Sunday, March 26, 2017

Marwan Al-Muasher on Rima Khalaf IN ARABIC only

In Arabic (but not in English) Marwan Al-Muasher praises Roma Khalaf and supports her characterization of Israel as racism. He would never writes that in English, and he even criticizes the Jordanian regime for ignoring Rima Khalaf.

The Clinton Family welcomes one of their own

This is the space devoted to the Israeli man who was behind bomb threats against synagogs and Jewish centers

By the way, at what point will the Israeli court allow news media to use the name of this terrorist?

South Korean intelligence

At what point will Western media realize that the South Korean intelligence apparatus is an unreliable factory of lies, fabrications, and rumors about North Korea?

Those terrible North Korean have are engaged in hacking: how awful

Then you read this sentence: "While North Korea lags developed countries in hacking capabilities".  So they are bad but not as bad as developed countries are?

That suspicious Muslim woman

"The far right turned this Muslim woman into a ‘monster’ online. That’s despicable."

All those people demonstrated today in Yemen against US-Gulf war: those don't exist as far as Western media are concerned

When it comes to support for Israeli war crimes, there is no difference whatsoever between US Left and Right, Democrats or Republicans

See this.

Investigating my...potato

The American-led military coalition in Iraq said Friday that it was investigating reports that scores of civilians — perhaps as many as 200, residents said".

New York Times pays tribute to a right-wing anti-communist who taught Western correspondents Russian

"“On another day,” Mr. Taubman said, “Boris reached into his briefcase and pulled out a real pistol, pointed it at me and started shouting in Russian, ‘Communicate, or die!’”"  I hope this teaching technique is no more pursued.  Just imagine the international uproar if an Arab who teaches Arabic were to resort to this terrible method.

When the children of the ruling class meet: Trump and Clinton

Who freed Mubarak?

It was not the Egyptian regime which freed Mubarak.  The Saudi regime and Israel freed Mubarak.  Correct the record.

Your moderate Arab monarchy

military spox Gen Assiri : " Arabia has launched 90,000 airstrikes so far in since 26 Mar 2015."

"Almost 1,000 civilian non-combatant deaths have already been alleged from coalition actions across Iraq and Syria in March"

"A non-profit organization that tracks civilian casualties caused by airstrikes in the Middle East said it has shifted nearly all of its resources to track a surge of claims regarding U.S.-led strikes in Syria and Iraq. The group, called, had been tracking deaths caused by both Russian and U.S. airstrikes but said in a statement Friday that it was scaling back its work on “alleged Russian actions in Syria — so as best to focus our limited resources on continuing to properly monitor and assess reported casualties from the U.S. and its allies. Airwars director Chris Woods said the organization will “continue to track Russian civilian casualty allegations on a daily basis,” but will suspend its detailed case-by-case assessments for the near future. “Almost 1,000 civilian non-combatant deaths have already been alleged from coalition actions across Iraq and Syria in March — a record claim,” Airwars said in a statement. “These reported casualty levels are comparable with some of the worst periods of Russian activity in Syria.”"


I had written this article for Al-Akhbar more than two weeks ago: "The Crisis of the SSNP: Revival, Again".

Lebanese armies and security services

My weekly article in Al-Akhbar: "Niqula Nasif: On Lebanese Armies and its security services".

Has Al-Qa`idah in Syria become the best hope for Western governments and media?

Some analysts, most prominent­ly Charles Lister of the Middle East Institute, believe that a reconstitut­ed al-Qaeda is now stronger than it has ever been. “With a majority of armed oppo­sition groups holding back on the battlefield due to ongoing attempts to reach a political settlement, HTS’s [Hayat Tahrir al-Sham] insistence on remaining mili­tarily active and in striking back hard at the heart of the regime is buying it invaluable popular cred­ibility…" (thanks Basim)

Look at his language when the bombs which kill civilians are American

Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth)
With 80+ civilians killed in one Mosul home, is Trump signaling less stringent compliance with rules of engagement?
Compare his language to his language about Russian bombs.    This guy to human rights is what I am to Chinese grammar.  

US War crimes and HRW: Look at this guy. He refers to Russian killing of Syrian civilians "slaughter" while he calls US killing of civilians "easing of rules"

Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth)
Contradicting Pentagon, Iraqi special forces officer says Trump has already eased rules against civilian deaths.
Look at the different language he uses when the killers of civilians are Americans.  Whenever Russian bombs fall on civilians, he refers to that as "slaughter" but he never uses the label about American killing of civilians.

Hating Muslims and hating Jews

I have always believed that those hate Jews also hate Muslims, or vice versa--unless the haters are Jewish or Muslim.

Building mosques or buying lands to bury Muslims in the US is becoming more and more difficult

"On March 6, the zoning board in Bayonne, New Jersey, turned down a request to convert an old warehouse into a mosque. Such denials are happening with increasing frequency in the United States. In the 10 years between 2000 and 2010, the Justice Department intervened seven times against local communities that prevented Muslims from building mosques or other religious institutions. In the six years between 2010 and 2016, that number jumped to 17...Trump’s mere presence in the White House is emboldening Americans who see Muslims not as fellow citizens, but as agents of a foreign threat. According to the ACLU, reports of “anti-Mosque activity”—defined as either public opposition to mosque construction or actual violent attacks—which averaged six incidents per year between 2012 and 2014, rose to 31 incidents in 2015 and 83 in 2016. Opposition to granting Muslims land for cemeteries is growing too."

She lost 9 members of her family in the US bombing in Mosul

An outcry in Iraq over this picture of Iraqi prime minister (and other Iraqi officials) behind Donald Trump

Friday, March 24, 2017

When our two cats (Bailey and Aaden) meet there is more intelligence in the room than in this picture

US and its allies beat Russia in the race to kill civilians in the Middle East

Why not release the birth name of the British terrorist?

From a reader: "Hello Mr. AbuKhalil. I was reading the Telegraph article about the London killer and I spotted a certain fact and thought I'd point it out to you.
Please read the article but I'll paste what I thought was interesting.
"Scotland Yard held back key information about Masood. He was born in Kent on Christmas Day 1964 under a different name before changing it by deed poll, but the authorities had refused to release his birth name."  Would Scotland Yard call him John Smith if he had changed his name to Smith from Masod? I think not.  Here's the full article

The New York Times offers sympathy for the Israeli terrorist who threatened to bomb synagogues and airlines

Look at the language and notice how many times the word "teenager" appeared in the article: "But officials made it clear that they considered the teenager, who lived in the Ashkelon area of southern Israel, to be the primary source of the threats, though they did not offer a motive. “This is the guy we are talking about,” an Israeli police spokesman, Micky Rosenfeld, said."  Also: "The teenager, who was born in Israel, has a brain tumor that can affect his cognitive abilities and lead to “irrational” behavior, his lawyer, Galit Bash, said. She would not say whether her client, who she said did not have a criminal record, had admitted or denied involvement. Ms. Bash and the father’s lawyer, Eran Rau, who are both from the Office of the Israeli Public Defender, said the young man was an only child who lived with his parents and had been home-schooled, which is unusual in Israel. While most Israelis are drafted into military service, the teenager was rejected, which Ms. Bash said was because of his medical condition. Israeli news media reported that she had said in court that he had the tumor since he was 14."  Stop this bullshit.  People who get tumors don't go and threaten to bomb synagogues, Jewish centers and airlines.  If someone published this about an Arab terrorist, he/she would rightly be accused of sympathy for terrorism.

Chelsea Clinton is exciting the Democratic base

You know that the Democrats don't have much hope when they are excited over another Clinton--another very boring uninspiring Clinton.

What about Israeli terrorism?

Two Palestinians killed in two days and barely any mention or condemnation of Israeli terrorism i the US media. 

The Israeli terrorist who who sent threats to synagogues and Jewish centers worldwide

Notice that the coverage about this case is minimal.  Imagine if he was an Arab and not an Israeli. How different would the coverage have been.  And if an Arab is 19-years old he would not be called "a teen" or a "boy" in US and Israeli media.  Yesterday, the New York Times quickly moved the story from the top stories section to US section.  

Eye doctor story

I posted this on Facebook:"Remember that annoying eye doctor I told you about? The one who asks me every year (whenever I go for an eye exam) about Beirut? Every year whenever I go for my eye exam he asks me: where are you from originally? And I say Lebanon. And then he says: oh, it is terrible there. Oh, it must be violent there. Year after year, I have to go through this, and I can't take it anymore. And every year I realize that he forgot our last conversation a year ago. And I always have to answer him that he is mistaken about his perceptions. But I can't be too firm or too nasty with him because my delicate eyes are in his hands and near his sharp metal objects. But I have had it with him. I was prepared this year. I go in this afternoon and he says: you are from Lebanon, right? I said: yes. He says: it is a mess there, right? I said: not at all. It is safer than any American city. I went on (with plenty of exaggerations): people in Lebanon don't even lock their doors or cars. It is that safe. He then asks: but they did not rebuild Lebanon. I said: no, they did (I did not share my opinion about the lousy reconstruction plans of Beirut). He then stopped. But that was not enough: he goes on to tell me that he worked for five years in Cape Town, South Africa. I braced myself. He said that he visited last year for the first time in 45 years. He said that he was "surprised" that things did not "get worse". He said that he found out that things are the same. I said: they are not the same, Apartheid is gone. He said: oh, yeah, there are political changes. I said: and social changes. He said: yes, there is "black rule" now. I said: no, there is majority rule now. He said: oh, yes. He then felt awkward and asked: have you traveled anywhere recently? I said: i just returned from Morocco and immediately interjected: it is very safe and vary calm--in case you are wondering. I am not seeing this doctor again, and it is high time for him to retire. I am willing to buy his retirement plastic watch for him." And then I heard from one of my former student. It turned out that the same doctor told her recently upon hearing that she was in Hawaii: ""there are no Arabs clubbing you on the head.""

The Nation Magazine has yet another lousy article about the Middle East: this time about Hizbullah

This one of the most stupid pieces that I have seen. It is dumber than the coverage by Nicholas Blanford and Prothro. As long as you invent a "commander", you can attribute anything to him: "“Hezbollah is like the cane that Iran uses,” says Commander Samir". Basically, commander Samir all but said to him: we are a bunch of lousy terrorists and we are tools of Iran. He then proceeded to tell him that they don't care about the Palestinians. I always wonder this: Ibrahim Al-Amin is close to Hasan Nasrallah and to all the top leaders of Hizbullah: yet, those Hizb commanders choose to divulge their secrets not to Ibrahim Al-Amin but to...Jesse above in the Nation. Journalism. Notice that Jesse thinks that the civil war ended in 1985.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

This is an Obama appointee

"Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Wednesday that he believes President Donald Trump "has the potential to be a great president," and suggested that the Trump administration's issuance of an emergency order banning passengers from carrying larger electronic devices on certain flights from the Middle East and North Africa to the United States would be good for national security. "I actually believe that Donald Trump — and I told him this when I met with him in December — I actually believe that Donald Trump has the potential to be a great president in sort of the Nixon-goes-to-China way, or Reagan-goes-to-the-Soviet-Union way, if he can find a way to rein in some of the more unhealthy impulses, listen to his staff, bring on a full complement of political appointees who will help him govern," Johnson said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Wednesday."

Zionism is a war crime

"For years, Israeli settlers have chased Ibrahim’s tractor, threatened him, yelled at his Israeli soldier escorts, tried to burn his fields and warned that letting him farm would risk bloodshed, according to the Israeli group Rabbis for Human Rights."

Liz Sly, who has been spot on throughout the Syrian war, makes another prediction: Syrian regime is collapsing

Liz Sly assures readers, yet again, for the 340th times, that Bashshar's days are numbered and that the regime is collapsing and that activists told her that, and that the rebels ("moderate" rebels aligned with Al-Qa`idah using car bombs and suicide attacks) are about to take over Damascus.  It is a matter of hours, she says.

I am not sure what Gopal is saying. That ISIS should be left in Palmyra?

"In Palmyra, for instance, U.S. warplanes in February carried out 45 strikes to help the Syrian government forces — the only forces on the ground — recapture the city from ISIS."

US is investigating

"At least 30 Syrian civilians were killed in an airstrike by the United States-led coalition fighting Islamic State militants in a rural area of Raqqa Province early Tuesday, according to residents, activists and state television. The coalition said it had no indications that an airstrike hit civilians, but in its daily report on coalition strikes, the United States military acknowledged that strikes were carried out in the area. It said that coalition warplanes carried out 19 airstrikes on Tuesday — an unusually high number for a single day — on a range of Islamic State facilities near the city of Raqqa. The attack, which hit a school in the town of Mansoura, where civilians had taken shelter on Tuesday night, was the second time in a week that Syrians had accused the United States of involvement in a strike that killed dozens of noncombatants. Forty-nine people died last week when American warplanes fired on a target in Al Jinah, a village in western Aleppo Province. United States officials said the attack had hit a building where Qaeda operatives were meeting, but residents said the warplanes had struck a mosque where hundreds of people had gathered for a weekly religious meeting."

The fables of Thomas Friedman

"I had several young Arabs from around the region tell me that when America lets its own leader get away with lying, hiding information and smearing the press or a political opponent, it is taken as a license by all Middle Eastern leaders, or the leaders of Turkey or Russia, to do the exact same thing and say: “See, the American president does it, why shouldn’t we?”"  I bet that this never happened. I bet that he made it up.  I mean, those young Arabs are not used to their leaders lying? Those Arab leaders never lied before Trump became president?  

Hilarious: Washington Post claims that obama "harangued" Arab allies about human rights

"Gone are the days of President Barack Obama haranguing Arab allies about their records on human rights".   When was that? When he was selling them billions worth of arms?  You want fake news? This is fake news.

Muslim coverts to Christianity

I am always amused when I read about Christian celebrations of Muslim conversion to Christianity.  It reminds me of the hopes of early American missionaries in Lebanon.  There was one Muslim convert from Beirut and they wrote a book about him.  They thought that their moment has come.  Muslims don't make for good converts as their self-satisfaction within their religion seems to be very high.  This story on Fox News is rather amusing.  They talk about a conversion by 300, assuming it is real and assuming it is sincere.  When I came to US and watched some TV evangelists, I almost believed that American evangelical missionaries in the Middle East succeeded in taking away half of the Muslim population.  

Zionism, as a war crime

"The very idea that Israel is guilty of the crime of Apartheid, one of the two gravest crimes against humanity (second only to Genocide), is, in itself, one that should give everyone pause. But there is another explosion in the report. Israel and its patrons have desperately sought to shelve a discussion about Zionism as a racist ideology. The Apartheid report brings it back to the front. The report renders invalid all those apologetic ‘warnings’ of Apartheid that have been part of mainstream Israeli and American leadership rhetoric for years now (for instance, John Kerry, 2014). The report’s implication is that Apartheid is not something that is soon to arrive or has just arrived; it is something that has been there all along, from the very birth of the state — in the “State’s essentially racist character.” "The discussion is bound to roll back to another shelved document – the UN Resolution 3379 (1975), which equates Zionism with racism."

Iraqi prisoners were beaten with stick on their way to latrine

" “There's levels of torture and for me that was torture," he said. "I mean how can you go ahead and handcuff a person next to each other, for days, let them defecate, let them urinate over themselves, don't [let them] take a shower, don't feed them?" The allegations describe conduct that likely violated the Geneva Conventions and the Torture Convention, both a part of U.S. law, said Andrea Prasow, Deputy Washington Director for Human Rights Watch." "Another military officer who participated in the investigation confirmed Claudio’s version, but asked to remain anonymous. “They weren’t only tied by the hands to each other, when they took them to the latrines they beat them with a stick,” he said." 

New Zealand soldiers killed Afghan civilians, admits former DM

"The former New Zealand defence minister has admitted for the first time that civilians were killed during a bungled raid by New Zealand SAS troops in Afghanistan in 2010." "The new book says New Zealand SAS troopers, backed by US helicopters and Afghan commandos, raided two villages but that ultimately 21 people were killed and wounded, none of whom were insurgents and most of whom were women and children. The book suggests most were killed by the US helicopter gunships, but that some of the bodies showed signs that suggested they might have been killed by New Zealand snipers in the hills around the villages."

Anti-Semitism is a real menace but people like this man hurts the real cause of fighting anti-Semitism

"A Jewish man has been accused of spray-painting swastikas on his own house after he reported the incident to police as a hate crime. Andrew King claimed he found two swastikas on his home in Schenectady, New York, last month." (thanks Amer)

This man authored a book titled "Hatred's Kingdom" back in 2003: now he is in love with Saudi regime

Dr. Dore Gold (@DrDoreGold)
At @AIPAC conference, where I will discuss positive trends in #SaudiArabia, as illustrated in this bold letter to…