Monday, July 16, 2018

Some of my tweets July 6 - 15

Israel's neverending wars on Palestinians and the implications ....

as told and shown in a presentation being given in Kuala Lumpur.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky at GlobalResearch
“The Criminalization of War: Gaza” will examine:

The ongoing crimes committed against the people of Palestine,

The broader process of Israeli territorial expansion,

Israel and the criminalization of war as defined by the Kuala Lumpur Declaration launched by Tun Mahathir Mohamad in 2005,

The mounting tide of Islamophobia

The role of the “Global War on Terrorism” as a pretext to wage war on the broader Middle East,

The propaganda campaign directed against Palestine,

The recent history of Israeli aggression against the People of Palestine including the strategic and geopolitical dimensions,

The Israeli plan to confiscate Gaza’s offshore natural gas reserves........

....Israel’s blockade of Gaza is a criminal undertaking: Gaza is a concentration camp, the World’s largest open air prison  from which no one can escape.
Two million Palestinians live  under an Israeli siege. Israel controls the entry of essential goods including food, water, energy and medicine. Israel also controls Gaza’s territorial waters in derogation  of international law.

The Zionist project supports the Jewish settlement movement. More broadly it involves a policy of killing, impoverishing and excluding Palestinians from Palestine with a view to eventually implementing the annexation of both the West Bank and Gaza to the State of Israel:

    Today, six million Palestinians dispersed in various refugee camps are denied the right of return to their ancestral Palestine; the other six million lived under occupation in Gaza and the West Bank.  For twelve years, two million Palestinians have been imprisoned under a brutal land and sea military blockade in Gaza.

    During this time there were three major military assaults where Gaza was relentlessly bombed for weeks. Recently, since 30 March 2018, unarmed Gaza demonstrators calling for the Right of Return are shot at with high grade military assault rifles leaving more than 124 dead and 13,000 severely wounded with hundreds of amputees and potential amputees. (Dr Swee Ang, Global Research, July 2018

The crimes committed by Israel against the people of Palestine, with the tacit support of Western governments must be addressed in the broader context of the criminalization of war.

Netanyahu visits Israel’s Hospital Facility for Al Qaeda affiliated rebels in the occupied Golan  


The expansionist policies of the State of Israel including the annexation of the illegally occupied territories, not to mention the “Greater Israel” project of territorial extension are an integral part of the US-led military agenda in Middle East.

When viewed in the current context, the siege on Gaza and the Zionist Plan for the Middle East are related to the US-NATO military agenda including the US-led 2003 invasion of  Iraq, the 2006 war on Lebanon, the 2011 war on Libya, the ongoing wars on Syria, Iraq and Yemen.....

Chris Hedges talks to Economist Richard Wolff.

Really worth watching.

Economist Richard Wolff discusses the coming economic collapse of the United States of America.

Yemeni children want to be entrapped in Thai caves ....

because then at long last the world's media and the world at large would perhaps cast their eyes to their plight.

Robert J. Burrowes at DissidentVoice
Starving and Bombed Children of Yemen Seek Entrapment in Flooded Thai Cave

While the world watched and waited with bated breath for the outcome of the substantial global effort – involving over 100 cave divers from various countries, 1,000 members of the Thai Army and 10,000 others in various roles – to rescue a team of 12 young football players and their coach, who were trapped inside a flooded cave in Thailand for 17 days, 850,000 children were killed by human adults in other parts of the world, many of them simply starved to death in Yemen or other parts of Africa, Asia and Central/South America.

But other children were killed in ritual sacrifice. Many children were killed after being sexually trafficked, raped and tortured, many were killed in wars (including in Yemen), many were killed while living under military occupation, many died as child soldiers or while working as slave laborers, and vast numbers of other children suffered violence in a myriad other forms ranging from violence (including sexual violation) inflicted in the family home to lives of poverty, homelessness and misery in wealthy industrialized countries or as refugees fleeing conflict zones.

Why did the world’s corporate media highlight the flooded Thai cave story so graphically and why do so many ordinary people respond with such interest – meaning genuine emotional engagement – in this story? But not the others just mentioned?

And what does this tell us about human psychology and geopolitics?

Needless to say, a great deal.

During the Thai cave drama, major corporate media outlets, such as the Washington Post and the BBC, were routinely releasing ‘breaking news’ updates on the status of the rescue effort. At high points in the drama, reports on this issue were overshadowing major political and other stories of the day. At the same time, there were no ‘breaking news’ stories on any of the many myriad forms of violence against children, which were (and are still) killing 50,000 children each day.

So why the corporate media interest in this essentially local (Thai) story about a group of 12 children trapped in a cave? And why did it attract so much support, including foreign cave divers, engineers and medics as well as technology billionaire Elon Musk, who flew in to investigate rescue options and assist with the rescue effort. They and their equivalents are certainly not flying in to rescue children in a vast number of other contexts, including where the provision of simple, nourishing meals and clean water would do wonders....

Dennis the Menace

I find Dennis the Menace cartoons much more entertaining than the lame ones I have been seeing these days. Can't the cartoonists get over Trump and think of someone or something else??


The Two-State solution was never intended to be ...

and the sooner we realize that, the sooner we can start to imagine and visualize what the nation of Israel with Jews, Muslim Palestinians, Christian Palestinians, Druze and what-have-you will look like in a couple of decades because there's no getting away from the fact that these people who are at each other's throats at this present time, will ultimately have to live together as one people.  There's just no other way.

Jonathan Cook at ConsortiumNews
Israel Bulldozes Khan Al Ahmar and Buries the Two-State Solution
Israel finally built an access road to the West Bank village of Khan Al Ahmar last week, after half a century of delays. But Israel only allows vehicles like the bulldozers scheduled to sweep away its 200 inhabitants’ homes.

If one community has come to symbolize the demise of the two-state solution, it is Khan Al Ahmar.

It was for that reason that a posse of European diplomats left their air-conditioned offices late last week to trudge through the hot, dusty hills outside Jerusalem and witness the preparations for the village’s destruction. That included the Israeli police beating residents and supporters as they tried to block the advance of heavy machinery.

Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain submitted a formal protest. Their denunciations echoed those of more than 70 Democratic lawmakers in Washington in May – a rare example of US politicians showing solidarity with Palestinians.

It would be gratifying to believe that Western governments care about the inhabitants of Khan Al Ahmar – or the thousands of other Palestinians who are being incrementally cleansed by Israel from nearby lands but whose plight has drawn far less attention.

After all, the razing of Khan Al Ahmar and the forcible transfer of its population are war crimes.

But in truth, Western politicians are more concerned about propping up the illusion of a peace process that expired many years ago, than the long-running abuse of Palestinians under Israeli occupation.......

Friday, July 6, 2018

Some of my tweets from July 1 - 5

Seymour Hersh talks to Chris Hedges

Worth a watch.

Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist, Seymour M. Hersh discusses the quest for truth with host, Chris Hedges.

Guess who's afraid of the Trump and Putin meeting?

Those whose fortunes grow by billions by keeping USA and Russia as constant enemies, that's who.

Paul Craig Roberts at his blog
The Two Superpowers: Who Really Controls the Two Countries?
Among the ruling interests in the US, one interest even more powerful than the Israel Lobby—the Deep State of the military/security complex— there is enormous fear that an uncontrollable President Trump at the upcoming Putin/Trump summit will make an agreement that will bring to an end the demonizing of Russia that serves to protect the enormous budget and power of the military-security complex.

You can see the Deep State’s fear in the editorials that the Deep State handed to the Washington Post (June 29) and New York Times (June 29), two of the Deep State’s megaphones, but no longer believed by the vast majority of the American people.  The two editorials share the same points and phrases. 

They repeat the disproven lies about Russia as if blatant, obvious lies are hard facts. 

Both accuse President Trump of “kowtowing to the Kremlin.”  Kowtowing, of course, is not a Donald Trump characteristic.  But once again fact doesn’t get in the way of the propaganda spewed by the WaPo and NYT, two megaphones of Deep State lies.

The Deep State editorial handed to the WaPo reads: “THE REASONS for the tension between the United States and Russia are well-established. Russia seized Crimea from Ukraine, instigated a war in eastern Ukraine, intervened to save the dictatorship of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, interfered in the U.S. presidential election campaign to harm Hillary Clinton and help Donald Trump, poisoned a former intelligence officer on British soil and continues to meddle in the elections of other democracies.”

The WaPo’s opening paragraph is a collection of all the blatant lies assembled by the Deep State for its Propaganda Ministry.  There have been many books written about the CIA’s infiltration of the US media.  There is no doubt about it.  I remember my orientation as Staff Associate, House Defense Appropriation Subcommittee, when I was informed that the Washington Post is a CIA asset.  This was in 1975. Today the Post is owned by a person with government contracts that many believe sustain his front business......

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Some of my tweets June 28 - 30

Turkey for the month of June

I am getting pretty impatient.  When is Erdogan going to get what's due to one of the main instigators of the evil that befell Syria?  Why is Karma crawling like a tortoise? 

Good as gold: 
Turkey uses bullion to stabilise its economy Commercial banks are putting gold into Turkey's central bank to help deal with rapid inflation

Turkey inflation surges again to over 12 percent
Three weeks ahead of snap elections, investors are raising concerns that the government is not doing
enough to stabilise the economy...

Turkish warplanes strike Kurdish militants in Iraq's Qandil, Erdogan says
Ankara recently warned of potential ground offensive against PKK in Iraq's Qandil region
US Senate votes to block F-35 fighter jets' sale to Turkey...
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim warns Ankara will find other 'alternatives' if the $10bn deal falls

Turkish Presidential Candidate Airs Speech From Prison Cell
A jailed Turkish-Kurdish politician has broadcast a campaign pitch from his prison cell a week ahead of the country’s June 24 election.

Turkish state broadcaster TRT on June 17 aired a 10-minute campaign speech by presidential candidate Selahattin Demirtas, allowing him to denounce the government's "repressive regime."...

Ankara vows to ignore Iran sanctions
Tensions between Turkey and the United States show no signs of abating, as a top Turkish official declared that the United States’ demands to stop trading oil with Iran would go unheeded by Ankara.

Turkey issues warrants for 23 FETÖ suspects
Chief Public Prosecutor's Office in Ankara issues arrest warrants for 23 soldiers, including 3 still on active duty. Turkish prosecutors on Friday issued arrest warrants for 23 soldiers over suspected links to the Fetullah Terrorist organization (FETÖ), the group behind the 2016 defeated coup attempt, a judiciary source said on Friday. ..

What next for Turkey after Erdogan's executive presidency win?
New era for Turkey as Recep Tayyip Erdogan becomes country's first executive president with sweeping new powers....

More of the same? Erdogan rule to replace emergency rule in Turkey
An influential pro-government Turkish newspaper reported that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his nationalist allies have agreed not to extend the state of emergency that has been in place since the failed 2016 coup when the current three-month period expires in July. Sabah's report followed yesterday’s meeting between Erdogan and far-right Nationalist Action Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli. The hard-line nationalist leader had earlier aired opposition to any relaxing of emergency rule.

'Jordan, Palestine and Saudi Arabia warn Israel against Turkey'
Israeli daily Haaretz alleges the three Arab states have warned Israel of creeping Turkish influence in East Jerusalem. Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Palestine have warned Israel on separate occasions about Turkey's creeping influence in East Jerusalem, according to a report by Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

The report notes that senior officials from the three Arab countries told Israel that Turkey was "extending its influence in Arab neighbourhoods of Jerusalem" which they said was "part of an attempt by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to "claim ownership over the Jerusalem issue."....

Turkey Says It Won't Honor U.S. Demand To Stop Buying Iran's Oil
Turkey has said that it does not plan to honor a U.S. call for countries to stop importing oil from Iran, calling the demand "not binding" on Ankara.

"We will follow if there are decisions, sanctions by the United Nations on this issue. Other than this, we will only follow our own interests," Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci said....

The big question: "What did the Pentagon do with the 21 Trillion Dollars of Taxpayers' money?"

Global Research has started a series on the disappearance of US taxpayers' money from the Pentagon to the tune 21 Trillion Dollars. 

One has to wonder whose pockets became bloated with this money?  Is this the reason why the USA has the most number of millionaires and billionaires?  Has this money been funnelled by the Pentagon to the Deep State actors who not only control America but are the main instigators of every evil we see around the world today?  Has part of this money been utilized by these same actors to manufacture unnecessary wars?  Has part of this money gone into the elaborate managing of the 9/11 crime and tragedy and the aftermath government sponsored propaganda leading to the ongoing wars since then? Too many questions left unanswered and only a fair, in-depth and ferocious audit of the Pentagon can provide some answers ... at least some of them.

As you can see from the below, some have started asking some intriguing questions.

David DeGraw
How $21 Trillion in U.S. Tax Money Disappeared. “Full Scope Audit” of the Pentagon

According to the Department of Defense Inspector General and the Defense Finance and Accounting Service, $21 Trillion in Taxpayer Funding Is Unaccounted For.

To help people comprehend the scale of this, $1 Trillion is $1000 Billion. This means that $21,000 Billion in taxpayer money has gone missing.

How can this be possible?

We outlined the “Unaccountable System of Global War Profiteers” in detail here.

For further understanding, we are featuring another mind-blowing Department of Defense Inspector

General (DOD IG) report.

The following are highlights from the DOD IG “Summary of DOD Office of the Inspector General Audits of Financial Management”:..............

Friday, June 29, 2018

Cuba is undoubtedly the Canadian favorite for a vacation

Cuba these days is beginning to sound like a mini Canada.  Everywhere you turn you are likely going to hear Canadian chatter.   In a way, although it's not fair to the Cubans, I am glad that those silly policies of the USA are keeping Americans away from Cuba.  Their loss is our gain.  Viva la Cuba !!

Below a few pics from my recent visit.

Many of the vintage cars have been converted into private taxis available for day trips. If you stand outside a hotel lobby or anywhere downtown in Havana, you will be able to spy several of these beauties.

This white crab met its dead at the same paws that got the anole lizard. The cat could chew on the feet but couldn't crack the carapace.
Fruit unidentified. Was as large as grapefruit.

Why do wave after wave of South Americans come to the USA ...

would they have still taken the dangerous road to the borders of the USA, plus all the abuse and hate from Americans if their own countries were prosperous?  And, why are their own countries not doing well?  Could it be because the USA has looted their countries' wealth in cahoots with the corrupt governments of those countries placed in power by the United States of America?

Deena Stryker  at Journal-NEO
Russiagate has been almost completely obscured by the media’s crocodile tears over Latino toddlers being torn from their mothers’ arms at the Mexican border.  Neither Gaza nor Yemen — not to mention Syria — have favored the press with comparable tear-jerking moments.  

The Attorney general, Jeff Sessions, known for his racism as Alabama’s Senator, and who was Trump’s earliest congressional backer, confessed to having ordered this inhumane policy in order to deter Latino families from illegally entering the United States — or even legally seeking asylum.  As the President for several days refused to back down until his wife intervened, together with the wives of previous Republican presidents, MSNBC and CNN inundated the airwaves with the sounds of little children crying for their mothers in Spanish.

None so far have asked the obvious question: What has made the people in the US’s back-yard so miserable that they are willing to risk temporarily — or even permanently — losing their children as they try to get into a country where they are not wanted? A recent book titled Crusade and Jihadby William Polk an Arabist and former diplomat, documents all the ways in which the North committed crimes against the South since Great Britain used gains from piracy to take over India two centuries ago.  Alas, little attention is paid by academics or journalists to America’s historic treatment of its Hispanic neighbors.

For two centuries, the tiny countries of Central America extending from Mexico to the southern American hemisphere have lurched from one US-backed government to another and from what sociologists call one development path to another, until politically motivated revolts and revolutions were succeeded by gang violence.

Benign neglect is the best one can say about these fiefdoms which United Fruit ruled for over a century. By the 1930s, the vast conglomerate was the single largest land owner in Guatemala. With a total of 3.5 million acres in Central America and the Caribbean, it had absolute power over the governments of these small, under-developed countries. (The phrase Banana Republic says it all.)

In 1944, a popular uprising in Guatemalaled to the country’s first democratic election, introducing near-universal suffrage, and a minimum wage. What happened later made it the poster child for Caribbean turmoil until the Cuban Revolution of 1959. The revolution’s second government, led by Jacobo Árbenz, broke up large estates, distributing property to landless peasants, and legalized the Communist Party. These actions threw up red flags in Washington, and when 40% of United Fruit Company’s land was expropriated, the powerful conglomerate persuaded the Truman and Eisenhower administrations that Arbenz planned to align Guatemala with the Soviet Bloc....