Thursday, October 30, 2014

What Iranian political and religoius leaders don't want to know

One of the annoying features of Iranian political rhetoric is the notion that Arabs wish to emulate the Iranian political system.  It is high time that Iranian leaders disabuse themselves of this silly notion. Let them know that there are no takers for their model in the Arab world. Not even the mass audience of Hizbullah wish to emulate that model.  Hizbullah foolishly tried to apply some of the features of Iranian model in predominantly Shi`ite areas of Lebanon back in the 1980s, and the attempt failed miserably.

Gen. Sulaymani

Iraqi leftist, `Ala' Al-Lami on the Iranian media and their obnoxious cult of Sulaymani leading the war on ISIS in Iraq.

Why do I feel that Malala will be increasingly less popular in the West?

"Malala Yousafzai gives $50,000 to reconstruction of Gaza schools"

anti-Semitic computer

From Daniel: "Don't ask me why I was reading this old book, "Techniques of Program Structure and Design" (1975). It contains the following choice paragraph on page 285:

8.1.4 Programmer, Know Thyself
The programmers who have the most difficulty debugging their programs are often those who blame ALL of their problems on the hardware, on the operating system, on the compiler, or on someone else's program. I once had the remarkable experience of working with a programmer who, whenever he had problems with his program, complained that the computer was anti-Semitic!"

Turkey and ISIS

From Eyal in 1948 Palestine:

A group of 3 soldiers approaching a fence and having some altercation/exchange with some militants on the other side - even if these are ISIS people - that video is practically meaningless. There's no context in time (what happened before and after) and no context in space.

Now, blaming the rise of IS on your political opponents seems to have become a national sport: They're the creations of Assad; they are secretly encouraged and funded by Iran; the US wanted them to pick up all those tanks and weapons; It's all Saudi money; Turkey's secretly pleased that they're harassing the Kurds are pressuring them into an anti-Assad front; etc.

I don't think Turkey being supportive of IS makes much sense, but even if it did, I'd expect much more serious evidence and not post a link to the video."  What can I say, he is right.

can you imagine the international feminist uproar if those men were Muslims?

"Israel’s national airline is facing outrage over what critics call the “bullying” of women on flights by ultra-Orthodox Jewish men who refuse to sit next to them."

South Korean intelligence

And you still believe the lies and fabrications about North Korea that come from this intelligence service?

The American rocket that exploded

If this rocket was Russian or Iranian it would have been on the front page of every US newspaper. But patriotism rules.

Look at this guy

Now he compares ISIS to the Viet Cong.  But what is amusing to me is that he, among other Western Zionist writers, maintain that he brutality of the Asad regime caused the brutality and terrorism of ISIS. So do those people then accept a Palestinian version of ISIS against Israel in the same logic?

The UN is shocked by an execution in Iran

Can you find a trace of an expression of "shock" by a UN official of an execution in Saudi Arabia? Can you find one trace? And then I read: "Mr. Shaheed said he had been shocked by the execution on Saturday of Reyhaneh Jabbari, 26, who was convicted of killing a man she had accused of raping her."  In fact, the woman never accused the man of raping her. She accused him of attempting to rape her. But what the hell: he should have shot him nevertheless. He is an Iranian man, and the killer has been transformed (without her consent) into a feminist heroine, and is a darling of the Rajavi cult in exile.

Did I not tell you a few days ago?

Syrian opposition groups and personalities will be winning Western awards for the best film, the best play, the best dance, the best potato, the best song, etc.  Of course, the criteria are not political.

We have a new writer at the Post on Hizbullah: his name is Hugh Naylor

I mentioned yesterday that he cited a bevy of experts who belong to the enemy camp of Hizbullah but this really reveals ignorance, if nothing else: "Hezbollah reportedly pressured Web sites to have the video removed."  How can Hizbullah pressure website to remove the videos? Half of Lebanon and its media are opposed to Hizbullah and much of the Arab world media are owned by the Saudi and Qatari royal families.  How can they arrange to remove the video? But wait. The web version of the article has a hyper link and it takes you to an article: it is by the political director of Hariri family TV, and it was published in Al-Arabiyyah (the news website of the station owned by the brother-in-law of King Fahd), and from an article that the woman writes in the mouthpiece of Prince Salman.  Do those people really pass their introductory journalism courses, assuming they took any?

Abe Foxman corrects

"(UPDATE: Foxman just e-mailed me this statement: "The quote is accurate, but the context is wrong. I was referring to what troubles this administration about Israel, not what troubles leaders in the American Jewish community.")"

The ABC of Zionism

"In September, Israel’s Supreme Court dismissed a petition challenging the Admissions Committees Law, which allows communities to reject housing applicants based on “cultural and social suitability” — a legal pretext to deny residency to non-Jews. In practice, even before the law was passed, it was virtually impossible for a Palestinian to buy or rent a home in any majority-Jewish city. Further ethnic separation is maintained by the education system. Aside from a few mixed schools, most educational institutions in Israel are divided into Arab and Jewish ones. According to Nurit Peled-Elhanan, a Hebrew University professor of sociology who has produced the most comprehensive survey of Israeli public school curriculums, not one positive reference to Palestinians exists in Israeli high school textbooks. Palestinians are described as either “Arab farmers with no nationality” or fearsome “terrorists,” as Professor Peled-Elhanan documented in her book “Palestine in Israeli School Books: Ideology and Propaganda in Education.”"

Discriminatory Laws in Israel

Discriminatory Laws in Israel

Mahmoud Abbas taps the phones of his allies and aides

Here is the link.

evidence that Bahrain has a burgeoning problem with Salafi radicalization

"The video is graphic evidence that Bahrain has a burgeoning problem with Salafi radicalization. Support for extremist groups has flourished even as the state has been cracking down on the non-violent, pro-democracy opposition." "Not only is there a direct link between IS and Bahrain's security services (as the video suggests), but the Bahraini cohort in the Islamic State includes Turki al-Binali, one of the movement's most influential radical preachers."

human rights in the US

""Graphic footage has emerged showing a homeless man being shot and killed by police in the US who fired a barrage of 46 bullets as he held a penknife." "As he lies bleeding, the officers are seen attempting to handcuff his lifeless arms and dragging his body along the ground, with one officer appearing to kick his back."" (thanks Amir)

Western correspondents and HRW director in Beirut

I was looking at the Twitter page of the correspondent of the Economist in Cairo (who has been writing advocacy pieces on behalf of the Free Syrian Army in the magazine).  And here is what struck me: they chronicle every single incident of barrel bombing by the regime (based only on the claims of the rebels), which is OK: but they never ever report the killing of civilians by rebel car bombs or indiscriminate shelling. That never registers in their chronicle of the war in Syria.  For all those, there is a brutal regime on one side, and only civilians on the other side.

Brookings in Doha

"At an April 2013 Brookings forum in Washington, Indyk mentioned that he and then Qatari Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr al-Thani, a key player in Qatar's engagement with Brookings, had remained friends for "two decades." This relationship dates to when Indyk served as special assistant to President Clinton and senior director for Near East and South Asian affairs at the National Security Council.

Indyk noted that he approached the sheik after the 9/11 attacks, informing him that Brookings planned to launch a project focused on American engagement with the Islamic world.

"And he said immediately, 'I will support it, but you have to do the conference in Doha.' And I said, 'Doha, well that sounds like an interesting idea,'" Indyk said at the 2013 forum. "Three years into that, he suddenly then told me we want to have a Brookings in Doha. And I said, 'Well, okay, we'll have a Brookings in Doha, too,' and we ended up with the Brookings Doha Center" (BDC), in 2008."

Brookings' Qatar-based scholars see their host country with rosy spectacles, ignoring the emirate's numerous terror ties."

This is the Israel that the US so admires

"A right-wing Israeli member of parliament has proposed legislation that would ban the Muslim call to prayer in Israel, where 20 percent of the population is Arab (the majority of whom are Muslim). Robert Ilatov, a MP from the ultra-nationalist Yisrael Beitenu party, argued for restricting the ability of mosques to project the 'Adhan," or call to prayer, which are sung out usually by a local muezzin five times a day.

The song of the muezzin is a fixture of urban life in many parts of the world where there are Muslim populations. But for Ilatov and others, it's a problem of noise pollution. The proposed bill would give Israeli authorities the right to decide whether public address systems can be placed in mosques -- a de facto right to muffle the muezzin."

Walid Jumblat is on Twitter

This has been the big news; that Jumblat has joined Twitter. It has been hilarious.  A friend wrote me yesterday to note the large number of typos and grammatical mistakes in every sentence in English and French (and you thought that this blog needs editing).  What is hilarious because he is big in Lebanon is that he thinks (typical Lebanese syndrome) that he is big everywhere.  He writes messages to Obama and other foreign leaders.  He wrote to Bill Gates but then added his name so that Gates would recognize him.  Gates ignored him so he wrote him again, rather apologetically.  But of all the funny things in his replies and tweets is the expression of admiration for Nasser: one wanted to ask him whether he discussed Nassser with Bush, Rice, and Cheney.  He also freely mocks the bad influence of oil money as if his subservience to Saudi regime is a secret. But the most hilarious part of them all is his exchange with Nadim Shehade (did you know that he was a leftist? I didn't) about the plight of the left. Notice that when they speak of "dictatorships" they only mean one dictator, Bashshar, because they are fans of the Saudi regime and its alliance of dictatorships.

PS For Shehade and Jumblat to discuss matters of the left is like Cheney and Bush discussing matters of Arab nationalism.

Max Blumenthal, the anti-Semite? Are you kidding me?

This attack piece on Max Blumenthal is one of the most vulgar and crude anti-Semitic labeling that i have seen--and I have seen a lot from the Zionist propagandists.  In fact, no one has damaged the real cause of combating anti-Semitism like those Zionists who use the charge of anti-Semitism to settle political scores and to silence critics of Israel.  Basically, this writer (in an unintelligent language) maintains that Blumenthal is anti-Semitic because he saw fascistic racist features in Israel, and because he exposed Israeli youth racism and because some Nazi or two in the US used the writings of Blumenthal against Israel for their own ends.  I mean, what kind of an argument is this? Anti-Semites, for example misuse the Old Testament to make points against Jews and Judaism, does that make the Old Testament anti-Semitic, and do you hold the Old Testament responsible for its misuse by anti-Semites? How dumb is that?

Who is Abdullah Sindi?

I posted yesterday an article about the Saudi Wahabi takeover of Mecca.  Someone sent it to me and I never heard of the author before.  An alert reader did some investigation and found out that this Sindi guy had written a holocaust denying article.  So apologies to the ears and eyes of the readers.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Enabler of war crimes at the UN

"In her five years in government, however, Power has done nothing of substance to prevent atrocities. In fact, her most notable accomplishment might be her enabling of their most ruthless perpetrators, primarily through her protection of Israel, a serial human rights abuser and the world's only active settler-colonial state." "Power routinely coordinated with the Israeli government to help protect its occupation of Palestinian territory." "With Power seated at the UN, the Israel lobby chalked up one of its greatest political coups of the Obama era, securing perhaps the most high profile product of the human rights industrial complex as a weapon in its war on the Palestinians."

Assessing Israel's military

Those are as reliable and objective analysts on the matter as the "experts" on Hizbullah below: "These assessments were based on the media outlet's own research, and on interviews with two experts: Patrick Megahan, from the Foundation of Defense of Democracies' Military Edge project, and Chris Harmer, senior naval analyst at the Institute for the Study of War. "

"The WP's cast of characters for comment on Hizbullah"

From Basim: "“Hezbollah is spread thin. They are waging so many battles and are positioned on so many fronts,” said Imad Salamey, associate professor of political science at the Beirut-based Lebanese American University.

“This attack was really striking. It really damages¬ the reputation of Hezbollah as a competent military force,” said David Schenker, director of Arab politics at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and a former Pentagon official.

“If Israel wanted to launch a war against Hezbollah, this would have been a perfect opportunity, and this time around, Hezbollah’s losses¬ would be huge,” Hanin Ghaddar, managing editor of the Lebanese Web site Now News, wrote in an editorial.

“Hezbollah is trying to keep the situation as calm as possible,” said the analyst, who also spoke on the condition of anonymity, citing fear of angering Bekaa Valley clans."  I would say that is a fair objective range of views on the subject.

Is ISIS a member of NATO?

""A remarkable video has emerged purporting to show Islamic State militants chatting casually with a group of Turkish border guards near the besieged Syrian city of Kobane. The amateur footage, understood to have been filmed close to Zarova Hill in the outskirts of Kobane, raises serious questions about the apparently relaxed relationship between the terror group and officials from the Nato member state."

(thanks Amir)

When the Wahhabi Jihadi terrorists entered Mecca

"Nevertheless, when the vicious Saudis/Wahhabis finally entered Islam's holiest city, they found Makkah's terrorized inhabitants hiding in their homes, the city's streets were
totally deserted, and the houses' doors and windows were tightly shut in their faces. The Wahhabis brutally broke into Makkah's houses and destroyed all musical instruments and records, gramophones, radios, cigarettes, tobacco pipes, pictures, and mirrors - all considered by them to be the work of the Devil. The primitive Wahhabis then used the
wooden frames of the houses' windows and doors for cooking fire. The barbaric Wahhabis also flogged Makkah's inhabitants who wore Western clothes, gold, perfume, or silk. They desecrated most graveyards, and destroyed many of Makkah's beautiful tombs, ornamental mosques, and shrines that had stood for centuries reflecting the glorious Islamic past and the great history of the religious city. The ignorant Wahhabis also barbarically destroyed any physical traces of Prophet Mohammad's historical monuments and sights as well as all other buildings or physical structures that could be traced to his disciples "in order not to be worshiped as holy spots". "

Lest we forget, lest we forgive: martyrs of Kafar Qasim

She was found dead a year ago after she was kidnapped and raped by a Saudi prince.

Embedded image permalinkHer name is Ibtisam Al-Harbi.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Sunnis and Shi`ites agree on one danger

Yesterday, Hasan Nasrallah in his speech (see below) spoke against the dangers of the rise of atheism in the Arab world.  This is one "danger" that both Sunnis and Shi`ites are alarmed about.  Nasrallah spoke about a "wave of atheism" sweeping the region.

Nasrallah against Wahhabiyyah

This is an important speech by Nasrallah in which he launches a strong denunciation of Wahhabiyyah.

Nasrallah and anti-Semitism

Yesterday, Hasan Nasrallah was speaking and referred to "Jewish occupation of Palestine", but then quickly corrected himself and said: "Zionist occupation of Palestine" and quipped: so that they won't say anti-Semitism.

The father of Hasan Nasrallah speaks

This is a revealing interview with Hasan Nasrallah's father. He reveals that he was a local official of the Syrian Social National Party in his youth.

Awards for Syrian opposition

Let me predict for you: Syrian rebel supporters will win the best short film, the best long documentary, the best painting, the best sliced potato, the best short novel, the best poem, and the best hummus in all Western contests this year. Congratulations to the winners.

The Iranian woman who was executed and the Mossad propaganda operation through Mariam Rajawi cult organization

It will be revealed soon how this story was really taken and spun by Mossad and US propaganda.  Saudi propaganda made the woman Sunni to make it resonate in the sectarian climate created by Saudi regime. There are more details emerging: that the woman who was said to be "an internal decorator" was only 19; that she knew the man in question and had exchanged text messages with him; that she did text a male friend of hers prior to the murder declaring her intent to kill him; that the stories about her being raped have now been exposed as blatant lies.  Yet, any story that is damaging to foes of US and Israel are peddled by Western media without asking questions. Also, Saudi regime behead men and woman at the rate of once a week, at least. How come those victims are not famous? How come their letters (real one and not fake ones) are not published and translated? You are too keen on preserving the image of your beloved Saudi royals?

1000 German Nazis working for American intelligence

This really passed without much notice yesterday.  For someone with a contemporary memory of US propaganda in our region, the news was quite stunning.  Do you know that for much of the 1950s and 1960s, the US and Israel launched propaganda campaigns against Nasser on the ground that Egypt sheltered a handful--a handful--of German scientists who really didn't do much work?  US and Israel audaciously said that this was evidence of Nazi inclinations of the Egyptian regime.  And now we learn 1000 Nazi war criminal (or "moderate Nazi war criminal" in the language of the US government, which now labels Nusrah Front as "moderate terrorists").

Lies and Lenin

I have said before and will say it again: you can't trust Western media when it comes to foes of the US and Israel.  They established a tradition of lies and fabrications during the Cold War against communist regimes and continue to this very day.  Take this saying falsely attributed to Lenin: ""A lie told often enough becomes the truth."  This was clearly invented (probably by J Edgar Hoover) and now is widely cited as not only a saying but as a call by Lenin.  I am not a Leninist anymore but Lenin had more integrity than all Western politicians combined.

Lebanese Army soldiers in action

This is the full 8-minute video of the Lebanese Army soldiers in captivity with Nusrah Front.

literature of the Syrian "revolution"

This book is titled "Don't consult with anyone in the matter of killing `Alawites".  Kid you not.  

Monday, October 27, 2014

The letter (From the Iranian woman who was executed) to her mother: True or Mossad propaganda?

From comrade Electronic Ali: "As'ad, to follow up on your post: Many people and lots of media have been sharing this message supposedly sent from the executed woman to her mother:

You can see how many media reported it with a google news search: reyhaneh jabbari mother message

Here's the thing: it comes from an MEK website. "National Council of Resistance in Iran" is just another name for MEK.

Yet no one who has shared it has questioned its credibility. I say this as a fierce opponent of the death penalty in any place. But seriously, now all of a sudden MEK is a credible source on events inside Iran? I asked on Twitter a couple of times if anyone had a source other than the MEK website. I have not seen one yet.

Here, for instance, Middle East Eye refers to MEK as just "Iranian activists"!!!

It just goes to show how standards are completely different when it comes to reporting on Iran or Arabs or Muslims."

PS As you all know, the National Council cult used to be a tool of Saddam's intelligence service before becoming a tool of the Mossad.

Despicable Lebanese Army

I know that they are in captivity with ISIS and Nusrah Front (the Al-Qa`idah branch in Syria which is an ally of the US in its war in the region), but there are limits.  The display of disgustingly humiliating begging and the vomiting of sectarian and vulgar discourse is one manifestation of a deep crisis in the indoctrination and training of the lousy always defeated Lebanese Army.  Any one who ever dares to suggest that this lousy Army should replace the resistance movement in Lebanon in defense of Lebanon against Israeli aggression should go now and play in the garden.  Shameful.  Little kids in `Ayn Hilwah refugee camp have more courage and dignity than all members and officers of the Lebanese Army. 

So who does Israel support in Syria?

"We have the Free Syrian Army, which we believe should be supported."  It is official now.  Liz Sly and Anne Barnard should be very pleased.

When Israel kills Americans

"Most importantly, the U.S. Government has a remarkable history of exhibiting indifference, or even support, when Israel kills American citizens. The State Department never uttered a peep of protest over the Israeli bulldozer killing in 2003 of peace activist Rachel Corrie, and then implicitly endorsed the killing by Israel of the Turkish-American teenager Furkan Dogan aboard the anti-blockade Mavi Marmara flotilla (in stark contrast to the Turkish government, which – acting as most governments would – was furious that Israel had killed its citizens). In general, countries become indignant when other nations kill their own citizens. But all of the normal rules are inapplicable when the countries in question are the U.S. and Israel."