Thursday, April 24, 2014

riots in Maan, Jordan

Do you notice that when the Jordanian regime shoots at people it never gets reported in the US press? (thanks Yusuf)

Ms. Slaughter would like the US to bomb and now: academics-for-war

She wants the US to bomb Syria overtly and to bomb Ukraine covertly. 

Apache for democracy

"The United States has decided to resume delivery of Apache helicopters to Egypt, the Pentagon announced late Tuesday, backtracking on a decision officials made last summer following the country’s military coup and its violent aftermath."

The Washington Post does not count the victims of Egyptian army/police shootings

"Militants have killed more than 430 police officers and troops since July, according to government figures. Security forces have arrested as many as 23,000 people in that period, rights groups say."

Somebody should tell Le Monde that Hamas was never a member of the PLO

" reste également à savoir si le Hamas accepterait de réintégrer l'OLP" (thanks Houari)

Look how nice the US government is

"Biden concluded his visit by announcing that the United States would provide an additional $50 million in assistance to Ukraine, including $11.4 million to help conduct the election".

It is over in Syria

"Ms. Psaki was asked if the administration still believed that “Assad’s days are numbered.” “We do,” she affirmed. "

sectarianism in the Syrian war

Anne Barnard: "Each side blames the other for fueling sectarianism. " Wait, Ms. Barnard.  Did you not maintain for two years that it was Bashshar Al-Asad who introduced sectarianism in Syria by referring to his enemies as Sunni terrorists, until the New York Times was forced to print a correction because you failed to produce one speech as evidence? Did you change your tune?

The US continues to export democracy to the Middle East

""The heavy anti-tank missiles recently shown in videos being fired by Western-backed Syrian rebels were manufactured in the United States, and their transfer to the rebels would have required direct American government approval, according to experts in international weapons deals.""

surveillance by other names in NYC

"Yet, as much as the demise of the Zone Assessment Unit signals a step in the right direction, many Muslim community members question how significant the move really is. They worry that the change is more cosmetic than actual, a splashy declaration that obscures the way surveillance continues by other names." (thanks Amir)

they were on vacation

"Oman’s Foreign Minister Yusuf Bin Alawi Bin Abdullah said the ambassadors recalled from Qatar are on vacation and will return to their posts, al-Hayat newspaper reported April 20. " (thanks Basim)

dying Bengalis

""Midway through the crackdown, the Central Intelligence Agency and the State Department privately reckoned that some 200,000 people had died. Ten million Bengali refugees fled into India, many later perishing in ramshackle refugee camps.
But [the US consul-general's] cables to Washington got no response. As recently declassified documents and White House tapes show, president Richard Nixon and Mr. Kissinger (then White House national security adviser) backed Pakistan’s generals, even as the army rampaged across East Pakistan.
Pakistan was a Cold War ally, and was covertly helping with the secret American opening to China. Beyond considerations of realpolitik, Mr. Nixon and Mr. Kissinger had an emotional grudge against India. In the Oval Office, Mr. Nixon said that the Indians needed “a mass famine.” Mr. Kissinger added, “They’re such bastards.” Mr. Kissinger would later sneer at people who “bleed” for “the dying Bengalis.”""

Hariri International Court of Injustice in the Hague

What kind of a joke is this US-inspired court?  In what kind of democracy would this court be allowed to function for all those years? And what kind of a mandate does this foreign court has to permit it to prosecute journalists in Lebanon on charges of defaming its reputation? This is Ba`thist court founded by the US and Israel.

Saudi princes and museums

It is not true that Saudi princes don't visit museums.  I have it on good authority that Saudi princes flock to this historical museum.

Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails

(thanks Mirvat)

plagiarism

Do you notice that it has become quite acceptable for professors and writers in the US to engage in plagiarism? Basically, plagiarism is only frowned upon when committed by students. (thanks Lisa)

To show you that dismissing foes of Israel as "another Hitler" is not new: Nasser and Arafat were referred to as "another Hitler"

The top one is from the New York Times in 1982, and the bottom one is from the New York Times in 1956. 

When are activists activists and when are they terrorists?

"'Whereas the Kiev protesters who seized government buildings in February were deemed “pro-democracy” activists even as they overthrew a democratically elected leader, the eastern Ukrainian protesters, who still consider Yanukovych their legitimate president, are dismissed as “terrorists.” And, we all know what happens to “terrorists.”'" (thanks Regan)

Bernard Haykel and anti-Islam bigotry

"For his part, Bernard Haykel, a professor of Near Eastern studies at Princeton University, defended the film, whose script he vetted.

“The critics who are going to say, ‘Let’s not talk about it as an Islamic or Islamist movement,’ could end up not telling the story at all, or diluting it so much that you wonder where Al Qaeda comes from,” Dr. Haykel said."  1) Would Haykel dare to insist that any discussion of Israeli terrorism should include a discussion of Judaism and references to "Jewish" movements and theology? Would he dare?  Of course, not. He would not dare and we know that.  2) How much courage does it take to insult Muslims in the US, Mr. Haykel?   3) Just as there were professors in Nazi Germany who claimed that there was nothing in the Nazi regime's practices and propaganda that was anti-Semitic.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

When Saudi King dismisses a minister

This account (and others in the Western press) does not mention that the Minister of Health was appointed a special adviser to the King with the rank of Minister after his dismissal.

This is hilarious: after weeks--WEEKS--of Russian rule, the New York Times declares Crimea's economy is ruined and that one McDonald's restaurant was closed down

This is rather hilarious.  Let me ask: is NATO-ruled Libya better off than Russian-ruled Crimea? 

Incontrovertible evidence that Russian special forces have invaded the Ukraine

Asked whether the U.S. assessment is bolstered by other information that is not publicly available, Psaki said, “We’re looking at a fair share of classified and unclassified information,” including the photos, most of which are publicly available on social media.

The photographs include a bearded man whose uniform bears a Russian special forces insignia. He was pictured among armed separatists in Kramatorsk and Slovyansk last week. Another photo shows the same person in Georgia during a 2008 incursion by Russian troops."  Don't be fooled. This one man is an army of one and is more dangerous than the hundreds of thousands of US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan in the last decade.

Is "indications" the same as evidence?

"“We have indications of the use of a toxic industrial chemical, probably chlorine, in Syria this month,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said."

The White Man just wants to save Arabs. Is that so wrong?

"American Matthew VanDyke, 34, describes himself as a revolutionary activist and combat veteran of the Libyan Revolution. He's also a documentary film-maker and media commentator who joined the rebels in Libya in March 2011 before moving to Syria a year later. In Syria he began to "help the revolution, filming, advising rebels, and some other projects that I haven't talked about publicly", he says.

"I was motivated by a combination of personal reasons - I had good Libyan friends there whom I had known for years who needed help - and ideological reasons. I travelled the region for years by motorcycle and saw the effects of authoritarianism on the region and its people," he says, adding he is Christian and has never converted, although some rebels suggested he do so. "

imaginary world about Syrian "revolution"

Read this account. I kind of expected such accounts to appear in 2011 but to read this today is only possible if you disregard the developments on the ground in Syria over the last two years. This is a fantasy world that is only believed by Western groupies of the Syrian/Saudi/US/Turkish/Qatari "revolution".  It is not said in this article that the leader of this ostensibly feminist "revolution" is a tribal polygamist personality hand picked by the Saudi King due to family relation.

coercing Muslims to become spies

"Police told him he had been placed on the US no-fly list, although he had never in his life been accused of breaking any law. Another FBI visit soon followed, with agents wanting to know about the "local Omaha community, did I know anyone who's a threat", he says. "I'm just very frustrated, [and I said] what can I do to clear my name?" recalls Shinwari, 30. "And that's where it was mentioned to me: you help us, we help you. We know you don't have a job; we’ll give you money." "

foreign domestic workers in Qatar

" "My sleep is my break": Exploitation of domestic workers in Qatar paints a bleak picture of women who have been recruited to work in Qatar on the basis of false promises about salaries and working conditions, only to be made to work extreme hours and seven-day weeks. Some women described how they were subjected to appalling episodes of sexual and physical violence."

Military accomplishments of Khalid Bin Sultan

"The Houthis have long proven to be a thorn in the Saudis' side: They have endured several military campaigns by Riyadh, including a major Saudi offensive in 2009 led by former Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Sultan." (thanks Amir)

Who can better speak for the traditions of Egypt than Tony Mitwalli Blair?

"He defended the coup that overthrew the elected Muslim Brotherhood government of Mohammed Morsi last year, saying "the Muslim Brotherhood government was not simply a bad government. It was systematically taking over the traditions and institutions of the country."" (thanks Basim)

The Lebanese President

"Has won the following decorations, medals, awards and honors:

  "...Syrian Order of Merit, Grade of Excellence..."

An American child molester who traveled the world looking for victims (he worked for years in Beirut at the ACS school)

Imagine if the tables were turned: an Arab who traveled the world looking for children to molest? Can you imagine the cultural and religious generalization? Why do Western criminals always defy generalizations and classifications?  " An alleged child predator who taught at schools across the world for more than four decades may have more victims, and the FBI is trying to track them down, the agency's Houston bureau said Tuesday.

William James Vahey killed himself in Luverne, Minnesota, last month, two days after a federal judge in Houston said authorities could search one of Vahey's thumb drives that allegedly contained images depicting sexual assault on children, CNN affiliate KPRC reported.

There were images of at least 90 victims, dating back to 2008, and the FBI is encouraging additional alleged victims to come forward. The images on the thumb drive allegedly belonging to Vahey showed boys, estimated to be between 12 and 14 years old, asleep or unconscious, the agency said." (thanks Rouba)

the war criminality of Samir Ja`ja` (Ga`ga` in Egyptian accent)

There is something special or peculiar about the war criminal status of Samir Ja`ja`.
1) He, along with Bashir Gemayyel and Elie Hubayqah killed and committed massacres in their own hands.
2) Ja`ja` was put through one of the most professional and fair trials in contemporary Lebanese history and was found guilty of killing former prime minister, Rashid Karami (a crime of assassination that did not outrage the Western world and its bogus "international community).  Read the transcript of the trial as they were published in a big volume.  The presiding judge of the trial of Ja`ja` is now a presiding judge in the Hariri tribunal in the Hague. 
3) Ja`ja`, Gemayyel and Hubayqah received their training and indoctrination in the ranks of the Israeli enemy army.
4) the process that rehabilitated war criminal Eli Hubayqah (at the hands of Rafiq Hariri and his allies in the lousy Syrian regime) paved the way for the rehabilitation of Ja`ja`.

From the official program of Lebanese war criminal, Samir Ja`ja` (Ga`ga` in Egyptian accent): combating Homosexuality

Ja`ja` wants to combat:  "de criminalité, d'homosexualité, de terrorisme".  If Hasan Nasrallah were to have uttered such homophobic words, the entire group of Western correspondents in Beirut would have sent dispatches about the matter.  Of course, don't expect the "liberal" Lebanese to utter a word about Ja`ja` because they belong to his camp, which is loyal to the Saudi regime.  The Arabic version of the program identifies homosexuality as "deviance" the English version (all from the official versions of the Lebanese Forces website) refers to it as "perversion". (thanks "Ibn Rushd")

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Rebels isolate Aleppo

I don't read in the Western press that Syrian rebels cut off electric supply to Aleppo to punish the civilian population.

Anne Barnard's love affair with Syrian rebel car bombs

"State news media and government opponents reported that a car bomb killed numerous people on Friday outside a mosque in an area called March 8 Square near a government checkpoint."  Look at the sentence. She always manages to slip in a phrase or a word to justify the deed.

So who kidnapped and who freed French journalists in Syria?

Notice how all Western dispatches about the case left the identity of the kidnappers unknown.  You would think that ghosts were behind the abduction.  The freed hostages of course said that they were rebels.

We were all wrong: it is not Zahran Allush or the various Jihadi Emirs who lead the Syrian "revolution"

"When I visited Cairo in 2011 I met and became friends with Razan Ghazzawi, the fierce feminist and Pasionaria of the resistance, who in a short time taught me a great deal about the revolution’s dreams."  We finally found out who actually lead the Syrian rebels.

NATO brings peace to Libya

"Earlier this month a hairdresser’s shop and a café were bombed. There has been a spate of assassinations. Recent victims have included not just members of the security forces, who are often targeted, but Egyptian labourers, a French engineer and a much-loved local poet famous for publicly reciting his work during the revolution. A Turkish manager is pulling out his staff. “They are terrified,” he says. “It is not worth the risk.”"

The Economist reports on the bright side of Libya under NATO militia rule

"Yet Benghazians have a good story to tell, too. Their economy has bounced back. Neglected under Muammar Qaddafi’s 42-year rule, businesses and buildings are springing up. A new shopping mall is packed with families buying clothes and cosmetics from shops with European franchises. People sip cappuccinos in trendy cafés. A once-drab road known as Venice Street hosts scores of ebullient retailers selling international brands. Cranes dot the city’s skyline."

"On all sides, Bethlehem is also being surrounded by settler bypass roads and by concrete walls higher than those that divided Berlin in the cold war"

"For the people of Bethlehem up the road, Beit Skaria is a bleak example of what might yet happen to them. On all sides, Bethlehem is also being surrounded by settler bypass roads and by concrete walls higher than those that divided Berlin in the cold war. Earlier this month, Israel’s defence ministry confiscated the largest chunk of private Palestinian land in years on Bethlehem’s southern fringe to let smaller settlements, previously unauthorised by the Israeli government, expand. The population of Beitar Illit, an ultra-Orthodox settlement to the west of Bethlehem, in the Gush Etzion bloc, is set to grow from around 45,000 to 100,000 in the next six years."

MI6 and Western correspondents

"When a politician reignited the “third man” controversy in 1955, Elliott organised Philby’s defence. Years later he even brought him back on the MI6 payroll, this time as an agent in Lebanon, where he reported for The Economist."

Look how the Economist phrased this sentence about Russian defense expenditure

"Russia spends more on its armed forces than any other country save China and America".  This is like saying: Lebanon's army is the most powerful in the region save Israel, Syria, and Jordan. 

Saudi princes in the King's private jet

The Guardian newspaper wants war: more war

Look at this editorial in the Guardian. I never recall that it called for arming the Palestinian people.

what if Arabs and Iranians started to do this to US interests???

"According to a court document filed in New York on Thursday, the Department of Justice agreed to distribute proceeds from the sale of the Fifth Avenue high-rise to families affected by alleged Iranian-aided attacks, including the 1983 bombing of the US marine barracks in Beirut. "  Now the US has caused death and destruction in Lebanon, Libya, Iraq, Yemen, Pakistan and Afghanistan among other places.  Does that US give victims of US bombs the right to confiscate US interests in the Middle East and sell them as compensation?  The logic is the same.