Saturday, April 30, 2016

Corrupt Iraqi politicians are fleeing the country in droves

Syrian regime TV correspondent

That woman should be shamed on an international scale. Taking selfies with dead corpses is a new low among the war journalism of Syrian conflict.

An arrest warrant for Lebanese Maronite priest while Lebanese government and church protects him

"Mansour Labaky se présente comme un défenseur de plus faibles et des opprimés. Oui mais voilà, à l'heure où l'Eglise française est secouée par plusieurs scandales de pédophiles, un mandat d'arrêt vient d'être émis à l'encontre de ce prêtre, qui a dirigé de 1991 à 1998 un orphelinat pour enfants libanais à Douvres-la-Délivrande dans le Calvados, révèle Normandie-actu, confirmant les poursuites annoncées par «La Croix».Aujourd'hui âgé de 76 ans, le prêtre d'origine libanaise fait l'objet d'une enquête ouverte par le parquet de Caen.
L'enquête a été confiée aux gendarmes de la section de recherches de Caen.

Une plainte pour viols et agressions sexuelles sur mineure de moins de 15 ans par personne ayant autorité a été déposée au tribunal de la ville. Deux autres victimes présumées ont dénoncé des faits similaires, sans se constituer encore partie civile. "

Reactionary kooky clerics of the world, unite

Christian and Muslim clerics unite for censorship in Jordan.

Human Rights Watch director calls on the US to let Al-Qa`idah in Syria prevail

Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth)
By fixating on Nusra presence, US invites devastating attacks on Aleppo w/o admitting it.

One Aleppo casualty count: record of the war criminals (on both sides)

244 civilians killed in 8 days of fighting in Aleppo, says SOHR. 140 killed by airstrikes, 8 by regime shelling, 96 by rebel shelling

UN: "monstrous disregard for civilian lives by all parties to the conflict" in Syria

"The United Nations human rights chief today said that the latest reports of civilian deaths and injuries in Syria, including bombings of marketplaces and medical facilities, reveal a “monstrous disregard for civilian lives by all parties to the conflict,” calling for urgent action by all relevant actors to resolve to help the people of Syria."

Not in US press: A Qatari regime newspaper admits that Free Syrian Army is shelling civilians in Aleppo

It says: Tens of dead and injured from Aleppo civilians were killed by gunfire from units of the Free Syrian Army and the "gas canisters", which are called "blind shells", for its inaccuracy, and it--despite killing and injuring tens of civilians--has not killed or injured one regime soldier".

"عشرات القتلى والجرحى من الحلبيين المدنيين سقطوا بنيران فصائل الجيش السوري الحر «جرات الغاز»، والتي تسمى «القذائف العمياء» لعدم دقة تصويبها، إذ أنها ورغم قتلها وجرحها لعشرات المدنيين لم تتمكن من قتل عنصر واحد من عناصر النظام أو إصابته.

Seven Dilemmas facing Muhammad bin Salman

My weekly article in Al-Akhbar: "Seven Dilemmas of Muhammad bin Salman: The Untamedness of the Second Generation".

Friday, April 29, 2016

Yarmouk Camp

The Zionists in the US decide when it is convenient to feign sympathy for the Yarmouk camp and when it is not convenient.

What about Aleppo?

What about Aleppo? What about Ghutah? What about Yarmuk? What about Damascus? What about Yemen? What about Somalia? What about Libya? What about Fallujah? What about Bahrain? What about Afghanistan? What about?

The award for the most fawning praise for Prince Muhammad bin Salman

The correspondent for the mouthpiece of Prince Khalid bin Sultan, Al-Hayat, in New York wins the award for the most fawning and pathetic praise of the prince. It begins by declaring that the vision of the Prince is just "astounding".  Kid you not.

Iranian laders

Iranian leaders are shocked that US government is not adhering to its commitments in the nuclear agreement.  IT seems that Iranian leaders are as naive or foolish as Arab leaders in believing American promises and declarations.  The US government violated back in the 1990s its agreement with North Korea, and they should have expected more violations for this agreement.  

Thursday, April 28, 2016

In Syria

Both sides in Syria kill children. Both sides are war criminals. Both sides don't deserve to be part of Syria's future.

As usual, Christian repression and censorship in the Middle East never ever gets coverage in the US press

It turns out that the ban on the musical group, Mashru` Layla, was engineered by none other than the Christian authorities because they thought the lyrics are offensive to Jesus.  This won't get a mention in US press because the censors are not Muslim.

Virginia state senator, Dick Black

This right-wing sectarian state senator from Virginia, Dick Black, is a big fan of the Syrian regime. He visits Syria and makes statement supportive of the Syrian regime. But Syrian regime media don't say that he is a state senator. They identify him as US Senator Dick Black.

How and why Israel kills Palestinians

For the last several months, both Washington Post and New York Times never report the tally of Palestinian casualties at the hands of Israeli occupiers without adding the same phrase: that those victims were killed either because they stabbed Israelis or because they were on the average of killing Israelis.  Just yesterday, Israeli occupying terrorists killed unarmed Palestinian at a checkpoint, and they did not even claim that they were stabbing or about to stab. How will the papers report those two casualties? How will they categorize them?

Grotesque Syrian regime propagandist

A Syrian regime TV propagandist took a selfie with her phone showing dead Syrian rebel corpses in the background.  No, I won't link to the picture.

Like i have been telling you, Syrian rebels have been bombing the shit out of Aleppo residents but not a word about that

Only when Syrian regime forces kills civilians it is news. Killing of civilians in the territories under the control of the regime does not warrant coverage.  

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

An Israeli occupation soldiers snuck into Lebanon with a Canadian passport and this is what he concluded after a few days in the country

"And they all seemed to loathe Jews."

Those poor Israeli occupation soldiers: they had to occupy a dangerous country

The New York Times is a place where you are made to sympathize with the occupiers and not with the occupied: "Lebanon was a dangerous place to be." Those poor Israeli terrorists. Why didn't the Lebanese people make the country safe for the occupiers, why?

How an intention of a 12 year old Palestinian girl is described in the New York Times

The headline:"Israel Frees Palestinian Girl, 12, Who Tried to Stab Guard"
the story: "While eagerly eating her first ice cream cone in months, Dima said she intended to kill the security guard on Feb. 9". Why not say that this girl also intended to drop a nuclear weapon while you are at it.

How the New York Times makes anti-Zionism anti-Semitism

"For her supporters, her election is a victory for diversity and radical politics. But Jewish students’ groups are alarmed, citing her criticism of the influence of “Zionist-led media,” her description of her Birmingham University as “something of a Zionist outpost” because of its active Jewish organizations and her talk at a meeting that was advertised with a poster featuring Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah.  Within a few hours of her victory, students at Cambridge called for a referendum on whether their union should quit the national body, describing her election as “a horrifying message to Jewish students.”"  Look how they basically allege that her description of Birmingham University as due to the activities of "Jewish organizations".  This is like saying that one's complaints about radical militant Jihadi cells is a complain about the activities of Muslim organizations.  Also, look at the last sentence: they make it sound that the entire study body at Cambridge protested and not a few.  

Meet a new Zionist ploy: it claims that because it is difficult to know the difference, anti-Zionism should be conflated with anti-Semitism

"The difficulty is defining the line between anti-Semitism and principled support for Palestine, opposition to Israeli settlements in occupied territory and “anti-Zionism.”"  Difficulty?  More difficult than telling the difference between Zionism and racism? Hardly.

How does Ben Hubbard of the NYTimes read Arab public opinion? Simple

"Many Saudi citizens, and especially the 70 percent of the population that is under the age of 30, have celebrated the prince’s rise and took to social media to thank him for laying out an optimistic vision." Is Hubbard aware that criticizing the Prince would lead one to jail and a very long sentence and a fine? Is this how he reads Saudi public opinion? By reading those views which are permitted by the royal family?

Only 17 senators dared to reject the substantial call for increase in aid to the occupation state of Israel

Here is the list.

Sisi's dilemma

"Such a move is particularly problematic in the Egyptian case. Since the overthrow of the monarchy in 1952, successive governments have made Egyptian control of its national territory a central part of the country’s story and mission. This emphasis on  sovereignty over national territory was one of then-President Gamal Abdel Nasser’s justifications for nationalizing the Suez Canal Co. in July 1956. Then, after the devastating June 1967 war, while Egyptians reeled under the impact of the defeat, Nasser’s driving policy message was to “erase the remnants of the aggression,” meaning restoring Egyptian sovereignty over the Sinai, which Israel occupied as a result of the war. In the same vein, Anwar Sadat sold his controversial peace treaty with Israel in 1979 on the grounds that it would result in Israeli withdrawal from Egyptian territory, a promise that was finally completed on April 25, 1982.*
As a result, Sissi — who has repeatedly likened himself to Nasser — cannot both promote a nationalism that has deep roots in the identity cultivated over decades among Egyptians through a range of educational, governmental and media sources and violate one of the most basic pillars of that same patriotic national identity with impunity. Some of the slogans in the numerous protests that have taken place since the announcement of this agreement make clear these bases of the popular rejection of the agreement: “Land is honor” (al-ard ‘ard) and a variation on the January 2011 classic “Bread, freedom, social justice” to (the equally rhyming in Arabic) “Bread, freedom, these islands are Egyptian.”"
*It should be noted that Egypt never regained Sinai from Israel. Israel continues to exercise full sovereignty over Sinai and Egyptian regime has to request permission from Israel to even move soldiers around.  It is up to Israel to decide which kind of weapons and forces to deploy in Sinai.

Reuters discovered a fifth jurisprudential school of Sunni Islam

"For the Al Saud dynasty, which has always ruled in alliance with the powerful clergy of the kingdom's semi-official Wahhabi school of Sunni Islam ..." (thanks Basim)

The Poem for Which Dareen Tabour’s Under Isareli House Arrest: ‘Resist, My People, Resist Them’

"One of the most prominent cases is of the poet Dareen Tatour, who was arrested last October, charged in November, and spent several months in prison before being placed under house arrest — with no access to the internet — in January. She is currently confined to a Tel Aviv apartment and had her first court hearing this month, charged for Facebook postings and a poem posted to YouTube.
According to Nadim Nashef of Al-Shabaka, “The Palestinian Prisoners Club, a non-governmental organization dealing with prisoners’ rights, estimates that more than 150 arrests took place between October and February 2016 based on Facebook posts expressing opinions on the uprising.”"

Prince Abdul-Aziz bin Fahd has devoted his life--as you all know--"to serving God", as he keeps saying on twitter

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Pro-Israel billionaires who screen & police U.S. politicians

"Saban, who made his fortune in the media and entertainment industry, has spent millions of dollars influencing the foreign policy establishment, including by sponsoring the Brookings Institution’s Saban Center for Middle East Policy and funding the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). He is also one of the largest donors to Hillary Clinton’s Super PACs. In a 2010 interview with the New Yorker, he described himself as a “one-issue guy, and my issue is Israel.” Last year, he briefly teamed up with GOP megadonor Sheldon Adelson to sponsor an effort to counter university boycotts and divestment from Israel’s occupation. “When it comes to Israel, we are absolutely on the same page,” he said of Adelson."

Israel Frees Palestinian Girl, 12, who tried to wipe Israel off the map--according to the New York Times

"We often say that the New York Times is in the hasbara business, explaining away Israeli human rights abuses. And today we’ve got them redhanded. Bear with me a minute. The Times has an article about a girl released from Israeli detention after more than two months. “Israel Frees Palestinian Girl, 12, Who Tried to Stab Guard” is the headline;" "Wait did she try or did she intend? What’s the evidence?"

Don’t call us “Arab lovers,” says head of Israel’s “peace camp”

"If it wasn’t abundantly clear that there is no practical difference between Israel’s Zionist “right” and “left,” Herzog boasted at the Ashkelon meeting of his plan for hafrada – the Hebrew word for separation that can reasonably be translated as apartheid. This was the plan Herzog campaigned on during last year’s Israeli election, and it reveals that the vision of Israel’s so-called peace camp amounts to nothing more than permanent occupation of the West Bank and a bantustan for Palestinians."

Since 2014, U.S.-led coalition has killed more than 1,000 civilians in Iraq & Syria

"According to the not-for-profit monitoring organization Airwars, headed by investigative journalist Chris Woods, the U.S.-led coalition has likely killed more than 1,000 civilians and wounded at least 858, with the nearly 42,000 bombs and missiles it has unleashed. The U.S. military is directly responsible for the vast majority of coalition bombings, indicating that most of these civilian killings are on the Pentagon's hands." (thanks Amir)

Riyadh and its friends are blocking resolutions and killing human rights investigations

"Saudi Arabia and its Sunni-majority Persian Gulf allies don’t hold a single seat on the U.N. Security Council. But you’d hardly know it: Over the past year, they have wielded their diplomatic clout like a major power, shaping the 15-nation council’s diplomatic strategy for Yemen and effectively suppressing U.N. scrutiny of excesses in their 13-month air war against the country’s Shiite rebels."

If this was in Iran, it would be on the front pages of US newspapers: A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a human rights activist to nine years in prison

"A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a human rights activist to nine years in prison. Amnesty International condemned the sentencing of Issa al-Hamid as part of the "Saudi Arabian authorities’ ruthless quest to eradicate any last vestige of dissent." Obama visited Saudi Arabia for a fourth time last week."

How the Saudi King operates

"Foreign leaders visiting King Salman of Saudi Arabia have noticed that there is a large flower display positioned just in front of where the 80-year-old monarch sits. On closer investigation, the visitors realised that the purpose of the flowers is to conceal a computer which acts as a teleprompter, enabling the King to appear capable of carrying on a coherent conversation about important issues.

One visiting US delegation meeting with King Salman recently observed a different method of convincing visitors – or at least television viewers watching the encounter – that he can deal with the escalating crises facing Saudi Arabia. The king did not look at the group but at a giant television screen hanging from the ceiling of the room on which was appearing prompts." (thanks Basim)

this is hilarious; the bureau chief of a mouthpiece of a Saudi prince writes a fawning tribute to another Saudi prince

Bureau chief of the mouthpiece of Khalid bin Sultan, Al-Hayat, writes a fawning tribute to Prince Muhammad bin Salman for the website Al-Arabiyyah, the news station of the latter prince.  It is too cute to be true.

The body of Theodore Herzl

After the founding of the occupation state of Israel, the Zionists there moved the body of Herzl from Europe to Palestine. But why to Palestine? Shouldn't his body be moved to "Argentina or Palestine", per his own vision in Der Judenstaat? 

Jordanian regime repression: the least covered repression in the entire Middle East

When Jon Stewart and Bernie Sanders, when Hillary and Ted Cruz all sing the praises of the King of Jordan you know that the Zionism of the regime and its long standing services to the state of Israel makes the regime the most desirable and most praised in the US among all Arab regimes.  They treat the foolish Jordanian king in the US like he is some liberal benevolent constitutional king.  This despot today banned a musical performance by a famous Lebanese group because he said the lyrics clashed with the "traditions and values" of the archaic kingdom. Kid you not.

Lebanese Communist Party has a new secretary-general

Hanna Gharib is in my opinion the best choice for leadership of the LCP in its entire history--although the party was never my kind of interpretation of Marxism.  George Hawi led the party for decades and made it beholden to USSR and Yasser Arafat and ensured that the party represents the most vulgar version of Soviet Marxism.  Khalid Hdadah, the former leader is a very nice guy but he did not know what he wanted to do with the party and I asked once: why are you so ashamed of Marx?  HE insisted on leading the party without asserting an independent agenda and squandered many opportunities to promote the party's role away from the sectarian blocs.  Hanna Gharib was a leader of the teachers of public universities and proved his great leadership abilities, and his perseverance and doggedness.  HE was such a force that the two sectarian coalitions of Lebanon (that includes Hizbullah and Hariri movement) conspired to remove him from the union leadership.  Ghraib brings with him a new generation of young leaders but unless they reengage with Marxism the struggle will be futile, in my opinion.  

bombing residential areas in Aleppo

It seems that Turkish-sponsored Syrian rebel groups are bombing the hell out of Armenian section of Aleppo.  Western correspondents in Beirut will describe the indiscriminate bombing as bombing of "government-controlled areas".

Dear Bassam Haddad honored

"recognized by Fairfax County in its inaugural Arab American Heritage month for his contributions to our community, GMU, and the County."  So proud of him.

Muhammad bin Salman interview

A dissident Saudi student in the US told me yesterday: this interview was unprecedented.  We never ever had a major top Saudi prince give such a free wheeling interview like this.  It never happened before.  He is right--and the student is opposed to Saudi rule.  Muhammad bin Salman came across as more knowledgeable and articulate than the average Saudi prince. But then again: one heard that King Salman raised his children like King Faisal: less indulgences and more emphasis on education.  Compare that to King Fahd's child rearing practices where his children grew up around casino tables. As for substance: it is quite ridiculous and unspecific.  Saudi reformers were expecting real changes in social life: like permission of female drivers and movie theaters.  That did not enter the picture and the Prince later explained that Saudi society is not ready.  But the plan as it is is fraught with contradiction: how can you speak about accountability in a government run by a royal family? How can you speak about transparency when skimming the budget for royal benefit is part of Saudi governance? How can you speak about an economy based on tourism while adhering to Wahhabi social and religious standards? and to speak of 2020 as the year when revenue from oil becomes unimportant is a pipe dream.  

Can you imagine the Western human rights organizations' reactions if this was Russia? US officially condone killing of Syrian civilians

"The Pentagon has approved airstrikes that risk more civilian casualties in order to destroy Islamic State targets".