Saturday, January 21, 2017
Trump made Nixon seems reasonable--by comparison: but it also reminds you to ignore inaugural speeches
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 10:41 AM
Because Trump violated the tradition (since Kennedy) in inviting a poet, I went back to read some of the poem of Robert Frost (Your Mutanabbi). I was astonished. This is what passes as poetry in the US? Bad Arabic poetry is better than Robert Frost's poetry.
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 10:37 AM
There is something going on in US political culture about Trump: as much as Trump is championing the most extremist and violent trends of Zionism (and Zionism is by definition extremist and violent), American Zionists are rather split: some are rushing to identity with him and his administration, while many others (from the left and the right and center) are expressing nervousness and even concern about his administration. Not sure whether this will have an impact on Trump's foreign policies.
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 9:04 AM
"“This will destroy us as Palestinian moderates,” he said. “This will bring extremism to the region.”"
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 8:56 AM
"Pro-Israel Figures Will ‘Infest’ US Government After Trump Takes Office".
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 8:54 AM
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 8:50 AM
The Washington Post, like the New York Times, now consistently only refers to Israeli terrorist killing of Palestinians as "clashes".
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 8:48 AM
This Saudi professor of communication is widely followed on Twitter. He is rather sympathetic to Turkish government and Muslim Brotherhood (and subsequently to Qatari regime). He makes a point that Trump's declaration of war on "radical Islamic terrorism" was linked to biblical passages in his speech. People in the region also know of Rev. Franklin Graham's hateful speech against Islam, as a religion.
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 8:47 AM
"The humanitarian crisis in Yemen caused by the ongoing conflict over the past 22 months has led to the internal displacement of over 2.1 million Yemenis."
"Some twenty percent of Israel's citizens are Palestinians, and none of them enjoy a modicum of legal or political equality. Institutional discrimination is particularly acute in the Negev Desert, inhabited by 80,000 Bedouin citizens of Israel whose communities and homes have been declared "illegal" by the self-proclaimed Jewish state. They are considered a demographic threat, and even an occupying entity. Thus plans have been put into place to "concentrate" the Bedouin in special development towns after their communities are demolished and replaced with exclusively Jewish ones." "Jared Kushner, a powerful multimillionaire real estate tycoon and Trump's son-in-law, will oversee Israel-Palestine issues for the administration. Kushner co-directs a family foundation that has donated large sums of money to organizations that support illegal Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territories, which have been occupied in contravention of international law since 1967. Trump has reportedly also given money to an illegal Israeli settlement."
"The U.S. military has played a key role in the conflict for much of that time, supporting Saudi warplanes with intelligence and refueling even as their bombs have reportedly killed civilians. Rep. Ted Lieu, a colonel in the Air Force Reserves from Malibu, has been on a sometimes solitary quest to make the White House answer for its role. “That is morally outrageous,” he told Josh Hersh in an interview. “If the U.S. was doing this with our own pilots, dropping bombs on civilians, they’d be getting court-martialed right now.” "
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 8:42 AM
"In 2012, the last year of recorded data, developing countries received a total of $1.3tn, including all aid, investment, and income from abroad. But that same year some $3.3tn flowed out of them. In other words, developing countries sent $2tn more to the rest of the world than they received. If we look at all years since 1980, these net outflows add up to an eye-popping total of $16.3tn – that’s how much money has been drained out of the global south over the past few decades. To get a sense for the scale of this, $16.3tn is roughly the GDP of the United States." (thanks Amir)
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 8:41 AM
Friday, January 20, 2017
Thursday, January 19, 2017
"The biggest known player involved in Yemen is Saudi Arabia, who has been carrying out its military campaign with arms brought from the US and Britain. In December, the US announced it would be halting an arms deal worth $350 million to the Kingdom amid concerns of the coalition's indiscriminate bombing inside the country. But up until that point, President Obama had reportedly sold arms to the tune of $115 billion (107 billion euros) to Riyadh during his eight years in office - more than any US administration in history." "The UK, meanwhile, approved 3.3 billion pounds (3.7 billion euros) worth of arms to the Kingdom in the first 12 months of its bombardment of Yemen. So it may not make for good business sense for the corporate media in the US and the British mainstream media to cover a war and the negative impact it's having on civilian life when their governments are making huge profits from it."
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 11:47 AM
"Zionism and antisemitism are long-time bedfellows, and not strange at that. They’ve been consistently sharing the cause of emptying Europe of Jews while transplanting them in Palestine. Theodore Herzl, the founder of colonial Zionism, stated very clearly in his Diaries: “The anti-Semites will become our most dependable friends, the anti-Semitic countries our allies.” This alliance continues to this day as the burgeoning extreme right aims to have a Jew-free white America while maintaining a staunch support for Israel. Trump’s friendship with Netanyahu is emblematic of this tendency." (thanks Amir)
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 11:44 AM
But now it claims that it can't interfere there due to the "limits of diplomacy".
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 11:39 AM
This is now a standard: Whenever Israeli terrorists shoot and attack Palestinians it is during a "clash"
"NYTimes: Villager and Israeli Police Officer Die in Clash at Bedouin Hamlet"
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 10:28 AM
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 10:24 AM
I was looking yesterday at ranking of media in Lebanon. I was rather surprised that the website of RT is now ahead of the BBC.
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 10:19 AM
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
In the Cold War, US invented the notion that propaganda by enemies of the US is...propaganda, while propaganda by US and its allies is the truth. Something similar is happening these days with the stories of "fake news". I like it when Obama speaks against "Fake News". I mean, is there a source producing more fake news around the world than the US government? And the US intelligence report on Russian hacking kept talking about Russian propaganda TV stations. What about US propaganda TV station in Arabic?
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 10:00 AM
Joe Biden was a terrible Senator. He was not known as a friend of the feminist movement at all (remember what Alexander Cockburn write about him during his last presidential run?). He was instrumental in creating a Democratic posture of bending over backwards to accommodate Republicans. He was the one who aborted the attempt to block the nomination of Judge Thomas. He was for all his career a tool of the Zionist lobby. He once had lunch with a foreign policy person I knew to discuss about the Middle East. I asked him: so is he one of those people who criticizes Israel in private but then says that he can't say it in public? He said: no, he speaks the talking points of AIPAC in private and in public. He had a history of plagiarism and fake claims and fabrications. He has no legislative record to speak of. He is annoying and sleazy. Yet, liberals are in love with him because they have on one else to love.
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 9:56 AM
Regarding this story by Brian Whiaker. I would be very careful. There are Yemenis on social media expressing doubts. The fellow, Muhammad `Ali `Atbush, who authored a book challenging the Islamist and even mainstream notion of "Qur'anic miracle" of science, seems to be engaged in a degree of self-promotion. I don't know whether he really survived an assassination attempt but the story seems fishy: that a team of hit men came to his neighborhood to kill him but that they missed him from a distance of...2 meters. How credible is that? The author on his Facebook page also seem to relish posting what critics says about him. And how come there were no witnesses there? And killing with silencers is not very common there. I won't judge either way on the matter but I would be skeptical especially that the book was really not as known as Whitaker seems to think.
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 9:17 AM
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
MTV of Lebanon: the most racist, sexist, and sectarian TV station: sponsored by US embassy in Lebanon
We don't know of the US finances MTV TV station in Lebanon. But we know that it was the only TV station which was visited by the US ambassador in Lebanon. Not only it is notorious for its blatant sectarianism and racism (especially against Palestinian and Syrian people), and for its classism, and for its pleas for Saudi financing in Saudi Wikileaks, but it has referred to women as "whores" here.
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 2:34 PM
Here is the Sudanese government bragging that a US diplomat announced the removal of US sanctions on Sudanese dictatorship. Where was George Clooney?
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 2:27 PM
Zionists (and US govt) constitute the biggest threat to Freedom of Speech in the US: Fordham Bans Students for Justice in Palestine
"January 17 – Citing concerns that Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) would be too “polarizing” for the campus to tolerate, Fordham University denied status to a group of students seeking to establish an SJP club."
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 12:16 PM
Whenever Syrian regime and its allies are engaged in bitter fighting with ISIS, all US media (and the hyper active Western correspondents in Beirut on Twitter) disregard the news. Why? Because it simply violate their dominant narrative about the war in Syria.
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 12:13 PM
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 11:37 AM
I notice that Western media went out of their ways to distort and invent statements by Bashshar Al-Asad to prove that this one tyrant who is not in US camp is very happy about Trump, while all the positive statements about Trump by Gulf leaders were ignored in Western media. Saudi foreign minister said yesterday that he was optimistic about Trump, and if you read Saudi regime media lately there is a love fest for him.
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 7:47 AM
What is this guy talking about? Are people in EU and US "included"--and he thinks highly of their governments
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 7:42 AM
Like his father, when he gets in trouble or faces political threats, the King of Jordan changes government (or dissolves parliament--he did both recently). The change of the foreign minister is due to many factors, from what I gathered. Nasir Judah was close to King but: 1) he was blamed for the non-delivery of Gulf aid; 2) he was seen as too close to the Hillary Clinton's team and the King wanted a new start with Trump. The new foreign Minister is the first Druze Minister in the history of Jordan (there was a Druze prime minister before, Rashid Tali`). He is very close to UAE government, and held a post of head of the government information service there. (The first call he made after his nomination was to UAE).
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 7:40 AM
Monday, January 16, 2017
"Bahrain today executed three torture victims following authorization by King Hamad. Sami Mushaima (42), Ali Al-Singace (21) and Abbas Al-Samea (27) were executed this morning by firing squad, the first people executed in Bahrain since July 2010, and the first Bahrainis executed since March 1996." "We have previously recorded the torture allegations of Abbas Al-Samea and Sami Mushaima, two of the three sentenced to death. Al-Samea, a teacher, was at school at the time of the bombing incident. Sami Mushaima is illiterate. Bahraini authorities subjected them to torture and convicted them of plotting and carrying out the attack."
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 10:30 AM