Friday, January 28, 2011
Robert Fisk writes in the Independent of the latest expose of leaked Palestine Authority papers from Al Jazeera, "The Palestine Papers," which are even more damaging than recent ones from Wikileaks:
The Palestine Papers are as damning as the Balfour Declaration. The Palestinian "Authority" – one has to put this word in quotation marks – was prepared, and is prepared to give up the "right of return" of perhaps seven million refugees to what is now Israel for a "state" that may be only 10 per cent (at most) of British mandate Palestine....It is not possible any more, for the people of the Arab world to lie to each other. The lies are finished. The words of their leaders – which are, unfortunately, our own words – have finished. It is we who have led them into this demise. It is we who have told them these lies. And we cannot recreate them any more.
See the Angry Arab and the Kabob blogs for lots more news and commentary from Arabs in America.
There's no doubt that these latest disgusting revelations have dramatized how much Arab leaders have lied about supporting Palestinians - and their own people - while selling out to the United States and Israel. (Who must accept partial blame if the result is not more democracy but a new set of dictators, this time religious.) The years of government corruption (bribery, looting tax monies, stifling free markets to benefit small cliques and ever growing bureaucracies, repression against those who complain) and the resulting poverty and anger of Arabs was just waiting for a good boost from a rising sunspot cycle to make revolutions happen.
Since the height of the cycle is still another year to sixteen months away, get ready to hear about lots of revolutions all over the Middle East in the next few years. (See the Palestinian students sitting in on the Palestine Authority here.) It looks like the revolutions of 1989 all over again. They may also follow in other nations of frustrated peoples, especially China, Iran, Iraq, not to mention lots more secessionist movements, including in the Forcefully United States of America.
Below is the latest sunspot cycle prediction from the U.S. Government (predicting it's own dissolution, eventually?). Yes, my Sunspot Cycles and Activist Strategy article needs more updating!
Monday, January 24, 2011
So I missed him excoriating Rich Sanchez in video below. And I missed him excoriating warmonger Senator Joe - "get your lying ass out the door" - Lieberman, the rant that some say was the final blow to his MSNBC career. (Link to MSNBC video.) Not to mention I missed his last show two days later. (News video below.)
Of course, Fox News didn't fire Juan Williams for saying he was scared of Arabs in Muslim gear on airplanes, but then he said it to Sean Hannity who promotes bigotry towards Arabs and Muslims. As I'm sure others have noted, I doubt Juan would be happy if anyone said the same thing about being afraid of black males who come towards them on the street. I wonder what would happen if a female news caster said she was scared every time she saw a male walking towards her on a dark street. Would political correctness go too far?! (Get out the mace, gals!)
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
...when Saddam suggests that he might act unilaterally if the talks [i.e., invade Kuwait] didn’t show any progress – indeed Glaspie informs Saddam that “we took no position on these Arab affairs.”
The revelation would be damning to the George H.W. Bush Administration and are doubly shameful when one considers that, just a week after Glaspie’s reassurances the US embarked on a policy of hostility and sanctions that continues to this day, has cost over a million lives and still has 50,000 US troops inside Iraq....It is not, then, some mythical enemy that these documents were classified to keep in the dark, but the American public itself, which would never accept these despicable policies were they aware of them. From both Bush Administrations to the Clinton and Obama Administrations, the policy was designed to deceive the American public, and the bipartisan outrage against WikiLeaks is the natural reaction to having been caught out in their lies. The jig is up, and the calls for censorship, prosecution, even execution reflects the level of embarrassment one might be expected to feel at the revelation to the American public that these administrations carried out a decades-long campaign of mass murder against the Iraqi people entirely on the basis of diplomatic ambiguity by one ambassador over 20 years ago.
This cartoon is by Brazilian Carlos Latuff. The cake will have an 8 on it in March, 20011.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
“I believe that if Dr. King were alive today, he would recognize that we live in a complicated world, and that our nation's military should not and cannot lay down its arms and leave the American people vulnerable to terrorist attack...”
The claim is the United States is like the "Good Samaritan" who helps others in need - like the people of Iraq and Afghanistan!! The brown people of Iraq and Afghanistan who the United States has been killing at will for almost 10 years, that is. The people the United States government thinks are sitting on "our oil" while they "threaten our ally" Israel.
You know that little nation with hundreds of (unadmitted) nuclear weapons with which it (not very subtly) threatens the world - and inevitably the U.S. It will use them if anything or anyone threatens its stranglehold on too much of that stolen land. Like Iran's nuclear power program which Israel has noisily been sabotaging, threatening an "Iranian Chernobyl." See my Samson Option article. Hmmm, I doubt King would approve of Israel today!
RussiaToday has two Youtube segments on Martin Luther King against war today. (You see, Russia is still scared U.S. warmonger crazies will pre-emptively nuke it!)
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
"Die, bitch" was written on a form letter from Representative Giffords to the disturbed young man who shot her (or on a peice of paper in the same safe; reports differ). Friends say he was angry at her for not taking seriously a question he asked her at an event a few years back. If she'd been a man and dissed her, would he be so ticked off? Was he so angry this "bitch" dissed him, he nursed it until he tried to kill her?
While people are trying to figure out this mad man's political orientation they should remember that male dominant woman hating is not left or right, but psychopathological behavior.
Having been verbally attacked by so many males who don't like my uppity ways, I would not in the least be surprised if this was a "hate crime" against Gifford as a woman. As a libertarian I'm against legislating mandatory sentences if a crime is deemed a "hate crime," but I'm all for labeling a hate crime a hate crime if it is one.
Good video from Reason below on the typical "let's pass a law and raise taxes" reaction of politicians to the shooting.
Update: Good January 18th article on Feministing.com linking to other articles providing evidence and/or also making the point that hatred of women was part of Loughner's motivation for attacking Representative Giffords.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Sunday, January 09, 2011
The Pentagon is stepping up investments in a range of weapons, jet fighters and technology in response to the Chinese military buildup in the Pacific, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Saturday on the eve of his visit to Beijing. Despite billions of dollars in proposed Pentagon budget cuts that Mr. Gates announced this past week, he said that the Chinese development of its first radar-evading fighter jet, as well as an antiship ballistic missile that could hit American aircraft carriers, had persuaded him to make improvements in American weaponry a priority...Mr. Gates said he hoped his talks with Chinese leaders would reduce the need for more American weaponry in the Pacific. He also said that if Chinese leaders considered the United States a declining power because of the financial crisis, they were wrong. “I’ve watched this sort of cyclical view of American decline come around two or three times, perhaps most dramatically in the latter half of the 1970s,” Mr. Gates said. “And my general line for those both at home and around the world who think the U.S. is in decline is that history’s dustbins are filled with countries that underestimated the resilience of the United States.”
Update: I read Gates was in China and - Fox News alleged - they chided him in a humiliating fashion on military sales to Taiwan, for which they suspended military ties three years ago. And of course he had to take it because the Empire is flailing. More bombs, less taxes, that's the solution, Republicans. Ugh.
Wednesday, January 05, 2011
Monday, January 03, 2011
Faced with growing efforts to censor the release of embarrassing information by WikiLeaks and armed with at best a tenuous grasp of the concept of irony, US State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley today announced that the federal government has won the right to host “World Press Freedom Day” in May of 2011, and that the event will be held in Washington DC.
In his official statement Crowley said the move would prove the US commitment to “expand press freedom and the free flow of information in this digital age,” but comes at a time when the State Department is not only championing the attempt to silence the release of classified cables showing a variety of crimes by officials.
Indeed, it was just days ago that the State Department openly warned students at a major US university that if they intended to have any sort of future career they had better not read or discuss the WikiLeaks releases, and a spokesman warned that discussing the leaks would be a “bad move” for any US citizen...
Sunday, January 02, 2011
Geez, I finally figure out a good idea for a posting and it's a couple minutes after New Years Day ends. Oh, well. What I'll remember this day for is our belated tour of local Solstice decorations. A bunch of lights were still up and the dog got very excited by some of them!
But as to the important point - Let's have peace this year - Hear Me BARACK??????