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’?

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

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

Comey Doesn’t Like Trumpworld, but He Helped Create It

April 20, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Comey has been a central figure in the gutting of the fourth amendment of the Constitution and in attempts to make sure the FBI and the rest of the US government can break your encryption and spy on you illegally. It is true that Comey did not want to go as far in that direction as former vice president Dick Cheney, but he wanted to go so far as nevertheless to make the constitution meaningless and to make Americans vulnerable to hacking. You see, the tech companies cannot create backdoors for the FBI without creating backdoors for Russian troll farms in St Petersburg.

Am I saying Comey did it to himself? I am saying Comey did it to himself. And to the rest of us.

Source: Comey Doesn’t Like Trumpworld, but He Helped Create It

Let’s Call John Bolton What He Is: A War Criminal With Terrorist Ties

March 26, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

John Bolton helped lie our country into an illegal war of aggression that killed several hundred thousand Iraqis, wounded over a million, and displaced 4 million from their homes, helped deliver Baghdad into the hands of Iran, and helped create ISIL, which blew up Paris. In a just world, Bolton would be on trial at the Hague for war crimes. Instead, he has been promoted into a position to do to Iran what he did to Iraq.

Source: Let’s Call John Bolton What He Is: A War Criminal With Terrorist Ties

How Trump Is Losing in Syria and Why Nikki Haley Is Posturing

March 16, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The US hopes of avoiding a complete defeat of the fundamentalist Arab rebels through the de-confliction zones and then negotiations with al-Assad from a position of relative strength are also fading, as al-Assad and Russia have used the past year of reduced conflict to prepare for a final military push. The Syrian Arab Army is now splitting the East Ghouta enclave near Damascus into three, which will allow it to cut off aid to them and to negotiate with each of the neighborhoods in turn and to separate off the militias that dominate each one.

Source: How Trump Is Losing in Syria and Why Nikki Haley Is Posturing


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