Sunday, June 10, 2018

Some of my tweets June 6 - 10

The Americans of today

This is what they have become today. It's all about money. They care very little that that money comes from a country that was (still is) the primary employer of  the 9/11 jihadists.  How greedy and how shameless can one get?

Brian P. McGlinchey at 28pages
Syracuse National Security Program Director Registers as a Saudi Foreign Agent

Former chief of staff to Secretary of State Powell oversees education program for senior national security officials
Congressman Walter Jones: Syracuse situation “should cause major unease for all Americans”
The director of a national security program at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs has registered with the U.S. Department of Justice as an agent of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is first to report.

In his registration statement, retired U.S. Army Colonel Bill Smullen, former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, indicated he has agreed to provide “public relations support” to the Saudi embassy for compensation initially projected at $8,000.

Smullen’s National Security Studies program at Syracuse is billed as “a premier professional development program that offers executive education courses for senior civilian and military leaders who are responsible for the national security interests of their respective organizations.”
Within a few days of Smullen’s registration, another veteran of the Powell State Department signed on to serve the kingdom: Chris Keppler, who held media and communications leadership roles at State between 2001 and 2005, projected
$45,000 in compensation from his engagement....

Hawaii's Kīlauea Volcano ... still going strong

What happened on the USS Liberty on June 8, 1967

The betrayal and duplicity of the Israelis once seen, like those on the USS Liberty did, many with their dying eyes, is simply not forgotten nor forgiven.  
This is a "must read" article.

John Crewdson at ChicagoTribute
New revelations in attack on American spy ship

Bryce Lockwood, Marine staff sergeant, Russian-language expert, recipient of the Silver Star for heroism, ordained Baptist minister, is shouting into the phone.

"I'm angry! I'm seething with anger! Forty years, and I'm seething with anger!"

 Lockwood was aboard the USS Liberty, a super-secret spy ship on station in the eastern Mediterranean, when four Israeli fighter jets flew out of the afternoon sun to strafe and bomb the virtually defenseless vessel on June 8, 1967, the fourth day of what would become known as the Six-Day War.

For Lockwood and many other survivors, the anger is mixed with incredulity: that Israel would attack an important ally, then attribute the attack to a case of mistaken identity by Israeli pilots who had confused the U.S. Navy's most distinctive ship with an Egyptian horse-cavalry transport that was half its size and had a dissimilar profile. And they're also incredulous that, for years, their own government would reject their calls for a thorough investigation.....

Guess which US president chalked up most wars during his tenure

If the New World Order means no more wars ....

I am all for it.  Only time will tell.

Pepe Escobar at ATimes
How Singapore, Astana and St Petersburg preview a new world order

Key economic forums in cities across Eurasia point the way to new power structures rising to challenge Western dominance
Ahead of the crucial Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Qingdao this coming weekend, three other recent events have offered clues on how the new world order is coming about.

The Astana Economic Forum in Kazakhstan centered on how mega-partnerships are changing world trade. Participants included the president of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) Jin Liqun; Andrew Belyaninov from the Eurasian Development Bank; former Italian Prime Minister and president of the EU Commission Romano Prodi; deputy director-general of the WTO Alan Wolff; and Glenn Diesen from the University of Western Sydney.

Diesen, a Norwegian who studied in Holland and teaches in Australia, is the author of a must-read book, Russia’s Geoeconomic Strategy for a Greater Eurasia, in which he analyzes in excruciating detail how Moscow is planning “to manage the continent from the heartland by enhancing collective autonomy and influence, and thus evict US hegemony directed from the periphery.”....

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Some of my tweets June 1 - 5

Volcanoes eruptions in Hawaii and Guatemala

Hawaii's Kilauea

Guatemala's Fuego

The tale of a Japanese journalist and his sojourn in a kibbutz

Watch it. Well worth your time.

Ryuichi Hirokawa: Witness From The East

From description at the video:
When Japanese journalist Ryuichi Hirokawa went to Israel in 1967 to work on a kibbutz, he was fascinated by the idea of a farming community based on socialist principles. He wanted to work there and study Hebrew. But two weeks after his arrival, the 1967 Arab-Israeli war erupted. "I thought Israel was right in this war, because the Palestinians and Arabs wanted to destroy Israel," says Hirokawa. But one day, he stumbled across rubble covered with cacti and scattered rocks that later proved to be the remains of the village of Daliyat al-Rawha - a village that had disappeared from the map. "I asked people in the kibbutz [about the village] but they didn't answer me," Hirokawa recalls. Hirokawa investigated what had happened to the village and, checking an old English map, next to the names of former Palestinian villages he found the word 'destroyed'. "I was shocked. I thought I was working in a farm belonging to the kibbutz. But I realised I was working in a place where people once had a life ... I thought there must be people in this country who, like us, would say the war was wrong, the lands shouldn't be seized and must be returned." Hirokawa says his investigation taught him about Nakba and changed his perception of the founding of Israel and the Palestinian cause. After his return to Japan, and throughout his career as a journalist, Hirokawa continued to document the plight of Palestinians, including their expulsion to Lebanon. He documented the 1982 Sabra and Shatila massacre in Beirut and eventually presented his evidence at international hearings in Oslo and Geneva. "When I heard about the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in June 1982, my heart went out to the Palestinian people who had suffered so much. In 1948, they were expelled by Israel. And for 30 years they lived as refugees," says Hirokawa. "Their only hope was to liberate their country and return home ... However, from the very start of the Israeli invasion, it was very clear that the aim was not only to destroy the PLO. The Israelis also tried to kill the greatest number of Palestinians." Since 1948, over 420 Palestinian villages have disappeared. Hirokawa filmed over 1,000 hours of footage and took thousands of photographs of Palestinians and their former villages, which he eventually turned into his own film about the Nakba. Although aged 71 when 'Witness From The East' was made, Ryuichi Hirokawa is still enthusiastically working, and is very much motivated by his life's mission to uncover the truth. "We need to collect evidence about what really happened in Palestine, which they call Israel, about what these ruins really are and what happened to the people who used to be there. We need to find that out." ....

Those who Control the Media, Rule the World

We are in their matrix and if we can't break free, it's a life unlived and a life wasted.

From Swiss Propaganda Research at ZeroHedge
The American Empire & Its Media

Largely unbeknownst to the general public, executives and top journalists of almost all major US news outlets have long been members of the influential Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).

Established in 1921 as a private, bipartisan organization to “awaken America to its worldwide responsibilities”, the CFR and its close to 5000 elite members have for decades shaped U.S. foreign policy and public discourse about it. As a well-known Council member once explained, the goal has indeed been to establish a global Empire, albeit a “benevolent” one.

Based on official membership rosters, the following illustration for the first time depicts the extensive media network of the CFR and its two main international affiliate organizations: the Bilderberg Group(covering mainly the U.S. and Europe) and the Trilateral Commission (covering North America, Europe and East Asia), both established by Council leaders to foster elite cooperation at the international level....

Palmyra Today

Palmyra: Inside Syria's ancient city desecrated by war

Travelling to countries demonized by one's government ...

can make one forever distrust one's government.  Travelling to such demonized countries is an education both pleasurable and enlightening.

J. Michael Springmann  at GlobalResearch
Iran: What Trump Is Not Telling You. What is “The Donald” Concealing?
After a week’s travel in Iran, I am able to provide a fresh, different, and unbiased perspective on the country.  This is an account entirely at odds with Donald J. Trump’s worldview.  It is a story diametrically opposed to the Zionist narrative that has so captivated the American government and media.

Following a surprise invitation to attend an all-expenses paid trip to the 6th International New Horizon Conference (about al-Quds, i.e. Jerusalem), I arrived in Mashhad, Iran on May 11, 2018.  Knowing little of Iran, I expected another version of Saudi Arabia, an arch-conservative society, with no mixing of the sexes, rigidly-controlled politics, and little interest in the outside world.

Enlightening Ignorant Me

I found just the opposite.  Iran and Iranians, despite the unforgivable and deadly U.S. sanctions, are genuinely warm and welcoming.  They possess an economy that, despite American efforts  to wreck it, still functions.  There are airports, motorways (with toll booths!), and double-decker commuter trains. And the most god-awful traffic outside of Washington, D.C. and Moscow, even if gasoline is the equivalent of US$0.25/liter (quart) and the average salary is only US$309/week.

During the conference, at nearly every moment I wasn’t in my chair, I was being interviewed by Iranian journalists and others.  There were no softball questions, they were hard and to the point.  Some meetings were pre-arranged, others were “ambush” interviews , catching me as I went to change money or finished an earlier conversation with another journalist.  I wasn’t alone in this.  Other participants, such as Rabbi David Wise from New York City, Philip Giraldi, ex-CIA, Peter Van Buren, former American diplomat like myself, and Greta Berlin, a member of several supply voyages to Palestine NOT attacked by Israel, all noted the same thing....

Friday, June 1, 2018

Some of my tweets from May 28 - 31

Turkey for the month of May

Erdogan's sins against the secular nation of Syria should never be forgotten nor forgiven.  Hope he gets his comeuppance from numero uno stabber-in-back, the good old USA with whom he had conspired to destroy Syria.
Pompeo's meeting with Turkish FM fails to calm tensions
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu met with Mike Pompeo, his US counterpart, in Brussels last week on the sidelines of a NATO ministerial gathering in the hope of opening a new and more positive chapter in Turkish-US ties.

Turkey pro-Kurdish party says jailed ex-leader Demirtas to run for president
Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party on Wednesday said its charismatic former leader Selahattin Demirtas would be its candidate for president in polls next month, even though he is currently jailed and on trial in several legal cases

Turkey’s bid to legitimize 'illegal' territory claims doomed to fail – Greek FM 
Turkey’s efforts to legitimize ‘illegal’ claims on Greek sovereign territory are doomed to fail because they are contrary to international law, Greece’s foreign minister said Monday. According to Nikos Kotzias, Turkey has submitted a document to the UN containing “erroneous positions” regarding Greek territory in the Aegean and the eastern Mediterranean and is trying to present such claims as lawful. Kotzias said Monday that international law can’t be manipulated to suit such schemes, AP reports. Ankara disputes Greece’s ownership of a number of uninhabited islands in the eastern Aegean and eastern Mediterranean. Turkey also claims that part of an area where Cyprus is conducting an offshore gas search falls within its own continental shelf. Cyprus says its gas search fully abides by international law....

Over 30 FETÖ terror suspects arrested across Turkey
Former Treasury Undersecretariat employees, ex-police personnel among those held
A total of 33 suspects linked to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), the terror group behind the 2016 defeated coup in Turkey, were arrested in simultaneous raids across eight provinces on Wednesday, according to security officials.

In capital Ankara, police arrested four FETÖ suspects; the arrests came after prosecutors in Ankara and Izmir issued arrant warrants for 10 FETÖ suspects.

Nine former employees of the Undersecretariat of the Treasury are among those being sought with arrest warrants, according to Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office.....

Turkey Pushes Back at US Attempt at Regime Change
Turkish President Recep Erdogan’s bid to get re-elected in the snap poll on June 24 cannot be in doubt. But seventy days is a long time in politics and Erdogan’s main opponent, a 54-year old former physics teacher, is famous for combative rhetoric.

The surcharged political climate provides the context for the extraordinary remarks by Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in a television interview on May 6 by riding on the wings of Turkish nationalism. Nonetheless, the salience lies in Ankara’s deepening disillusion over the doublespeak in the US’ regional policies.....

ISIS Suspects Planning to Attack U.S. Embassy Arrested
 And More 'Terrorists' Killed in Turkey
Turkey's official broadcaster reported Monday that four suspected members of the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) were detained in connection with a "security threat" at Washington's embassy in Ankara.

The four men, all Iraqi nationals, were detained in the Black Sea province of Samsun and were among up to 20 suspected members of ISIS arrested in police raids across the country, according to Anadolu Agency, citing an unnamed security source. The operation came a day after the local U.S. embassy was closed for what it said were unspecified security reasons. The embassy remained closed through Monday....

Erdogan: In Mideast, US has chosen to be part of the problem, not solution
Turkish president says East Jerusalem is capital of Palestine, most of the world does not support Trump's recognition of Jerusalem
The US has lost its role as mediator in the Middle East by moving its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in London on Monday. ...

Turkey recalls ambassadors to Israel and United States
Turkish president accuses Israel of committing a 'genocide' and condemns US for moving its embassy to Jerusalem....

Istanbul summit urges international force to protect Palestinians
A summit in Istanbul of Muslim heads of state on Friday (May 18) called for the creation of an international peacekeeping force to protect the Palestinians, as host Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Israel of "brutality" comparable to the Nazis.

The 57-member Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) - seeking to bridge severe differences within the Muslim world - said in a final communique that Israel had carried out the "wilful murder" of some 60 Palestinians on the Gaza border Monday.

'Fair' elections impossible in Turkey, warns Reporters Without Borders
RSF's Erol Onderoglu says 24 June polls cannot be free due to the 'liquidation' of the media
The "liquidation" of the media in Turkey means it is impossible for "free and fair" elections to be carried out on 24 June, a leading media activist warned on Wednesday.

Erol Onderoglu, head of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) in Turkey, said that a combination of pro-government buyouts of media outlets, the mass arrest of journalists and the cowing of remaining independent media means that there could be no hope of an honest choice in the upcoming parliamentary and presidential votes....

Erdogan Urges Turks To Stick With Collapsing Lira, 
Warns Financial Speculators "Will Pay A Heavy Price"
Since Recep Tayyip Erdogan's election to Prime Minister of Turkey in 2002 (and even more so since his 'election' to President for life in 2014), the Turkish Lira has been on a one-way street to hyperinflatio
The ailing currency has lost over 20% of its value against the U.S. dollar this year as The FT points out that a volatile mix of electoral populism and a rising dollar have pushed the country to the brink of a currency crisis. At the helm is a leader obsessed with growth, who has long dismissed higher rates as a way to make “the rich richer and the poor poorer” and often feuded with the country’s central bank...

Turkey and US agree plan for YPG withdrawal from Syria's Manbij
Kurdish military commander says Washington and Ankara's plans for flashpoint northern city are premature
Turkey and the United States have agreed on a roadmap for Syria's Manbij that would see the Kurdish YPG militia leave the northern city, Turkey's Anadolu Agency said on Wednesday.

US support of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) has enraged Washington's NATO partner Turkey, which considers the militia part of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). The YPG have played an integral part in efforts, supported by an international coalition, to roll back the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria. The PKK has waged a decades-long insurrection in Turkey....

Idlib could be trump card or time bomb for Turkey
Dangerous confrontations are cropping up between Turkish troops and those of the Syrian regime.

As part of an agreement involving the ongoing Syrian peace talks in Astana, Kazakhstan, Turkey recently completed its 12th and last military observation post in Idlib — the northwestern Syrian province that has become a “jihadi reserve.” With that done, and with regime pressure mounting on Idlib, Turkish troops and their rebel allies on May 27 ventured into the adjacent Jabal al-Akrad region in the province of Latakia.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Some of my tweets from May 22 - 27