ever more assiduous efforts by America and its partners to coerce other states into helping them press Tehran.  In the process, Western powers violate basic principles of the rules-based regimes governing key dimensions of international security and global commerce...
 
Illegal Israeli settlements expanding rapidly | Al Jazeera
  The population in illegal West Bank settlements has grown twice as much as in Israel itself, military radio said, quoting official statistics. The figures show an increase of 7,700 illegal settlers in the occupied West Bank during the first six month of 2013 for a total settler population of 367,000...
 
The NSA and Global Terror Alerts, by Binoy Kampmark | CounterPunch
  Let us not get too worked up. Let us not even feel too conspiratorial. But is it coincidence that, after a series of exposures of such programs as PRISM, that a “global terror alert” has been announced? Tax payers want bang for their buck; even more so, they want to see their hulks of security justified. The fact that the Obama administration has been presiding over the world’s most extensive regime of unwarranted global surveillance, both of its citizens and of others, suggests that some retort was bound to come in the face of Edward Snowden’s revelations...
[All together now, on three, “We have met the enemy and he is us.”]



Aug 6, 2013

An Israeli Civil War? by Uri Avnery | Palestine Chronicle
...The simplest solution was that provided by Charles de Gaulle. After signing the peace agreement that put an end to the occupation of Algeria after a hundred years, he announced that the French army would leave the country on a certain date. He told the more than a million settlers, many of them fourth or fifth generation: If you want to leave, leave. If you want to stay, stay. The result was a last minute frantic mass exodus of historic dimensions...
[This is the solution that I advocate and predict. Despite Avnery’s wish fulfillment fantasy that the Jewish State can survive, the Israeli public will eventually be forced by events to realize the futility of this impossible dream, which is a nightmare for the Palestinians and indeed the rest of the world, and they will leave en masse much as the Pied Noirs did in Algeria. This is the only way peace in the Middle East will be possible. And if this leads to a significant diminution of the power of tribal Jewry in the West, then something like "peace in our time" might actually become possible.]
 
Snuffing Out Abuse: Love, Corporate-Style, by Ralph Nader | CounterPunch
  Mitt Romney famously said during his most recent bid for the presidency: “Corporations are people, my friend.” Perhaps nothing else better surmises the state of our country — even the state of our culture — than a prominent politician running for the presidency openly advancing such a flawed opinion. It is no secret that corporations now wield immense power in our elections, in our economy, and even in how we spend time with our friends and families. Corporate entities, in their massive, billion dollar efforts to advertise and “brand” themselves, not only want consumers to think of them as people, but even as “friends.”..
 
Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah Speech on Al Quds Day 2013 | The Vineyard of the Saker
  Today I have the huge pleasure to share with you news which I have been awaiting for a long time: somebody has decided to make the speeches of Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah available in high quality video and subtitled in English!
Check out the YouTube channel Electronic Resistance.  It is a real treasure trove of Hezbollah related videos and, from now on, it will feature the speeches of Hassan Nasrallah with English subtitles.. Nasrallah is an absolutely unique politician in that he simply does not lie.  Ever.  If he says something, you can take it to the bank...
 
Who Can Control Israel’s Arms Dealers? by Philip Giraldi | The American Conservative
  Ten years ago, FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds revealed that the defense ministries of several major recipients of United States military hardware were being scrutinized because they had been falsifying end-user certificates, claiming that the equipment was intended for their own use while at the same time arranging to sell it to other militaries that were blocked from receiving the sensitive technology. In May 2006 I described,, how the two countries most heavily engaged in the practice—Israel and Turkey—also benefited from their connections with leading neoconservatives in Washington...
 
Why Won’t They Tell Us the Truth About NSA Spying? by Rep. Ron Paul | Antiwar
  In 2001, the Patriot Act opened the door to US government monitoring of Americans without a warrant. It was unconstitutional, but most in Congress over my strong objection were so determined to do something after the attacks of 9/11 that they did not seem to give it too much thought. Civil liberties groups were concerned, and some of us in Congress warned about giving up our liberties even in the post-9/11 panic. But at the time most Americans did not seem too worried about the intrusion...
 
Manning, Snowden and Assange were the ones who took risks to expose crime, by Amy Goodman | The Guardian
  "What a dangerous edifice war is, how easily it may fall to pieces and bury us in its ruins," wrote Carl von Clausewitz, the 19th-century Prussian general and military theorist, in his seminal text "On War".. These lines came from the chapter "Information in War", a topic that resonates today, from Fort Meade, Maryland, where Bradley Manning has just been convicted of espionage in a military court, to the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has lived for more than a year, having been granted political asylum to avoid political persecution by the United States, to Russia, where National Security Agency whistle-blower Edward Snowden has been granted temporary aslyum...
 
Billy Graham: Possessed by the Memes, by Yukon Jack | Veterans Today
...all of the Prime Ministers of Israel are Polish born, with the exception of Netanyahu, who had Polish parents. Polish Khazars run the modern state of Israel, they believe they are Jews and wage Biblical like war on their enemies, everyone and everything not Jewish.  What right does Israel have to exist?  Genome research has destroyed the genetic argument, archeology has destroyed the historicity argument.. and comparative mythology has destroyed the mythological arguments. So what right does Israel have to exist?  None.  None whatsoever...
 
Settlers' Skyscrapers | Roi Tov
...On August 4, 2013, the Israeli government published a list of over 600 settlements, 91 of them in the West Bank, which will be regarded as priority areas for development. This allows their denizens to receive subsidies and preferred loans from the Government. In the previous list published last December, there were just 85 West Bank settlements. Three of the newly added settlements—namely Bruchin, Sansana and Rehalim—were until recently defined as "illegal outposts" by Israel itself. The decision has already been condemned as disrupting the about to begin (again) peace process between Israel and Palestine. Even four Israeli Government ministers voted against and warned of the consequences...
 
Michael Hayden, after Escaping Justice, Calls for Other Criminals to Be Made Examples | emptywheel
  In an article on the Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden leaks, Washington Times quotes former NSA and CIA Director Michael Hayden this way:.. To WT’s credit, they do acknowledge that Hayden currently works for the Chertoff Group, one of the most corrupt profiteers off the war on terror....
 
Dimitri Medvedev gives a rather interesting interview to RT TV | The Vineyard of the Saker
  I find this interview not so interesting from the point of view of Medvedev's personal recollection of the 08.08.08 - there is a lot that he is not saying or, even, admitting to - but from the point of his views on wars in general because here he expresses what I would call the "Russian social consensus on war" and that consensus is a key element in the shaping of the current and, I believe, future, Russian foreign policy.  Medvedev also explains how the Russian view is different from the one of the West and in particular the one still prevailing in the USA...
 
We Cannot Lose This Fight: Defeat the NSA, by Justin Raimondo | Antiwar
  For years libertarians have been saying that the encroachment of government on the lives and liberties of Americans is reaching a point of no return, and for this we have been disdained as alarmists, "conspiracy theorists," tin-foil hat-wearers of the worst sort. Tyranny in America? Impossible! cried smug liberals and equally complacent conservatives: this is not only "extremism," they said, but also downright subversive. The danger, they implied, came not from government overreach but from "anti-government extremists" who had to be closely watched by law enforcement...
 
Egypt: Coups Modern and Postmodern, by Eric Walberg | Palestine Chronicle
...The postmodern coup takes the place of the old-style brutal modern coup to restore precarious US hegemony around the world. The last time the world witnessed a modern coup to oust an anti-empire leader was in Venezuela in 2002, and it backfired for the US with a vengeance. The whole rationale of the New World Order is that it is ‘democratic’, governed by elections, which are intended to rubber stamp the empire’s world order. So the current coup, an open return to the bloody tradition of Chile 1973, is alarming for both Washington and Egypt. What went wrong?..
 
Unkosher History: Life in the Third Reich, by Friedrich Kurreck | Paul Eisen
...Their export products were not subject to speculation in the New York Stock Exchange, much to the advantage of our former trading partners. This trading method was naturally a thorn in the eye of the Anglo-American-Jewish banksters, while they could no longer profit from it. Extreme agitation against Germany was the result. The first declaration of war by The Jewish World Congress came just 3 weeks after Hitler’s democratic election. This sensational declaration was published by London’s Daily Express on March 24, 1933, as major front-page news...
 
Neo-Bolshevik Think Tanks, Revolutionaries, and Organizations, by Jonas E. Alexis | Veterans Today
  A working definition of “neo-Bolshevik think tanks and organizations” is any institute or organization that seeks to pursue perpetual wars in the Middle East either covertly or explicitly in the name of “counter-terrorism.” Moreover, this particular think tank or organization will implicitly elevate Israel above any other nation and sometimes above the law. This was quite clear when George W. Bush asked his father to define neoconservatism. “‘What’s a neocon?’” he said. “‘Do you want names, or a description?’” answered the elder Bush. “‘Description.’ ‘Well,’ said the former president of the United States, ‘I’ll give it to you in one word: Israel.’”..
 
How To Lose Friends and Alienate People: An Update on Drone Warfare, by Lisa Hajjar | Jadaliyya
...Pakistan’s present posture toward—or, rather, against US drone warfare is driven by the rising civilian death toll. In February 2012, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism (BIJ) reported that between 2009 and 2011 the CIA had engaged in the practice of second strikes (“double-tapping”), which kills and injures rescuers, and strikes on funerals. Supposedly, second strikes ended in July 2011. However, on the same day Kerry made his announcement in Islamabad, BIJ reported new findings of five CIA second strikes against rescuers between 23 May and 23 July 2012...
 
US national interest or lobby interest? by Lawrence Davidson | Redress Information & Analysis
  President Barack Obama and his congressional colleagues are carrying on an established yet clearly dangerous tradition of US foreign policy: the mixing up of national interest and the parochial interests of powerful lobby groups. Indeed, given the way US federal politics has long operated, national interest is, except in rare cases, an impossible notion.. special interests such as the Zionist lobby can and do buy themselves control over vital aspects of Middle East foreign policy. It is a failed system which has already dragged the nation halfway to hell. Another “10 or 20 years” will take us the rest of the way in...
 
A Path Forward for Egypt’s Revolution, by Shamus Cooke | CounterPunch
...The broader Egyptian population must clearly put forth their independent demands, which, if united in an organized way, can cut the power of the generals and the Muslim Brotherhood at the kneecaps. The long term political loyalty of the masses will not depend on religion or patriotism, but on what organization fights for their collective interests, expressed in the demands for jobs, bread, public services, and a foreign policy that isn’t subservient to the United States, Israel or their competing puppet Gulf monarchy dictatorships...



Aug 5, 2013

A twofer from the Editor of Redress Information & Analysis
 
  Amid the fanfare and illusion of progress created by the resumption of talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) – talks whose main motive appears to be to avoid blame for embarrassing US Secretary of State John Kerry – the relentless expansion and consolidation of the Israeli occupation continues unabated. Today the Israeli news website Ynet reported that a record number of settlements, including four settlements once considered illegal under Israeli law (all settlements are illegal under international law) had been included in the Israeli national priority spending list...
 
This is the view of Tel Aviv the Israeli tourism authorities and image-branding machine would rather you not see. It is southern Tel Aviv, home to drug addicts, drug dealers, prostitutes and African immigrants...
 
Israel-Palestinian Talks: Washington Acts Like Matchmaker.. Between Rapist and Victim, by Finian Cunningham | Strategic Culture Foundation
  One of modern history’s longest conflicts has festered and metastasized for decades because of this fundamental problem: the United States is not an honest broker in the quest for a just peace. Washington is part of the problem. John Kerry, like so many of his predecessors, may pose as an even-handed matchmaker between two quarreling sides. But the simple fact is that the US is not a neutral arbiter. It is the patron, sponsor, architect, advocate and accomplice of one side – Israel. ..
 
An Impending Bloodbath in Egypt: Will It Break the Coup? by Esam Al-Amin | CounterPunch
...within minutes of the ouster of Morsi, at least nine pro-Morsi TV stations were taken off the air. Remarkably, the Egyptian media, whether official or private, is precipitously singing to the same tune. With the exception of Al-Jazeera, rarely would one now find any criticism of Gen. Sisi or the coup on any TV channel. For weeks the Egyptian media has been relentless in portraying the MB and their supporters as violent, terrorists, extremists, foreign agents, conspirators, and murderers. The vicious campaign has the combined features of fascism and McCarthyism...
 
Russian Orthodox Church: Snowden deals blow to ‘global electronic prison camp’ | RT
...Vsevolod Chaplin added that the Snowden saga has been broadly discussed both on the domestic and international level, with Russia’s position potentially bolstering its image as a country upholding “the true freedom of ideals.” The Russian cleric further argued that Snowden’s revelations confirmed the existence of a pernicious problem discussed by Orthodox Christians for many years – “the prospective of a global electronic-totalitarian prison camp”..
 
Phil Weiss with Nima Shirazi: Iranian president's description of occupation as a 'wound' echoes Obama's description of conflict | Mondoweiss
  On June 21, 1922, during a session in the House of Lords discussing the implementation and parameters of the Balfour Declaration, parliamentarian George Clarke (Lord Sydenham) argued, "What we have done is, by concessions, not to the Jewish people but to a Zionist extreme section, to start a running sore in the East, and no one can tell how far that sore will extend." He predicted the ultimate failure of the Zionist experiment because, in his words, "the harm done by dumping down an alien population upon an Arab country—Arab all round in the hinterland—may never be remedied."..
[Until the cause (the malignant tumor) is excised the suffering will just continue]
 
Reasons for Palestinian/Israeli Futile Talks, by Elias Akleh | MCW News
  One more time Palestinian and Israeli negotiating teams play the charade of peace talks under the auspices of the biased pro-Israel American broker. Everybody knows, even the politically naïve average man of the street, and especially the three involved parties that this round of talks, like the many previous talks throughout the last 20 years, will not reveal any tangible success. So why negotiate again?..
 
A Cry from the Heart: Syria and the Mathematics of War, by Claude Salhani
  Take a good look at the horrific pictures all over the Internet today showing the massive destruction to the city of Homs, in Syria and then come back to this article. With the images of destruction fresh in our minds, let us try and put politics aside for a moment, if that is at all possible. Let us put aside who is in the right and who is in the wrong. Let us forget for an instant that there are good guys and bad guys, Islamists and secularists, communists and Baathists, and so on. Forget for a minute the commercial reasons why war is justified or not. Let us just look for a moment at the issue through simple mathematics...
 
Fake Washington Terror Threat, by Stephen Lendman | Global Research
  They’re in various forms. They repeat with disturbing regularity. America’s war on terror targets Islam. At issue is duplicitous scaremongering. It advances Washington’s imperium. Wars of aggression follow. False arrests target innocent victims. Terror threats repeat. They’re strategically timed. They change the subject. They divert attention. They fool most Americans. They do so most of the time. Here we go again. The mainstream media march in lockstep. They regurgitate Big Lies...
 
Nuttin’ to Lose, Here are the Jews | Stuart Wilde
Tom Lishman who runs the Ayahuasca workshops told me we’d get hate mail if I mention the Jews. I think sadly these people take themselves a bit too seriously; it doesn’t affect the recipient but it degrades the sender's safety and stability. Repressed anger causes fatal diseases. It’s sad for people I have compassion for them. But, I have  to mention the Jews sometimes, as in the western world we are inside the karma of the Zionist Jews. They are racist, supremacists, and violent, then ordinary Jews are often disgusted by the Zionists, and even the Orthodox Jews are anti the Zionists. The Zionists want to control the world, their karma is to fail and destroy themselves...


Aug 4, 2013

Christian Zionism: The New Heresy that Undermines Middle East Peace, by Rev. Stephen Sizer | Middle East Monitor
  At least one in four American Christians surveyed recently by Christianity Today magazine said that they believe it is their biblical responsibility to support the nation of Israel. This view is known as Christian Zionism. The Pew Research Center put the figure at 63 per cent among white evangelicals. Christian Zionism is pervasive within mainline American evangelical, charismatic and independent denominations including the Assemblies of God, Pentecostals and Southern Baptists, as well as many of the independent mega-churches...
[What chance do we (the overwhelming majority of the world's residents) have, really, if the Empire is controlled by an ancient tribe of ruthless bloodsuckers in control of 75 million certifiable lunatics? Vampires supervising the Zombie Apocalypse - sounds like a Hollywood blockbuster, doesn't it?]
 
Once Upon A Palestine, by Tamerishe | Intifada Palestine
  Once upon a distant time, there was a land called Palestine / Is it yours or is it mine, this land they once called Palestine / And who am I to stand and stare, in disbelief at land stripped bare / Banished people, stolen homes, broken dreams, crumbling stones / Of ancient graves and ghostly moans, silenced by Israeli drones / Who is this God that would erase, a people from their own birthplace / What kind of God would curse and smite, to please the cruel Israelite...
 
Thank god It's Friday | YouTube
  'Thank God it's Friday' is a touching portrait about one of the hotspots of the West Bank. You will never get as close to the main obstacle to the Palestinian-Israeli contemporary peace process...
 
Zurich Reaches Zion | Roi Tov
...In May 2010, Israel joined the OECD, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, a rich countries' exclusive club. During the event, Netanyahu said that joining the OECD will enable Israeli to access sources of investment and boost its economy. In 2013, the club has 34 members and is centered in Paris.. On May 15, 2013, the OECD published a report showing that Israel is the poorest country among its members. The rate of poor people in Israel's population almost doubled since 1995, rating worse than Mexico and Turkey. Israel is one of the top five countries in the world when measuring the income gap between rich and poor...
 
A racist rabbi, peace talks and the soldiers in the field, by Adam Keller | Crazy Country
  On the eve of the new Chief Rabbis’ selection, I was sitting in front of a TV set together with N., an old Palestinian friend who managed to get a permit to enter Israel and find odd jobs in Tel Aviv to support his family. Both of us, an Israeli Jew who does not fast on Yom Kippur and a Muslim Palestinian who is not particular about the Ramadan fast, could not ignore the religious-political event which was taking place...
 
Larry Summer's Cowardice, by Francis A. Boyle | The Common Ills
..in the late summer of 2002 the President of Harvard, Larry Summers accused those of us Harvard alumni involved in the Harvard divestment campaign of being anti-Semitic. After he made these charges, WBUR Radio Station in Boston, which is a National Public Radio affiliate, called me up and said: "We would like you to debate Summers for one hour on these charges, live." And I said, "I'd be happy to do so." They then called up Summers and he refused to debate me. Summers did not have the courage, the integrity, or the principles to back up his scurrilous charges...
 
Big Oil’s Central Asian Mafia, by Dean Henderson | Veterans Today
  According to Kurt Wulff of the oil investment firm McDep Associates, the Four Horsemen, romping in their new Far East pastures, saw asset increases from 1988-1994 as follows: Exxon Mobil- 54%, Chevron Texaco- 74%, Royal Dutch/Shell- 52% and BP Amoco- 54%.  Big Oil had more than doubled its collective assets in six short years. This quantum leap in global power had everything to do with the takeover of the old Soviet oil patch and the subsequent impoverishment of its birthright owners. While the Four Horsemen gorged on Russian and Central Asian oil, Wall Street investment bankers were facilitating the oil grab and ripping off the Russian Treasury...
 
Take Back America, by Merlin Miller | Veterans News
  Merlin Miller talks about the USS Liberty, the movie “False Flag” in production, the fraudulent “War On Terror”, the need for an American Freedom Party and an alliance of third parties to overcome the “Republicratic” federation. Merlin discusses the need to expel Zionist officials from American government, our military, and the continuous wars for foreign interests...
 
Happy Quds Day! My interview with Tasnim News Agency, by Kevin Barrett | Veterans Today
...The turmoil in the Middle East is the product of a titanic conflict between two historical forces: The Islamic Awakening and the Zionist-led war on Islam. And the central issue, battlefield, and prize of that conflict is Palestine. So beneath the surface of the struggles in Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, Bahrain, Libya, Iraq, and the rest of the Arab world – and even as far away as Turkey, India, Pakistan, Malaysia, and Indonesia – the question of Palestine operates like a hidden magnet that determines the configuration of forces and the way the battles shape up...
 
The Consequences of Hubris: The Logical (and Coming) End to the US Empire, by Robert P. Abele | CounterPunch
...an empire such as the U.S. has constructed exhausts itself by being unable to expand fast enough to control everything it seeks in order to continue its dominance. When the issue of blowback is added—i.e. that other nations and peoples are unlikely to cooperate willingly in having their resources, humanity, and very lives removed from them—the end result, Empire’s fall, could be hastened, and is certainly assured. We can now predict not only how it will happen, but also its imminent coming. Here’s how...
[See also Crumbling American Dreams (NYT)]
 
A Formula for Survival in Damascus, by Franklin Lamb | CounterPunch
...Palestinians interviewed inside the western area of Yarmouk camp explain that the only reason there is anyone still in Yarmouk at all, is that those remaining have no other option and have chosen to risk their lives daily—a sort of Russian roulette fate with the snipers and mortars, to remain in what is left of their homes or camp-out near piles of rubble that were their homes.  Others try to survive outside the camp squatting on blankets, flattened cardboard boxes or plastic tarps in schools and Mosques, some fortunate families having a small gas burner to cook with...
 
Bahrain Declares War on the Opposition, by Emile Nakhleh | Inter Press Service
  The special session of the Bahraini National Assembly held on Sunday Jul. 28 was a spectacle of venom, a display of vulgarity, and an unabashed nod to increased dictatorship. Calling the Shia “dogs”, as one parliamentarian said during the session, which King Hamad convened, the Al-Khalifa have thrown away any hope for national reconciliation and dialogue. The 22 recommendations approved during the session aimed at giving the regime pseudo-legal tools to quash dissent and violate human and civil rights with impunity. All in the name of fighting “terrorism”..
[Uncle Shmuel is smiling; his vassals are doing the dirty work.]



Aug 3, 2013

House demolitions: Zionism’s constant background noise, by Idan Landau | +972 Magazine
  When people summarize the Zionist project, with the fanfare of victory or the gloom of defeat, one thing will be certain, they will be puzzled over one strange mystery. How could so many people associate Zionism with creation and construction, and not with regression and destruction. After all, in parallel with the endless construction frenzy, especially beyond the green line, the hum of bulldozers has always been audible: beating, breaking, shattering...
 
Coast to Coast “pulls it” after Dr. Kevin Barrrett query | Veterans Today
  Coast to Coast AM, the internationally syndicated radio show and top late night ratings winner, has inexplicably “pulled it”- they cancelled an announced and publicized scheduled radio interview with conspiracy skeptic Dr. Michael J. Wood after Dr. Kevin Barrett asked for a chance to respond. It’s important to note that Dr. Wood, a defender of the establishment line, was specifically invited on the program to discuss Dr. Barrett’s article,  noted in the Coast to Coast announcement...
 
Saudi Arabia responsible for Syria bloodshed, by Yusuf Fernandez | PressTV
...According to the observers, Saudi Arabia's real objective is to eliminate Bashar al-Assad´s government because it is an ally of Iran and to replace it with a pro-Saudi extremist government. This would also allow Riyadh to increase its pressure on the Shia-led Iraqi government and to embolden pro-Saudi and pro-West forces in Lebanon against Hezbollah...
 
Iran Alarmism and the "Time is Running Out" Canard, by Nima Shirazi | Wide Asleep in America
  Citing the latest hysterical analysis of Iran's nuclear program by the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS), David Albright's Washington D.C.-based propaganda outfit, the Jerusalem Post exclaims that "Iran is expected to achieve a 'critical capability' to produce sufficient weapon-grade uranium by mid-2014, without being detected.".. Meanwhile, a recent Al Monitor report exposes the agenda dripping from ISIS' analysis. Earlier this month, IAEA Deputy Director Herman Nackaerts explained.. that "'we would know within a week' whether Iran was diverting uranium from declared sites and seeking to enrich it to weapons grade level."..
 
Rohani’s Inauguration, Iran’s Political System, and America’s Strategic Suicide in the Middle East | Going to Tehran
  As Hassan Rouhani approaches his inauguration this weekend, there is self-referential optimism in Western policy circles about what his accession might portend.  A substantial quorum in these circles sees Rouhani as perhaps someone with whom the West—to recall Margaret Thatcher’s 1984 assessment of rising Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev—“can do business.”  The traits these observers cite to justify their optimism—Rouhani’s deep knowledge of the nuclear file, his history of seeking creative diplomatic solutions, an easier rhetorical style for Westerners than outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, fluency in English—are real...
 
Deir Yassin Recalled, by Edward Said | Deir Yassin Remembered
...More than any single occurrence in my memory of that difficult period it was Deir Yassin that stood out in all its awful, and intentional fearsomeness - the stories of rape, of children with their throats slit, mothers disemboweled, and the like. They gripped the imagination, as they were designed to do, and they impressed a young boy many miles away with the mystery of such bloodthirsty, and seemingly gratuitous violence against Palestinians whose only crime seemed to be that they were there. Yet is was not until almost a decade later that I was able to understand the context and real meaning of what happened at Deir Yassin...
[The singular act of Jewish terrorism that continues to inspire terrorism in the Middle East. Perhaps the Stern Gang and the Irgun should share a Nobel Prize for this seminal innovation.]
 
Threat to Israeli participation in EU science programme | Chemistry World
...‘We are not prepared to sign such an item in our contracts with the EU … The result may be termination of our entire cooperation in the areas of the economy, science, culture, sports and academia.’ Meanwhile the science and technology ministry was reported as warning that if Israel does not participate in the EU’s €70 billion (£61 billion) Horizon 2020 research programme, which gets underway in January 2014, the country’s R&D funding will be cut by 40%...
[Would that it were so, but there's only a snowball's chance in hell - see next item.]
 
"Earthquake" over, EU boasts of aiding Israeli boffins, by David Cronin | The Electronic Intifada
  A few weeks ago the European Union was accused of causing an “earthquake” for Israel. This may, however, have been the shortest seismic event recorded in history. For EU officials have already resumed their habitual activity of humoring an apartheid state...
 
NSA lexicon: How James Clapper and other U.S. officials mislead the American public without lying, by Jameel Jaffer and Brett Kaufman | Slate
...An equally insidious threat to the integrity of our national debate, however, comes not from officials’ outright lies but from the language they use to tell the truth. When it comes to discussing government surveillance, U.S. intelligence officials have been using a vocabulary of misdirection—a language that allows them to say one thing while meaning quite another. The assignment of unconventional meanings to conventional words allows officials to imply that the NSA’s activities are narrow and closely supervised, though neither of those things is true. What follows is a lexicon for decoding the true meaning of what NSA officials say...
 
The contradictions of the European Union regarding Hezbollah, by Thierry Meyssan | Voltaire Net
  By designating the military wing of Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, the EU expressed its misunderstanding of the Lebanese resistance, which is not and will not become a political party, although it participates in Lebanese politics. Brussels expressed its allegiance to the Anglo-Saxon bloc (including Israel) at the expense of its own principles...
 
Left, Arabs and The ‘Israeli Democracy’ | Gilad Atzmon
  In the ‘Only Democracy in the Middle East’ the Government decided to get rid of marginal opposition. The Knesset passed yesterday a bill that seeks to raise election threshold to 4%.  The new law is set to block the Arab and Left parties in Israel from participation in the political game...
 
BBC Persian interview with Gilad Atzmon triggers Zionist outrage, by Gilad Atzmon | Redress Information & Analysis
  Last week I was invited by BBC Persian to be interviewed on their on the “HardTalk” programme.. After the recording I was pretty sure the BBC would shelve it but I was wrong. On 1 August it broadcast it on YouTube with Persian subtitles.. Of course, the Zionist cyber universe was outraged, with the notoriously Islamophobic Harry’s Place bleeting: “If BBC Persian keeps broadcasting stuff like this, the Iranian regime won’t even bother to jam them anymore.” Needless to say, I’d love to play Cupid to any budding romance between the BBC and the Iranian regime...
[Watch the interview if you missed it; it’s excellent, which is why the hasbarachiki freaked out.]
 
24% per month | Roi Tov
  Imagine a place where if one approached the police saying: "Thugs harass me. Every month they break into my house saying that if I don't give them money they will beat me. They threaten me with knives. I have their names, here, look," the horrified man would say while handing a piece of paper dirtied with the names of the criminals. The police would study the paper with interest and smile malevolently. "Sir, you are under arrest," he would say while moving to block the exit. There is no need to imagine; those who like to portray themselves as "the only democracy in the Middle East" and are proud of having survived the recent economic crisis unscathed provide daily examples of that...
 
Why Alex Jones Bashes the Nazis, by Yukon Jack | Veterans Today
...Alex Jones interviewed Maxwell Jordan and these two went off in an orgasmic frenzy naming the Germans as the source of Zionism. This, is of course, complete nonsense. The single source of Zionism is Judaism. Zionism is the outgrowth of a line of exclusionary thinking patterns, the Jews are god’s chosen ones, the Jews were given the gentiles as their cattle (goyim). Supremacist Jews actually believe that they own you. You are a cow that is to be milked and killed according to wishes of these Jewish farmers. Recent Rabbinic statements prove this...
 
The West Becomes Al Qaeda – Was it Always? by Jim W. Dean | Veterans Today
  I have sat in amazement looking out my living room window onto the War on Terror that has become the War OF Terror. Where is that opposition from America’s institutions which should be leading the way? How could America have strayed so far from the warnings of our Founding Fathers...
 


Aug 2, 2013

Jimmy Carter: America's Most Famous Truth Teller and Moral Revolutionist, by Allen Roland | The People's Voice
  Carter recently declared that "The U.S has no functioning Democracy" which did not appear in American mainstream press; Carter rightfully defends NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden actions declaring that "the invasion of human rights and American privacy has gone too far" and finally Carter still correctly argues argues that "Israel's continued control and colonization of Palestrina land have been the primary obstacles to a comprehensive peace agreement in the Middle East," and yet Jimmy Carter continues to be ostracized by the global elite and main stream press who obviously deeply fear his revolutionary moral truths...
Read more...

Neocons, Selective Democracy, and the Egyptian Military Coup, by Stephen Sniegoski | Veterans News
  Citing influential analyst Jim Lobe, Sniegoski emphasizes that It is not democracy but rather “protecting Israeli security and preserving its military superiority over any and all possible regional challenges” that is “a core neoconservative tenet.”..
Read more...
 
Presstitutes and Spies, by Paul Balles | Veterans Today
..Hundreds of millions of people in the US and around the world have fallen victim to the NSA spying program, whether through their telephone records or through the PRISM program that grants the spying agency direct access to stored internet activity of nearly anyone, anywhere. It is “a global, ubiquitous surveillance system that has as its goal the elimination of privacy worldwide”, wrote Glenn Greenwald of the Guardian. The laws that these whistleblowers have broken are trivial when compared to the NSA’s massive spying on everyone.  Tell the NSA to get out of our computers; and tell the ‘presstitutes’ to stop defending NSA spying...
 
Kurdish Militia: All Syrian Kurds Must Resist Islamist Rebels, by Jason Ditz | Antiwar
  Northeastern Syria or Western Kurdistan, whichever you want to call it, has not only been sucked into the ongoing Syrian Civil War, but is now the center of another war in the area between Islamist rebels and Kurdish secessionists...
 
Openness My Ass: America’s Police State Marches On, Media in Tow, by Dave Lindorff | CounterPunch
  It could well be that the harsh pretrial treatment of Bradley Manning and the harsh verdict handed down against him Tuesday may have been what convinced Russian authorities of the validity of  NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s appeal for asylum, which his Russian attorney and his father have both now announced has been granted this morning. (Snowden in his application asserted that he cannot hope to receive a fair trial in the US, where Washington leaders have been publicly calling him a traitor and have been clamoring for harsh punishment, and where even the president has condemned him as a “hacker,” instead of a whistleblower)..
 
Liberty’s Backlash, by Judge Andrew P. Napolitano | Antiwar
  Last week, Justin Amash, the two-term libertarian Republican congressman from Michigan, joined with John Conyers, the 25-term liberal Democratic congressman from the same state, to offer an amendment to legislation funding the NSA. If enacted, the Amash-Conyers amendment would have forced the government’s domestic spies when seeking search warrants to capture Americans’ phone calls, texts and emails first to identify their targets and produce evidence of their terror-related activities before a judge may issue a warrant. The support they garnered had a surprising result that stunned the Washington establishment. It almost passed...
 
Author speaks out on Manning verdict | CNN/YouTube
  CNN's Hala Gorani, in for Christiane Amanpour, speaks with Jeremy Scahill about his new book...
 
With Its Foreign Policy, The Obama Administration Is Turning Hypocrisy Into An Art Form, by Doug Bandow | Forbes
  The U.S. backed military regime in Cairo is killing more supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi. Yet Washington continues to proclaim its inability to see a coup, so America’s aid money still flows. The Obama administration is turning hypocrisy into an art form. Unfortunately, the rest of the world is not fooled. The great foreign policy illusion in Washington is that the U.S. government controls international events...
[Black man who speaks with forked tongue is still supported by millions of “liberals” who cheerfully and slavishly keep wiping the 'egg' off their faces.]
 
My hypothesis as to why three FBI agents ended up murdering Ibragim Todashev | The Vineyard of the Saker
  RT TV is getting better and better, mostly thanks to the truly excellent reporters they hire. And no, I don't mean Larry King (Larry King Now), though hiring him was a nice PR coup, but rather folks like Peter Lavelle (Cross Talk) and Abby Martin (Breaking the Set) who talk to the right people and ask the right questions. This time, I want to draw your attention to a most interesting interview of Reni Manukian, the wife of Ibragim Todashev, the Chechen young man recently murdered by three FBI agents in Orlando, Florida...
 
Gilad Atzmon on HardTalk BBC Persia | YouTube
  The clearest exposition of his views that I've seen in any interview...
 
New Auschwitz | Roi Tov
  It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God said Jesus and nailed the topic in an awesome reminder that both Hebrew and Aramaic heavily rely on exaggerations and graphic metaphors to transfer messages compactly. One visualizes the saying and the truth becomes evident. Camels are much larger than average needles. Consistent rumors claim that a giant needle is being constructed this day in a secret, deep desert location to render the wise words false...
 
Syria unrest, Israeli plot to destabilize Mideast: Dr. Kevin Barrett | PressTV
  Press TV: Dr. Barrett, looking at this situation from the very start of this strife in Syria we have seen a couple of attacks by the Israelis and basically we have seen no condemnation or very little condemnation from the international arena of the bombing of a sovereign country. How is it that the international front can totally ignore and not condemn this type of attack? Barrett: That is a very good question. It seems that there are two sets of international laws out there, one set for Israel and the other set for everybody else. And the only international law that applies to Israel says that Israel can do anything Israel wants and nobody can do anything about it...
 
Reviving the Israel-Palestine Negotiations: The Indyk Appointment, by Richard Falk | Global Research
  Appointing Martin Indyk as Special Envoy to the upcoming peace talks was to be expected... And yet it is revealing and distressing. The only other candidates considered for the job were equally known as Israeli partisans: Daniel Kurtzer, former ambassador to Israel before becoming Commissioner of Israel’s Baseball League and Dennis Ross, co-founder in the 1980s (with Indyk) of the AIPAC backed Washington Institute for Near East Policy; handled the 2000 Camp David negotiations on behalf of Clinton...
 
Israeli settlers torch Hebron family’s property for eighth time | International Solidarity Movement
  On Sunday, July 28, Israeli settlers severely burned land belonging to Hani Abu Haikel and his family in Hebron. Occupation soldiers, though at first trying to help stop the fire, ended up blocking the road so that Palestinian firefighters were delayed in reaching the scene. Several very old olive trees were destroyed in the fire which swept over immense swathes of land very quickly. In the video below, Hani Abu Haikel speaks about the incident and how Israeli settlers, soldiers and police work together to pressure Palestinian families to leave the Israeli-controlled H2 district of occupied Hebron...
[Just as a reminder I like to link to an item that recounts the sort of incident that occurs on a daily basis in Occupied Palestine]
 
Khan al-Assal Massacre to Cover-up Chemical Weapons Use by Jabhat al-Nusrah, by Christof Lehmann | NSNBC
  Both Russia and Syria have condemned the massacre in Khan al-Assal, committed by the Jabhat al-Nusrah affiliated “Liwaa Ansar al-Khilafa” brigade.. Syria´s Ambassador to Moscow stressed, that the al-Qaeda linked terrorists committed the massacre on 27 July to cover-up the use of chemical weapons in the area. Russian Foreign Ministry called Khan al-Assal Massacre Genocide. The Russian Foreign Ministry sharply condemned the massacre committed by terrorist groups in the Khan al-Assal district of Aleppo, in which more than 123 Syrians, predominantly unarmed, non-combatant civilians were murdered...
 
Cancer patient advocate warns of soaring treatment costs for Iranians | Payvand
  The head of the Society Supporting Cancer Patients in the Central Province has reported that the cost of cancer treatment across the country is rising at an alarming rate. Ahmad Ghorbani said: "Currently, the cost of medication has quadrupled, and 13 percent of patients have abandoned their course of treatment."..
 
World Health Organization still stalling release of report on Iraqi cancers and birth defects | Aletho News
  The back-breaking burden of cancers and birth defects continues to weigh heavily on the Iraqi people. The joint WHO and Iraqi Ministry of Health Report on cancers and birth defect in Iraq was originally due to be released in November 2012. It has been delayed repeatedly and now has no release date whatsoever. By March 2013, staff from the Iraqi Ministry of Health announced that this report will show an increase in cancers and birth defects due to the explosions of war.. Who could justify blocking the release of information from a long-completed investigation of that epidemic?..
[Gee, let me guess]
 
When they fail, peace talks will only deepen crisis for Palestinians, by Jonathan Cook | The View from Nazareth
  It may not have reached the level of fevered expectation unleashed by that famous handshake between Israeli and Palestinian leaders on the White House lawn in 1993, but the sense of hope inspired by the long-awaited revival of peace talks is both tangible and deeply misplaced. The talks, which are set to begin in earnest in mid-August, are taking place not because either Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, or the Palestinian Authority president, Mahmoud Abbas, believes a deal is in reach. The two sides are talking to avoid being blamed for embarrassing John Kerry, the US secretary of state...
[Maybe it’s just force of habit; you scratch where it itches, even though you know it’s likely to just make things worse]
 
Franco Battiato - L'Ombra della Luce| YouTube
  Italian/Iraqi collaboration. Text inspired by the Tibetan Book of the Dead. English translation of the lyrics below...
 
 Western-backed genocide continues in Syria, by Finian Cunningham | PressTV
...It is of course known that Washington, London and Paris have long been covertly running weapons and logistics to the network of foreign mercenaries in Syria through military intelligence conduits and regional proxies, Israel, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. The extremist groups are professedly linked to Al Qaeda and other Takfiri brigades and are working with the Western governments on a covert agenda of regime change in Syria. The overthrow of Syria’s Assad has been a much sought-after geopolitical goal for the Western states and their regional allies, including Israel and Saudi Arabia, as it is seen as a blow to the influence of Iran in the oil-rich Middle East...
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Aug 1, 2013

Can Patriotism Be Compassionate? by Jeremy Adam Smith | Charter for Compassion
...When morality rests upon the Loyalty foundation, says Haidt, right is anything that builds and defends the tribe; wrong is anything that undermines it. Thus violence against members of the other tribe is moral, and betrayal of one’s own tribe is the worst crime of all. That sounds terrible to people whose morality rests upon Care and Fairness—and the reason why, for example, conservatives vilify whistleblower Edward Snowden while many liberals hail him as a hero. But Haidt argues the Loyalty foundation has deep evolutionary roots and cannot be wished away by liberals. Humans have always had to band together to survive and thrive, and bonding with some seems to naturally involve excluding others...
[The pages of this website are full of temporary problems and temporary solutions, but initiatives like the Charter for Compassion point the way to a far more profound and lasting approach to human confusion and conflict. Click here for a fully developed system leading towards a sane society.]
 
US Government Protection of Al-Qaeda Terrorists and the US-Saudi Black Hole, by Peter Dale Scott | Veterans Today
...it is becoming common to say that America, like Turkey before it, now has what Marc Ambinder and John Tirman have called a deep state behind the public one. And this parallel government is guided in surveillance matters by its own Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, known as the FISA court, which according to the New York Times, “has quietly become almost a parallel Supreme Court.” Thanks largely to Edward Snowden, it is now clear that the FISA Court has permitted this deep state to expand surveillance beyond the tiny number of known and suspected Islamic terrorists, to any incipient protest movement that might challenge the policies of the American war machine...
 
How UN Schemers Screwed up Middle East Peace Prospects for All Time, by Stuart Littlewood | Palestine Chronicle
  Why, after 65 years, is the Palestinian homeland still under foreign military occupation and total blockade when international law and the United Nations say it shouldn’t be? And why have the Palestinians been pressured – yet again – to submit to ‘direct negotiations’, lamb versus voracious wolf, to haggle and plead for their freedom? The answer appears to lie in the deliberate hash made of United Nations Security Council Resolution 242 of November 1967...
 
West war crimes in Syria exposed, by Finian Cunningham | My Catbird Seat
  There was a time during the 30-month covert dirty war on Syria when the Western governments and mainstream media would make a clamor over reported massacres. Now, despicably, these governments and media just ignore such atrocities. Why? Because it is increasingly clear that the groups committing these crimes against thousands of Syrian civilians are the foreign-backed mercenaries, whom the Western media and their governments have tried to lionize as “rebels” fighting for “democratic freedom”..
 
Mohammed Assaf: champion of the people or the powerful? by Reem Kelani | The Electronic Intifada
...This opportunistic Israeli effort reminds us of art’s value as a weapon. The Lebanese singer and Arab Idol judge, Ragheb Alama, described Assaf as the “rocket” from Gaza, and the Israeli analysts are probably still trying to assess the implications of this success. The Palestinian Authority in Ramallah was similarly focused not on Assaf’s ballads, but on what political value it could reap out of him. PA leader Mahmoud Abbas’ officials and family also got in on the act, turning up in the audience on several occasions...
 
Ex-Envoy’s Account Clarifies Iran’s 2003 Nuclear Decision, by Gareth Porter | Antiwar
  Newly published recollections by the former French ambassador to Iran suggest that Iran was not running a covert nuclear weapons programme that it then decided to halt in late 2003, as concluded by U.S. intelligence in 2007. Ambassador Francois Nicoullaud recounted conversations with high-ranking Iranian officials indicating that Tehran’s then nuclear policy chief – and now president-elect – Hassan Rouhani did not know what research projects relating to nuclear weapons had been carried out over the years...
 
Israel Warns its Syrian Mercenaries | Roi Tov
  In the last day of July 2013, Israel issued an unprecedented warning towards the "Syrian Free Army," the mercenaries attempting to topple the Syrian government. Considering that Israel facilitated the supplies of weapons to them, this looks odd. Yet, Syria is not Libya. Mercenaries can't juggernaut there. The Israeli reaction came after a heated press conference that took place on July 16. The conference was offered by General Salim Idris, Commander of the Free Syrian Army as a result of the UK abandoning plans to arm the Syrian opposition...
 
Alan Dershowitz vs. Gilad Atzmon: A Talmudic Deliberation | Gilad Atzmon
  Ethnic cleansing advocate Alan Dershowitz is campaigning today for the release of arch spy Jonathan Pollard. In a commentary published on the repulsive Jewish media outlet The Algemeiner, Dershowitz argues “the time has come…for the United States to do the right thing with regard to Jonathan Pollard.” Dershowitz’ argument is amusing as usual.  “Pollard poses no continuing danger to America, since he has not had access to our secrets for nearly 30 years.”..
 
A peace process that protects Israel, by Ben White | Al Jazeera
  With peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian officials beginning again, many analysts have given their reasons for being either cautiously hopeful or sceptical. Yet what is incredible is that, twenty years on from the Oslo Accords, many people still have not asked more fundamental questions about the paradigm of the official peace process itself. Of all the various reasons to doubt whether this resumption of talks will produce an agreement, a crucial one is that Israel's maximal position - the most on offer within the political mainstream - is untenable from the point of view of the Palestinian people's struggle for liberation and return...
[The charade may go on for a long time, but eventually Israelis and their supporters will have to face the music. Such is the nature of things, aka karma, the law of cause and effect.]
 
CrossTalk: Hell Unleashed | RT/YouTube
  Are we witnessing a regional civil war in the Middle East? Can it be identified as a Sunni-Shia conflict? What will replace the old neocolonial order in the region? And, are oil-rich countries playing a positive role in this turmoil? CrossTalking with Grant Smith and Charles Wolf...
 
The Strange History of the Anti-Defamation League: ADL Spies, by Jeffrey Blankfort | CounterPunch
  For hundreds of organizations and thousands of individuals the ADL’s embrace has been too close for comfort and “unconscionable” would be a term more befitting the organization’s activities. What is definitely in order is a reminder that this year also marks the 20th anniversary of the exposure of a nation-wide spying operation run by the ADL that went back at least five decades. In January, 1993, San Francisco newspapers reported that the city’s police department had raided the ADL’s Northern California office and discovered it was keeping files on more than 600 largely liberal civic organizations and over 10,000 individuals...
 
Count Yourself among The Poor! by Ben Tanosborn | MCW News
  Go  ahead, be a fool, tell yourself that you are still part of that once proud American “middle-class,” then dare look in the mirror and see yourself as nothing but a zombie. Or, rather, the new identifiable species in the US: the Amerizombie, a reanimated economic corpse, undead but politically clueless to the new global realities. Still managing to put food on the table, living on borrowed money and tiredly keeping both your mind and your mouth shut as you face America’s sad sack economic reality?  Well, if so… you are doing it at your peril; living your economic agony in denial, begging for that last pain-killing shot of economic morphine before you expire...
 
House Rushes To Pass AIPAC's 'Strangle Iran' Bill, by M.J. Rosenberg | MCW News
  Sometimes I hear from readers who complain that I lay too much blame on AIPAC for our one-sided and failed Middle East policies. What can I say? I worked at AIPAC for almost six years (1973-1975, 1982-1986) so I know how it operates. Additionally, because I left AIPAC on good terms, I maintained friendships with its staff (no more!) and they filled me in on how the lobby was increasing its power over Congress. Of course, I saw that myself during 15 years as a House and Senate staffer. AIPAC runs the Middle East policy show on Capitol Hill...
 
The Real Criminals Under Our National-Security State System, by Jacob G. Hornberger | The Future of Freedom Foundation
  Let’s recap the situation regarding criminal conduct within the U.S. national-security state, just to see how the national-security state has succeeded in corrupting the morals and values of our nation...
 
Israeli army recruitment plan aims to incite Christian-Muslim tensions, by Jonathan Cook | The View from Nazareth
  Leaders of Israel’s Palestinian minority have accused the Israeli authorities of intensifying efforts to push Christian and Muslim communities into conflict, as part of a long-running divide-and-rule strategy towards the country’s Palestinian citizens. The allegations have been prompted by a series of initiatives to pressure Christian school-leavers into the army, breaking the community’s blanket rejection of the Israeli army draft for the past 65 years. Leaders from the Palestinian community, Christian and Muslim, who have spoken against this new enlistment effort have been called in for investigation by Israel’s secret police. In an Orwellian inversion, they have been accused of “incitement to violence.”..
 
A Standard and a Drone | YouTube
  Poetry. Words, voice and video by Anis Hamadeh...