Thursday, October 27, 2016

Director of Al-Arabiyya TV news station was caught lifting a whole passage from Wikipedia

Social media have been exploding today: Director of Al-Arabiyya News station (the station of Prince Muhammad bin Salman) was caught lifting a whole passage in his article in Ash-Sharq Al-Awsat (the mouthpiece of King Salman) from Wikipedia about Mosul. Follow this hashtag:

What about Jordanian regime shooting and killing of Syrian refugees at its border? Does that also distress fake Zionist lovers of the Syrian people?

Jordanian regime now shoots and kills any Syrian refugee at the border who tries to come to Jordan. How come there are no hue and cry over this? Where are the Western human rights organizations? Where is the Jordanian royal Commissioner of Human Rights at the UN, who was appointed in his post by the US-Israeli alliance? Where are the tears of the Western correspondents in Beirut who feign around the clock concern for the Syrian people? Why are those shootings not reported in Western media?

Hillary advisers want a war on Syria and a war on Iran--these are the two wars that we know of

"Michael Morell is a former acting director of the CIA and a national security adviser to Hillary Clinton — one who is widely expected to occupy a senior post in her administration.
He is also an opponent of the Iran nuclear agreement, a defender of waterboarding, and an advocate for making Russia “pay a price” in Syria by covertly killing Putin’s soldiers.  On Tuesday, Morell added another title to that résumé: proponent of going to war with Iran, for the sake of securing Saudi Arabia’s influence in Yemen. “Ships leave Iran on a regular basis carrying arms to the Houthis in Yemen,” Morell said, in remarks to the Center for American Progress, the liberal think tank founded by Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. “I would have no problem from a policy perspective of having the U.S. Navy boarding their ships, and if there are weapons on them, to turn those ships around.”"

"Media Roll Out Welcome Mat for ‘Humanitarian’ War in Syria"

"As she marches toward the US presidency, Hillary Clinton has stepped up her promotion of the idea that a no-fly zone in Syria could “save lives” and “hasten the end of the conflict” that has devastated that country since 2011."

Where is the weeping about Palestinian victims? How come no one calls for war on the Israeli state of occupation?

There is an orchestrated campaign for war in Syria, and it is in sync with the rise of Hillary Clinton

Make no mistake about it.  There is a universal campaign for war on Syria.  The rise of Hillary has emboldened the war mongers out there.  There are many elements of this campaign: it includes the leadership of Democratic and Republican parties; the Gulf regimes and their lobbyists in Washington, DC, and of course the Zionist lobby through all of its branches.  The DC think tanks are now part and parcel of the Zionist-Gulf lobbies in the capital of the US.  Gulf regimes are utilizing their media in its vicious and determined campaign, and they are resorting to the same Zionist tactics of vilification and defamation against Arab progressives and Western progressives who oppose war and destruction in Syria. When you read that Arab leftists have supported Bashshar Al-Asad and his mafia regime, you should not believe that.  It is rather hilarious for this writer to read that by people who only a few years were official apologists or diplomats of the Bashshar regime when I, for example, was banned by the Syrian regime for years from entering Lebanon (for writings against the father tyrant, Hafidh Al-Asad), and was accused by official Syrian TV in 2012 of receiving money from the West to attack the Syrian regime.  Arab leftists are not supportive of the Bashshar regime (there are some who are but they are in the minority) while the overwhelming majority of Arab liberals are supporters and apologists and stooges of Gulf regimes.  Arab leftists are on the whole opposed to the Syrian regime and its brutality while also condemning the Western-Zionist-Gulf transparent conspiracy against Syria and the Arab world. Those who advocated NATO bombing of Libya and who are responsible for the mess and destruction of Libya today are trying to replicate the Libyan scenario in Syria, under different headings and titles--or under the same headings and titles: the same propaganda techniques are being used, nakedly.  And they are resorting to a variety of tactics and tricks: they sometimes roll out a Syrian supporter of Gulf regimes and label him as a leftist when he has not been a leftist for more than 30 years and when he writes against Arab leftists in Gulf regimes newspapers; they roll out people working for Gulf regime media and present them as neutral observers and as representatives of the silent majority; they roll out former Ba`thists and operatives of the Syrian regime who now pretend they have been fighting for "peace and democracy" all their lives; they roll out people who have never studied the Middle East and present them as the foremost experts on the region because they want to push for war and destruction in Syria; they roll out Western journalists who never in their lives expressed emotions or sentiments toward Arab victims but allow them to pose for the moment in the media as arbiter of sentimentality and humanitarianism and as new lovers of the Syrian people.  They roll out Zionist haters of Arabs and Muslims and tell us that they are the real champions of the interests of the Syrian people.  They use people like Obama administration officials--people who have been in the administration of war and destruction throughout  the world--and ask them to counsel for war and destruction in Syria. They are willing to revive the rhetoric of the Cold War to present the war on Syria as the only safe and rational option for the US and "national interests".  They even rely on the authority and opinions of a Jordanian regime royal who was put in the UN to handle human rights from the standpoint of the US-Israeli alliance--which put him in his post.  It is time to raise our voice and to warn of the deadly and devastating consequences of war--or more war--on Syria.  Those who are still laughably claiming that there are some secret secular and feminist and democratic Syrian rebels (whose names and identities are never revealed and identified) are engaged in the same propaganda which preceded the US war on Iraq and on Libya.  The scenario is all too obvious for all to see.  Too many leftists and progressives have been intimidated from speaking out against Western conspiracies in Syria for fear of being labeled as Asad regime supporters, just as Zionists have intimidated people from speaking out against Israel for fear of being labeled anti-Semites.  Don't let it happen, not this time, not any time.  Western governments and media don't want an end to the war in Syria; they want what has been the most favored Western policies for decades: the continuation of bloodshed by Arabs against Arabs, or by Muslims against Muslims.  They want what they worked for in the Iran-Iraq war and the Lebanese civil war: they want a continuation of the war in order to keep Israeli aggression and occupation safe and protected.  

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

You know what is the second toughest test for progressive Western media these days?

The first test is always the question of Palestine, but now we can add this: it is ultimately a difficult test for progressive Western media to be able to resistant the dominant hegemonic narrative about the Syrian "revolution".

Zionists and their love for the Syrian people

This overwhelming love demonstrated (fairly) by American Zionists has led me to believe that they love the Syrian people as much as they love Israelis.  

The land of the French revolution

"“We don’t want them!” shouted the demonstrators in this village of 1,900 people, 80 miles from Calais, where the migrants were bused from a camp known as the Jungle on Monday."

This is what US media want you to believe about Syria

Where US bombs fall there are only terrorists.  But where Russian bombs fall there are only civilians.  Understand? 

Why aren't US journalists weeping for the Syrian civilians killed by US bombs in Syria?

"U.S. AUTHORITIES OVERSEEING the war against the Islamic State in Syria have failed to respond to evidence of hundreds of civilian casualties resulting from coalition airstrikes and potential violations of the laws of war, according to a startling new account from Amnesty International.  In a press release issued Tuesday night, Amnesty said it has presented the Pentagon with evidence that 11 coalition airstrikes in Syria over the past two years appear to have led to the deaths of as many as 300 civilians — and that so far that evidence has been met with silence. “U.S. authorities have provided no response to a memorandum Amnesty International sent to the Department of Defense on September 28 to raise questions about the conduct of coalition forces in Syria,” the group claimed."

Zionist threats to free speech

"Targeting students from a position of cowardly anonymity is only the latest — and ugliest — stage in the well-funded project to shield Israel from criticism on campus, and it fits into a larger pattern. Last spring and this month, lurid posters appeared on the UCLA campus naming specific students and accusing them of supporting “terrorism” because they are members of student groups that dare to criticize Israeli policy. David Horowitz’ ironically named Freedom Center claimed responsibility for the posters."

David Ignatius tells you what people in the Middle East want

According to him, the biggest beef people in the region have with the US is that it bombs them but it does not bomb them long enough and it does not occupy them long enough.  He cites this person as a conclusion: "“You’ll walk away,” said the priest. “That’s what you do.”"  Why can't the US bomb and occupy the region forever, so Arabs argue to David Ignatious.

John Allen and Charles Lister: their advice about Al-Qai`dah

This is actually their recommendation: that the US should help Al-Qa`idah in East Aleppo in order to avoid the spread of Al-Qa`idah later: "The city’s symbolism and strategic value are unmatched, and allowing it to fall would dramatically empower extremist narratives. Groups linked to al-Qaeda would reap the rewards of our shortcomings."

Oligarchs in the Putin regime

The Economist special section on Russia is rather hilarious in its crude propaganda content. They basically make it clear: they don't object to the rule of Oligarchs in the Putin regime but they argue that the Yeltsin's oligarchs were better and that Western-favored Oligarchs were: "But they also cultivated personal connections with the liberals in the government to gain privileged access to the most valuable assets.". That makes them better.

These war criminals, like Abdul-Rashid Dustum of Afghanistan, are the types of "liberals" the US supports and funds and arms

Really. This is the classic example of US clients and allies in the developing world.  I wonder how he is on the gender question. I bet he is very good given decades-long US support for him.

Shaykh Khalifh bin Hamad of Qatar: how he was eulogized in Western media

Read this obituary in the Times. They even talk to people who work in Qatar who can only offer praise.  You would not know that the man ran a tyranny.

Hillary Clinton's foreign policy vision

So Libya was the embodiment of Hillary's foreign policy vision. How did that go, by the way? Still going democracy strong? 

U.S. dropped depleted uranium bombs on Syria

"An Air Force congressional liaison officer replied in an email that American forces had in fact shot 6,479 rounds of “Combat Mix” in Syria over two days – “the 18th and 23rd of Nov 2015”. The officer explained the mix "has a 5 to 1 ratio of API (DU) to HEI". "So with that said, we have expended ~5,100 rounds of API," he wrote, referring to DU rounds. Update: On 20 October, CENTCOM officially confirmed to IRIN that the US-led coalition had fired rounds of depleted uranium (DU) munitions at targets in Syria on the 18 and 23 November 2015."

US-backed war in Yemen could leave an entire generation crippled by hunger

"More than 14 million people — about half the population — are going hungry, and as many as 370,000 children are at risk of starvation, the United Nations said this summer. Now, a new report from the UN's World Food Program says the problem is getting worse and is affecting women and children the most." "US President Barack Obama backed Saudi Arabia in its campaign in Yemen, and America's involvement recently deepened."

The liberal Center for American Progress (CAP)

"CAP, according to a report in The Nation, has received funding from war contractors Lockheed Martin and Boeing, who make the bombers that CAP wants to rain hellfire on Syria. The Brookings Institute has taken tens of millions from foreign governments, notably Qatar, a key player in the military campaign to oust Assad. Retired four-star Marine general John Allen is now a Brookings senior fellow. Charles Lister is a senior fellow at the Middle East Institute, which has received funding from Saudi Arabia, the major financial force providing billions in arms to upend Assad and install a Sunni caliphate stretching across Iraq and Syria."

Saudi funding: no strings attached

This week, I have basically heard from pundits and writes in DC think tanks that--all worries to the contrary notwithstanding--Saudi funding in the US comes with no strings attached.  Interestingly, before the Saudi regime aligned itself with Israel and its lobbies in the US, Zionists used to raise alarm about Saudi funding in the US.  In fact, the functionary of the Zionist lobby scene and the early advocate against Muslims, wrote a whole book in the 1980s titled "American House of Saudi" about Saudi buying of influence in the US.  Suddenly, Zionists are no more worried about Saudi buying of influence in the US. 

I won't see tweets on this by Western correspondents in Beirut, despite their deep humanitarianism regarding East Aleppo

"The young Palestinian, later identified as Khalid Bahr Ahmad Bahr, 15, was reportedly shot by Israeli forces in the back, with the bullet exiting through his chest." "Bahr became the 235th Palestinian to be killed by Israeli soldiers and settlers since a wave of violence spread across the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel in October 2015."

Racist group launches national offensive on U.S. campuses

"A notorious anti-Black and Islamophobic group has launched a national offensive against students and professors associated with the movement for Palestinian rights." "The David Horowitz Freedom Center has claimed credit for the campaign. The Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups and extremism, says that since the 1980s the group’s founder, David Horowitz, has “become a driving force of the anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant and anti-Black movements.” " (thanks Amir)

A trial in Saudi Arabia: this will not outrage Western journalists and human rights functionaries

A Saudi court convicts three Huthis of various crimes including "spreading rumors and harming" the Yemeni war coalition. Kid you not.

The mafia which rules the Syrian regime

The class mafia which rules the lousy Syrian regime has been ever since Bashshar came to power launching a war on the poor.  This war on the poor has not stopped.  I posted yesterday about there decision to lift subsidies on food necessities, like sugar, rice, and bread.  I noticed that the lousy Syrian regime is using the same language of the lousy Hariri family in Lebanon: they talk about "liberating the bread".  

Are there limits to the crudeness of the propaganda?

Syrian rebels are notorious for exploiting children in their propaganda campaigns.  But to come opening twitter accounts--in English mind you--on behalf of little girls in Syria? Is that not too much? Is there no decency left at long last?  

The alleged crook who posed as the toy smuggler of Aleppo and who was celebrated by all Western media

"but "may have exaggerated" the injury.".  "Just a little bit", as Robert De Niro says in one of his movies.  Can't you find decent heroes for your propaganda campaigns alas?

Do you even know what the views of Tawakkul Karman are?

Just see her twitter account. She is an unabashed advocate of Saudi and Qatari regime and a fierce advocate of the Muslim Brotherhood and a fan of sectarian agitation. Yet, in the West, she is honored as if she is some secular democrat.

This is hilarious: Saudi regime wants to appease the West but winds up causing more embarrassment to itself

So some US/EU PR firms (they basically run the dynasties in the Gulf nowadays) suggested to the Saudi regime to issue a statement about Muslims in non-Muslim countries.  So it was supposed to be a moderate Islam schtick. Yet, in this statement (available in English and Arabic) it says that "Muslims must obey the provisions of Shari`a even in non-Muslim countries". That should go well with US Islamophobes.  

US bombing: The Empire of Chutzpah

As US bombs in Syria and Iraq and Pakistan and Somalia and Libya, it offers condemnation for Russia for bombing in Syria.  US is the Empire of Chutpzah. 

Putin and Obama

Putin is a terrible person who has caused death and destruction in Syria and elsewhere.  But there is not contest: Obama is a far worse person who has caused far more death and destruction around the world.

Wikileaks and this election

Wikileaks has allowed itself to get involved in this US elections.  That was a mistake.  It could have waited before dumping the email batches and it could have done a better job in the selection.

US and elections around the world

I will maintain this: there has not been ONE election in the world since WWII in which the US did not interfere with money or with weapons or with other covert operations either to support one side or to undermine a side.  Not one.

What is the story about dropping leaflets over Aleppo? How Western media invent propaganda talking points

Every day, you see the same journalists and Western human rights types sticking to the same propaganda talking points on Syria, circulating the same propaganda youtube and items.  In the last few days, they have been feigning outrage that the Syrian regime has been dropping leaflets on Aleppo, and they consider that to be a human rights outrage.  They all commented on that.  But excuse me: in this article in this US military website, the US government BRAGS that it drops leaflets on cities that it bombs, and in fact it condemns the Russian government for not dropping leaflets.  And this one chronicles the dropping of leaflets by US bombers over the years.   But I get it: it is humanitarian when the US does it but savage when US foes do it.  

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Reporters without Borders

This week it will award its Freedom of Speech award to the Saudi king. Congratulations.  

According to the Podesta emails, there is only ONE QUALIFIED MUSLIM IN THE ENTIRE USA

"2) There is only one candidate I thought was a viable one for a Secretary-level job among the Muslim Americans."

Secular and feminist leaders of the Syrian opposition

In this picture, you see leaders of the Syrian opposition: Voltaire to the right, and then Rousseau and Mills, meeting with their secular and feminist sponsor, the King of Saudi Arabia.

Where is the outrage about East Aleppo?

Why are there no Western media sharing footage of Syrian rebels shooting at civilians trying to flee East Aleppo?

Let me explain the crucial differences between the political recipes of a liberal think tank and a conservative tank in Washington, DC

The liberal think tank: US needs to bomb more in Syria.
The conservative think tank: US needs to bomb more in Syria.
The liberal think tank: US needs to do more to reassure Gulf tyrannies.
The conservative think tank: US needs to do more to reassure Gulf tyrannies.
The liberal think tank: US needs to provide more support for Israel.
The conservative think tank: US needs to provide more support for Israel.
The liberal think tank: US needs to do more to confront Iran.
The conservative think tank:  US needs to do more to confront Iran.
Welcome to the world of bipartisanship in US foreign policy.  

The grotesque sexism and misogyny of Huffington Post US (not to mention the grotesque sexism of Huffington Post of Arabic Qatari regime)

This is a disgusting misogynist and vulgar piece about Melania Trump.  In the US, liberal feminists don't get outraged over sexism against Republican women.  

Notice how difficult it is the for the UN to admit that Syrian rebels are not letting civilians leave East Aleppo

"It is deeply regrettable that no patients or accompanying family members could be moved. The evacuations were obstructed by various factors, including delays in receiving the necessary approvals from local authorities in eastern Aleppo, conditions placed by non-State armed groups and the Government of Syria’s objection to allowing medical and other relief supplies into the eastern part of the city."  This passage must have been edited by a US official to dilute the blame of Syrian rebels.  They just forgot to add to the factors the phenomenon of global warming.

Syrian rebel infighting

Syrian rebel infighting in East Ghutah

Those Syrian protest don't receive coverage in Western media: they just don't fit the dominant lazy narrative

Syrians have been protesting against the rule of the various Syrian rebel militias and there has never been a coverage of those protests in the last few years. The rebel militias in Ghutah have been engaged in bloody feuds and clashes and not a word about that in the Western media.  Western media are busy singing the praises of the non-existent Voltaire Battalion of Syrian rebels.

Reported STDs at unprecedented high in the U.S.

"Total combined cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis reported in 2015 reached the highest number ever, according to the annual Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)."