Monday, March 02, 2015

Le Monde diplomatique

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Mainstream US anti-Semitism

"Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich, a Republican candidate for governor, died on Thursday in an apparent suicide after he went public with allegations that rivals in the GOP planned to mount an anti-Semitic ‘whisper campaign” about his Jewish heritage.

The suicide came minutes after he called the Associated Press to accuse John Hancock, the head of the Missouri Republican Party. of making anti-Semitic comments about him.

Schweich was a churchgoing Episcopalian but his grandfather was Jewish."

This guy really internalizes the officail Saudi sectarian line about ISIS and its origins

"It’s very hard for Sunnis to say, today, ‘Let’s go and fight ISIS militarily,’ when you also have, let’s say, the Assad regime killing hundreds of thousands of Sunni Muslims, or Iran and its forces in Iraq and Syria and Lebanon also attacking Sunnis at the same time. In a world where a lot of people are attacking Sunnis, it’s hard for Sunnis to say ‘ISIS is the only bad group.’”"  So in other words, fighters of ISIS would have been secular leftists if it was not for Maliki and Hizbullah. 

UK's "most prolific" pedophile was a Zionist

From Amir: ""Sir Jimmy always said he had berated the Israeli Cabinet in 1975 for being too soft after the Six Day War. The bling-loving Leeds-born presenter of Jim'll Fix It and Top of the Pops, who once described himself as "the most Jewish Catholic you will ever meet," was a strong supporter of Israel and through fun runs, marathons and personal appearances, raised funds for many charities including WIZO, Ravenswood, and the British Friends of the Laniado Hospital in Netanya."

 Jimmy Savile was UK's most prolific paedophile, police report reveals

US unable to comment

"“We have captured some U.S. citizens in undercover activities, espionage, trying to win over people in towns along the Venezuelan coast,” he said, adding that one was a U.S. pilot taken in the convulsed border state of Tachira. “In Tachira we captured a pilot of a U.S. plane (who is) of Latin origin (carrying) all kinds of documentation,” Maduro said, without offering details.

A spokesman for the U.S. embassy in Caracas said he was unable to comment, citing a lack of any official diplomatic communication with the Venezuelan government." Since well do US embassy spokespeople are reluctant to comment? I find this to be quite interesting.

The language is Netanyahu as reviewed in The Washington Post

"Netanyahu’s English is fluid, conversational, persuasive and often blunt." Persuasive? Persuasive? Only to Zionists like the Post.  When did he ever persuade a non-Zionist or an anti-Zionist?  He preaches well to the Zionist converted.

Leave Karl Marx alone, damn it

I hate this obsession with the personal lives of members of Karl Marx's family in Western anti-communist media.  They are obsessed with the lives of Karl Marx's daughters only to take cheap shots at Marx.

Harakat Hazm is no more: Liz Sly and David Ignatius unconsolable

There is no accountability in US media. If there is, someone would expose the terrible reporting by Liz Sly and David Ignatius who, at the prodding of US officials, would simply promote the "moderate Syrian rebel group de jour" and laud its leader as the best hope--for US--since Pope John Paul II.  Sly has yet another superficial article about the demise of Hazm and attribute the demise to this: "But Hazm and other moderate groups that later received the weapons complained that the quantities were insufficient to make a difference in the fight against the government."   So if they were given larger quantities those quantities would have landed, yet again, in the arms of Nusrah, as was the case yesterday with the takeover of the warehouses at Fawj 46 headquarters.  Forget about the lousy reporting of Sly, read this informative piece in As-Safir about the demise of Hazm. There is more to the story about members and leaders "vetted" by CIA, as Sly tells it.  It is also revealed that one of the founders of Hazm, Abu Jalal Shalluh had previously pledged allegiance to both: the leaders of Nusrah and Baghdadi himself of ISIS.  But when Western weapons and aid rushed in, he discarded the religious garb and temporarily became--you guessed it--a moderate. 

Let us not exaggerate the Democratic "boycott" of Netanyahu's speech

"So far, 30 Democrats — four senators and 26 representatives — have said they will not attend the speech. Nearly half are African-Americans, who say they feel deeply that Mr. Netanyahu is disrespecting the president by challenging his foreign policy. But a half-dozen of those Democrats planning to stay away are Jewish, and represent 21 percent of Congress’s Jewish members."

Sunday, March 01, 2015

You would not know this from US press: Muslims harassed as much as Jews in Europe

"Muslims experienced harassment in nearly as many European countries (32 of 45) as Jews. By comparison, the Middle East and North Africa was the only region where Muslims faced more widespread harassment, dealing with hostility in 15 of that region’s 20 countries. In Germany, bloody pig heads were found at a site where the Ahmadiyya Muslim community was planning to build Leipzig’s first mosque. And in Ireland, several mosques and Muslim cultural centers received threatening letters, with one of the letters stating: “Muslims have no right to be in Ireland.”"

Anne Barnard: her quest for "moderate" Syrian rebels

It is hilarious: early on in the Syrian war, Barnard was at pains to tell readers that Syrian rebels are all moderate and secular and very nice.  In this article she cites a US-based academic without telling readers that he is a...US-based academic: "“A tragedy and catastrophic loss for Iraqi history and archaeology beyond comprehension,” Amr al-Azm, a Syrian anthropologist and historian, called the destruction on his Facebook page".

Canada used to be like Sweden: Le Pen's France

"A Montreal Judge refused to hear a Muslim woman's case because she was wearing a headscarf". (thanks Ken)

Turkey supports Syrian Jihadi terrorists

"Libya's internationally recognized Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni said his government would stop dealing with Turkey because it was sending weapons to a rival group in Tripoli so that "the Libyan people kill each other"."

Quebec TV

From Jerome: "Adil Charkaoui grilled on TV in Quebec about ISIS because one student who is suspected to have travelled to Syria attended two classes of his islamic school and on the school's website there was a link to one specific work on "Kitab" a virtual library that hosts radical books among thousands of other books. Ridiculous journalism which would make Fox News proud."

Semi-democracy? Is an autocracy supported by the US

"Kuwait, the only semi-democracy in the Gulf, has long had the most open media, but its position also has worsened significantly."  For that, Freedom House invented the category of "partially free". (thanks Basim)

Arabs and the US

"The doubts about the US effort to eliminate IS have several roots. The omnipresent Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one of them. Iraqis, like their fellow Arabs, feel that the United States has consistently favored Israeli interests over Arab interests for more than six decades."

John McCain cites Bin Laden and his fellow terrorists as a success US foreign policy operation

"McCain pointed to the 1980’s Soviet war in Afghanistan as a success story of what happens when the US commits weapons in a proxy war against the Russians." "In the case of Afghanistan, the consequences, which have been widely and exhaustively reported, were the rise of the Taliban and decades of war, and over 13 years of a US military campaign against the very same people that the Pentagon covertly armed in the 1980’s—militants who included Osama Bin Laden himself." (thanks Amir)

New York Times correction

"An earlier version of this article misspelled part of the name of the French newspaper that was the scene of terrorist shootings in January. It is Charlie Hebdo, not Hedbo or Hebbo."

Lest you accidentally oppress Arabs

"Still, I don’t think Americans who have donated trees would feel too good after meeting some of the displaced Bedouin, and the tree-planting raises larger questions: Particularly at a time of hard-line Israeli leadership, how can foreigners support Israel without inadvertently oppressing Arabs?" (thanks David)

The US categories denies that it tries to subvert "hostile" governments and it states that it supports demonstrations even among its allies, like Saudi Arabia

"The United States denies those allegations and has pressed Mr. Maduro to release arrested opposition politicians and guarantee protections for antigovernment demonstrators."

Top Story on Drudge Report: a reliable media report

Usually, in the Middle East media, you stop reading a story if it cites a "Kuwaiti" newspaper.  "The Bethlehem-based news agency Ma’an has cited a Kuwaiti newspaper report Saturday". But they have in turn other sources: "The report claimed that an unnamed Israeli minister who has good ties with the US administration revealed the attack plan to Secretary of State John Kerry".

Boris Nemtsov

It is not mentioned in the US media that he played a role in the "reforms" that led to the stock market crash in 1998, or his later appeasement of Putin.

Who does the Prime Minister of Israel speak for?

Weekly Standard: "The prime minister of Israel, speaking on behalf of not only his country and millions of Jews, but on behalf of the West itself".  So if one were to criticize the prime minister of Israel, one is certainly anti-Semitic AND anti-Western?

Covering demonstrations that are not opposed to US interests

From Saad: "Regarding the assassination of the opposition leader in Russia:
The Wash.Post:  Thousands demonstrated in Moscow.
The NY Times: Tens of thousands demonstrated in Moscow."

This is the actual and factual record of Obama toward Israel

This should settle the matter.  Obama's services to Israel.

This man would like to educate Muslims about their own religion

"Muslims he says are “just ignorant” of Islam’s legal and political history".  Imagine the uproar if a non-Jewish expert of Judaism were tell Jews that they are "just ignorant" about their religion.

Say what you wish about the King of Jordan, but he always looks dignified in pictures

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Nezar al-Hindawi and the Mossad

In his newly released book, former Syrian foreign minister, Faruq Ash-Shar`, makes a strong case that Hindawi and the whole affair was designed and controlled by the Mossad. 

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Israel Secretly Arrests Golani Druze, Accusing Him of Exposing Syrian Rebel-IDF Collaboration

"Israel’s Shin Bet rearrested Golani Druze Sedki al-Maket (age 48).  Until his release in 2012 (Hebrew), he’d been the longest serving Israeli security prisoner, having spent 27 years detained.  News of his arrest is under gag order by Israeli media. The gag is laughable since the arrest has been reported not only by Syrian media, but in a Hebrew Facebook post.

Though Israeli security services haven’t offered any reason for his arrest, it’s likely they’re angered because a week ago he followed Syrian rebels to a meeting inside Israeli-occupied territory.  The rebels met with IDF forces who’ve previously been shown to receive logistical and intelligence support from Israel in previous reports here and in Israel and foreign media.  Al Maket filmed a video  while the meeting was underway, in which he described what he saw and offered it to Syrian TV.  It was aired to the entire nation and likely monitored by Israeli security." (thanks Sami)

U.S. gives Afghans $100 for killing their relatives

"A child who died in a combat operation: $2,414. These are among the payments that the United States has made to ordinary Afghans over the course of American military operations in the country, according to databases covering thousands of such transactions obtained by The Intercept under the Freedom of Information Act." "Some family members received as little as $100 for the death of a relative."

Zionist thuggery

"Two Jewish Defence League UK thugs were today found guilty of assault after they attacked a panel at a Palestine literary festival in September." "Simons said today: “This was fascist, Zionist thuggery … they’re driven, they’re messianic, it’s their own strange jihad. A prison sentence, if they get one, will be like a badge in scouts or girl guides. If I didn’t help the prosecution, when they do it next time there wouldn’t be a record – and there probably will be a next time.” " (thanks Amir)

What US-Israeli rift?

"The dispute has taken on rancorous partisan tones with over two dozen Democratic lawmakers vowing to boycott the speech. They charge that Netanyahu's goal is to undermine the president's diplomacy with Iran, and that Republican House Speaker John Boehner invited the Israeli leader to defy and humiliate the White House.

Yet all those objecting to the speech, whether in the United States, or Netanyahu's rivals at home where he faces an election next month, protest that their concern is to guarantee US-Israeli relations on whose strength the very future of Israel is said to hang.

But what all this sound and fury misses is that for the Palestinians there is no meaningful Obama-Netanyahu rift. Indeed US-Israeli relations have never been stronger, nor more damaging to the prospects for peace and justice and for the very survival of the Palestinian people.

Just look at the recent record. Last December, the Palestinian Authority put forward a tepid resolution in the UN Security Council that did little more than repeat long-standing US policy on the outlines of a two-state solution. Obama's UN ambassador Samantha Power marshaled all her resources to defeat it.

She claimed that the resolution was "deeply imbalanced" and took "no account of Israel's legitimate security concerns."

The next day, after disappointed Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas signed the treaty acceding to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, Obama's State Department declared itself "deeply troubled," accusing Palestinians of an "escalatory step" that "badly damages the atmosphere with the very people with whom they ultimately need to make peace."

Power said the Palestinian move "really poses a profound threat to Israel."

These words are perverse. Israel's 51-day long attack on Gaza that left more than 2,200 people dead didn't "damage the atmosphere" as far as the Obama administration was concerned, but any Palestinian effort to use international bodies in pursuit of justice and accountability is tantamount to an act of war.

I challenge Ms. Power to go and repeat her words to any of the 100,000 Palestinians in Gaza still living in the damp and freezing rubble of their homes, to the surviving parents of more than 500 children killed in the Israeli attack, or to the thousands who will live with lifelong injuries."

Friday, February 27, 2015

Islam and Savagery

My weekly article in Al-Akhbar: "Islam and Savagery: Features of Western Propaganda Battles".

Leonard Nimoy on the Arab-Israeli conflict

Here is the stance of Leonard Nimoy on the Arab-Israeli conflict.

PS In no way do I endorse his stance, of course.

What is happening in Saudi Arabia?

This is a very informative interview (a first) with Mujtahid.

AUB and Malcolm X

"When Malcolm traveled from Saudi Arabia to Lebanon, Malik tried to arrange for Malcolm to speak at the American University of Beirut, where Malik was teaching. After the university's President refused, calling Malcolm an "enemy of America" and "anti-American," Malcolm spoke instead at the Sudanese Cultural Center in Beirut. " (thanks Basim)

A writer in Jordan is being tried for publishing what "clashes with principles of freedom, human rights, and values of the nation"--I am not making this up

ونشر ما يتعارض مع مبادئ الحرية وحقوق الإنسان وقيم الأمة""

Need not apply: women in Hijab

"Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. proposed a hypothetical that he said “is going to sound like a joke, but, you know, it’s not.”  He envisioned four job applicants: “The first is a Sikh man wearing a turban, the second is a Hasidic man wearing a hat, the third is a Muslim woman wearing a hijab, the fourth is a Catholic nun in a habit.”  Alito continued, “Now, do you think . . . that those people have to say, ‘we just want to tell you, we’re dressed this way for a religious reason. We’re not just trying to make a fashion statement.’”  In Elauf’s case, the interviewer and a supervisor conferred and agreed they thought Elauf wore the hijab for religious reasons. They then concluded she could not meet the company’s “Look Policy,” which promotes an East Coast collegiate preppy style that prohibits caps and the color black."

Huckabee in Israel

"Huckabee has been a regular visitor to Israel for 42 years, he says. Some years, he comes three or four times. He can’t remember how many trips exactly. Lots."

This is the work of Rafiq Hariri

"Along with its power grid, nearly all of the country’s infrastructure was clobbered during the civil war and has been only partially rebuilt. Repairing it is not easy in a society where corruption is rife."  Of course, the magazine would not blame Hariri who was in charge of all reconstruction and repair plan.  His name doesn't even appear in the article.

And how do you know that, Mr. Fahmi? What is your evidence?

"Georges Fahmi, an Egyptian scholar, detects a conservative mood among Muslims: “What is shocking is how many people support IS’s actions even if they would not do them themselves.”"

FBI plots

"But how serious of a threat can all of this be, at least domestically, if the FBI continually has to resort to manufacturing its own plots by trolling the Internet in search of young drifters and/or the mentally ill whom they target, recruit and then manipulate into joining?"

U.S. position on overthrow of Yemeni president vs. Ukrainian president

"QUESTION: Frankly, I had another subject. On Yemen, how come if this president when he left his capital is still technically president in his country?

MS. PSAKI: That’s --

QUESTION: How come the Ukrainian president was not in the same position?

MS. PSAKI: That’s the Yemeni constitution and what the Yemeni constitution says, so I encourage you to take a look at the Yemeni constitution if you’re interested.

QUESTION: And the Ukrainian constitution said the same thing.

MS. PSAKI: Well, I think --"

Rebuilding Gaza will take more than 100 years if Israel keeps blockade

"At current rates it could take more than 100 years to complete essential building of homes, schools and health facilities in Gaza unless the Israeli blockade is lifted," "Gaza needs more than 800,000 truckloads of construction materials to build homes, schools, health facilities and other infrastructure required after repeated conflicts and years of blockade, according to aid agencies on the ground." (thanks Amir)

Discovering Gaza

(thanks Talal)