Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Oriana Fallaci

This I will tell you about Oriana Fallaci, who is still beloved in the US media.  This is actually a tribute to her in the New York Times.  She was not a journalist: she was a liar and a fabricator.  She is worse than even Barbara Walters.  I know this about her: In 1970, she published an interview with George Habash in Life Magazine: you know what she did? She fabricated a statement by Habash.  This is enough for me to know what kind of a lousy human being she was.  She claimed that Habash said that he supports international operations because he wanted to kill Jews.  If you know anything about Habash, and if you only read Habash in translation, you would know that he would never ever utter words like that.  If Habash never spoke in this anti-Semitic language, he used only for the benefit of this lousy human being?

Terrorism charges are only reserved for Muslims

“ “That fact that the term is being preserved only to describe ‘racially profiled’ violence reveals how deeply embedded racism and Islamophobia has become in our language and disturbingly, even in our legal system,” notes University of Toronto professor Megan M. Boler.”

Learn about parliamentary democracy from Saudi Arabia

Members of the regime-appointed powerless Shura Council calls for public shaming of anyone who criticize the regime.  Kid you not.  

The speaker of the Kuwaiti parliament (the only elected parliament in GCC) expels the Israeli delegation from Inter-paliramentary Union meeting in Moscow


Israeli minister threatens civilian targets in Lebanon and there is no Western media outrage

'Next Time, We Won't Spare Lebanon': Christian Media Hears Doomsday Warning From Senior Israeli Minister: 'Its infrastructure, international airport and government facilities – it’s all game,' Naftali Bennett tells first-of-its-kind Christian Media Summit in Jerusalem".

Can you imagine the uproar if those threats were made by Arabs against Israel?

This Western correspondent is pleading: she wants US occupation to stay forever

Syrian Kurds just retook Raqqa, aided by the US. But Kirkuk raises the question: will the US be sticking around?

US forces and propaganda in Raqqa

Hizbullah expelled ISIS fighters from the Lebanese border and allowed them to evacuate with their families in buses.  The US and its militias in Raqqa reached a similar deal with once difference: US forces would not allow photographers to take pictures of the buses, while Hizbullah did, and its enemies used the pictures against them.

Neo-Nazis find friends in Israel

"Just as in Germany, there are clear indications of ties between Austria’s neo-Nazi far right and Israel’s right wing."

Civilian vs weapons nuclear program

"Over 30 countries have civilian nuclear programs; only a handful—including, of course, the US and Israel—have nuclear weapons programs. One is used to power cities, one is used to level them." (thanks Amir)

US allowed buses of ISIS fighters to leave Raqqa: where are the pictures?

Where there were no pictures of the buses which the US arranged for ISIS fighters in Raqqa?

Fighting ISIS in Dayr Az-Zur

There has been ferocious fighting against ISIS in Dayr Az-Zur by Hizbullah and the Syrian regime forces and other allies and all Western media purposefully ignore this chapter in the history of fighting against ISIS because this does not fit into their bogus and fake narrative of the war on ISIS.  

The US ISIS envoy in Raqqa

What a theatre. The US ISIS envoy visited Raqqa today accompanied with a Saudi minister to basically lay the claim that it was the US (and Saudi Arabia?) who really kicked out the ISIS caliphate.  Those are the least effective elements of the international collection of forces which fought ISIS.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Are Western media for real? Are they serious about their account for the demise of ISIS?

If you read Western media you really get the impression that ISIS was defeated solely by US bombing and by the efforts of Syrian Democratic Forces militia.  Those two parties were probably the least effective and least important in the regional fight against ISIS.  But this is propaganda and not journalism.
"Remembering the massacre of Algerians in Paris"

Shame on US Zionists for being indulgent with rabid anti-Semites and holocaust denials if they support Israel

'Scaramucci is clearly an anti-Semite. Those who engage in the game of number of Holocaust victims are anti-Semites in my book.  But American Zionists have a long record of indulgence toward anti-Semites if they are supporters of Israel, or if they at least don't criticize Israel.  Israel is the worst ally in the war against anti-Semitism.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Obama and Chris Rock

"Q: Right. I remember I was at Oprah’s house when she threw that first big fundraiser for Obama in 2007. And me, Obama and Chris Rock were huddled in a corner. And Chris Rock told us his famous story about the fight between heavyweight champ Larry Holmes and the great-white-hope boxer Gerry Cooney. Holmes was whipping his behind. And then, after Holmes knocked him out, the judges’ scorecards revealed that two of them had Cooney ahead in the fight! Rock said that his daddy told him that you can’t beat white folk — as in outpoint them in a fight — so you have to knock them out! As much as Obama loves to quote Rock, that particular message never gets cited. I was right there. Heard it with my own ears. Instead, Obama would quote Chris Rock saying that black folk always want credit for things they should be doing anyway, like paying child support; but he never quotes Rock’s relentless assault on white supremacy. Ain’t no balance, and thus he misrepresents the truth. I think that’s what you’re getting at.
A: It’s true, it’s true."

He was responding to Iranian foreign minister: can you imagine a DC think tank "fellow" ever using such language about a GCC minister?

Textbook example of a dictatorship using an external threat to try and legitimize its repressive apparatus. Trump has been a gift to them

Roots of American global domination

My weekly article in Al-Akhbar: "Roots of American Global Domination: "Manifest Destiny".

US-made militias around Raqqa reached a deal with ISIS to evaluate their fighters in buses: look how Liz Sly strains to justify


Liz Sly (@LizSly)
Syrian ISIS fighters in Raqqa surrendered today under a deal not like the Hezbollah one. Only foreigners remain washingtonpost.com/world/islamic-…

Sunday, October 15, 2017

A Zionist in Hollywood blames female victims

Here you go.

Can you imagine the justifiable outrage if a Muslim government were to create a database for all US Muslim students?

"Israel to Create Database of All U.S. Jewish College Students for Outreach Efforts".  

Who gives a potato what Khrushchev's granddaughter and grandnephew think about ANYTHING?

"Khrushchev’s Granddaughter Just Compared Trump To Stalin".

Trum's speech on Iran: what on earth was he talking about here?

"Iranian proxies provided training to operatives who were later involved in al-Qaeda's bombing of the American embassies in Kenya, Tanzania"

Friday, October 13, 2017

A Saudi regime newspaper brags: that Saudi Arabia was the first country to welcome Trump's Iran strategy, only seconds after it was announced


Algerians are furious because the UK ambassador to Algeria visited a mosque dressed in shorts

Personally, it does not bother me BUT: can you imagine the uproar if a Muslim ambassador in DC or in London were to visit a church dressed like this? Can you imagine the reaction of international media?

Turkish media raise more questions about the claim of assassination attempt on the life of Syrian director in Istanbul

Turkish media are really fed up with the claim of the assassination attempt by Syrian director, Muhammad Bayazid.  Even pro-Syrian opposition media and social media are now mocking the claim.  But Bayazid came with a response: he said that it is in the interest of the Syrian regime to get rid of him given his films. 

The lousy journalism of Ben Hubbard: he defames Syrian football players: would he say that about Saudi football players?

"The team, which is closely related to Mr. Assad, is still in the running to qualify for the 2018 World Cup."  What does this mean? How are the football players close to Mr. Assad?  Does he train the team and supervise their training? Or is he accusing the team members of dropping barrel bombs?    This is the trend in US journalism: you can get away saying the most absurd and ridiculous thing about a country if the regime of that country is not an ally of the US.  

Thursday, October 12, 2017

All in one map


The case of Syrian opposition director who said he survived an assassination attempt in Istanbul: new developments

So The Guardian (which now reads as bad and as reactionary and as uncritical as the New York Times on the Middle East) among another media peddled a story that a Syrian opposition director, Muhammad Bayazid, was stabbed in the chest and that he survived an assassination attempt and that he was by his account at the ICU unit in a hospital.  The Guardian, among others, made it clear that it was the Syrian regime which tried to kill him.  But the next day, director of the GCC-sponsored CAIR posted a picture of himself with the director the day after the stab in the chest and said that he survived an assassination attempt (he even added that the "the stab which does not kill you makes you stronger).  But the Turkish police today spoke: it said that there is basically no evidence of the assassination and that the director never reported the assassination attempt to the police and that for that reason there is not even an investigation.  Just like the case of Orouba Barakat (which the Western media first said that she and her daughter were killed (stabbed and strangled) by Syrian regime thugs only to be contradicted by the Turkish police which found the murderer who was a relative who killed them over money), you really can't believe Western media on Syria because they are Pavlovian in regurgitating whatever is posted by Syrian rebels on their social media accounts--fabrications and lies and all.

PS Huffington Post Arabic posted a story on the doubts about the story and implied some money motives.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Why does Israel have to pay for PR in the US (and it does) when papers like the Times provides free propaganda services?

"How Israel Caught Russian Hackers Scouring the World for U.S. Secrets".  And Times learned that from whom? Objective observers of the situation?  And look at the Times how proud: "But the role of Israeli intelligence in uncovering that breach and the Russian hackers’ use of Kaspersky software in the broader search for American secrets have not previously been disclosed."

Antun Saadah and Hasan Nasrallah: On the Jewish question

The recent speech by Hasan Narallah in which he clearly distinguished between his party's hostility to Zionism, and drawing a distinction between hostility to Zionism but not to Judaism generated discussions and debates.  Safiyyah Saadeh, a Lebanese academic and daughter of Antun Saadeh, the founder of the SNNP, wrote this article in which he argues that Antun's writings were misinterpreted and that he did not intend to express hostility to Jews qua Jews.  

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Don't you like continuity in US foreign policy?


Moroccan Tyrannical regime invites former Israeli war minister for a conference: here is how he was met by MPs


Long time Saudi regime propagandist gets an offer to write regularly for the Washington Post

Jamal Khashoggi announced that he received an offer to write regularly for the Washington Post.  He spent a career working as a propagandist for various Saudi princes.  Do you think that a man who devoted a career for serving the propaganda of Bashshar Al-Asad or Iranian regime or Putin would get an offer writing regularly for a US newspaper?

Saudi democracy is too vibrant

A member of the powerless and appointed Saudi Shura council calls for punishing those members who leak "secrets" to the press.  Kid you not.  (thanks Mariam)

This is how the reactionary New York Times summarizes the career of Che Guevara

"After having overseen the firing squads that followed the Communist victory he helped secure in Cuba, and after a stint running the country’s central bank, Guevara suddenly vanished in 1965, sent by Fidel Castro to organize revolutions abroad."  The paper even managed to blame him for the economic crisis in Venezuela today.  Absent from the article are references to CIA-formed militias and death squads which were facing communist guerrillas around the world.  Also, the Cuban revolution was the least bloody revolution, in relative terms.  The regime rarely resorted to executions.  I favorably compare that regime to any of US-supported/armed autoacracies in Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Zaire, UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Morocco, etc.

US versus Russian propaganda on social media and in elections

Is it with a straight face that US newspapers are feigning outrage over allegations of Russian propaganda infiltration of social media? Are the assumptions there that US government would never resort to such methods? And which is more extensive? US or Russian propaganda around the world? US or Russian interferences in elections worldwide?

WP questions the legitimacy of the vote in Catalonia because of the voter turnout. What is the voter turnout in US congressional elections?

"Just 42 percent voted."  In some US Congressional elections, voter turnout is even lower than this.

Syrian civilian casualties of US bombing

Notice that Western media don't even mention Syrian civilian casualties of US bombing in the week when scores were killed by US bombs.  Only Syrian civilian casualties of Russian and Syrian regime bombings are mentioned.

bigotry against Syrians in Lebanon continues--from all sides

"Lebanese actress Anne-Marie Salameh has revealed this week that she was “attacked and almost raped.” Speaking to a local entertainment news site, Salemeh said a man - reported to be a Syrian – scaled her building from the stairwell and entered her apartment while she was sleeping in her bedroom." (thanks Basim)

George Clooney makes a distinction between "high-level" and "low-level" sexual harassment

"This is harassment on a very high level."  He should consult with his lawyer wife if the law makes such a distinction.

Harvey Weistein's first public comments on the scandal

"Oscar-Winning Producer Harvey Weinstein at Algemeiner Gala: ‘I Am Israeli in My Heart and Mind’"

New York Times on the wit of Malala

"Part of the problem? “Some say over pack and some say pack less,” she saidin a follow-up post." haha. Hilarious. How witty.