The Hunger Games Economy
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دیو داعش و نقش غرب
دیو داعش و نقش غرب
گوینده: نیک پاکپور
گوینده آنچه را که مربوط به ریشه سعودی،سلفی،سیاه ایی، زهش
یا زایش، پیدایش یا پالایش تاول یا تکاثر،ترسناک،تروریسم تکفیری میشود را در یک ویدئویی،بتاریخ
24 فوریه 2014 میلادی،با نوضیح و نفسیر، و بر پایه پویش پروسه تیک پژوهشی،تکوینی،تاریخی،در
جهت آژیرنده و آگاه کننده، مورد ارزیابی و آنالیز منطقی قرار داده ام
ولی بعد و بنیاد پحث امروز گوینده بطور اختصار و در حد
اختیار،اختصاص دارد به حوادث دهشتناک و دردناکی که بطور فزاینده و فژاگن در کشور
همسایگی،ما ایرانیان یعنی کشور عراق جریان دارد.
راهبرد راسیستی غرب علیه ایران
راهبرد راسیستی غرب علیه ایران
گوینده: نیک پاکپور
بحثی تحلیلی،تفسیری بر اساس جامه شناسی علمی،تاریخی،تکوینی
در پیرامن یا prephery یا راهبرد راسیستی آخر و اخیر پارلمان اروپا علیه
ایران بتاریخ ماه آوریل 2014 میلادی.
امید است که کار گوینده در عقل وعمل،
در verbal و visual ، در واقعیت و factual بمثابه وظیفه ملی، میهنی، مدنی، مفید واقع
نوروز امسال: نیک پرس
نوروز امسال: نیک پرس
نیک پرس، با افتخار، امیدوار وآرزومند است که فرارسیدن فروردین و نوروز،
این فراشگرد فروزندهٔ فرهنگ ایرانی، بر همهٔ شهروندان شیدا و شیفتهٔ سر زمین کهن و
زرخیز و زرفام، ایران زمین، خجسته و فرخنده باشد!
امید است که نوروز امسال شروع دیگری باشد که ایرانیان در سراسر گیتی،
با فراست وفرزانگی و فرهیختگی پیروزمندانه، بسان پارتیزانهای پیشرو و پیشاهنگ، پژواک
گر و مشعل دار مدنیت ملی، بر فرازستان بشریت باشند تا با اتخاذ گروش به راه و روش اعتقاد
و اعتماد به مقاومت مداوم و مقتدرانهٔ خویش در جهت همبستگی، همگرایی وهمبودگی، هم سویی
وهم گونی ملی و وارستگی سیاسی ـ اقتصادی، آلبته با اهداف دست یازیدن به قلعهٔ ایده
آل های ایرانی، بتوانند چون گذشتهٔ دورتر، اما اکنون بیشتر،
نقشه های ابلیسانه و اهریمنانهٔ جانیان جهانی، یعنی یاغی های اروپايئ
و یانگی ها ی آمریکایی را که با سلاح و سخن تهدید وتحریم، تخریب وترور، تزویر و ترفند،
با آمیزه ای آغشته و آمیخته به دروغ و دیو دروج، و با تکیه بر مدد مزدوران وموریدان
مرتد و مکار، چون دوزخیان دون پایهٔ ایرانی نما، که با دژآهنگی و کژآهنگی سیاسی وبا
سپر سرسپردگی، جاسوسی و سالوسی به همراه چاکری و چابلوسی، در تلاشند تا سرعت سمند تکامل
وتداوم تمدن ایران را سترون سازند را با سرسختی سرآفرازانه وسرورمنشانه با عقل و عاطفه
و علاقهٔ ملی ـ میهنی، سد نمایند!
فروردین 93 .سوئد: نیک پاکپو
Police brutally in Berlin
RAW: Police brutally disperse pro-Palestine protest in Berlin
Published on Jul 22, 2014
German police cracked down on pro-Palestine protesters resulting in at least five arrests following demonstration in Berlin on Monday. Protesters gathered in front of the Israeli embassy to call for the end of the violence by the Israeli armed forces against the State of Palestine.
Stones,Teargas in Paris
Stones and Teargas: Police clash with pro-Palestinian protesters in Paris
Published on Jul 19, 2014
French police have clashed with thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters who defied a ban in Paris on marching to demonstrate against the Israeli offensive in Gaza. Some of the protesters threw stones and other objects at riot police, who responded with rounds of tear gas. French authorities banned a pro-Palestinian march after a protest last Sunday turned violent, with two synagogues attacked.
GRAPHIC: 15 civilians killed in Kiev military shelling of Lugansk
Published on Jul 18, 2014
At least 15 have been killed in shelling of the city of Lugansk, eastern Ukraine. The information was confirmed by the local city administration
Bloody caliphate in Iraq
Uncut Chronicles: ISIS/ISIL forges bloody caliphate in Iraq (RAW Timeline)
Published on Jul 9, 2014
Radical Sunni militants of Al-Qaeda offshoot, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS/ISIL) are advancing and capturing cities in the north of Iraq. The jihadists have declared the capture of the capital Baghdad as their top priority objective.
Abu Bakr al Baghdadi
First public appearance of Abu Bakr al-#Baghdadi, ISIS leader (With Translation)
Published on Jul 5, 2014
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Sunni ISIS jihadists are recruiting children as young as 10 years old to fight for an Islamic state in Iraq and Syria. While there are boys who voluntarily join the ISIS, there are many more who are being forced to fight for jihad.
CrossTalk: Global Jihad?
Published on Jul 6, 2014
Who is drawing the map of the New Middle East today? Does the crisis need any more outside intervention? And who are the powers that can replace Washington in the region? CrossTalking with Michael Barnett, Gawdat Bahgat and Scott Rickard.
Brutal beating of woman
California Highway Patrol 'to investigate' officer's brutal roadside beating of woman (VIDEO)
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) says it is investigating a video taken by a passing motorist of one of its officers repeatedly punching a woman in the head after she was allegedly walking along a Los Angeles motorway.
The Untold History of Independence Day
Historian Peter Linebaugh: The rights and freedoms that we celebrate on the Fourth of July are the product of vast human struggle that remains unfinished - July 4, 14
Peter Linebaugh is an American Marxist historian who specializes in British history, Irish history, labor history, and the history of the colonial Atlantic. He recently retired after fifty years as a professor of history. Peter is the author of many books, including The London Hanged: Crime And Civil Society In The Eighteenth Century, The Magna Carta Manifesto: Liberties and Commons for All, The Many-Headed Hydra: Sailors, Slaves, Commoners, and the Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic, and most recently, Stop, Thief!: The Commons, Enclosures, and Resistance.
The Untold History of Independence DayJAISAL NOOR, TRNN PRODUCER: Welcome to Real News Network. I'm Jaisal Noor in Baltimore.
July 4 is celebrated here in the U.S. as Independence Day to mark the adoption of the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain by the Second Continental Congress in 1776.
Now joining us to discuss the radical, little-known history of Independence Day is Peter Linebaugh. Peter is a historian and author. He just retired from the University of Toledo, where he taught for 20 years. He's the author of many books, including The Many Headed Hydra: Sailors, Slaves, Commoners, and the Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic. He's also the author of the The Magna Carta Manifesto: Liberties and Commons for All, as well as, most recently, Stop, Thief! The Commons, Enclosures, and Resistance.
Thank you so much for joining us, Peter.
PETER LINEBAUGH, AUTHOR, THE MANY-HEADED HYDRA: You're welcome, Jaisal.
LINEBAUGH: So, Peter, you know, in popular memory, this day, Independence Day, we remember the signing of the Declaration of Independence, but it was a long process that got the colonists to that point. Talk a little bit about the different political forces, social forces that helped get the US--and this was just within the first year or two of the Revolutionary War, but it had been a decade or longer that this conflict had been ongoing between the colonies and Great Britain. Talk about how we got to this point.
LINEBAUGH: Okay, Jaisal, I will talk about that, but it's hard. And even your question, you referred to how the U.S. got to this point, but, of course, it wasn't the U.S. at the time. The United States of America is an expression that Tom Payne invented and used to apply to what had been 13 colonies in revolt against Great Britain. So we're talking about an era before the U.S. has been formed. We're talking about a period of historical creation.
And it's complex. There are several sides to it. One side, it's the struggle of freedom against monarchy, a struggle of the notion of a republic against monarchy. And that is probably the principal theme of the Declaration of Independence.
I would suggest, you know, that people reread the Declaration of Independence, because they'll find 28 reasons for declaring independence from Great Britain. And these reasons reflect "a long train of abuses and usurpations" (or takeovers), to use Thomas Jefferson's language in the Declaration of Independence.
And I think one of the most important of these grievances was that the King of England had opposed conditions for new appropriation of land. This is the seventh of 28 different reasons for declaring independence. And what that meant was that these settlers from Europe wanted to appropriate lands belonging to the Indians, belonging to different Native American peoples--the Haudenosaunee people, a confederation in New York; the Cherokee people of what's now Tennessee and the Carolinas; the Potawatomi, from my part of the country, in Michigan and Ohio. The settlers wanted these lands. But Great Britain, as a result of the Seven Years' War, had said that these lands were off-limits to settlement. This was part of the Treaty of Paris of 1763. So here is one of the lesser-known reasons for declaring independence, that is, that the settlers could not take as much land as they wanted.
On that same theme of wars against Native Americans, the 28th reason given is really misleading. It claims that the king of England, George III, and his ministry and parliament had caused the inhabitants of, quote, "our frontiers, the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions"--. So this was like--Jaisal, I liken it to a jihad or I liken it to a crusade, because this is precisely what Thomas Jefferson claims of the Native Americans is actually what will happen to them as a result of the Declaration of Independence, that is, that the wars against Great Britain led to a merciless destruction--in New York particularly of Sullivan's raid of 1779 of the orchards, the cornfields, the senior citizens, the men and the women of the Haudenosaunee people of the Confederation in New York.
NOOR: And, Peter, it's worth mentioning that the British weren't necessarily against expanding and taking more of the natives' land. It was just getting too expensive for them. They had, you know, spent an enormous amount of money fighting the French in the French and Indian War, as well as--and so they had been taxing the colonists, which had, you know, caused a great protest.
LINEBAUGH: Yes, a very good point, very good. They wanted the settlers, the settler colonists to pay for those wars against France. Quite right. And that's where the famous phrase "no taxation without representation" comes in, and it's--I think it's the 17th reason given in the Declaration of Independence for severing the connection with Great Britain, that. And also the 19th reason--I'll quote that--is "for transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences".
And that--I pause there for a minute to let the words sink in, because what will come to mind to those who've been following subsequent U.S. history is the practice by the CIA to render terrorist suspects and have them tried overseas, where torture is a form of investigation in secret courts in Egypt and Poland and in other countries we don't know about. This process is called rendition. But I was amazed, you know, in the early part of this millennium, after the invasion of Iraq and when this kind of torturing began, that it was explicitly given as a reason for independence back in 1776, that is, transporting people beyond the seas to be tried for pretended offenses in foreign courts. So excuse me, Jaisal, for jumping, you know, right into the Iraq Wars, but the Declaration of Independence, if it's going to live at all in current realities, you know, we must--we go back and forth between our present and our past.
NOOR: And, Peter, so we were going to talk about a whole range of issues, but, you know, in your book Many-Headed Hydra, you talk about the little-known role that commoners and even slaves played in fomenting the American Revolution. Can you give us a little bit of that history?
LINEBAUGH: I can give you a little bit of it. The Dunmore's Proclamation in Virginia promised freedom to slaves. Dunmore was a British general. So the slave, like the Indian, was caught between a rock and a hard place, that is, whether to join the colonists in their bid for independence, or whether to join the British, who promised immediate emancipation.
But slave revolts preceding the War of Independence, like the Indian revolts, like the great revolt of Pontiac in 1763, or the revolts against impressment that took place up and down the coast of the colonies, all of these here--you know, I gesture to Indians, to African Americans, and to European sailors and workers--I call them--we call them commoners because so many of them before they came to colonies under terms of coerced labor, so many of them had participated in economies which were not based on private property or incessant accumulation and aggression for land belonging or used by others. And these forms of other forms of economies, especially in England, were called commons. They were common lands. And when those lands were enclosed are fenced off, the people who formerly had subsisted on them now had few choices in life. And even if they weren't enslaved or coerced as teenagers in West Africa or as commoners in England who were impressed, they began in the United States, in Philadelphia and Boston, in Providence, Rhode Island, they began to get to know each other, they began, and they did so in taverns, they did so in poorer parts of the town, and they did so above all on ships. So the ship itself was a machine--we usually see it as a machine of commerce or a machine of war, but it was also a machine where the people of the world first got to know each other, they first get to hear one another's stories. And in some ways you can say, this is where multicultural America began to be formed.
NOOR: And so, Peter, you call that the motley crew, because it's a multiethnic crew. Then the population may--oh, not even a crew, not just a crew, but also bands of people that worked on land as well, and, you know, they were multiethnic, and, you know, their relationships might have crossed class lines as well.
LINEBAUGH: Yes, this is quite true. You know, Herman Melville was the man who had the imagination to see this in all his great nautical books, whether Billy Budd or /taɪfuː/ or White-Jacket, and then of course Moby-Dick. But that reality of democracy on shipboard and, as you say, multiethnic communication was a big part of the background to the American Revolution. And it was--even though those people did not lead the revolution in the sense of signing their names to documents, they led the freedom from actual slavery, they led the freedom from actual coerced labor on ships, and they also led--in Philadelphia here I'm thinking, Jaisal--they led the struggle for fair prices, and they led the struggle against debt. And these are two issues that remain with us. So this motley crew will provide the force of the revolutionary armies. And when they're not paid or when they're mistreated, they are perfectly capable of mutiny.
NOOR: And, Peter, you mentioned one of the slogans of the revolution, "no taxation without representation". But as we touched upon in this conversation already, there were many groups that were not franchised at the culmination of the revolution--obviously African-Americans, women, and men that were not--that didn't don't land. And, you know, it's often portrayed as the elites created this framework, they created a constitution that would eventually grant these rights and, you know, the right to vote and other civil rights to the entire population. But talk about the revolutionary process that actually led to those rights being achieved.
LINEBAUGH: Okay, Jaisal, that's a process of American history, that's a process of struggle. That's a--I hesitate to say class struggle, though it is a class struggle of slaves, it's a struggle of poor people, it's a struggle of weavers and spinners, it's a struggle of housewives, it's a struggle of women more generally, it's a struggle that is not over. And sometimes the American Civil War is seen as a continuation, as the Chapter 2 where the Declaration of Independence and Fourth of July was Chapter 1.
This is why the Fourth of July, you know, has this military flavor to it, you know, and we all turn out and we watch the fireworks. But the first fireworks, of course, were, as we know from the song, "the rockets' red glare". This came from a war. Speaking to you in Baltimore, I don't need to remind you that Fort McHenry in Baltimore was where the British invaded in 1812. So what I'm trying to say is that war is the most extreme form of struggle, on a large scale, anyway. And those powers and rights and freedoms that you referred to and that we celebrate on the Fourth of July, they are the product of vast human struggle. I mean, the struggle for American independence was not just that war but was goes back to the 17th century.
The struggle against slavery was at least 100 years old. You know, if you take 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation, 100 years earlier it was 1763. That's the plantation of George Washington. A hundred years before that, 1673, you also have slavery. So the struggle against slavery is a very old and long struggle and reaches a great, great culmination in the war between the states, in the Civil War. And may I quote, Jaisal, from Frederick Douglass, the abolitionist?
NOOR: Yes, absolutely.
LINEBAUGH: Okay, because he says something that I'm thinking about, and I wonder whether you all are thinking about it too. This is the speech he gave on the Fourth of July. And I think a lot of you are familiar with that speech where he says, what is the meaning of the Fourth of July to the slave? But before he says that, he says, what it is that we need. In this now is just a few years before John Brown's raid, it's a few years before Fort Sumter and the beginning of the Civil War. Here in the words of Frederick Douglass is what we need:
[I]t is not light that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake. The feeling of the nation must be quickened; the conscience of the nation must be roused; the propriety of the nation must be startled; the hypocrisy of the nation must be exposed; and its crimes against God and man must be proclaimed and denounced.
Isn't that powerful? Here he's using the rhetoric from the era of the Declaration of Independence, and he's prophesying--it's a prophetic voice from the Old Testament imagining the war to come, the American Civil War that at last put an end--well, not quite; it didn't quite end slavery, did it? Because the Thirteenth Amendment permits slavery or involuntary servitude in cases of prison. And so I think it's--you know, if we're going to jump from the past to the present continuously, then we need to say, that is not yet finished, as the prison population of the U.S. continues to grow and to grow.
NOOR: Peter Linebaugh, thank you so much for joining us.
LINEBAUGH: You're very welcome.
NOOR: And we'll continue this conversation at TheRealNews.com. Thank you so much for joining us.
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"Kurdistan" Israeli Style
"Kurdistan" Israeli StyleWhile everything is being set up to create an independent Kurdistan, Thierry Meyssan sees a manipulation of the Kurdish peoples’ dream to profit Israel, the United States and Turkey. Also, he denounces the Barzani ethnic cleansing project and observes the PKK opposition to the creation of a "Kurdistan" of this nature.Voltaire Network | Damascus | 14 July 2014
the 60s, Mullah Mustafa Barzani (the father of Massoud Barzani)
approached Washington and the Shah of Iran. He became an officer of the
Mossad. Seen here in Israel with Abba Eban (Foreign Minister) and
General Meir Amit (Director of the Mossad).When David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the State of Israel
unilaterally, supposed defense needs created a security zone around it.
It was the implementation of the European strategy of "steps": Israeli
wars attempting to expand its territory and, failing that, to
demilitarize the areas on its border. However, with the emergence and
spread of missiles, the freezing of "steps" no longer guarantees much.
So that in 1999, Israel hesitated to return the Golan  and in 2000, it chose to withdraw from southern Lebanon rather than continue to be harassed by Hezbollah.
Gradually, another military doctrine has emerged: the security of a
country depends on the ability to destroy threatening missiles from
afar. Now it is necessary to not only demilitarize "steps" to protect
from a land invasion, but also to provide a circle of protection beyond
enemy states to neutralize the threat of missiles. Hence the creation of
South Sudan (2011) and soon Kurdistan (2015?). In this way, Israel will
be able to threaten Egypt, Syria and Lebanon all at once.
The experience of South Sudan shows the artificial nature of these
creations. It is currently a state without statehood, a lawless area
occupied by the Israeli army.
From the U.S. point of view, the creation of Kurdistan is a step in
the remodeling of the "Middle East region" (Greater Middle East), that
is to say, the division of the area into ethnically homogeneous
micro-states, easy to dominate. That is why the Pentagon has been
conspicuously absent. At a closed meeting during which the Secretary of
Defense, Chuck Hagel and the Chief of Staff, General Martin Dempsey,
came to explain to congressmess situation in Iraq, they not only claimed
to have lost the Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi file (and thus didn’t know why
they arrested him in 2004 and why they released him a few months
later) , but also admitted to having no intervention plan and leaving the field entirely open to the Islamic Emirate and Kurdistan. 
From the Turkish point of view, this "Kurdistan" is also a boon to
solve its own Kurdish problem. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
whispered the whole operation to the ears of the Barzani family.
Moreover, he had his Parliament pass a law authorizing negotiation with
the Kurds in Turkey: parliamentarians who contribute to disarm and
integrate the rebels will be exempt from prosecution. 
The Prime Minister hopes to be elected president with the votes of
Turkey’s Kurds who would thus thank him for sponsoring "Kurdistan"
abroad. Of course, it is unlikely that he will continue his overture
The Kurdish people would be wrong to believe that the "Kurdistan"
offered by Israelis and Turks will be that to which they aspire. In
contrast to their ancestor Saladin the Magnificent who liberated and
unified the Levant, the Barzani clan will separate them from other
populations in the region, Arabs, Armenians, etc.. and transform them
into apartheid auxiliaries.
While on the Internet, members of PDK discuss their future currency, the Kuro ,
the Barzanis already behave as if they had won with Israeli assistance.
They sent the peshmerga to seize the oil fields of Kirkuk and Bai
Hassan - allegedly to secure them from Baghdad maneuvers - and expel
Arab workers .
There can be no doubt: the Barzanis’ Israeli ethnic cleansing project is just beginning.
Abdullah Öcalan’s PKK has already called for not falling into the
trap. He has published an excerpt from the secret June 1st meeting held
in Amman at which armed Islamist groups and Massoud Barzani’s PDK sealed
their alliance and planned a coordinated attack on Iraq . The PKK has called for a general mobilization of the Kurdish people against the Barzani Israeli project.
For his part, the Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, has revealed
that his army could not attack the High Command of the Islamic Emirate
... because it was located in Erbil and protected by the local
government of Kurdistan.
Two lines are therefore opposed, but only the Kurdish people can defeat the Israeli plan.
Monsters!by Ingrid R. ZundelThe letter below, written by a Norwegian physician volunteer
working in Gaza, needs no introduction – the heading I gave it says it
all! A lifetime ago, I was a child who experienced first-hand the kind
of carnage the Gaza civilians experience even as I write this. To call
it “inhuman” does not do it justice. It is, in my opinion, satanic.
Please circulate this letter widely. It needs to go viral on the Net.
Mads Gilbert MD PhD
The last night was extreme. The “ground invasion” of Gaza
resulted in scores and carloads with maimed, torn apart, bleeding,
shivering, dying – all sorts of injured Palestinians, all ages, all
civilians, all innocent.
The heroes in the ambulances and in all of Gaza’s hospitals
are working 12-24 hour shifts, grey from fatigue and inhuman workloads
(without payment all in Shifa for the last 4 months), they care, triage,
try to understand the incomprehensible chaos of bodies, sizes, limbs,
walking, not walking, breathing, not breathing, bleeding, not bleeding
Now, once more treated like animals by “the most moral army in the world” (sic!).
My respect for the wounded is endless, in their contained
determination in the midst of pain, agony and shock; my admiration for
the staff and volunteers is endless, my closeness to the Palestinian
“sumud” gives me strength, although in glimpses I just want to scream,
hold someone tight, cry, smell the skin and hair of the warm child,
covered in blood, protect ourselves in an endless embrace – but we
cannot afford that, nor can they.
Ashy grey faces – Oh NO! Not one more load of tens of maimed
and bleeding, we still have lakes of blood on the floor in the ER, piles
of dripping, blood-soaked bandages to clear out – oh – the cleaners,
everywhere, swiftly shovelling the blood and discarded tissues, hair,
clothes,cannulas – the leftovers from death – all taken away … to be
prepared again, to be repeated all over.
More then 100 cases came to Shifa in the last 24 hrs. Enough
for a large well trained hospital with everything, but here – almost
nothing: no electricity, water, disposables, drugs, OR-tables,
instruments, monitors – all rusted and as if taken from museums of
yesterday’s hospitals. But they do not complain, these heroes. They get
on with it, like warriors, head on, enormously resolute.
And as I write these words to you, alone, on a bed, my tears
flow, the warm but useless tears of pain and grief, of anger and fear.
This is not happening! An then, just now, the orchestra of the Israeli
war-machine starts its gruesome symphony again, just now: salvos of
artillery from the navy boats just down on the shores, the roaring F16,
the sickening drones (Arabic ‘Zennanis’, the hummers), and the
cluttering Apaches. So much made in and paid by the US.
Volunteers tend to the wounded of Gaza.
I invite you – spend one night – just one night – with us in
Shifa. Disguised as a cleaner, maybe. I am convinced, 100%, it would
Nobody with a heart AND power could ever walk away from a
night in Shifa without being determined to end the slaughter of the
But the heartless and merciless have done their calculations and planned another “dahyia” onslaught on Gaza.
The rivers of blood will keep running the coming night. I can hear they have tuned their instruments of death.
Please. Do what you can. This, THIS cannot continue.
Mads Gilbert MD PhD
Professor and Clinical Head
Clinic of Emergency Medicine
University Hospital of North Norway
Whistleblower: U.S. Satellite Images Show Ukrainian Troops Shooting Down MH17
Whistleblower: U.S. Satellite Images Show Ukrainian Troops Shooting Down MH17Source tells award winning reporter Washington lying about responsibility for tragedyBy Paul Joseph WatsonAward winning former
Associated Press reporter Robert Parry has been told by an intelligence
source that the United States is in possession of satellite imagery
which shows that Ukrainian troops were responsible for the shoot down of
Malaysian Airlines Flight 17.
In the absence of any
proper investigation, media rhetoric over the last few days has firmly
pointed the finger of blame for the downing of the aircraft on
Russian-backed Ukrainian rebels, but Parry’s source tells a different story.
What I’ve been told by one source, who has provided
accurate information on similar matters in the past, is that U.S.
intelligence agencies do have detailed satellite images of the likely
missile battery that launched the fateful missile, but the battery
appears to have been under the control of Ukrainian government troops
dressed in what look like Ukrainian uniforms.
The source said CIA analysts were still not ruling out
the possibility that the troops were actually eastern Ukrainian rebels
in similar uniforms but the initial assessment was that the troops were
Ukrainian soldiers. There also was the suggestion that the soldiers
involved were undisciplined and possibly drunk, since the imagery showed
what looked like beer bottles scattered around the site, the source
Although the establishment
press has attempted to deride any questioning of the official narrative
that Ukrainian rebels were responsible for the incident by invoking the
tired “conspiracy theory” pejorative, Parry can hardly be dismissed as a
crank given his key role in covering the Iran-Contra scandal for the
Associated Press and Newsweek. Indeed, Parry’s investigative work on
intelligence matters, for which he was awarded the George Polk Award,
suggests that the information provided by his source is worthy of
U.S. and Ukrainian
authorities continue to insist that Moscow-backed separatists were
responsible for the tragedy, asserting that a BUK missile system was
used to bring down the airliner. However, this was contradicted by Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Vitaliy Yarema,
who stated, “The military told the president after the passenger plane
had been shot down that the terrorists did not possess our Buk missile
In a related development,
audio experts who conducted a study into the authenticity of a recording
released by Ukrainian authorities which implicated Russian-backed
rebels as being responsible for the missile attack on MH17 concluded
that the tape was fabricated.
“The tape’s second fragment
consists of three pieces but was presented as a single audio recording.
However, a spectral and time analysis has showed that the dialog was
cut into pieces and then assembled. Short pauses in the tape are very
indicative: the audio file has preserved time marks which show that the
dialog was assembled from various episodes, the expert said,” reports ITAR-TASS.
'We will react to NATO build-up!': Key Putin quotes from defense policy address
'We will react to NATO build-up!': Key Putin quotes from defense policy addressBy RTMoscow will respond to NATO’s expansion towards Russia’s borders,
President Vladimir Putin said at the emergency Security Council meeting
in Moscow. Here are his key quotes on Russia’s defense, Western
sanctions, and violence in eastern Ukraine.
On NATO'S missile system and Russia's defense
NATO forces have been increasing military presence in Eastern
European countries bordering Russia and sending warships to the
Baltic and Mediterranean due to the escalation of the Ukrainian
crisis. NATO has also stated that it will endorse new funding for
Ukraine's defense, blaming Russia for destabilizing the situation
“We shall provide an adequate and well-measured response to
NATO’s expansion towards Russia’s borders, and we shall take note
of [the West] setting up a global missile defense architecture
and building up its arsenals of precision-guided weapons,”
Putin said on Tuesday.
“No matter what our Western counterparts tell us, we can see
what’s going on. As it stands, NATO is blatantly building up its
forces in Eastern Europe, including the Black Sea and the Baltic
Sea areas. Its operational and combat training activities are
gaining in scale.”
Putin stated that NATO’s military build-up near Russia’s border
is not just for defense, but is an “offensive weapon” and an
“element of the US offensive system deployed outside the
“With that in mind, we need to promptly and diligently
implement all the measures we have planned to strengthen our
nation’s defense capabilities, including our plans for Crimea and
Sevastopol, where we will practically have to set up our military
architecture from scratch.”
On sanctions and sovereignty
Putin has criticized the rounds of sanctions that the US and EU
have imposed on Russia, which began during Crimea's accession to
Russia and continued after the MH17 plane crash in Ukraine.
“The very concept of the state sovereignty is becoming
diluted. Unwanted regimes and countries that are trying to
exercise independent policy or simply stand in the way of
someone’s interests are getting destabilized,” Putin said.
“Attempts aimed at destabilizing the social and political
situation, throwing off Russia and striking at its vulnerable and
soft spots have been and will be made,” he added.
According to Putin, Western states are trying to “make Russia
agreeable so that certain matters at the international arena are
resolved in favor of other countries.”
“The so-called competitive struggle at the international
arena will imply the use of tools in both economic and political
fields. This will include the potential of security services,
modern information and communication technologies, and
connections of dependent, puppet NGOs – the so-called soft
power,” Putin pointed out. “Apparently, some countries
regard it as democracy.”
Putin stressed that Russia has an edge over other states, as the
country isn’t a member of any alliance.
“Any alliance member countries lose part of their sovereignty
and it rarely goes in tune with the national interests of the
country. But it’s their sovereign decision.”
“On our part, we follow all the norms of international law
and fulfill our obligations to our partners. We expect other
countries and organizations, military and political alliances –
Russia is not a part of any alliance, and that underpins our
sovereignty – to take our national interests into
The president also pointed out that any controversial issues in
Russia will be “settled through diplomatic means only,”
with no other state meddling in the country's internal affairs.
Such methods that are used to pressure weak countries will not
work on Russia, he said, adding that they are “absolutely
unacceptable and counterproductive” and “undermining the current
On Ukraine crisis and MH17 investigation
Internal problems are often used to trigger coups that are
financed from outside, Putin said.
“Of course, there always are some kinds of problems, but it
is not clear why one has to use them to completely destabilize
and destroy the country – what we often see recently in various
regions of the world.”
As a result of such coups, radical nationalist – or simply
neo-fascist, fundamentalist forces – come to power, which is what
happened in Ukraine, Putin said.
"Yes, after the coup, elections were held, but for some
reason again those who funded or carried out the coup became the
heads of state. The current authorities are using force trying to
silence the part of the population that disagrees with this
development," Putin noted with regret.
The international community has been calling on Russia to use its
influence on the eastern anti-government militia to cooperate in
the resolution of the crisis.
“We of course will do everything in our power but that is not
nearly enough,” the president said.
Putin believes the West must appeal to Kiev to honor its
Putin highlighted that Kiev should not fuel the conflict, citing
Tuesday’s incident when “the Ukrainian Armed Forces attacked
Donetsk with their tanks” as the local militia were handing the
black box of the crashed MH17 over to experts.
“Tanks broke through to the train station and opened fire at
it. The international experts there could not even look out of
the windows,” said the Russian head of state. “It’s not
like the rebels are shooting at themselves.”
VT Education Series: Satellite Missile Detection Notes
VT Education Series: Satellite Missile Detection Notes
are tough to kill and in this case some mysterious aspects really make
me and others wonder. One of these has to do with the Defense Support
Program (DSP) satellites and a fantastic Freudian slip on the part of a
government spokesman. Basically, the DSP satellites are extremely
sensitive infrared cameras in orbit over the Earth intended to monitor
the launch signatures of (Soviet) ICBMs.
Classy, USAF artist’s rendering of DSP in deep space.
TRW built the DSP satellites and also the famous KH-11 “KEYHOLE” series spy satellites.
they also serve other purposes, like spying on missile tests done by
other countries. Since this is a spy system the full capabilities are a
guarded secret, but we know that even though they orbit at 22,300 miles,
something like an aircraft on afterburner or the Russian missile attack
on a Grozny market can be easily verified, as has been reported in the
media. These satellites also recorded the TWA 800 explosion, but what’s
more critical is, did DSP see the TWA missile plume? After all if around
100 eyewitness’ saw it then DSP should have seen something. The
DSP satellite could not have seen the aircraft explosion yet not seen
the missile, or whatever that bright streak of light was! Yet that’s
exactly what the Air Force claims. It’s possible the brief burn-time of
the small rocket motor may have been difficult to detect … but wait, the story gets even more interesting. During one press conference the man in charge General Estes said, “I looked at it when I was the J-3 here when TWA 800 was shot down.” What was that, shot down?
this seems like a subconscious attempt by a basically honest individual
to counter one or more lies with the truth, as you’ll see below. Not
surprisingly his statement was quickly corrected with another press
release and since this is a key element and for accuracy here is the
exact memorandum, and besides, some of what he says is so weird one has
to read it to believe it!
Memorandum: No. 035-M
March 13, 1997
MEMORANDUM FOR CORRESPONDENTS
the course of the on-the-record briefing by Gen. Howell M. Estes,
Commander in Chief, U.S. Space Command, at the Pentagon, conducted
Thursday, Mar. 13, 1997, Gen. Estes responded to a question regarding
TWA Flight 800. Gen. Estes at one point said: Gen. Estes did not mean to
say TWA 800 was “shot down.” In the context of his response to the
questions, it is clear that he mispoke and meant to say “went down.”
corrected transcript of the question and answer sequence is printed
below with the correction in brackets. Copies of the transcript and
video tape are available in the Directorate for Defense Information. Q.
“Gen. Estes, I’m sorry to have to bring this up, but in Pierre
Salinger’s controversial report about the shootdown of TWA 800, he
charges that the U.S. Space Command has refused to release information
about a U.S. spy satellite that was overhead on the night of the
disaster and–quote–recorded important information about the shootdown.
Can you put that into any kind of perspective at all? Is that true? Or
can you tell us if there’s anything to that at all?” Estes. “Again not
to give you a long answer. Let me give you a direct answer.
guarantee there’s nothing like that out there. I’ve looked since I’ve
been there. I looked at it when I was the J-3 here when TWA 800 was shot
[went] down. I’m not telling you that there wasn’t a missile that
caused this problem. I don’t know. As we know the National
Transportation Safety Board has said there are three options on what
happened. This is their business. What I’m telling you is that in the
military I was here when that incident happened, and I know the steps we
went through. We went back just to make sure something hadn’t been
missed somewhere and took a missile count of every single missile we
had–Army, Navy and Air Force–to make sure that something didn’t happen
that we weren’t aware of.
looked at the location of every aircraft to make sure we knew where
everything was–where ships were–and we validated to the best of our
ability, and I have to say that there isn’t anybody who’s going to have
better information than this, and we are convinced that the military was
not involved in this in any way, shape or form. Now, was there a
missile attack? We have people who said that they saw a missile. We had
people back when it happened who said they saw a missile.
the investigators that are looking at this have determined there is, to
the best of their ability, they have not been able to find any evidence
of this either in the pieces of TWA 800 that have come off the bottom
of the ocean nor any verification anything that they’ve seen off of any
location either on the shore or at sea. This investigation continues.
But there is nothing–back to your exact question to me–there is nothing
at Space Command that we know of that has anything to do with Flight 800
that hasn’t been released. Clearly, the defense support program–the DSP
satellites–did see the explosion of Flight 800 because of its infrared
source that it was.
we saw it falling. And so that‘s the piece of information that we had
from the beginning from the U.S. Space Command. We still have it today.
Nothing’s changed. That was all seen. We know of nothing–” Q. “That
doesn’t show in any way, that doesn’t confirm any missile theory or add
any credence to the missile–” Estes. “It does not. And I would tell you
to be very blunt and very factual about this that the infrared source
out of a small missile is not intense enough to for us to see with these
space- based systems. That’s the fact. OK?” Questions concerning this
Memorandum for Correspondents should be referred to Col. Richard M.
Bridges, Director for Defense Information, (703) 695-9082 or Lt. Col.
Don Planalp, U.S. Space Command, (719) 554-3525. FROM: http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Mar1997/m031397_m035-97.html
General Estes is an expert on space defense systems, he knows exactly
what the DSP satellite system can actually do; he should since he was
commander of NORAD and the US Space Command. Somebody is lying here,
either Estes is not telling the truth on what DSP saw or 100 eyewitness
got an upward streak confused with down and their temporal sense skewed
as well. But it gets worse, at the end he says “…that the infrared source out of a small missile is not intense enough to for us to see with these space- based systems”. How does he know it was a small missile?! Indeed how does he know it was a missile at all! Is this twoFreudian
slips in one poorly conducted speech? Or is it that he just was
parroting Salinger’s claims (which he seems to know a lot about oddly
enough) in order to refute those ideas? Besides the above two cases he
also says they saw TWA 800 explode and saw it falling, but then doesn’t
that make it obvious the system can track small moving infrared objects
thereby contradicting his assertion?
All right then, assuming that DSP can’t detect
small missiles, what about large missiles? I’ve already established
that it couldn’t have been a conventional Manpad. I’d like to see Estes
say DSP couldn’t detect missiles, because that is the whole intention of
the satellite system! The DSP has had five improvements in its lifespan
and I don’t see any limitations that would prevent it from tracking the
contrail of a small missile against the flat cold Atlantic backdrop.
Either way no DSP image of the event has ever been released (that I know of) which merely adds another question to the mystery.
EU, P5+1, Iran Joint Statement
EU, P5+1, Iran Joint Statementfrom the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, TehranBy VT
Iran is on the verge of a surge in growth with the removal of the Western stranglehold
[ Editors Note: This
announcement is just a formality, as we learned about the extension
earlier, but I am publising this today for its historical significance,
and the extension specifically is not the key point.
What makes it historic is that the Zionist/Jewish Lobbies
were not able to torpedo the talks, and they did everything they could
to do so. They got shut down.
So even though they are not leaving the planet on the next
spaceship, and will remain here to torment us, the blush is off their
bloom. We see fear beginning to recede in general, but not in the
political arena where they still have a tight lock. But momentum is
something that can be built on.
All those who support the Zionists should have a PR targer
hung around their neck so people can show their contempt at their being
such long time enablers. It is way past time that they should suffer
some poltical paine for their efforts. While our election system is
largely rigged, they can be embarrassed in public, easy and affordable
One last note, the EU was
very quick to renew their sanctions relief of the the just past six
month period so Iran can continue its oil exports, something you know
the Zios tried to block but it passed I think almost unanimously.
This was a huge public defeat of the expected thug power of
the Israelis to block it. The Europeans have figured out that the more
oil Iran can sell, the more hard cash it has to buy European products.
Imagine that!... Jim W. Dean ]
Iran continues to march forward…out if its long past
- First published July 21, 2014 -
The High Representative of the European Union for
Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, and the Foreign
Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mohammad Javad Zarif, made the
We, together with the Political Directors of the
E3+3 (China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United
States), have worked intensively towards a Joint Comprehensive Plan of
Action, building on the political momentum created by the adoption and
smooth implementation by both sides of the Joint Plan of Action agreed
on 24 November 2013. We are grateful to the Austrian government and the
United Nations for their tremendous support in hosting these
negotiations in Vienna.
We have held numerous meetings in different formats, and in a
constructive atmosphere, to reach a mutually agreed long-term
comprehensive solution that would ensure Iran’s nuclear programme will
be exclusively peaceful.
During the past few weeks, we have further intensified our
efforts, including through the active involvement of E3+3 Foreign
Ministers or their Vice Ministers, who came to Vienna on 13 July 2014 to
take stock of progress in the talks. While we have made tangible
progress on some of the issues and have worked together on a text for a
Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, there are still significant gaps on
some core issues which will require more time and effort.
We, together with the Foreign Ministers of the E3+3, have
therefore decided to extend the implementation of measures of the Joint
Plan of Action until 24 November 2014, in line with the timeframe that
we envisaged in the Joint Plan of Action. Iran and the E3/EU+3
reaffirm that they will continue to implement all their commitments
described in the Joint Plan of Action in an efficient and timely manner.
We will reconvene in the coming weeks in different formats
with the clear determination to reach agreement on a Joint Comprehensive
Plan of Action at the earliest possible moment.
EU to present extended Russian sanctions on Thursday – Ashton
EU to present extended Russian sanctions on Thursday – AshtonBt RTThe EU Council did not agree to new Russian sanctions on Tuesday.
However, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said an extended
‘black list’ will be published on Thursday. It will include the energy,
and defense sectors, and financial markets.
At the moment there is
not a complete list of Russian companies or people that will fall
under the new EU sanctions, Ashton said.
Last week, before Malaysia flight MH17 crashed,
Europe declined to follow the
US move and expand sanctions. Prior to the crash, media
reported the EU planned
to stop Russian loans from the European Investment Bank (EIB) and
the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).
US sanctions hurt Europe more than
Suspending lending from these institutions would cut off
substantial funding from Russia, as it’s the biggest recipients
of the London-based EBRD. Last year Moscow received $2.5 billion
(1.8 billion euro) in investments from the EBRD and $1.4 billion
(1 billion euro) from the EIB.
Russia used the money to finance a variety of projects: from
pipeline valves, property purchases, and a loan to a hypermarket
chain. There are two Russian projects currently awaiting funding
from the EBRD, one a 300 million euro plan to promote energy
efficiency, and the other a $180 million loan to lease
agricultural and forestry equipment.
The EBRD invests about 9 billion euro annually across Europe,
Central Asia and North Africa, and is more than 50 percent owned
by the G7 nations. The US has a 10 percent stake in the
institution, and Russia has 4.05 percent. The bank has a total of
The second round of EU sanctions targeted specific individuals
and companies, a follow up to the first round of asset and travel
EU’s trade with Russia
is about 10 times the size of that with the US, which means harsh
economic sanctions would mean huge losses for member
Russia is the EU’s third
largest trading partner, with turnoverof about $330 billion. Germany,
France, Italy, and the Netherlands all have multibillion dollar
business relationships with Russia.
Germany is one of the largest exporters of goods to Russia. In
2013 it ranked at number seven on the list Germany’s overseas
markets with trade between the two at $88 billion, according to
the country’s statistics service.
Germany has over 6,200 companies engaged in Russian
business, according to the Federation of German Wholesale,
Foreign Trade and Services. Russia imports manufactured goods and
cars, and companies like Volkswagen and Siemens have large
The Netherlands’ is the biggest destination for Russian exports
in Europe and is a partner in oil and gas, because of its
developed shipping and transport industry.
Many Russian companies are incorporated in the Netherlands
because of low tax incentives. State-controlled oil company
Rosneft and gas major Gazprom both have concerns in the
Netherlands as does Lukoil, Russia’s largest independent oil
company. Mining company Norilsk Nickel and Google rival Yandex
are incorporated in Luxembourg.
Italy supplies Russia’s booming consumer market with manufactured
goods, as well as fashion wear. Bilateral trade is nearly $37
France’s trade with Russia is dominated by air and defense, and
last year, it reached $21 billion. France will go ahead with
supplying Russia with at least one Mistral helicopter assault
ship, despite warnings from UK Prime Minister David Cameron
saying the UK wouldn’t green-light such a contract. French
President Hollande said on Monday the deal, originally slated for
two units, will go on. The first warship is scheduled for
delivery in October.
Britain, a loud advocate of widening sanctions against Russia,
has significantly less trading ties with Russia, and is worth
some $23 billion. The Netherlands, which mainly supplies flowers,
agriculture, and technology, has a trade turnover of $75 billion
UN slams ISIL for persecuting Christians
UN slams ISIL for persecuting ChristiansBy presstvThe
United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has denounced the persecution of
Christians and other minorities in Iraq by the ISIL Takfiri militants.
In a unanimous declaration issued on Monday, the body condemned the
systematic persecution of minorities and warned that such actions can be
considered crimes against humanity.
“The members of the Security Council further recall that widespread
or systematic attacks directed against any civilian populations because
of their ethnic background, religious beliefs or faith may constitute a
crime against humanity, for which those responsible must be held
accountable,” the declaration read.
It also asked the UN and the Iraqi government to do their best to
remove the “terrorist threat” against minorities and provide
humanitarian aid for those displaced because of the conflict.
This comes after the ISIL Takfiri militants started marking houses
belonging to the Christian community in the Iraqi city of Mosul and
issued a statement that told the Christians to convert, pay a special
tax, leave the city, or face death.
Thousands of Christians left Mosul ahead of the ISIL’s ultimatum. The
fleeing Christians have largely sought refuge in areas under the
control of Kurdish regional government. But Shia shrines and
institutions in Najaf and Karbala also offered to shelter them.
A large number of Shias as well as people from other faiths escaped the city fearing violence by the ISIL terrorists.
The crisis in Iraq escalated after the ISIL terrorists took control of Mosul on June 10.
600 deaths in Israeli Gaza op: Military hits mosques, stadium, homes, hospital
600 deaths in Israeli Gaza op: Military hits mosques, stadium, homes, hospitalBy RTIsrael kept up attacks on Gaza on Tuesday, killing three Palestinians
and hitting over 70 targets, including five mosques, a sports stadium
and the home of the deceased Hamas military chief.
The latest casualties in the fortnight-long violence have brought
the Palestinian death toll to 570, according to AP. Almost 100 of
them are children and many others are civilians.
Additionally, nearly 500 homes have been destroyed in the Israeli
bombardments and 100,000 people have been displaced, said Jens
Laerke, spokesman of the UN Office for Humanitarian Assistance
(OCHA) at a Geneva news briefing.
On Monday, a hospital was hit in Gaza, with four people killed
and scores of others wounded in the attack. Thirty of the wounded
were medics, according to Sky News.
The International Committee of the Red Cross issued a statement
condemning the shelling "in the strongest terms,"
Reuters reports. The organization stated that the hospital came
under fire at least four times, with life-saving equipment
About 2,000 rockets have been launched over the past fortnight,
Israeli military says. The country has also been destroying
tunnels that Hamas reportedly constructed from Gaza into Israel
to carry out attacks.
boys walk past debris, including Korans and other items from a mosque
destroyed in an overnight Israeli military strike, on July 22, 2014, in
Rafah the southern Gaza Strip. (AFP Photo / Said Khatib)
Israeli military accuses Hamas militants of firing rockets from
the grounds of Gaza hospitals and seeking refuge there.
All in all, Israel has lost 29 people – two of them civilians,
with two soldiers killed on Tuesday, as stated by the country’s
militia. This death toll is the highest number of Israeli
military deaths since the 2006 Lebanon war.
Violence is raging on the West Bank as well. Medics told Reuters
that soldiers shot a Palestinian man dead after cracking down on
Tel Aviv stated that a Palestinian shot at a car and seriously
wounded an Israeli in the Nablus area.
This comes as US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Cairo
on Monday for talks with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to
discuss the region’s plight.
The US is set to give $47 million in humanitarian aid for Gaza,
Palestinian man removes goods from the rubble of a destroyed store
located on the ground floor of a building hit by an Israeli air strike
on July 22, 2014 in Gaza city. (AFP Photo / Mahmud Hams)
The US is "deeply concerned about the consequences of
Israel's appropriate and legitimate effort to defend
itself," Kerry said.
"But always, in any kind of conflict, there is a concern
about civilians - about children, women, communities that are
caught in it," Kerry added, as quoted by Reuters.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is to fly to Israel on Tuesday
for peace negotiations with the country’s premier Benjamin
Netanyahu and to meet the Palestinian authorities.
A day earlier, Ban Ki-moon condemned the killings as an
"atrocious action," and called for an immediate end to
the fighting, urging Israel to “exercise maximum
“Too many innocent people are dying (and) living in constant
fear,” he said at news conference in Doha.
Last week, Egypt suggested a roadmap for the ceasefire which
Israel accepted, but Hamas rejected.
The ceasefire plan stalled after Hamas requested that Israel and
Egypt lift the blockade on the coastal region that has a
population of 1.8 million people. Another demand was for Israel
to free a few hundred Palestinian inmates detained after the
murder of three Jewish teenagers last month, Reuters reported.
"The world must understand that Gaza has decided to end the
blockade by its blood and its heroism," deputy Hamas leader
Ismail Haniyeh said in a televised address on Monday.
Blinded by Israel, Visionless in Gaza
Blinded by Israel, Visionless in GazaThe Power and the Ignominy By TARIQ ALI "Counter Punch"The US Senate votes unanimously to defend Israel
including Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. I don’t think he did it for
the money. He is a paid-up member of POEEI (‘Progressive on Everything
Except Israel’ and pronounced pooee) the liberal segment of US society,
which is not progressive on many things, including Israel.
Take, as one example, the case of ‘Colonel’ Sanders. I thought my
late friend Alexander Cockburn was sometimes too harsh on Sanders, but I
was wrong. Sanders has been arselickin bad for a long time now as
Thomas Naylor informed us while exploding the myths surrounding the
Senator in a CounterPunch piece in September 2011:
“Although Sanders may have once been a socialist back in
the 80s when he was Mayor of Burlington, today, a socialist he is not.
Rather he behaves more like a technofascist disguised as a liberal, who
backs all of President Obama’s nasty little wars in Afghanistan, Iraq,
Libya, Pakistan, Somalia, and Yemen.. Since he always “supports the
troops,” Sanders never opposes any defense spending bill. He stands
behind all military contractors who bring much-needed jobs to Vermont.
Senator Sanders rarely misses a photo opportunity with Vermont
National Guard troops when they are being deployed to Afghanistan or
Iraq. He’s always at the Burlington International Airport when they
return. If Sanders truly supported the Vermont troops, he would vote to
end all of the wars posthaste.”
A unanimous Senate vote is rare, so what explains being more loyal to
Israel than quite a few critical Jewish Israelis in that country
itself? An important factor is undoubtedly money. In 2006 when the
London Review of Books published an article (commissioned and rejected
by the Atlantic Monthly) by Professors Walt and Mearsheimer on
the Israel Lobby, there was the usual brouhaha from the usual suspects.
Not the late Tony Judt, who publicly defended publication of the text
and was himself subjected to violent threats and hate mail by we know
The New York Review of Books, perhaps shamed by its own
gutlessness on this issue among others, commissioned a text by Michael
Massing which pointed out some mistakes in the Mearsheimer/Walt essay
but went on to provide some interesting figures himself. His article deserves to be read on its own but the following extract helps to explain the unanimous votes for Israeli actions:
“AIPAC’s defenders like to argue that its success is
explained by its ability to exploit the organizing opportunities
available in democratic America. To some extent, this is true. AIPAC has
a formidable network of supporters throughout the US. Its 100,000
members—up 60 percent from five years ago—are guided by AIPAC’s nine
regional offices, its ten satellite offices, and its
one-hundred-person-plus Washington staff, a highly professional group
that includes lobbyists, researchers, analysts, organizers, and
publicists, backed by an enormous $47 million annual budget…. Such an
account, however, overlooks a key element in AIPAC’s success: money.
AIPAC itself is not a political action committee. Rather, by assessing
voting records and public statements, it provides information to such
committees, which donate money to candidates; AIPAC helps them to decide
who Israel’s friends are according to AIPAC’s criteria. The Center for
Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan group that analyzes political
contributions, lists a total of thirty-six pro-Israel PACs, which
together contributed $3.14 million to candidates in the 2004 election
cycle. Pro-Israel donors give many millions more. Over the last five
years, for instance, Robert Asher, together with his various relatives
(a common device used to maximize contributions), has donated $148,000,
mostly in sums of $1,000 or $2,000 to individual candidates.
A former AIPAC staff member described for me how the system works. A
candidate will contact AIPAC and express strong sympathies with Israel.
AIPAC will point out that it doesn’t endorse candidates but will offer
to introduce him to people who do. Someone affiliated with AIPAC will be
assigned to the candidate to act as a contact person. Checks for $500
or $1,000 from pro-Israel donors will be bundled together and provided
to the candidate with a clear indication of the donors’ political views.
(All of this is perfectly legal.) In addition, meetings to raise funds
will be organized in various cities. Often, the candidates are from
states with negligible Jewish populations.
One congressional staff member told me of the case of a Democratic
candidate from a mountain state who, eager to tap into pro-Israel money,
got in touch with AIPAC, which assigned him to a Manhattan software
executive eager to move up in AIPAC’s organization. The executive held a
fund-raising reception in his apartment on the Upper West Side, and the
candidate left with $15,000. In his state’s small market for press and
televised ads, that sum proved an important factor in a race he narrowly
won. The congressman thus became one of hundreds of members who could
be relied upon to vote AIPAC’s way. (The staffer told me the name of the
congressman but asked that I withhold it in order to spare him
All this is made possible by official US policies since 1967. Were
the US ever to shift on this issue unanimous votes would become
impossible. But not even the United States has so far banned public
demonstrations opposing Israeli brutality and its consistent deployment
of state terror.
On a weekend (18-19 July 2014) where demonstrations took place in
many different parts of the world, the French government banned a march
in Paris organised by many groups including France’s non-Zionist Jewish
organisations and individuals. The ban was defied. Several thousand
people were drenched in tear gas by the hated CRS. The French Prime
Minister Manual Valls, a desperate opportunist and neo-con, the scourge
of the Roma in France, competing with Le Pen for the right wing vote and
unsurprisingly an adornment of the French Socialist Party who models
himself on a shameless war-criminal and shyster (Tony Blair) explained
the ban in terms of ‘not encouraging anti-semitism’, etc. The grip of
the Israel Lobby in France is complete. It dominates French culture and
the media and critical voices on Israel (Jewish and non-Jewish) are
The Israeli poet and critic, Yitzhak Laor (whose work depicting the
colonial brutality of Israeli soldiers has sometimes been banned in his
own country) describes the new rise of Euro-Zionism in sharp terms. The
‘philosemitic offensive’ is ahistorical:
It would be facile to see this memorializing culture as a
belated crisis of international conscience, or a sense of historical
justice that took time to materialize . . . The majority of United
Nations General Assembly members have emerged from a colonial past: they
are the descendants of those who suffered genocides in Africa, Asia or
Latin America. There should be no reason for the commemoration of the
genocide of the Jews to block out the memory of these millions of
Africans or Native Americans killed by the civilized Western invaders of
Laor’s explanation is that with the old Cold War friend-enemy
dichotomy swept aside a new global enemy had to be cultivated in Europe:
In the new moral universe of the ‘end of history’, there
was one abomination—the Jewish genocide—that all could unite to condemn;
equally important, it was now firmly in the past. Its commemoration
would serve both to sacralize the new Europe’s liberal-humanist
tolerance of ‘the other (who is like us)’ and to redefine ‘the other
(who is different from us)’ in terms of Muslim fundamentalism.
Laor skillfully deconstructs the Glucksmanns, Henri-Levys and
Finkelkrauts who dominate the print media and the videosphere in France
today. Having abandoned their youthful Marxist beliefs in the late
Seventies, they made their peace with the system. The emergence of an
ultra-Zionist current in France, however , predates the ‘New (sic)
Philosophers’. As Professor Gaby Piterburg, reviewing Laor’s essays in
the New Left Review, explained:
As in the US, the 1967 war was a turning point in French
Jewish consciousness. A young Communist, Pierre Goldman, described the
‘joyous fury’ of a pro-Israel demonstration on the boulevard
Saint-Michel, where he encountered other comrades, ‘Marxist-Leninists
and supposed anti-Zionists, rejoicing in the warrior skills of Dayan’s
troops’. But the political reaction of the Elysée to the 1967 war was
the opposite to that of the White House. Alarmed that Israel was
upsetting the balance of power in the Middle East, de Gaulle condemned
the aggression, describing the Jews as ‘an elite people, sure of itself
and domineering’. French Jewish organizations that had taken a
pro-Israel foreign policy for granted began to organize on a political
basis for the first time, as Pompidou and Giscard continued de Gaulle’s
arms embargo into the 70s. In 1976 the Jewish Action Committee (CJA)
organized a ‘day for Israel’ which mobilized 100,000 people. In 1977 the
formerly quietist CRIF, representative council of some sixty Jewish
bodies, produced a new charter denouncing France’s ‘abandonment of
Israel’, published by Le Monde as a document of record. In the
1981 presidential election the CJA founder, Henri Hajdenberg, led a
high-profile campaign for a Jewish vote against Giscard; Mitterrand won
by a margin of 3 per cent. The boycott was lifted, and Mitterrand became
the first French president to visit Israel. Warm relations were sealed
between the CRIF and the Socialist Party elite, and a tactful veil of
silence drawn over Mitterrand’s war-time role as a Vichy official.
[A small footnote: Whenever Professor Piterburg (a former officer in
the IDF) is attacked by Zionists at public lectures for being a
‘self-hating Jew’, he responds thus: “I don’t hate myself, but I hate
So much for official France. The country itself is different. Opinion
polls reveal that at least 60 percent of French people are opposed to
what Israel is doing to Gaza. Are they all anti-semites? They couldn’t
be influenced by the media, could they? Because it’s totally
pro-Israel. Could it be the case that the French population is ignoring
Hollande, Valls and the mercenary ideologues who support them?
What about Britain? Here the Extreme Centre that rules the country
as well as the official ‘Opposition’ dutifully supported their masters
in Washington. The coverage of the recent events in Gaza on state
television (BBC) was so appallingly one-sided that there were
demonstrations outside the BBC’s offices in London and Salford. My own
tiny experience with the BBC reveals the fear and timidity at work
inside. As I blogged on the London Review of Books, this is what happened:
On Wednesday 16 July I received four calls from the BBC’s Good Morning Wales.
First morning call: was I available to be interviewed about Gaza tomorrow morning? I said yes.
First afternoon call: could I tell them what I would say? I said (a)
Israel was a rogue state, pampered and cosseted by the US and its
vassals. (b) Targeting and killing Palestinian children (especially
boys) and blaming the victims was an old Israeli custom. (c) The BBC
coverage of Palestine was appalling and if they didn’t cut me off I
would explain how and why.
Second afternoon call: was I prepared to debate a pro-Israeli? I said yes.
Afternoon message left on my phone: terribly sorry. There’s been a motorway crash in Wales, so we’ve decided to drop your item.
Few British citizens are aware of the role their own country played
in creating this mess. It was a long time ago when Britain was an Empire
and not a vassal, but the echoes of history never fade away. It was not
by accident, but by design that the British decided to create a new
state and it wasn’t Balfour alone. The Alternate Information Center in
Beit Sahour, a joint Palestinian-Israeli organization promoting
justice, equality and peace for Palestinians and Israelis recently put
up a post. It was a quote from The Bannerman Report written in
1907 by the Prime Minister of Great Britain, Sir Henry
Campbell-Bannerman, and, as it was strategically important it was
suppressed and was never released to the public until many years later:
“There are people (the Arabs, Editor’s Note) who control
spacious territories teeming with manifest and hidden resources. They
dominate the intersections of world routes. Their lands were the
cradles of human civilizations and religions. These people have one
faith, one language, one history and the same aspirations. No natural
barriers can isolate these people from one another … if, per chance,
this nation were to be unified into one state, it would then take the
fate of the world into its hands and would separate Europe from the
rest of the world. Taking these considerations seriously, a foreign
body should be planted in the heart of this nation to prevent the
convergence of its wings in such a way that it could exhaust its powers
in never-ending wars. It could also serve as a springboard for the West
to gain its coveted objects.”
[Dan Bar-On & Sami Adwan, THE PRIME SHARED HISTORY PROJECT, in
Educating Toward a Culture of Peace, pages 309–323, Information Age