Kerry’s fake document in the Ukraine

From K: "you must have been sent this already, but it's hilarious:  on RT:  "'Letter to Jews', which Kerry cited, appears to be fake" -

Posted on April 19, 2014 by As'ad

Syrian refugees as slaves in Lebanon

"“we are forced to work for the landowner, we cannot say no. We are paid six thousand Lebanese liras [four dollars] per day to pluck potatoes from seven in the morning until four in the afternoon, and the ones who do not comply have their tents uprooted.”" (thanks Diana)

Posted on April 19, 2014 by As'ad

Western double standards? No way

" "The West is practicing a double standard: Would they let these militants into their countries to destroy everything?" asked Father Gabriel Daoud, one of a number of Syriac Orthodox priests presiding at traditional Good Friday Mass."

Posted on April 19, 2014 by As'ad

Western-sponsored Jeeeehaaad

"One of the conflict's defining features has been the presence of foreign fighters. In December 2013, ICSR estimated that up to 11,000 fighters from 74 nations had gone to Syria –a greater number than in 'every other instance of foreign fighter mobilisation since the Afghanistan war in the 1980s.’ 3 While most of these fighters were thought to be from the Middle East, a significant minority –up to 2,800 –are European or Western."

Posted on April 19, 2014 by As'ad

Muslims in CAR: Jihad against Muslims is not sexy for the Western press

" "We can wait for 10 years for them to leave - and if they don't leave, we will still be there, holding our positions," said Captain Dopani Firmin, the 'anti-balaka' chief in Boda, wearing a red Paris St Germain football shirt. "We cannot accept to live together with Muslims, long-term," Firmin said. "It's our right to kill Muslims." "

Posted on April 19, 2014 by As'ad

operation flex

"Such actions have led Muslim civil rights groups to wonder if their communities are being unfairly targeted in a spying game that is rigged against them. Monteilh says that is exactly what happens. "The way the FBI conducts their operations, It is all about entrapment … I know the game, I know the dynamics of it. It's such a joke, a real joke. There is no real hunt. It's fixed," he said. But Monteilh has regrets now about his involvement in a scheme called Operation Flex."

Posted on April 19, 2014 by As'ad

torture by Western civilization

"The committee's report found that the interrogation techniques devised by Mitchell, a retired air force psychologist, were far more brutal than disclosed at the time, and did not yield useful intelligence. These included waterboarding, stress positions, sleep deprivation for days at a time, confinement in a box and being slammed into walls. But Mitchell, who was reported to have personally waterboarded accused 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, remains unrepentant." (thanks Amir)

Posted on April 19, 2014 by As'ad



repression in Saudi Arabia: not in the US press (II)

"As Riyadh intensifies its clampdown on dissent, a court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a young activist and blogger to 15 years behind bars for his anti-regime activities.

The Special Criminal Court in Riyadh convicted Fadhel al-Manasef of attending anti-regime demonstrations and defaming the kingdom by contacting foreign judicial and media outlets and publishing articles against state security on the Internet, his lawyer Waleed Sulais said on Thursday.

Sulais also said that the Riyadh court had fined the 26-year-old activist 100,000 riyals (USD 26,700) and imposed a 15-year travel ban on him once his jail sentence ends.

However, Manasef has denied the charges, said his lawyer, adding that he plans to appeal the verdict."

Posted on April 19, 2014 by As'ad

repressin in Saudi Arabia; not in the US press

"A Saudi court has ordered the arrest of a prominent rights lawyer who was standing trial for insulting the authorities in the kingdom and defying its ruler, the man’s wife said Wednesday.  Lawyer Waleed Abu Al Khair was already on bail for holding unauthorised meetings for reformists when he went to fifth hearing of his trial at a Riyadh court on Tuesday.  His wife Samar Badawi had not heard from him since he told her he was switching his phone off to enter the closed-hearing courtroom, and was told on Wednesday that he was in jail, she said.  “I found out today [Wednesday] from the court that the judge has ordered his arrest and he has been sent to Hair prison,” Samar told AFP by telephone.  Samar said she went to the prison where she was told that her husband is being held, but was not allowed to see him without an interior ministry permit.  “I went to the interior ministry and they told me to return in two weeks to get a permit,” she said.  No reason was given for Abu Al Khair’s latest arrest.  Abu Al Khair is on trial for “defying the ruler, insulting authorities, forming two organisations, and incitation,” according to a Tweet he posted before going to court on Tuesday."

Posted on April 19, 2014 by As'ad

how sad: East European NATO members are feeling vulnerable and they wish for US troops

"NATO’s newest members have been left feeling vulnerable and wondering whether the world’s most powerful military alliance is truly committed to their defense."

Posted on April 19, 2014 by As'ad

Poland

The foolish behavior and rhetoric of the Polish government during the Ukrainian crisis is a reminder as to why Poland has invited invasions of its territory in the past.

Posted on April 19, 2014 by As'ad

for some reasons rebel car bombs in Syria don’t bother the concnetration of Western correspondents in Beirut

"A powerful car bomb exploded Friday outside a mosque in a pro-government district of Homs, killing 14 people in the latest violence to hit the war-shattered city, state-run Syrian television reported.

The bombing, which also wounded at least 50 people, occurred as worshipers left the Bilal al-Habshi mosque on the edge of Akrama after attending Friday prayers, the report said.

The attack coincides with a crushing offensive by government forces aimed at retaking the last rebel bastions in the historic quarters of the old city of Homs." Those cries are always mentioned in the fine prints in corner bottom section of newspapers.

Posted on April 19, 2014 by As'ad

The Hariri International Kangaroo tribunal

Because the US and Israel are behind the Hariri international tribunal, and because Saudi Arabia and its camp in Lebanon are supportive, the court is permitted to issue decrees that would not even be permitted in any Western country.  This week, it issued yet another decree in which it said that defaming the court would lead to a 100,000 euros and seven years in jail.  It also banned any use of secret information, which have been leaking from inside the court since its inception.  Hell, New TV aired footage of the second in command of the Hariri court investigation in which he was seen taking bribes on camera.  False witnesses were used as basis of crazy scenarios and then discarded without explanation.  Four Lebanese generals were held as being responsible before being released for non-involvement.  The court went through so many tracks of theories before settling on the Hizbullah track.  Defaming this lousy court is a patriotic and national duty for the Lebanese people. 

Posted on April 19, 2014 by As'ad

Palestinian surrender

""From the beginning, the differences of opinion in the Jewish nationalist movement were about means rather than ends. There was a power struggle between Mapai — the forerunner of the Labor Party — and the Revisionists — the forerunner of Likud, but it wasn’t over the essence of Jewish nationalism. The Labor movement didn’t recognize the national rights of the Palestinians either. For its leaders and thinkers, Jewish control of the country was enshrined in history, not in people’s natural right to be their own masters."

(...)

"Therefore, for Israel’s leaders, the word “agreement” means unconditional Palestinian surrender. For the Jews’ exclusive right to the land to be complete and recognized, the Palestinians must accept their inferiority. This perception is anchored deep in the Israeli consciousness and is shared by the right, the center and the center-left, the towns in the country’s outskirts and most residents of Greater Tel Aviv, the Labor Party and Likud. They all reject the principle of equal rights for the Arabs."" (thanks "Ibn Rushd")

Posted on April 19, 2014 by As'ad



Critique of Piketty

"For the United States, he urges a return to top national rates of 80 percent on annual incomes over $500,000 or $1,000,000. This may be his most popular idea in U.S. liberal circles nostalgic for the glory years. And to be sure, the old system of high marginal tax rates was effective in its time.

But would it work to go back to that system now? Alas, it would not. By the 1960s and ’70s, those top marginal tax rates were loophole-ridden. Corporate chiefs could compensate for low salaries with big perks. The rates were hated most by the small numbers who earned large sums with (mostly) honest work and had to pay them: sports stars, movie actors, performers, marquee authors, and so forth. The sensible point of the Tax Reform Act of 1986 was to simplify matters by imposing lower rates on a much broader base of taxable income. Raising rates again would not produce (as Piketty correctly states) a new generation of tax exiles. The reason is that it would be too easy to evade the rates, with tricks unavailable to the unglobalized plutocrats of two generations back. Anyone familiar with international tax avoidance schemes like the “Double Irish Dutch Sandwich” will know the drill." (thanks Talal)

PS Do you notice how much Piketty stresses his disagreement with Marx during his US tour?

Posted on April 19, 2014 by As'ad

the defenseless pro-Western protesters in Ukraine

"“I ask the government to give us arms — what we need is this,” he said, waving a Kalashnikov rifle to cheers from the crowd."

Posted on April 19, 2014 by As'ad

The New York Times agrees to be gagged by Israel

"Margaret Sullivan, The New York Times’ public editor, has written a thoughtful and important piece criticizing the way the newspaper complied with an Israeli-imposed gag order on the case of Majd Kayyal.

But it leaves some important questions unanswered about the Times’ apparent eagerness to let Israeli censors set its news agenda.

Kayyal, a 23-year old journalist and activist and a Palestinian citizen of Israel, was detained incommunicado for five days by Israel’s Shin Bet secret police without access to a lawyer, following a return from a professional trip to Lebanon.

While the Times and other major media remained silent, The Electronic Intifada exclusively published the classified court transcript ratifying his detention and silencing the media.

After the gag order was lifted yesterday, following an appeal by the legal advocacy group Adalah, The New York Times finally published an article on Kayyal, which links to The Electronic Intifada’s coverage."

PS The New York Times and other Western media lie when they justify their surrender to Israeli censorship and regulation in the name of respecting "local laws".  They all are willing to flauntingly defy and violate the laws and regulations of governments that are opposed to the US government.  How many of them snuck into Syria over the last few years and violated the laws and rules of the Syrian government?  Hell, I even received requests from some Western correspondents who wanted to sneak into Syria (away from government control) and I even did my best to help. 

Posted on April 19, 2014 by As'ad

Lebanese presidential election

My weekly article in Al-Akhbar:  "Lebanese presidential Election of 1970: Preparation for war".

Posted on April 19, 2014 by As'ad

worse than the enemy

Comrade Bassam: "The problem is that some struggles have gone so far astray that the notion of revolution is now but a faint memory, something beautiful to reminisce about, but nothing likely to happen in the short run. Syria is a great example. Whatever the outcome there in the medium run, it will be only another phase of what seems to be a much more fundamental struggle. What I just said about external intervention, especially the U.S. invasion of Iraq, whose effects are now increasingly defining the struggle in Syria, will make this process much more complicated, because there’ll always be someone worse than your immediate enemy."

Posted on April 18, 2014 by As'ad

Abraham Foxman

Foxman just announced that it is anti-Semitic not to find him good-looking, eloquent, and funny.  More later on this developing story. 

Posted on April 18, 2014 by As'ad