Bernie’s “Arab American” – Take 2

27 05 2016

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Politicians need to be judged by who uses them and whom they promote. When it comes to the Middle East Bernie is way over his head. His recent promotion of one James Zogby is a good example. Though Zogby is despised by most in-the-know Palestinians as a self-serving hustler to be scorned, Bernie has anointed him as one of his agents for writing the Democratic Party Platform! Zogby has been a parasitic fixture in Washington for a long time. He and his pollster brother have manipulated themselves into lots of publicity and money. More than 20 years ago students in Washington published this satirical newsletter about Zogby Dogby.

http://www.middleeast.org/mereport/go.php?bWlkZGxlZWFzdC5vcmd8fG1lcnx8aHR0cDovL3d3dy5taWRkbGVlYXN0Lm9yZy9kb2dieTEuaHRt

Furthermore here is a quote from some articles I wrote about Zogby years ago:

http://www.middleeast.org/premium/read.cgi?category=Magazine&num=833&month=10&year=2003&function=text

There he was at it again this weekend playing footsie with his good friend Joe Lieberman, the Senator from Connecticut and the representative of and apologist for Ariel Sharon and Israel. It was once again non other than James Zogby, the Arab-American political hustler, at his best (tongue in cheek of course!). And even after all the many millions he has pocketed and spent on self-promotion, Zogby could only manage to get a few hundred naive and confused Arab-Americans to join him for his latest little conference in Detroit — the one his good friend Joe Lieberman exploited for his own gain rounding up the TV cameras to show him addressing his Arab-Americans “cousins” and “telling it like it is”. Zogby is more pariah among in-the-know activist Arab-Americans than anything else; but even so official Washington and the corporate-media often trot him out when they want a safe and practiced ‘Arab-American’ talking head.”

Here is the first part about Zogby…Take 1:

 https://markbruzonsky.wordpress.com/2016/05/24/gullible-and-naive-bernie/





25% hate + 39% dislike both Hillary and Donald

25 05 2016

The very core of the American political/financial system is rotten along with the faux democracy of the two-party oligarchy.  The Occupy Movement a few years ago tried to express the outrage.   Now the polls reflect the basic disenchantment of the people:  Trump is hated by 26 percent, while he’s disliked but not ‘hated,’ by 39 percent.  Clinton’s numbers are similar with 24 percent saying they ‘hate’ her while 39 percent also say they didn’t like the Democratic front-runner, but don’t fully hate her.





Gullible and Naive Bernie

24 05 2016

Sometimes Bernie shows us by his gullibility and naivete that when it come to foreign policy he’s really not up to seriously governing…or even understanding.   The most recent example of this is Bernie’s choice of what the media is terming a pro-Palestinian Arab American to be on the drafting committee of the Democratic Party platform.

Indeed, even by accepting the bones being thrown his way by getting to choose a few persons for the drafting committee, Bernie has already now compromised his ability to do what he should both during and after the convention.  But that’s a much longer more complicated story.  For now just read what I’ve written in the past about Bernie’s choice for the drafting committee:

http://www.middleeast.org/premium/read.cgi?category=Magazine&num=833&month=10&year=2003&function=text

Here’s a quote from the above link:   There he was at it again this weekend playing footsie with his good friend Joe Lieberman, the Senator from Connecticut and the representative of and apologist for Ariel Sharon and Israel.     It was once again non other than James Zogby, the Arab-American political hustler, at his best (tongue in cheek of course!).   And even after all the many millions he has pocketed and spent on self-promotion, Zogby could only manage to get a few hundred naive and confused Arab-Americans to join him for his latest little conference in Detroit — the one his good friend Joe Lieberman exploited for his own gain rounding up the TV cameras to show him addressing his Arab-Americans “cousins”  and “telling it like it is”.    Zogby is more pariah among in-the-know activist Arab-Americans than anything else; but even so official Washington and the corporate-media often trot him out when they want a safe and practiced ‘Arab-American’ talking head.  




The “West” and The “Middle East”

15 05 2016

It’s Sykes-Picot 100 year anniversary!   (see NewStatesman article at top of MiddleEast.Org today)

Rather than invading, conquering and controlling the “West” should be paying “reparations” and pleading for forgiveness.    Rather than the Arab Client Regimes, Dictators, and Kings (in addition to Israel of course) the people of the Middle East should be themselves insisting and demanding their own  freedom, democracy, and self-determination!

But history is not over.   Now starts another hundred years.   The hundred years after the historic crime of “Sykes-Picot.”





CIVIL WAR USA – Ideological so far

12 05 2016

There’s another Civil War in America these days.  It’s ideological so far but who knows what lies ahead as the middle class continues to shrink/suffer, America’s dominance in the world further fades, responsive “terrorism” escalates, and mega weapons of near instant armageddon proliferate.   As bad as another Clinton Presidency would be, a Trump one may well fuel this Ideological American Civil War even more.  As always check daily WashReport.com

This today from a Harvard Professor who clearly has had enough:

Harvard professor: Start treating Christian conservatives like Nazi

A Harvard law professor has called for liberals to begin treating like Nazis those who subscribe to Christian or conservative beliefs.    “My own judgment is that taking a hard line (‘You lost, live with it’) is better than trying to accommodate the losers.   Trying to be nice to the losers didn’t work well after the Civil War, nor after Brown.  And taking a hard line seemed to work reasonably well in Germany and Japan after 1945.”





Israel Rules the “New” Middle East

11 05 2016

Now that the Saudis are firmly allied with Israel — even to the extent of secretly paying the Jewish State billions in protection money and giving de facto recognition — there is indeed a new Middle East.   Furthermore, with the key states of Egypt, Jordan, and Turkey also allied with Israel — the new Middle East is prepared for years if not decades of “instability” and quite possibly regional war to take down the Lebanon-Syria-Iran alliance.   Add to the nationalist vortex there is now a Sunni-Shia civil war underway stretching from Libya to the Gulf to Afghanistan/Pakistan.   Overall of course it is the Americans — via the CIA, Pentagon, and NSA — who are really in control sub-contracting most of the actual fighting to mercenary and rebel regimes while flooding the region with tens of billions of arms mostly paid for with petro-dollars which thus indirectly subsidize Israel’s vast super arms buildup.

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NATO expands to ISRAEL and GULF

9 05 2016

Since the former Cold War (now returned de jure) NATO has gone wild!   Not only were major promises not to expand in Eastern Europe to the borders of Russia totally broken,  but the U.S.-led Western alliance then started bombing and intervening from Kosovo to Afghanistan to Libya and beyond.

Then just a few days ago NATO took another major step to even more grossly expand into the Middle East.   Five Middle East countries were formally given the OK to set up permanent offices in Brussels and become Observer de jure members.

Israel is the big one.   In addition, and as a kind of cover, NATO also has now inducted into its operations Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar and Kuwait.

 








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