Egyptian Women Strike at Islamic State!

28 08 2014

How tragic that the Egyptian Junta has killed/imprisoned nearly all the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood — the party that just two years ago won both the Presidency and the Parliament — as well as journalists and human rights organizations, but is closely coordinating with Israel to weaken/destroy Hamas and looking the other way (or maybe even encouraging) this gross protest against the Islamic State.

 (Cairo women said to be defecating and menstruating on Islamic State flag)


26 08 2014

Coming from such a prominent Black Man Public Intellectual as Cornell West, this critique, this condemnation, of Barack Obama is truly damning.  All the more so as back in 2008 West was a prominent supporter of Obama!   The year before I was privileged to join West on stage as a speaker, along with Dean Anne-Marie Slaughter, at a Princeton University forum on the role of universities in society.

Here’s a taste of what West has just said in an interview about Obama.   The full interview is today at top of

“The thing is he posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit. We ended up with a Wall Street presidency, a drone presidency, a national security presidency. The torturers go free. The Wall Street executives go free. The war crimes in the Middle East, especially now in Gaza, the war criminals go free. And yet, you know, he acted as if he was both a progressive and as if he was concerned about the issues of serious injustice and inequality and it turned out that he’s just another neoliberal centrist with a smile and with a nice rhetorical flair. And that’s a very sad moment in the history of the nation because we are—we’re an empire in decline. Our culture is in increasing decay. Our school systems are in deep trouble. Our political system is dysfunctional. Our leaders are more and more bought off with legalized bribery and normalized corruption in Congress and too much of our civil life.”


25 08 2014

A few years ago Obama’s Presidential opponent was singing “Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Iran” to an old Beach Boys tune.   That bombing campaign is the one Obama has held back…but mostly because of Iranian Strength and counter-weaponry…and only so far.

The Israelis are bomb, bomb, bombing Gaza all with Obama supplied weapons, money, and support.

A few years ago Obama and NATO carried out a long bombing campaign in Libya — and just look at the country today.

Last year Obama was about to start bombing Syria to bring down the Baath-Assad regime long in control there…after fomenting the Syrian civil war but not winning.

Earlier this year the U.S. fomented a putsch in Kiev installing a right-wing neo-fascist regime there which is now bombing/destroying the major cities of eastern Ukraine with US/NATO weapons, money, and support.

Earlier this month Obama started bombing again in Iraq this time to protect the US-sponsored regimes in Baghdad and Kurdistan.

Now Obama is about to bomb in Syria, this time to attack the Islamic forces who our allies were for years financing and arming to bring down Assad and who now have many captured U.S. weapons.

And all along Obama has been expanding the Drone bombings from Yemen to Pakistan and Afghanistan and beyond…even ordering as no President before him the extrajudicial killing of American citizens and family members.

Beyond his smooth but tarnished rhetoric, and whatever his past values as a community organizer and Constitutional Law Professor, Obama has in fact been neo-conned…more on that tomorrow.

Israel Further Escalates Gaza Bombings and Killings

24 08 2014

Remember now, it is the Americans who supply the weapons and money that make what Israel does possible.

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22 08 2014

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The U.S. must constantly have enemies to feed it’s voracious military-industrial complex and satisfy/appease the imperial neo-cons and liberal interventionists.  The U.S. must ever-more manipulate fear at home to keep the power elite, who interconnect with the military-industrial complex, empowered.

The communist bogey-man is gone as is Cold War I.  But the New Pearl Harbor came with 9/11 and the US has again been at hot war ever since, while further ratcheting up fear at home.   In Iraq it was non-existent weapons of mass destruction.  In Afghanistan the Taliban.  In Lebanon it is Hezbollah and in Palestine Hamas and in Egypt the Muslim Brotherhood.  In Ukraine it’s Putin.  And in the Pacific it’s China.   A few year ago it was Qaddafi justifying “humanitarian” intervention that lead to the destruction of that country.  Last year in Syria it was chemical weapons with Obama ready to pull the trigger until the British Parliament’s unprecedented no vote.

Reality and propaganda have grown more divergent over the years; plus there is today a new multimedia world thanks to the internet and international non-US cable TV news.   As a result more and more people are aware that in nearly all cases enumerated above it is the Americans themselves who were/are the aggressors, the coup creators, the arms merchants, the oil barons.   In many if not most cases the Americans were allied with, arming/financing in fact, many of the very military groups the U.S. then proclaimed to be the new enemies!

After decades now of massive lies and incessant propaganda at home, not to mention the killing and maiming of literally millions of Muslims and Arabs and the destruction of whole cities and countries, now arises the Islamic State abroad.

Now the U.S. is entering the next phase of the unending war against an enemy it helped create, fund, and arm, as in fact it did Bin-Laden and al-Qaeda years ago.

Now a President so weak and discredited and confused as Obama, who is also facing a potentially disastrous mid-term in November, has been maneuvered into leading the Neo-con-Zionist inspired charge against the Islamic State “cancer”…and the bombs and drones are going to escalate again from Iraq to Syria and beyond…as will the kidnappings, the suiciders, the be-headings, and the escalating fears in the “homeland”.

The Age of Beheadings 2

21 08 2014

With the rise of the Islamic State, itself the result of the invasion of Iraq/Afghanistan by the US/UK,  the instigated civil war in Syria, as well as Israel’s ongoing destruction of the Palestinians, we’re now entering what may be a new age of beheadings…as I explained yesterday.

This too is an outgrowth of 9/11 with the first U.S. journalist captured and beheaded  in Pakistan in 2002, Daniel Pearl…he Jewish American with Israeli connections.   in 2004 American businessman Nicholas Berg was decapitated in Iraq by al-Qaeda leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi,   Now James Foley beheaded in the Islamic State.  Now the U.S. at war with a far stronger, far more radical, and far more challenging Islamic Army armed with captured U.S. weapons and funded by groups and individuals in key U.S. allies.

The Zionist Neo-con ideology of an ongoing ever-expanding war against all who oppose US/Israeli designs in the Middle East, and the Bin-Laden strategy of drawing in the enemy and exhausting it politically and economically, is being played out.   And now this clash of civilizations is likely to go on for a long time to come to the great pleasure and benefit of the military-industrial complex.

This one-paragraph summary from the NYTimes today:

Mr. Foley became the second Western reporter to be killed by Islamic extremists since 2002, when Daniel Pearl, a Wall Street Journal reporter, was beheaded by a top Qaeda operative. Mr. Pearl’s murder was praised by a leading ideologue in a how-to manual that promoted the tactic of kidnapping foreigners. Since then, the terror network has turned to abducting Westerners to finance itself — seizing more than 50 foreigners in the past five years, almost all of whom were released after their governments paid sizable ransoms.

But of course no overall historical context from the NYTimes about how Western policies since “The Peace to End all Peace” in Paris after WWI, and the once secret Sykes-Picot plot that carved up the Middle East for Western gain and control, plus the UK/US plot to help the Jews create Israel out of Palestine, all really lie at the root of all that is happening today.   Few in the West want to talk about and admit  their culpability and at least partial responsibility for the multiple genocides the Middle East has suffered since the Europeans  and then the U.S. took over much of the region.

The Age of Beheadings 1                                       MiddleEast.Org

Age of Beheadings Begins

20 08 2014

The age of suicide bombers began after the Israeli/US invasion of Lebanon in 1982 with the rise of Hezbollah.   The age of terrorism began decades earlier with Jewish bombings (think King David Hotel) and assassinations (think Count Bernadotte) in Palestine.  Now begins the age of beheadings with the rise of the Islamic State, itself the result of the US invasion of Iraq, subversion of Syria, and the brutal Israeli/US occupation of Palestine.  There’s much more of course…but just this quick however inadequate summary this morning.

This latest new age didn’t start really with Islamic radicals…they and their tactics are in fact more the result.

This latest new age really started with decades of US, UK and Israeli policies that have literally killed millions and destroyed countries.  More recently the American President, Pentagon, and CIA, have ordered assassinations, dismemberment, and incinerations by push-button drone bombings.  Couple this with what the Israelis have been doing to the imprisoned and besieged Palestinians for many years now.

The Islamic radicals do things so graphically.  The Americans and the Israelis try to mask their deeds with propaganda and disinformation warfare, even though what they do is of a far greater order of magnitude and even though it is they who have in fact created much of the radicalization in the Muslim and Arab worlds.



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