Monday, February 20, 2017

Sleazy Huffington Post Arabic

They have a full blast headline saying: "Female Politicians but Naked".  Kid you not. This is what the Huffington Post deal with the Qatari regime brought to the Arab world.

John McCain and Lebanese Army commander

John McCain with the clownish Lebanese commander-in-chief of the Army.  Notice in the background, there is a picture in which Dalai Lama bows down to McCain, and another one of McCain with Saudi King.  

Another in-depth analysis of the American right by the Guardian newspaper

"Why do all the women on Fox News look and dress alike? Republicans prefer blondes"

How Western media Arabic section operate

Arabic versions of Western media are mere mouthpieces of Gulf regimes. They are run by Arabs who aspire to one day work for Gulf regimes media so they are keen on ingratiating themselves with those tyrannical regimes. CNN Arabic published this fawning praise for UAE by a UAE academic without mentioning that the writer was recently arrested for mild disagreements with his government.

on John McCain, the hero of US liberals and media

"Rand Paul: If John McCain Were In Charge, U.S. ‘Would Be In Perpetual War’"  Who can disagree with Paul, here?

UAE and Saudi regime appetite for arms


immigrants and crime


This aspect of Israel is never written about in Western media

"Israeli Ministers Vote Down Gay Rights Bills on Eve of LGBT Rights Day in Knesset"

Tributes for `Umar `Abdul-Raman by Gulf regimes

The Jihadi militant Shaykh, `Umar `Abdul-Rahman, has been receiving tributes from supporters of Gulf regimes on social media.  Aljazeera described him as someone who "rejected tyranny" and who "defended human rights".  I kid you not.  Those Gulf regimes media say one thing to Western audiences and then another to their Arab audiences.

It could soon become a job description: that Arab leaders should have US citizenship

"of Somalia’s 24 presidential candidates, nine held American passports."

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Trump's sons in the UAE

They are among Muslims that they approve of.

Lousy American liberals and their love of Israeli occupation and aggression

Read this interview with Tim Kaine.  Let him tell you how much he loves Israeli occupation and aggression.  Yet, he is considered a critic of Israel by US liberal standards.

This is how you are considered a "critic of Israel" in the Democratic Party

This even applies to Bernie Sanders: criticisms of Israel is basically the ability to say (only): I don't agree with everything that Israel does. This is considered a brave statement according to the lousy standards of US liberals.  

How come Western correspondents and pundits are not shedding fake tears over people in Western Mosul?

"With military operations to retake western Mosul beginning, humanitarian organizations are warning that tens of thousands of families are at extreme risk. Recent surveys with key informants confirm that food and fuel supplies are dwindling, markets and shops have closed, running water is scarce and electricity in many neighborhoods is either intermittent or cut off."

"The Disturbing Alliance Between Zionists and Anti-Semites"

"The answer may lie in the history of the Zionist movement, a history which demonstrates that there is no inherent contradiction between Zionism and anti-Semitism. The two ideologies have in fact often worked in concert to achieve their shared goal: concentrating Jews in one place (so as to better avoid them in others). Even before the modern Zionist movement arose in the late 19th century, Christian philosophers and statesmen debated what to do with the “oriental” mass of Jewry in their midst. As the scholar Jonathan Hess of the University of North Carolina has noted, one “solution” popular among Enlightenment figures who harbored anti-Semitic feelings was to deport Jews to a colonial setting where they could be reformed. Johann Gottlieb Fichte, among the founders of German Idealism, noted in 1793 that the most effective protection Europeans could mount against the Jewish menace was to “conquer the holy land for them and send them all there.”  Indeed, Zionism crystallized as a political movement among European Jews explicitly to solve the problem of political anti-Semitism. For Zionist pioneers like Leo Pinsker and Theodor Herzl, anti-Semitism was an inevitable phenomenon that would occur at any time and place where Jews were a sizable minority. Normal relations with other nations could only be established by moving Jews to a place where they were a majority. Thus rather than pushing contemporary states and societies to devise new ways of accommodating difference, Zionist thinkers of Herzl’s generation ascribed to the logic that the Jewish “problem” could only be settled by removing Jews from European states...It has been with this history in mind that I approach contemporary debates about Donald Trump’s presidency and the alliance it fosters between members of the white nationalist “alt-right” on one hand, and a certain segment of American Jews, on the other. The argument that the latter should work with the former because they all share a commitment to “Greater Israel” belies the fact that not all allies, or alliances, are created equal. When Richard Spencer voices his admiration of Zionism (because, in his understanding, the movement stands first and foremost for racial homogeneity), we should realize that this is not incidental to his suggestion that America might be better off with a peaceful ethnic cleansing of those population segments that are not of white, European descent. Do American Jews really believe that they will pass muster within such a state? And are the swastikas and other acts of intimidation that have been so abundant since Trump’s victory really just peaceful incentives to realize that our true home is in a land far, far away The answer must be a resounding “no.”  Jewish life flourishes in pluralistic societies within which difference is not a “problem” to be resolved, but a fact to be celebrated. The alliance of right-wing Zionists and the alt-right should not be viewed as an abnormality, but the meeting of quite compatible outlooks that assert — each in their own way—that the world will only be secure once we all retreat to our various plots of ancestral land. Nationalist thinking of this sort wrought more than its fair share of damage during the twentieth century. Let’s not enact a repeat performance in the twenty-first."

Zionists scrambling to the defense of the anti-Semitic, misoygunistic Saudi regime

"Iran aimed to "undermine stability in every country in Middle East ... their main destination at the end of the day is Saudi Arabia," Avigdor Lieberman told delegatesthe Munich Security Conference, saying he was looking forward to hearing comments from Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir." (thanks Basim)

Milo on US college campuses

Milo is not one person who can be simply silenced by protesters. He represents a movement which has roots and strongholds on US college campuses.  Milo was at UC, Berkeley because a student group at UC Berkeley had invited him.  US liberals still refuse to acknowledge Trump represents a movement: even after the election, liberals cite dubious polls to convince themselves that the entire country stands with Schumer.  

A press conference by Jihadi Fanatical leaders of Jordan (with regime consent)

It is stunning (not really) that Jordanian regime still sponsors and uses and manipulates the worst of the Jihadi Fanatical ideologues, like Abu Qatadah and Abu Muhammad Al-Maqdisi: it arrests people for complaint about inflation on Facebook but allows people like those Jihadi kooks to hold press conferences.  

Saudi regime foreign minister on Trump

He said in Munich that Trump is a "pragmatic businessman" who always wants to find solutions.  This is how Western media will cover his statement: they will say that Bashshar Al-Asad said that he is willing to work with Trump (and they skip the rest of his statement).

Union of Arab Writers and measuring Arab public opinion

I am always looking for evidence of Arab public opinion especially that Arab public opinion surveys can't always be trusted because 1) regimes often manipulate results; 2) Western polling firms often mistranslates questions and answers and often sub-contract their work to local unreliable firms; 3) polling don't take place in a free climate.  But here is one interesting case: the Union of Arab Writers met in Algeria and the statement was surprisingly (given regimes and Arab League's subservience to US-Israeli-Saudi alliance) tough against Israeli occupation and Trump's Muslim ban and hailed resistance to Israeli occupation and condemned all forms of normalization.

A split in the Gulf between the regimes

Qatari regime media relish to show how Trump shows contempt towards Gulf regimes, while Saudi and UAE regime media relish praising Trump and showing his hostility toward Iran. But Qatari regime also relishes publishing articles on how Trump will be tough toward Iran.  

Nothing great comes out of Gulf regimes-funded think tanks and centers

Sarah Leah Whitson (@sarahleah1)
Great report by @AtlanticCouncil - look forward to next one on #BreakingSanaa w strong condemnations by @madeleine @RNicholasBurnstwitter.com/atlanticcounci…

Bill Maher's career as an anti-Islam bigot is longer than that of Milo and many others: here is from 2001

I appeared on his show back in 2001.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Milo and Bill Maher

It is good to know that Bill Maher and Milo agreed on detestation of Islam and Muslims.

Trump praying

The sight of Trump praying is as fake as me praying.  

What American liberals stand for: and other delusions

1) Hillary did not lose the election.  Putin arranged for her defeat.
2) the military-intelligence apparatus should overthrow an elected president and install Hillary or John McCain instead.
3) there is one truth and one version of events and history: and New York Times and CNN will vomit the truth to the masses.
4) it is the liberal thing to promote and expand NATO and to nurse the enmity toward Russia.
5) the US should keep a strong alliance with Gulf tyrannies because it is good for Israel.
6) Chuck Schumer is the most charismatic and able leader since Alexander the Great.

What is happening in the US now

This is a great opportunity for leftists to realize that their alliance with US liberals has been wrong-headed and harmful.  It is an opportunity for progressive (wait, I hate that word, it is used by conservative Democrats in the US, like the lousy Clintons, to avoid using he word liberal) to chart an independent course, away from the corrupt and corporate Democratic Party.  

McCain or Trump? Who poses the biggest danger to the world?

If you compare the record of McCain over the decades with the record of Trump over the weeks, I would say that McCain is poses a bigger danger to the world.  That could change, and Trump has the time to change that.

War monger John McCain is the hero of US liberals


Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth)
In Munich, @SenJohnMcCain did a devastating repudiation of Trump without ever mentioning his name. #MSC2017 bit.ly/2kzlgj9pic.twitter.com/WFifK63Zwq

Human rights industry never produced more fake champions than those two--ever

Smarter to enlist most Muslims who despise Islamist terrorists than alienate those most likely to unmask them: Zeid.

Israeli soldiers shot Palestinian on his way to chemotherapy

"A Palestinian man was on his way to a chemotherapy session when he was shot by Israeli soldiers last November, his family told an Israeli journalist this week. Muhammad Amar Jallad was being treated for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, his family told Haaretz reporter Gideon Levy."

U.S. nonprofit funds the Israeli guards who terrorize Palestinians

"Shabtay Bendet is a former ravshatz from Yitzhar and Rechelim, and he is now a journalist for the Israeli news outlet Walla News. He tells In These Times that when he was a guard in Rechelim, he patrolled outside the settlement to “frighten” neighboring Palestinians so they would move away. Driving Palestinians off their land clears the path for settlement expansion, he explains—and expansion is a primary goal of Israel’s West Bank settlers. And by handing over equipment to guards in order to “thwart terrorist attacks,” the One Israel Fund is arguably helping to intimidate and push out Palestinians."

US and North Korea

"The story dates to the early 1950s, when the U.S. Air Force, in response to the North Korean invasion that started the Korean War, bombed and napalmed cities, towns and villages across the North. It was mostly easy pickings for the Air Force, whose B-29s faced little or no opposition on many missions.  The bombing was long, leisurely and merciless, even by the assessment of America’s own leaders. “Over a period of three years or so, we killed off — what — 20 percent of the population,” Air Force Gen. Curtis LeMay, head of the Strategic Air Command during the Korean War, told the Office of Air Force History in 1984. Dean Rusk, a supporter of the war and later secretary of state, said the United States bombed “everything that moved in North Korea, every brick standing on top of another.” After running low on urban targets, U.S. bombers destroyed hydroelectric and irrigation dams in the later stages of the war, flooding farmland and destroying crops.  Although the ferocity of the bombing was criticized as racist and unjustified elsewhere in the world, it was never a big story back home. U.S. press coverage of the air war focused, instead, on “MiG alley,” a narrow patch of North Korea near the Chinese border. There, in the world’s first jet-powered aerial war, American fighter pilots competed against each other to shoot down five or more Soviet-made fighters and become “aces.” War reporters rarely mentioned civilian casualties from U.S. carpet-bombing. It is perhaps the most forgotten part of a forgotten war."

Mourning the "peace process"

It is noticeable and revealing that the same Zionists who were in charge of the lousy "peace process" are the one freaking out about the death of the peace process.  

The Left versus liberals in the US

The stance of US liberals in recent weeks has validated the leftist distrust of liberals: they are terrible in the Middle East and terrible in the US.  And they are fundamentally anti-Democratic.

Sen. McCain

The seeds of the Trump movement were planted in the McCain campaign back in 2008.  Have people forgotten? And yet liberal democrats in the US are citing McCain approvingly about Trump.  McCain has been a worse danger to world peace than Trump has been in office as of yet.  He could become worse, but thus far McCain alternative policies on foreign policy and defense are always worse than anyone else. But the media love him and for that his imperialist recipes are treated as wise and reasonable.

Shep Smith

Sam protested about my post about Shep Smith the other day. I was in no way endorsing his politics. I was just making comparison in mainstream media and said that this guy does not seem partisan like the rest and seem to exercise a more independent judgment than most. What is the alternative? Dan Rather and his lousy standards of documentation and his more lousy campaign on behalf of Bin Laden and the other Mujahidin in Afghanistan, when he snuck in local attire to Afghanistan to present the role of the future Taliban-Al-Qa`idah as freedom fighting? Or Tom Brokaw who on the day of Sep. 11 said live on the air that "it is time that we reconsider our freedoms in the US" and who presented the role of US armed forces in WWII without any qualifications or criticisms (the rape of German women by US and Russian soldiers is not to be forgotten and the cruel role in the Pacific (read "War without Mercy" when US soldiers kept ears and bones of Japanese soldiers as souvenirs)? Or the new Megyn Kelly whose reactionary and anti-Feminist past is being airbrushed?  Or the fabricator Brian Williams>  It is all relative and Shep Smith remains more independent and unpartisan than most.

Fake news campaign

I wrote about this at length in Arabic but I will say here briefly: worse than Trump's attack on Fake news is the campaign for combating "fake news" but the coalition of Democratic Party, Intelligence agencies, news media, and Tech companies".  More Orwellian than Trump's attack on the media is the notion that the coalition mentioned above can produce Truthful news for the public.  Kellyanne Conway was widely mocked for speaking about "alternative facts" but she was right. Take the Arab-Israeli conflict: the standards US-Israeli version of the founding of the occupation state of Israel is presented as "fact", while the real story of the uprooting of the Palestinians is in fact the alternative AND REAL fact here.  The US media's current alliance with the intelligence community and with tech companies is a scary scenario and is more threatening to democracy than Donald Trump.  I have never seen the lousy American liberals being more undemocratic than recently.  

Truthful news versus Fake news

My weekly article in Al-Akhbar: "Truthful news Versus Fake News: The US Has the Truth?"

Friday, February 17, 2017

International Crisis Group

Do you know that both the Qatari regime and the Saudi regime now have representatives on the board of the Group?

According to Times, West Bank is an emotional issue to settlers from Brooklyn but not to Palestinians who have lived their for centuries

"There is also the emotional issue for those who identify the West Bank as the heart of the biblical Jewish homeland promised by God." I guess the original inhabitants of the land for many centuries don't have emotions.

US-Saudi war aim remains hegemony

"However, the republic was strengthened by the 1990 union of the North with the South, which had become independent as the People Republic of Southern Yemen in 1967. This alarmed the Saudis who have always sought to assert their hegemony over the Arabian Peninsula."

US-Backed coalition bombs another funeral killing civilians

"A U.S.-backed, Saudi-led coalition airstrike killed at least eight women and a child at a funeral reception near Yemen's capital, Sanaa, on Thursday, witnesses told AFP." "These funerals are just some of the many civilian areas bombed by the coalition, for which the U.S. has consistently provided weapons, intelligence and tens of millions of pounds of fuel. A study found that more than one-third of the thousands of coalition airstrikes have hit civilian sites, including hospitals, schools, civilian homes, refugee camps, and more." (thanks Amir)

Trump may avoid foreign entanglements but maybe not

Trump may avoid foreign entanglements as he is too busy with the mess of his administration and governance, especially that he attacked US military intervention in the past.  But then again: what could distract attention from his White House than foreign military intervention, and what would guarantee an increase in popular support? So we really don't know which way it will go.