The other art of the deal, Tehran-style | Asia Times

May 18, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The art of the deal, when practiced for 2,500 years, does lead to the palace of wisdom. I had hardly set foot in Tehran when a diplomat broke the news: “Trump? We’re not worried. He’s a bazaari (merchant trader)” – implying a political compromise will eventually be reached.

The Iranian government’s response to the Trump administration boils down to a Sun Tzu variant; silence – especially after the Fall of Flynn, who had “put Iran on notice” after a ballistic missile test that did not infringe the provisions of the Iranian nuclear deal, and the idea of an anti-Iran, Saudi Arabia-UAE-Egypt-Jordan mini-NATO. The Iranian naval drills – from the Strait of Hormuz to the Indian Ocean – had been planned way in advance.

Source: The other art of the deal, Tehran-style | Asia Times

Extensive US Meddling in Malaysia’s General Election Revealed

May 18, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 

After now 2 years of accusations and constant headlines regarding allegations of still unproven “Russian influence” in the 2016 US presidential election, it is difficult to imagine that real political meddling or election interference anywhere around the globe could go unnoticed.

This is especially true regarding the Western corporate media who has portrayed itself as deeply aware of the unethical and undemocratic nature of one nation interfering in the elections of another.

Yet during Malaysia’s recent general election – hailed by the Western media as a “historic win” for an opposition the Western media clearly favored – not a single story was written by media organizations like Reuters, AFP, CNN, the BBC and many others covering foreign interference during the elections.

Source: Land Destroyer

Can Palestinians Be Killed by Israelis? Or Do They Only ‘Die’?

May 17, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Social media is being scathing about the diction chosen by The New York Times, CNN and even The Guardian to speak of the some 55 peacefully protesting Palestinians whom Israeli snipers cold-bloodedly shot dead on Monday and the some 2,700 whom they wounded, half of those with live fire. The headlines or lead paragraphs spoke of Palestinians “dying,” as though they had mysteriously and unexpectedly contracted the unusual disease of bullet penetration. (The NYT cleaned up its act on Tuesday in the wake of the criticisms; people do what they think they can get away with; but this isn’t a new problem with its word manipulations when it comes to Israel).

I just heard CNN International, which is usually more adult than the American version, say that “clashes” resulted in “deaths,” “many of them” caused by Israeli fire. So there were no clashes. All the Palestinians died on their side of the Israeli prison fence. No Israelis were injured. And all of the injuries were caused by Israeli fire, whether live or rubber bullets (they can be lethal) or drones dropping tear gas cannisters. “Many of them” were children or journalists.

Source: Can Palestinians Be Killed by Israelis? Or Do They Only ‘Die’?

House to Probe China Threat

May 16, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 

The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence will begin a major inquiry into the threat from China this week in a shift from its past attention on Russian subversion.

The committee will hold a series of hearings, both open and in secret, examining threats posed by China in the military sphere, economic and industrial realm, technology arena, and Beijing’s significant influence operations against the United States, said committee aides.

The new inquiry is being directed by Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R., Calif.) and is supported by Republicans and Democrats.

Source: House to Probe China Threat

US Political Prostitutes for Israel – Veterans Today | News – Military Foreign Affairs Policy

May 14, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

If you don’t think that Washington is overcrowded with political prostitutes for Israel and the powers that be, then pay close attention to a letter that my dear friend Mark Dankof has recently sent to Senator John Cornyn.

Dankof voiced his concerns about Israel’s malicious enterprise and duplicitous act in the Middle East. Interestingly enough, Senator Cornyn responded by regurgitating the Zionist narrative.

I’m convinced that Pat Buchanan, David Stockman, Dr. Philip Giraldi, and Ted Snider are all on target with the mistaken character of an Israeli driven American foreign policy on Iran, and the JCPOA treaty in particular.

Source: US Political Prostitutes for Israel – Veterans Today | News – Military Foreign Affairs Policy

Examining Israel’s Pretext for War on Iran

May 13, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Nothing unites Americans and Israelis like a good enemy to hate and wail about, and, to go to war against. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pulled out all the stops with his sophomoric slide show, “Iran Lied,” designed to demonize Iran further by claiming Iran was pursuing nuclear weapon development, inspite of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that limited Iran from developing nuclear weapons, since it was signed in 2015. Only problem is, it was all old news gong as far back as 2003. Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, challenged Netanyahu with an article, “After Netanyahu Speech, UN Reiterates Found No Traces of Iran Nukes.” In this 25 minute podcast, Chuck Carlson and members of We Hold These Truths look into how Netanyahu’s “discovery” could lead to war?  War has become the excuse most commonly used to cover up deficits and out-of-control spending. Simply stated, our politicians believe that if they can find a war to fight, no one will bother to look at how much money it costs, or where that money is coming from.  War is like a general anesthetic! As mentioned in the podcast, America even planned its wars on Iraw, Libya, Syria and Iran as was revealed by retired General Wesley Clark on a 2007 Democracy Now interview, “General Wesley Clark: Wars Were Planned – Seven Countries In Five Years.” We say, “No More Wars For Israel.”

Source: Examining Israel’s Pretext for War on Iran

Land Destroyer: Israel Baits the Hook. Will Syria Bite?

May 13, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 

Headlines like the UK’s Independent’s, “Israel and Iran on brink of war after unprecedented Syria bombardment in response to alleged Golan Heights attack,” attempt to portray the Israeli aggression as self-defense. The Independent, however, failed to produce any evidence confirming Israeli claims.

At face value, for Iran to inexplicably launch missiles at Israel, unprovoked and achieving no conceivable tactical, strategic, or political gain strains the credibility of Israel’s narrative even further.

But it is perhaps published US policy designating Israel as a hostile provocateur tasked with expanding Washington’s proxy war against Damascus that fully reveals the deadly and deceptive game Israel and the Western media are now playing.

Source: Land Destroyer: Israel Baits the Hook. Will Syria Bite?

Trump Accidentally Described U.S. Foreign Policy While Trying to Slam Iran | The Daily Bell

May 13, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The United States has certainly demonstrated its schizophrenic approach to global affairs and effectively shown its true colors to the world. According to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, sanctions will be re-imposed on Iran to punish Iran for the following:

  1.       Iran’s status as the world’s largest state sponsor of terror;
  2.       Its use of ballistic missiles against American allies;
  3.       Its support for the brutal Assad regime in Syria;
  4.       Its human rights violations against its own people;
  5.       Its abuses of the international financial system.

Source: Trump Accidentally Described U.S. Foreign Policy While Trying to Slam Iran | The Daily Bell

No, Iran and Hezbollah Haven’t Taken Over Lebanon

May 12, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Lebanon held the first parliamentary elections since 2009 (they are supposed to be every four years, but the Syrian civil war and political gridlock made it difficult to meet that schedule until now).

Given all the talk of Trump pulling out of the Iran deal in part because of Tehran’s supposed regional dominance, the results of the Lebanese elections will likely be entangled with this policy.

Source: No, Iran and Hezbollah Haven’t Taken Over Lebanon

The President Does Not Have Unlimited Power to Declare War | The American Conservative

May 11, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 

The Constitution is not like a restricted railroad ticket, good for this day and train only. Neither is it deaf to changed circumstances or the force of better reasoning. Article V authorizes amendments by two thirds of the House and Senate and three fourths of the States. Twenty-seven amendments have been ratified over the course of 228 years, including the Bill of Rights, the Civil War Amendments, and a two-term limit for the presidency. But Mr. Buckley can no more repeal the Declare War Clause by shouting about its alleged unworkability than anti-gun zealots can repeal the Second Amendment’s individual right to keep and bear arms by decrying the use of firearms to commit murder. Mr. Buckley’s reasoning invites every man to become a law unto himself and pick and choose which constitutional prescriptions to obey.

Source: The President Does Not Have Unlimited Power to Declare War | The American Conservative

The art of breaking a deal | Asia Times – Pepe Escobar

May 11, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 

All suspended United States sanctions against Iran will be reinstated, and harsh additional ones will be imposed.

It does not matter that the International Atomic Energy Agency, orIAEA, repeatedly confirmed Iran was complying with the JCPOA as verified by 11 detailed reports since January 2016. Even US Secretary of Defense James Mattis vouched for the stringent verification mechanisms.

Source: The art of breaking a deal | Asia Times

Land Destroyer: America Planned to Break “Iran Nuclear Deal” Years Before Signing It

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The so-called “Iran Nuclear Deal,” officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) signed on 2015 now under threat by a backtracking US – was billed at the time of its signing as a historic agreement that provided a path forward towards peace between the US and Iran.

Source: Land Destroyer: America Planned to Break “Iran Nuclear Deal” Years Before Signing It

Nuclear Chutzpah – Eric Margolis

May 8, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Chutzpah’ is a wonderful Yiddish word that means outrageous nerve, or unmitigated gall.

This week’s Chutzpah Award goes to Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Standing in front of props of data files and cd’s, Netanyahu claimed Israel’s renowned Mossad spy agency had stolen a small mountain of secret Iranian nuclear data from a warehouse in Tehran.

The never-understated Netanyahu claimed that the purloined material proved that Iran was lying about having halted its covert nuclear program and must not be trusted.

Source: Nuclear Chutzpah

Don’t Trash the Nuclear Deal! | Patrick J. Buchanan – Official Website

May 8, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

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This next week may determine whether President Trump extricates us from that cauldron of conflict that is the Middle East, as he promised, or plunges us even deeper into these forever wars.

Friday will see the sixth in a row of weekly protests at the Gaza border fence in clashes that have left 40 Palestinians dead and 1,500 wounded by live fire from Israeli troops.

Monday, the U.S. moves its embassy to Jerusalem. Tuesday will see the triumphal celebration of the 70th birthday of the state of Israel.

Source: Don’t Trash the Nuclear Deal! | Patrick J. Buchanan – Official Website

Do Americans Want To Die For Israel? – PaulCraigRoberts.org

May 8, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

So where is the pressure on Trump coming from to destroy the carefully negotiated agreement in which Iran agreed to forgo development of nuclear weapons?

It comes from Israel and Israel’s American Fifth Column—the neoconservatives.

Israel is the reason for Washington’s hostility toward Syria and Iran. Israel has twice tried to occupy southern Lebanon, which Israel covets for its water resources, and twice Israel was driven out by the Hezbollah militia.

Source: Do Americans Want To Die For Israel? – PaulCraigRoberts.org

White House Counters China’s ‘Orwellian’ Disinformation Aimed at Americans

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The White House for the first time has pushed back against Chinese information warfare and propaganda in denouncing attempts by Beijing to impose political correctness on Americans and U.S. companies.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement issued Saturday that President Trump ran against political correctness during the presidential campaign and is opposing “efforts by the Chinese Communist Party to impose Chinese political correctness on American companies and citizens.”

Source: White House Counters China’s ‘Orwellian’ Disinformation Aimed at Americans

US Claims of “Russian Meddling” Exposes Its Own Global Meddling

May 5, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 

After well over a year of accusing the Russian government of interfering in the 2016 US presidential elections, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has finally indicted 13 Russians for what it calls “interference operations targeting the United States.”

The 13 Russians indicted allegedly represent  the “Internet Research Agency” merely referred to as “the organization” throughout the FBI’s highly publicized indictment (PDF). The Internet Research Agency was allegedly run by Concord Management and Consulting.

Source: Land Destroyer

Pentagon Confirms Chinese Fired Lasers at U.S. Pilots

May 5, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 

The Pentagon confirmed Thursday that Chinese nationals fired lasers near a military base in east Africa against U.S. military aircraft in the region, injuring several pilots.

Pentagon Press Secretary Dana White said the U.S. government made diplomatic protests to the Chinese government over several recent incidents of laser firings near China’s first overseas military base at Djibouti.

Source: Pentagon Confirms Chinese Fired Lasers at U.S. Pilots

NYT TOM FRIEDMAN CALLS FOR FAKE NEWS AGAINST PUTIN

May 5, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 

The media whining about “fake news” actually represents a classic example of what psychologists refer to as “projection” — accusing innocent others of the very same evil deeds that the accuser is guilty of. Tom Friedman‘s opening volley needs no rebutting for it is a shocking caricature of itself in which he admits that Sulzberger’s Slimes and the rest of the Piranha Press can and should invent and publish dis-informative propaganda (fake news) about Putin and Russia. Take a whiff of the fantasy story that Freakman concocts as an example of what he would like to see planted and published by the government-media complex to which he belongs, even though he admits such a tale would be false:

Source: NYT TOM FRIEDMAN CALLS FOR FAKE NEWS AGAINST PUTIN

Netanyahu: Don’t Look Here, Where We’re Shooting Children—Look at Iran

May 4, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Since the U.S. right wing and the government of Israel would very much like to see Iran invaded, its government overthrown and its legs broken, this nuclear latency or the Japan option is an annoyance they would like to remove. It is easier to execute someone if you disarm him first.

But Iran, of course, is already substantially disarmed, voluntarily. What is going on now is an attempt to pull the wool over people’s eyes about that and to con them into spending $6 trillion on another ruinous Middle East conflict.

That will keep everybody busy while Netanyahu finally succeeds in ethnically cleansing what is left of the Palestinians, his ulterior ultimate goal.

Source: Netanyahu: Don’t Look Here, Where We’re Shooting Children—Look at Iran

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