Sunday, April 23, 2017

Macron

The bad part is that the rightist Macron will now be portrayed as left.  

When Ken Roth attempts humor: it is painful really

Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth)
Trump gave O'Reilly a pass but social media-empowered public felt differently. Guess whom advertisers listened to?
No, who? I give up. Please tell me. Wow. This is so witty and original.  No one beat you to it.  I have to say that since you assumed the throne in 1993 at HRW, your humor has not improved one bit.

What is happening in Saudi Arabia? Another look at the changes yesterday

From an informed Saudi student:  It reads (my translation) from Arabic: "I have quick notes..through which I wish to transmit our views as citizens (subjects) of Salman and his sons:
These comprehensive decisions cover more than one sector and section of the state after the insinuation by Muhammad bin Salman on more than one occasion to the importance of the views of people and citizens as to what is happening regarding decisions including Vision 2030.  And those statements appeared in the official and non official news and appeared more than once in his public meetings on occasions.  it is clear that he is not like other princes in his policies and wants (or wants it to appear as if) he takes public preferences and satisfaction into consideration.
The decisions included restoring the salary increases for civil and military employees which were canceled months ago.  And this text of the royal decree at the behest of Prince Muhammad Bin Salman.  This does not conceal his desperate efforts to attain popularity and reputation among people in the wake of widespread currents of dissatisfaction and opposition in private gatherings against the new austerity policies. And this makes Muhammad bin Salman a hero who listened to the people and responded to their needs.
Changes included the military forces and the commander of the ground troops was replaced by one of the sons of Faysal. And the spokesperson of the Aggression on Yemen, Ahmad Al-`Asiri, was made deputy intelligence chief.  And there was a weird phrase cited in the order to release double salaries for actual soldiers in the front lines in resisting the Yemeni attacks on the South (although we all know that those who do the actual work in the ground troops against the army and popular committees are the mercenaries from South Yemen).
As one looks closely at the new princes appointed one notices two things: 1) they are form the young generation to which Muhammad belongs. 2) he appointed his brothers and nephews in important posts like his brother as ambassador in DC (the same pilot who bombed Syria), and another brother as an official in the sector of energy and his nephew is now deputy (or superintendent) of the Eastern Province (and it is an important province which deals with "deals" and internal home affairs inside the royal family as important as defense and oil for its economic importance).  These appointments are important and significant.
The school year was shorted so that the final exams are given before Ramadan, and thus we now have the longest summer vacation in the history of the kingdom.  And this pleases me as a student of course.
Of course, we are looking at these analysis and decisions in terms of the potential conflict between son of Salman and son of Nayif over seizure of the crown."

UAE media promote a new Islam: the Mike Tyson Islam

Read here

Please know this about Saudi politics

This is the rule: when a prince is replaced by his brother or cousin it is always according to criteria of merit and specialization. 

Kenneth Roth thinks that ISIS is unfairly portrayed in the Western press: he wants better press for ISIS

Syrian paradox: Assad's mass slaughter of civilians grips West less than a few theatrically staged ISIS attacks.

Oh, this is so sweet: the president of AUB dares to comment on foreign policy

Dr. Fadlo Khuri (@DrFadloKhuri)
Bracing piece on the West's failure to address the Syrian disaster by @ABarnardNYT Opinion | Syria Changed the World nyti.ms/2pJOkUa

Do you think that he would dare post an article in which it calls for the US to invade and attack Israel? If only he sheds tears for Palestinians assuming you believe his tears about Syrian victims.

When a Western correspondent in Beirut feigns humanitarian concern for Arab victims: the case of Anne Barnard

Look at this distasteful article by Ms. Barnard.  Notice that she invoked the clearly racist terminology of "Muslims-versus-Muslims".  This racist terminology was borrowed from Apartheid South Africa when the regime talked about "blacks-killing-blacks", as if Muslims are killing other Muslims for being Muslims or as if when "Muslims-are-killing-Muslims" the Western governments are not involved. There is no case of civil war or conflict in the Middle East in which Western governments are not directly involved in arming or abetting or inciting or funding one side against another, and in perpetuating the conflict. Name one conflict in the last fifty years in which US/Israel were not directly involved.  Just one.  But it is rather classic that Ms. Barnard basically is lamenting that the US did not invade and occupy Syria.  Because she can't be complaining about US not intervening in Syria; US intervened in Syria and bombed and funded and armed rebel groups but it was not to the tune that Ms. Barnard and other Western correspondents in Beirut wanted.  Notice that their only concern about Trump's bombing (as much as they cheered it) was that it was not more massive bombing. Those are the correspondents who are not happy unless the US invades and attacks massively.  Of course, the motives of Ms. Barnard and others can't be humanitarian: can you imagine her daring to call for US to intervene militarily to attack Saudi Arabia? Ms. Barnard covered the last Israeli war on Gaza, and she never wrote an article in which she lamented the lack of Western intervention against Israel.  Also, notice that her article did not mention Palestinians once. Not once.   Western correspondents are only allow to cry and emote over cases when the one side is approved by Western governments.  So the tears have to be authorized before hand.  Also, look at this delicious quotation by a White Man: "“We’ve thrown values by the wayside, but also not been able to act in our own interests, because we let things go too long,” said Joost Hiltermann, a Dutch citizen who is the Middle East director for the International Crisis Group." What are "our values" here exactly? Are those the values of conquest and war and destruction and occupation?  What values? And I like how Westerners act as if US reluctance to invade and attack Syria is the only glaring exception to US promotion of democracy and human rights throughout. They make it sound as if the US is promoting democracy and human rights in Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Jordan, Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Oman and that Syria is the only exception to US democracy rule and that US needs to invade and occupy Syria in order for the Middle Eat regional order of democracy to complete.  I mean, if you are someone form another planet, the scenario seems benevolent enough.  Finally, has there been a regime change in which the US has been able to replace a lousy regime by a regime more lousy than the past one?  Ever? The US in fact achieves miracles by arranging for a worse regime to always replace a brutal and lousy regime. It never fails.  But Ms. Barnard was saying that Western governments upheld humanitarian values since WWII and for that reason she wants US to invade and occupy Syria to uphold those values.

For the umpteenth time, Yasin Hajj Saleh is not a leftist and he denounces leftism and leftists regularly IN ARABIC

I don't know why recently Western media (including The Intercept) have been referring to Yassin Has Saleh as "a leftist"--as in this reference in the Times: " said the Syrian dissident Yassin al-Haj Saleh, a secular leftist".  The man never ever talks about himself being a leftist and he denounces leftists and leftism regularly in Arabic.  In Arabic he always identifies as a liberal (in the Arab sense of being an Arab liberal, which usually means identification with the goals of Gulf regimes in the region).  Also, Mr. Saleh writes in Al-Hayat (the mouthpiece of Prince Khalid Bin Sultan).  The paper does not allow leftists to publish, only "Arab liberals", where they can have full freedoms to denounce leftists and leftism.  I think that Western media want to accord him more legitimacy and they know that the word "liberal" is tainted in the Arab context and thus prefer to label him as a leftist.  He is a former leftist, just as many of the writers in the Arab oil and gas media are former leftists.  Big difference.

What happened in Saudi Arabia to trigger the series of Royal decrees and appointments

It is not easy for Saudis to communicate with the outside world but some still do using What'sup and Signal for their high levels of encryption--I am told.  Young Saudis have become experts in such matters of communication and follow the tweets of Snowden very closely.  Anyway, this is the what I gathered from my Saudi contacts:  there was a lot of government anxiety and nervousness in the three days prior to the announcements yesterday.  Saudi police was everywhere in Riyadh and helicopters were hovering over the city in anticipation of protests or demonstrations.  They were afraid that public anger over the dire economic situation would spill over into the streets, and that women would launch protests.  The MBC News program by Dawud Shiryan a week ago indicated the levels of public dissatisfaction.  There have been many layoffs in companies and even Saudi newspapers (mouthpieces of Princes really) like Al-Hayat, suffered financial problems which is why the offices are being moved from London to Beirut.  The firing of the Minister of Information was due to two matters: 1) young Saudis posted a video of him on Youtube in which they said he seemed drunk; 2) it was punishment because a Jordanian critic of Saudi regime was hosted on a Saudi regime channel (Al-Ikhbariyyah).  The Minister of who will be investigated was fingered by young Saudis on Twitter. In Saudi regime, criticisms of non-royal ministers have become allowed (but not in foreign affairs).

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Saudi regime media are really excited about Trump

It says on the wheel: ("The Nuclear Agreement with Iran").

The fragility of American democracy

This recent US election has exposed more than ever the fragility of American democracy.  This is a good thing but I doubt it will diminish the political self-righteousness of US foreign policy.

Trump Doctrine Crystallizes

My weekly article in Al-Akhbar: "Trump Doctrine Crystallizes: Bombs and Missiles First"

There is a civil war in Saudi media

There is a half-declared civil war in Saudi regime media: on the one side are those who are (falsely) called "liberal", and they are mostly right-wing Lebanese and some Saudis who wish to decrease the role of Islam in politics in favor of tighter rule by Saudi royals and who favor a close US-Saudi alliance, and on the other side are the more powerful (and popular) Islamist pro-Turkey (and pro-Ikhwan) camp which voices strong criticisms of Saudi regime media in London.  Look at this hashtag campaign by Islamist Saudis against Al-Hayat (mouthpiece of Prince Khalid bin Sultan) due to criticisms against Erdogan in the paper.   The campaign is titled "Al-Hayat Launches a crusading campaign against Turkey".  This is not a subtle reference to Christians who work in regime paper (I notice that Gulf regime media have added "Christians" as of late to its list of hated groups, which focuses most on Shi`ites and Alawites.
https://twitter.com/hashtag/الحياة_تشن_حملة_صليبية_على_تركيا?src=hash

Friday, April 21, 2017

Mélenchon

I can never expect to see a US presidential candidate (on the left, center or right) making "reflect" or "think" as a campaign slogan. It would never fly in this country.  

Who is more qualified to praise Trump's militarism and aggression than an Obama official?

"“That missile strike certainly had to get Putin’s attention, and it did show we were determined to enforce international norms on chemical weapons,” said Antony J. Blinken, who was deputy secretary of state and deputy national security adviser in the Obama administration. “Equally important was the effort to tie Russia to the use of chemical weapons.”"

2 out of 6 winners of the Man Booker International Prize are Israelis

You honestly believe that of all the world literature, two out of six winners are Israelis based on merit and talent alone? You believe that? Of course, you can factor in the fact that Israeli "literature" (and even gasps and yawns) is instantly translated into English (far more than literature from Latin America and Africa and Asia) but this love and bias for Israel is way out of whack.  You are telling me that 2 out of 6 deserve to be Israelis?

lack of preparedness on foreign policy for US presidents

"The only modern president who rivaled Donald Trump in his lack of preparation for global leadership was Harry Truman. "  You mean not counting Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, Lyndon Johnson, and Gerald Ford?

Why I read the New York Times

People ask me why I read the New York Times religiously.  I say: for the same reasons that people in Saudi Arabia read Ash-Sharq Al-Awsat or people in Syria read Tishrin. You need to know what the regime is plotting against you.

Their culture versus "our culture": Economist magazine

"But he is by nature a bully in a culture that admires displays of strength." As opposed to the West, where there is no admiration for displays of strength? In the week when Trump witnessed his popularity rise purely for bombing other countries?

Silly attack on communism in the New Yorker

"he found peasant women sitting there, with “bundles and baskets and big handkerchiefs around their heads,” seated on “benches rubbed dull with waiting.” Long after the Revolution and all its world-changing promises had settled into a grim stasis, waiting was still a Russian specialty." I don't get it. So people don't wait in capitalistic countries?

Is this article by David Ignatius a paid Saudi advertisement?

"But the larger goal, he said, is “spreading happiness” in what has sometimes been a somber country." Or this: "Unlike so many Saudi princes, he wasn’t educated in the West, which may have preserved the raw combative energy that is part of his appeal for young Saudis.".   If someone were to write such propaganda about North Korea, he would have been accused of treason.

David Ignatius is such a propagandist for Arab royals that he cites unpublished Arab regime polls

"Change seems increasingly desired in this young, restless country. A recent Saudi poll found that 85 percent of the public, if forced to choose, would support the government rather than religious authorities on policy matters, said Abdullah al-Hokail, the head of the government’s public opinion center." Are you sure, David, it is not 99%?

AJ + and sexual harassment

I see that AJ + released a short video about Bill O'Reilly and Fox News. It would be nice if AJ + (which has deteriorated over time and has become a crude propaganda tool of the Qatari regime) would release a report about sexual harassment and discrimination in Aljazeera offices.  

North versus South Korea

The military budget of South Korea is four times the size of the military budget of North Korea--not to count US troops in South Korea.

South Korean propaganda apparatus

There is no apparatus which is more responsible for the manufacturing of lies and rumors than the South Korean intelligence apparatus.

Someone should run a regression on this: Virtual media and protests in Arab cities

I think a reverse correlation can be established: if you chart the rise of the social media and the occurrences of demonstrations in Arab cities in the last decade you will find a reverse correlation.  

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Mélenchon: what Bernie Sanders is...not


When Israeli intelligence propaganda becomes a trusted objective source on Syrian and Iranian matters

Replying to 
"Israeli military intelligence estimates that Assad has 'between one and three tons' of chemical weapons."

New Yorker on Dubai

Of course, the article is shallow and impressionable and silly. What you expect in Western media about the Arab world.  But Sultan Qassimi protested that the article did not talk about museums in Dubai. You can have Vegas with museums though.  In fact, Vegas has many museums: don't forget the Wayne Newton Museum.  But you can't deny the deep impact that Vegas left on the minds of oil sheikhs--aesthetically speaking.  

The prime minister of Lebanon yesterday got rid of the two extra training wheels. The country could not be prouder


Syrian rebels are always victims--even when they bomb and kill

Western and Arab (gulf and oil) propaganda have managed to always make Syrian rebels as victims and to conflate them with Syrian civilians. So the rebels are victims even when rebels car bombed civilians in buses in Rashidin, Western media and Arab gas and oil media managed to make the rebels as victims by promoting crazy scenarios of the bombing and by peddling one picture of a Syrian "activist-journalist"--whatever that means in journalism schools--crying as to show the rebels and supporters as victims even when they (the rebels) are the perpetrators of bombing. So they can't lose sympathetic media coverage no matter what they do or bomb.

Ken Roth at Human Rights Watch: preparing for a successor

I am told that while Ken Roth has been at the helm of Human Rights Watch since 1993, securing what he calls "pro-Israel" funding, he realized that he can't mock rulers who don't allow for succession to their rule while he remains in control of an ostensible human rights organization.  I have it on good authority that he has prepared his son, Muhammad bin Ken, to take over the organization after him.  Long live peaceful transition to new blood.  

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

"Funny: Western media thinks The National is no longer state-owned"

From Basim: "International Media Investments, owned by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan of Manchester City, bought The National in November from state-owned Abu Dhabi Media."

Kim in Tyre

In the Tyre area of Lebanon, someone posted this poster of Kim. The title says: "Vanquisher of the Enemies: Abu `Ali Kim".

Of all the human rights problems out there, Kenneth Roth is campaigning for the right-wing candidate in the French election

He has not been bothered by the various support for Israel and Saudi Arabia by French presidents but is bothered by the one socialist candidate who has not even reached power?

Do you know that Kenneth Roth has been leading HRW since 1993? He has ruled longer than Putin and Erdogan

What kind of credibility does Human Rights Watch have when it has been ruled since 1993 iron-fistedly by one man, and one man alone.  All other Western human rights organizations allow for transfer of power in the leadership and the infusion of female leadership except this organization: what kind of message does this send when one man has ruled that organizations for several decades now?

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

And US propagandists like you are busy promoting Macron

Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth)
Russia's propagandists are busy promoting Marine Le Pen and Francois Fillon--anyone but Emmanuel Macron. bit.ly/2pLfaKY pic.twitter.com/gN6tgvkuN9

Buffonish King of Jordan posts (on his official site) his training for the liberation of Palestine


Human Rights Watch (the propaganda arm of the US-Israeli wars) does not label US war crimes as war crimes

Here is how Human Rights Watch operates: when it comes to foes of the US (like Russia or Syrian regime), they categorize their actions as war crimes based on youtube and tweets of Syrian rebels.  But when it comes to war crimes by US or Israel, they urge caution and then they say that an investigation is needed.  After they conduct their own investigation, they rule thus: the US (or Saudi regime or Israel), MAY HAVE committed war crimes.  Look at this lousy language of a US war crime: "Serious violations of the laws of war can amount to war crimes. These include deliberately targeting civilians or civilian objects (including mosques), knowingly launching indiscriminate or disproportionate attacks resulting in death or injury to civilians, or being criminally reckless in so doing. The US authorities’ failure to understand the most fundamental aspects of the target and pattern of life around the target raises the question whether officers were criminally reckless in authorizing the attack."

Monday, April 17, 2017

National Defense College in the UAE: Sheikh Mo as a strategic visionary

"NON-TRADITIONAL STRATEGISTS (NDC 4008), 2 CREDITS
The purpose of this course is to introduce participants to past and present non-traditional strategic leaders, largely from the Islamic world and Asia, to understand how these leaders applied or misapplied the elements of strategy to achieve their objectives. We look at range of leaders, starting with possibly the most famous strategist in the business world, and of Arab decent, Apple Inc co-founder Steve Jobs. We also look at the strategic approaches of H.H. Vice-President Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid al-Maktoum, Saladin, Khalid Ibn Waleed, Saddam Hussein, Ayatollah Khomeini, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Gandhi, Mao and South Korean leader Lee Kuan Yew. This elective course gives the participants an opportunity to apply models of strategy used throughout the academic year to non-traditional strategists in areas of military, economic and political aims. It also provides participants an opportunity to compare and contrast the strategic approaches of different leaders."  Notice that Lee Kuan Yew, the former Primer minister of Singapore became South Korean.  (thanks Noureddine)

Sunday, April 16, 2017

I don't like Erdogan one bit but...

I remember that when Turkey was under the rule of Military generals and its alliance with Israel was closer, I never heard any complaints from Western governments and media about lack of democracy in Turkey.  

When Hamid Karzai calls you a traitor, what do you do?

I like how in US media they refer protests against US killing of Afghan civilians as troublemaking and corruption.

To Western correspondents in Beirut

Please spare us your fake sentimentalism and emotionalism.  I didn't like your callous attitude toward Palestinian suffering over the decades but I like your fake tears over Syrian suffering even less.  

Ben Hubbard had no clue who killed the civilians in the buses yesterday

"Dozens of people were killed in the Syrian city of Aleppo on Saturday when a car bomb struck a group of buses carrying residents and fighters who had been evacuated from two besieged towns the day before."  How were they killed? And who killed them? A hurricane?  He then seems to provide justification for the siege and murder of the civilians of the two villages: "two Shiite villages in Idlib Province that are loyal to President Bashar al-Assad".  Imagine if he were to refer to residents in Rif Idlib as "an area loyal to Al-Qa`idah".  

The bombing of the two buses yesterday

Notice that Western media talk about it as if it was some natural disaster where culprits are mysterious.

This is how the human rights poseur commented on the Syrian rebel bombing of busses of refugees

Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth)
Even before bombing, evacuation from four Syrian towns was bittersweet. Lifting the sieges would've been better. bit.ly/2oC0jof

Centcome means business

"“We mean business,” the CENTCOM spokesman said. “President Trump said prior that once he gets in he’s going to kick the S-H-I-T out of the enemy. That was his promise and that’s exactly what we’re doing.”"

The bombing yesterday in Syria

Western supporters of Syrian rebels claim that they can't condemn bombing by rebels because there aren't claims of responsibility for their bombings.  But the lack of claim of responsibility does not stop them from condemning bombing by the other side.  Find another excuse, please.

John McCain and Muslims

It is really established: John McCain hates all Muslims in the world except: 1) Muslim terrorists and 2) Gulf royals.  

Charles Murray's "provocative" talk

This is the case in the mainstream media: they refer to racism and sexism which they approve of as "controversial "or "provocative".  Look at this unscientific survey: they don't even tell us how many women and minorities were included in the survey.  And why would the surveyed professors be a barometer of sensitivity

Another "curveball"?

I have one question: why didn't he speak earlier?  "Bashar al-Assad still has 'hundreds of tons' of chemicals stockpiled, former Syrian weapons research chief claims".

Western journalists and correspondents won't be tweeting tears on this: 1 million Palestinians detained by Israel since 1948

"Israeli authorities have detained approximately one million Palestinians since the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948 and the subsequent occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip in 1967, according to a joint statement released Saturday by the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS), and the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS). “The question of Palestinian prisoners is central for the Palestinian cause,” the statement affirmed, two days before Palestinians mark Palestinian Prisoners’ Day on April 17. The groups said that Israeli forces detained hundreds of thousands of Palestinians during the first and second intifadas, which they referred to as one of the “most difficult historical stages” of Palestine. During the First Intifada, which lasted from Dec. 1987 until the Madrid Conference in 1991 aimed at reviving the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, scores of Palestinians were detained by Israeli forces as a result of the largely nonviolent uprising which relied on various campaigns of civil disobedience. In 2000, the Second Intifada broke out — known as the Al-Aqsa Intifada — after then Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in an act of provocation, causing heavy clashes to break out between Palestinians and Israeli forces, which developed into a full-scale uprising. According to the joint statement, by the time the uprising ended in 2005, Israeli authorities detained some 100,000 Palestinians, including 15,000 minors and 1,500 women, and 70 Palestinian lawmakers and former ministers."

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Passion play in Lebanon:

Western reporters won't cover with revulsion the way they cover `Ashura'.

It does not make a different who is president in the US--at least when it comes to war and conquest

"All U.S. presidents assume the right to bomb, attack, invade and interfere everywhere, including places like the South China Sea. Obama called it “projecting U.S. power.” Hillary would’ve bombed Syria long before Trump did." (thanks Amir)

Bret Stephens

I don't understand the commotion.  I mean, is he any worse than Friedman or Kristoff really?

This, of course, is not a big story in Western media: religious repression in the "holy land"

"Right-wing Israeli groups tour Al-Aqsa on Passover amid crackdown on Palestinians"

Vice goes to Syria (from afar)


Even the Intercept? how the reliance on Syrian rebel propaganda is explained

This article says: "the outside world has been forced to rely to an unusual degree on information gleaned from the Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube accounts of opposition activists for any evidence of what was happening in Syria. But that was largely the result of an intentional strategy by Assad’s government, which made it almost impossible for foreign correspondents to report freely from inside the country, and then contested the reliability of social media evidence from opposition activists it sought to tarnish as Islamic extremists."  OK.  1) there is no mention to the kidnapping, harassment and murder of reporters by Syrian rebels.  2) there is no mention that "the outside world" (he means Western media and Gulf regime media) relies on social media ON PURPOSE and not by accident because the accounts of Syrian rebels is political convenient. 3) reporters can't report freely in government areas OR IN REBEL areas. 4) please desist from this silly notion of "opposition activists" as journalist. This is like talking about "regime activists" as journalists.  Where do I go now for skeptical and deconstructive journalism on Syria?

You know it is a scam when Israeli war criminals feign sympathy for Syrians

"“Our obligation as Jews and Israelis is to offer aid to the victims of the gas attack. There are many children and the elderly…. We must not stand idly by.”"

a banned book in Jordan about Black September (the massacres and not the organization)

The Jordanian regime banned the book by Ziad Muna on the political and military experiences of Palestinian struggler, Nazih Abu Nidal. I recommend that book for its first-hand account of Black September.

If this is how liberals in the US speak, imagine the conservatives (not that different really)


Celebration of war and bombing on CNN

Ken Roth of HRW

At least Roth is not feigning sympathy for Syrian civilians today.

A Centcom spokesperson gives scientific explanation for why the MOAB was used

"“When you have a very large beehive, a little flyswatter may not work, so finally you take out the big stuff. We just found a huge beehive and we have to use something more than the fly swatter.”"

Vomiting bigotry: when a Florida state official lectures on Islam

Read this.

When Syrian victims are not mourned in the West

It has become predictable.  Syrian civilian victims are not even mentioned when they are killed at the hands of Syrian rebels.  When Syrian rebels celebrate the killing of civilians Western media refuse to even blame Syrian rebels and create a situation to pretend the circumstances of their death are "murky".   I knew when I saw the news that Western media would not be making a case and that Zionist journalists and pundits in DC (and the Arabs in the employ of Gulf regimes) won't even notice the civilian victims.  In Syria, one side mourns some civilians and another side mourns other civilians.  Both sides commit war crimes and both sides lie and for that I refuse the notion that one side (the Syrian rebels according to Western and Gulf regime media) possess moral superiority.  The Syrian rebel propaganda scam is nothing like I have seen since the Western media promotion of the terrorist Afghan Mujhadin when Dan Rather snuck in Afghan garb and promoted the terrorist mujahadin.  What happened in the so-called exchange of population (presented by Gulf regime funded DC think tanks as "demographic changes") is very clear: when Syrian rebels were cornered in one spot they offered to release the civilian hostages in Fu`a and Kafrayyah in exchange for their own release. They wanted to push for the flight.  The civilian people in Fu`a and Kafrayyah have been besieged, shelled, starved and humiliated purely for their sectarian affliction and their plight never made it in the Western media. I don't think that their story will make it into the account of the war which will be told by a Syrian toddler who was just commissioned to write an academic study of the war by Simon and Schuster.  I only wish that haters of Arabs in the West (i.e. Zionist reporters, columnists, and pundits) would not pretend that they care for the Syrian people when their propaganda interests dictate that pretension.

PS Why not mourn civilians in Syria regardless if they are killed by the regime or by the rebels or by their allies?

WWI Committee on Public Information on PBS

I recommend that you watch the PBS series on WWI.  Of course, it contains the usual amount of US patriotic propaganda but the footage is incredible.  It also has an useful section on the notorious Committee on Public Information.  CPI proceeded the propaganda of Goebbels and it is really the first major government propaganda apparatus in modern (or pre-modern) times. It basically taught world governments how to sell a war and how to stifle dissent to war.  The series does the typical American historical schtick: that Woodrow Wilson was motivated by "ideas" and that the thrust of US role in the war was in the realm of ideas...as if ideas are divorced from material interests.  By the way, the best treatment of the experiences of Arab-Americans who fought in the WWI is still Mikha'il Nu`yaymah in his Sab`un.  His experience (although he advanced fast as a polyglot with a law degree) embittered him toward the US and he wrote his most scathing condemnation of US war celebration.  

Friday, April 14, 2017

a jail sentence for a poet in Saudi Arabia: this would have been all over if it is not about your ally

A jail sentence for a Saudi poet because his poem was considered critical of security forces.

A trial and accusations of treason because of a Facebook comment: Saudi kingdom of horrors

Read about this trial: if this was not in Saudi Arabia, it would have been famous around the world.

Finally, there is a solution for insomniacs at Harvard University

All those insomniacs at Harvard University have finally found a solution. You can now attend the classes of Samantha Power.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Zionism is always racism: The president of the Zionist Organization of America says that difference races have different skills

"Mort Klein, president of a major Jewish pro-Israel group, berated a Forward reporter who called to ask about a joke Klein had made about black people being good dancers in a national magazine story.“What are you, stupid? What are you, stupid?” Klein said. “Each different peoples have different talents that everyone knows. And everyone knows that blacks are, on average, are better dancers than other people.” Klein told the Forward that it is “simply a fact” that “blacks are much better dancers.” He added that “most people know” that Asians “are smarter on average than other people in America.” Klein is the president of the Zionist Organization Of America, a leading right-wing pro-Israel group. He was the first Jewish leader to formally meet with the Trump administration after the inauguration. In a story published Sunday, Politico Magazine quoted Klein complimenting the dancing of members of the Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic movement by comparing them to African Americans. “They were dancing up a storm, these guys,” Klein said of a group of Chabad rabbis he saw dancing at a wedding, according to Politico. “I thought they were black. Instead they’re just black-hat,” he said, employing a term commonly used to describe observant Jews."

Over 80% of editorials supported U.S. bombing of Syria

"Of the top 100 US newspapers, 47 ran editorials on President Donald Trump’s Syria airstrikes last week: 39 in favor, seven ambiguous and only one opposed to the military attack. In other words, 83 percent of editorials on the Syria attack supported Trump’s bombing, 15 percent took an ambivalent position and 2 percent said the attack shouldn’t have happened." (thanks Amir)

All Kidding aside

Is there anyone who feels for the pain of the Syrian people more than Charles Lister...and the Director of AIPAC?

It is all over for Syria's despot: his uncle predicted his downfall (back in 2012)

"The uncle of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad believes it is unlikely that he can hold onto power much longer. "The problems are now general to all parts of Syria - there are no places that have escaped violence - so I don't think he can stay in power," Mr Assad told the BBC [April 3, 2012]." (thanks Basim)

War is popular in the US

Democrats: 37% support Trump's Syria strikes 38% supported Obama doing it GOP: 86% supported Trump doing it 22% supported Obama doing

This is hilarious: Saudi regime journalists citing Wikileaks

As you remember, the Saudi regime denied the veracity of Wikileaks when it came to Gulf regimes but now they suddenly rely on Wikileaks if it is about Iran.  

The US unclassified Intelligence report on Syrian chemical weapons attacks

Of all the propaganda unclassified US intelligence reports, this is by far the worst one.  It even concludes with a political speech/manifesto the likes of which I have not seen before in such reports.  Some interesting nuggets:
Page 1: "according to observers at the scene".  "we have confidence in our assessment".  "a significant body of credible open source reporting" (read Saudi and Qatari regime media).  "a significant body of pro-opposition social media reports".  p. 2: "opposition could not have fabricated all the videos and other reporting".  

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

What is the difference between this picture and picture you circulate and mock about North Korean leader?

The entourage is the same (with different clothing) and both leaders got their post because they are the song of their father.  But this picture won't be circulated and won't be mocked because this guy is pro-US.

Nakbah and Holocaust terminology

Anyone who uses the word Holocaust for anything other than the Holocaust is insulting the victims of the Holocaust. Similarly, anyone using the word Nakbah for anything other than Nakbah is insulting the victims of Nakbah.  

Six years after NATO war destabilized Libya

"West African migrants are being bought and sold openly in modern-day slave markets in Libya, survivors have told a UN agency helping them return home." "But since the overthrow of autocratic leader Muammar Gaddafi, the vast, sparsely populated country has slid into violent chaos and migrants with little cash and usually no papers are particularly vulnerable."

Destabilizing as a US policy

"White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said on Monday that one of the Trump administration’s top goals in the Middle East was to “destabilize” Syria." (thanks Amir)

Saudi Embassy in DC admits publicly: Yes, we monitor the social media accounts of all Saudi students in the US

Can you imagine if this announcement was made by an embassy of a country not aligned with the US? In an interview with Al-Hayat (the mouthpiece of Prince Khalid bin Sultan, and the paper which is chosen by the international committee for investigative journalism (whatever the official name is, which is the one which won a prize for the Panama Papers (a price for receiving a US government leak, I guess), as the representative of the Arab investigative journalism--I kid you not): the Cultural attache of the Saudi Embassy in DC admits that they monitor the social media accounts of Saudi students "to prevent extremist ideas" from influencing them. I kid you not.

PS Notice that the cultural attach is in charge of spying on students in Saudi embassy. Censorship and spying is considered a cultural act in the Saudi Wahhabi state.

Muqtada As-Sadr: the new Western hero

The cleric who used to be dismissed as "firebrand" is now the new hero of Western media. Notice that stories about his recent statement talks about him calling for Asad to step down, but they don't mention that he denounced US wars and intervention and calls for the and to US and Russian intervention in Syria.  

A Summary of US foreign policy goals from the director of the official Saudi lobby, Saprac


رادار السياسة الأمريكية الجديدة لعام 2017 و 2018: تحرير و من النفوذ الإيراني؛ بالسياسة أولا ثم بالعمل الإستخباراتي ثم بالقوة.
He should post this in English, it says : Radar of the new US policies for 2017 and 2018:
Liberation of Syria and Iraq from Iranian influence;
"politically at first and then through covert operations and then by force.

An update to Hillary Clinton's prediction from 2011: Bashshar Al-Asad's days are indeed numbered

Tillerson announces that Asad's rule "is coming to an end". It is all over--but this time for real.  Western correspondent in Beirut can start the fireworks--some already started on Twitter.

Sensational headline in a Saudi regime paper: It says "US will punish whoever commits crimes against innocent"

I am not kidding: the big headline celebrates: "US is Policeman of the World: US will punish whoever commits crimes against innocent".  

Lousy United Airlines

To deflect attention from its horrible treatment of its passengers, the disgraced @United Airlines violated the privacy of the passenger which it forcibly removed from the plane and spied on his private life and leaked the information to the news media hoping people will forget that @United Airlines is the worst carrier.

Another DC think tank servicing an Arab Gulf regime

Here, Sultan pays tribute to the propaganda work of the UAE foreign ministry--in a c country where people go to jail for tweets.  Imagine a DC think tank paying tribute to the propaganda work of the Syrian or Iranian regime. Can you imagine the uproar? 

The leaders of capital punishment around the world

We have to deconstruct those charts of Western human rights organizations--while abhorring the regimes in the chart above.  Those charts are meaningless UNLESS they include the thousands of innocent civilians that the US (and other Western powers and Russia) kill around the world.  Israel kills hundreds of Palestinians without trial but does not appear on those lists.  The time when Western human rights organizations dominated the discourse and terms of human rights is long gone--thanks to the discredited leadership of the likes of Ken Roth (keep on tweeting, please and with ever tweet people realize the hollowness of Western human rights organizations).

Monday, April 10, 2017

Iraqi volunteer in the Spanish Civil War


Pathetic US liberals

"One of the ironies of progressive activism in the U.S. is the fact that so many leaders who supported the boycott of North Carolina over the so-called bathroom law oppose the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign targeting Israel."

NYT's BDS debate excludes BDS proponents

"The most important editorial space in the English-speaking world dedicates a lot of column inches to the topic of Israel, including the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, but hasn’t provided any space to a pro-BDS voice on the topic in over three years."

Islamophobia in the West

Islamophobia in the West has become not only a political current but a vocation.

Britain hands over embassy to Israel's war industry

"Those comments indicate that the British embassy is parroting Israeli propaganda. Israel constantly boasts of innovations in water technology and medical treatment – as if such innovation cancels out Israel’s bombing of sewage treatment plants and hospitals." "Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza has enabled its weapons-makers to test out their products. Palestinians have been used as specimens in sadistic experiments. The British embassy is coy about how it is encouraging such experiments. Yet it does hint that Israel’s much-celebrated technology sector is inextricably linked to an army that denies Palestinian rights." (thanks Amir)

A manhunt for a terrorist in the US

But American terrorists who are not Muslim are not famous.

Plagiarist Zakaria on need to drop more bombs and to spill more blood in Syria

"There is much to applaud in President Trump’s decision to attack the Bashar al-Assad regime this week. If anything, the strike might embolden some opposition forces to fight on rather than surrender, and the bloodshed will intensify. No matter the complications, in the short term the president struck a blow against evil, for which I congratulate him." (thanks Basim)

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: demonising da’wa

You have to be a racist to render this judgement: "The late Christopher Hitchens described her as “probably the most important public intellectual ever to come out of Africa”"

Dalal Kaissi is one of the few female Arab political cartoonist

It says: "The specter of Fitnah (sedition) in Egypt."  And she is fierce in her opposition to Israeli terrorism (despite her Lebanese Hariri sympathies).

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Alarm in Tennessee over Shari`ah laws

"Some anxious Tennessee legislators have been reassured that a newly installed sink in the state capitol is for janitors to wash their mops not for Muslims to wash their feet before prayer."

Do you ever wonder why a kook would want to kill worshippers in a church?

This is the source of this kooky thought and terrorism.

CAIR (arm of Ikhwan and Gulf regime embassies) is happy with US bombing but wants more bombing

CAIR does not dare call for bombing of Israel to punish it for its war crimes.

I don't think that Ivanka Trump will be moved by those stories

Yemen Post Newspaper (@YemenPostNews)
Sanaa BOMBARDED: 5 Saudi airstrikes rock #Yemen capital shaking 1000s of family homes as children walk home from school.pic.twitter.com/ey8OZofgPO

A bigoted, racist Indian party calls on Israel (who else) for help

"The possibility of ISIS involvement in Kashmir is the serious issue that we need to deal with iron hand," Swamy was quoted as saying by Financial Express. "They have reportedly said that 'Hindustan' (India) is our incomplete history. This outfit has launched its propaganda in Kashmir (and) that we need to eliminate (it). We must take the help of United States and Israel." Swamy said that the advanced weapons of US and Israel's intelligence will be helpful in eliminating ISIS from Kashmir." (thanks Basim)

Israeli minister praises U.S. strike on Syria; sees opportunity to colonize Golan Heights

"Israel must show its determination to keep control of the Golan Heights by sending another 100,000 citizens to settle it more efficiently, he concluded."

CIA files show U.S. has supported some of the worst chemical attacks in history

"In contrast to today’s wrenching debate over whether the United States should intervene to stop alleged chemical weapons attacks by the Syrian government, the United States applied a cold calculus three decades ago to Hussein’s widespread use of chemical weapons against his enemies and his own people. The Reagan administration decided that it was better to let the attacks continue if they might turn the tide of the war. And even if they were discovered, the CIA wagered that international outrage and condemnation would be muted."

Top U.S. newspapers run 18 opinion pieces praising war on Syria

"Five major US newspapers—the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and New York Daily News—offered no opinion space to anyone opposed to Donald Trump’s Thursday night airstrikes." "Cable news coverage was equally fawning." (thanks Amir)

The New York Times has not stopped since US strike from publishing articles about how much Syrians love US bombing of Syria

"Syrian Refugees Laud U.S. Strike and, in ‘New Emotion,’ Trump".  But here is the thing: would Syrians who oppose US strike be contacted by Western correspondents in Beirut? Will Syrian refugees living in West or East dare express anti-Syrian rebel views to reporters? And when Syrian refugees in Lebanon voted in the last Syrian election in support of the regime, they were resoundingly attacked, ridiculed, and mocked and dismissed by Western and Arab Gulf regime reporters for making the wrong choice.  The only thing missing from New York Times article above is the prediction that Syrians would welcome US liberators with "sweets and flowers".  Where is Kanan Makiyya when you US wars need him?

US left: So Bernie Sanders now wants regime change in Syria provided Israel and Saudi Arabia are on board

Meet the Press (@MeetThePress)
.@SenSanders: "Yes, we have to get rid of Assad...But we cannot do it unilaterally." #MTP pic.twitter.com/Vg5EZQNwSt

HRW director now reproduces all the propaganda claims by Gulf regimes and their allies among the rebels

Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth)
Sarin is rare (most is chlorine), but @sams_usa counts 175 chemical attacks in Syria, 2/3 since Obama's "red line." bit.ly/2nWNwdt
Ken Roth will soon report nuclear attacks in Syria, as reported to him by Ash-Sharq Al-Awsat.

This is your ally for "moderate Islam": Shaykh Al-Azhar who refused to declare takfir of ISIS because "they believe in God"


Would opponents of US missile strike among Syrians dare write to US journalists, and if they do, would they be publicized?

Syrian activist rejoices: I want to thank President Trump

Jake Tapper deleted this tweet in which he called on readers to follow the tweets of a 7-year old Syrian girl manipulated by her parents/rebels


How Syrian rebels report chemical attacks on them almost weekly (lately daily): I kid you not.

Here, is one
Widespread reports of multiple chlorine bombs dropped on areas of East Ghouta outside .

here is another about widespread reports from yesterday: this one is a claim of Napalm and Phosphorous attack:
How come those don't get publicity? How do Western media and government decide which of the weekly claims of chemical attacks by Syrian rebels are believed and which are to be discarded? I am just trying to understand.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Ben Hubbard assures readers that nothing brings hope to the Arab people like US bombs and missiles over their heads

"U.S. Strike on Syria Brings Fleeting Hope to Those Caught in Brutal Conflict". This is not journalism: i call this "war journalism".  So for the hope to be min-fleeting, do you suggest more sustained bombing, Mr. Hubbard?

Do you know that Syrian rebels claim that they were subjected to chemical weapons attack almost every week?

I am not making this up. If you follow the social media account of Syrian rebels and their media people, they make claims of chemical weapons attack almost weekly (and some times more frequently) and sometimes they say that there were an attack by chemical weapons but only one was killed form it.  Like this one from yesterday: how come this didn't get media attention and how come it did not result in US missile strike? How come?
Asaad Hanna (@AsaadHannaa)
New chemical attack by chlorine gas on #Harasta and Qaboon eastern #Damascus
#Syria

Washington Post and NYT cite the same experts

"a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, a think tank based in Washington.". If only they tell their readers who fund those "think tanks".  I expect a time when US media will start referring to Gulf regime embassies in DC as "tank tanks".

People close to the regime told him their secrets

Notice that "people close to the regime" shared their secrets with someone they know if an advocate of Saudi regime. This reminds me of those unnamed Hizbullah commanders who only confide in Zionist American correspondents in the Middle East: "People close to the regime have repeatedly told me that Mr. Assad and his inner circle recognize that the United States is the single greatest potential threat to their survival."  I bet those people close to the regime also told him to please ask for more US bombing in the region.  

Ben Hubbard found an expert to speak on behalf of the Arab people

"“People are jubilant in the Gulf right now,” said Mohammed Alyahya, a nonresident fellow at the Atlantic Council who is from Saudi Arabia. “What is clear is that Trump understands what American power can change and is willing to use it.”" He does not mention that the Atlantic Council is funded by Gulf and Hariri money.  He does not mention that you can go to jail if you are a Saudi who disagrees with your government. And this is the one NYT correspondent who reads Arabic--but he stays pure by only reading the Arabic of pro-Saudi regime Arabs.

According to this lousy piece in the New York Times, there is not a single Syrian who oppose US missile strike

Not one Syrian is cited in opposition to US bombing. Not one.

Notice that Zionists like Dennis Ross assume that because Gulf regimes are aligned with Israel, it means Arab people are with them

"Arabs and Israelis alike — will surely be heartened by this strike".  Yes no one is more qualified than than Dennis Ross to speak on behalf of the Arab people since the death of Nasser.