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Picking up the Cold War pieces: Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan
Dual US-Somali citizen Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo became Somalia's president in February 2017, approved by the US, refugees are returning from the US, Canada and Europe, and remittances from them buttress the economy.
Just to make sure Farmajo knows who's really in charge, Trump ordered an air strike on suspected militant bases in April 2017, near the Bab el-Mandeb strait chokepoint separating Yemen from Eritrea.
Sunday, April 9, 2017(1 comments)
Syrian Attack: Trump's Cuban Missile Moment
Historical parallels abound here. Just as Putin was understandably supportive of Trump's campaign for the presidency, Soviet Russia in its time very much wanted to be friends with Hitler, the ultimate 'pact made in hell'. A good idea given the times; the problem was that Hitler had other priorities
The Rise of Islamo-Christian Civilization
We are told we live in a Judeo-Christian civilization, that the West has a Judeo-Christian heritage, a concept useful to a largely Christian empire where Jews play a powerful role, but one that is rejected by serious scholars, both Christian and Jewish. Talmudic scholar Jacob Neusner says "there is no such thing as the Judeo-Christian tradition. It's a secular myth."
Friday, January 27, 2017(3 comments)
Europe in the Trump era
The surprise victory of the Brexit campaign in Britain, despite the overwhelming propaganda against it, finally forced the European status quo to face reality.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017(4 comments)
Trump faces gnawing problems in the Great White North
The current situation recalls the relations that Justin's father Pierre and his successor Jean Chretien had with thorny American presidents of yesteryear, Johnson, Nixon and George Bush. Relations reached ever new low points over Vietnam and Iraq.
Saturday, December 31, 2016
Glasnost 1988: Historic Moment for Iran and Russia
Iran played no part in the US-backed 'jihad' in Afghanistan in the 1980s that brought the collapse of the Soviet Union. Iranian leaders knew that nothing good would come from working in alliance with America.
Sunday, November 13, 2016(8 comments)
Trump: A people's 'new world order' taking shape?
Trump's final ad, a 2-minute masterpiece of populist rhetoric infuriated the ADL for hinting the obvious: the forces of international finance that have their own agenda for the US, behind our backs, and whose agent is/was Hillary Clinton. He depicted a "global power structure" that is "bleeding America dry" with horrible trade deals that enrich elites and open the gates to mass immigration.
White Tears from Israel
In a Brandeis survey of Jewish students: One-quarter of undergraduate respondents describe hostility toward Israel on campus by their peers as a "fairly" or "very" big problem and nearly 15% perceive this same level of hostility toward Jews.
The study reaches the no-brainer conclusion: Connection to Israel is the strongest predictor of perceiving a hostile environment toward Israel and Jews on campus.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
A Tale of 2 British Muslim politicians: Interview with al-Quds
work to improve relations between Muslim communities and wider British society has meant that he received security threats from both Islamist and far-right activists. As a boy, he encountered racism, which led to him and his brothers taking up boxing.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016(6 comments)
Mind control and Cyberwarfare: 'The Russians Are Coming!'
The media campaign attacking Russia is in high gear these days. Russia is accused of cyberwarfare, leaking poor Hillary's emails, and now, of a slick disinformation campaign to undermine poor NATO, our bastion of peace.
But is it possible the Russians are actually the 'good guys' here?
Saturday, August 20, 2016(1 comments)
Iran "28 Mordad" and the Great Game 2.0
The 1953 coup in Iran, known as "28 Mordad", was a key move in what I refer to as the "Great Game 2": the imperialist powers united in a Cold War against socialism and third world liberation, which went into high gear following World War Two.
Thursday, August 18, 2016(14 comments)
Interview: Trump - 'the wise fool'
As long as there is empire, there will be insurgencies and terrorist acts--including in the West. That was Donald Trump's point when he told Americans Obama and Clinton "founded ISIS." Sadly, he was dismissed as a buffoon. But Trump is a classic example of the "wise fool".
Reality games but not reality shows
These days we hear a lot of "Pokeman Go". What do you think about the effect of reality games within US and around the globe? What will be the future of these games, which attract ten of millions? Do they reinforce or neglect which aspects of human life?
Saturday, July 30, 2016(8 comments)
Renouncing Jewishness: Shlomo Sand and Gilad Atzmon
Israel as a Jewish state is an anachronism, an embarrassment in the postmodern age. A reminder of the horrors of Nazism, but not as the Zionist crafters of the "holocaust industry", or "holocaust religion", would have it.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016(2 comments)
War and Peace Part II: Azerbaijan and Palestine
Both Armenia and Israel insist history bequeathed them the lands they seized, and their tragic 'holocausts' justify their violation of international law to ensure their safety.
Both countries have lived this occupier lifestyle on a war footing ever since, and yet prosper even as their nemeses wallow in poverty and suffering. How do they do it?
Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot: Afghanistan is FUBAR
"The Taleban Shuffle", the name of the book the film is based on, was discarded, along with any critical content, for "Whisky, Tango Foxtrot", a military euphemism for 'what the f*ck'. Frighteningly apt for the "forgotten war".
Another slang term that fits is FUBAR (fucked up beyond all recognition/ repair), which is accurate not only for the film, but, as I realized, squirming through the film, for the whole US effort in Afg
Friday, July 8, 2016
Blush off Trudeau rose
Already worrying signs are surfacing - Syrian refugee funny business, anti-Palestinian and anti-Russian silliness, marijuana busts...
Thursday, July 7, 2016(2 comments)
War & Peace Part I: Armenia & Israel
What keeps pesky Armenia, flouting international law, wedged between hostile Turkey, tiny Georgia and Iran, going? The parallels between Armenia and Israel, Armenians and Jews, are remarkable, and provide answers.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Killer Drugs: Sleep through your Waking Life
Ricci's latest novel, Sleep, inspired by his own sleep disorder, is really more a fun text book on the latest brain research and the blind use of powerful drugs to alter--and possibly restructure (who knows?)--the brain. It's like a 'don't smoke' ad that's actually informative and hilarious, with a classic 'death of a salesman' plot moving it along.
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Thank Reagan for Orlando
The Orlando shooting on June 12 has nothing to do with Islam and everything to do with US policies, both domestic and foreign.
Saturday, June 4, 2016(13 comments)
Cutting through transgender debate
While Obama daily launches drones, killing dozens of innocent foreigners (or militants, it doesn't matter - both drone deaths are crimes against humanity), we are fed self-righteous nostrums, showing what a great liberal he is (soon to be joined, no doubt, by the supreme court).
Basic Income: Helicopter money
GAI (guaranteed annual income, also BIG -- basic income guarantee) has been quietly mooted by both left and right since the 1960s. Economist Milton Friedman called it (approvingly) "helicopter money". What could be easier to administer, to end the most obvious source of social injustice?
Saturday, May 21, 2016(2 comments)
Why did US seize Iran's $2 Billion?
A US decree was issued to seize $2 billion in assets belonging to the Central Bank of Iran (CBI), holding Iran financially responsible for the 1983 bombing that killed 241 Marines at their barracks in the Lebanese capital, Beirut. It clearly is part of a tactic of goading Iran, pushing it in an attempt to bring Iran to heel. Either that or to undermine the deal.
The new troika in the Middle East?
Egypt's hand-over of Tiran Island to the Saudis, Saudi flirting with Israel, Turkish disarray -- all conspire towards an unholy alliance.
Monday, March 21, 2016
Trudeaumania charms Washington
Trudeau's budding "bromance" with US President Barak Obama in March marks the first official visit by a Canadian leader since 1997, when Liberal Prime Minister Jean Chretien visited the last charismatic Democratic president, Bill Clinton. Chretien was not invited by Clinton's successor, George Bush, who was
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Palestinians and Their Allies Resilient
Q: What are the achievements and gains of the Resistance Movements in Palestine in the past year in the face of the Israeli occupation?
...In sports, there are small but rewarding achievements. The Palestinian national team rarely practice together and yet they still managed to play in the Asia Cup Games last year.
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Iranian elections: repercussions in Middle East
The Islamic revolution has had bad press in the West from the start, but the results show a level of freedom that contrasts favorably with the West, and puts paid to the mantra that the 2009 elections were stolen by the bad guys.
Saturday, February 27, 2016
Canadian legend Chapter V: Caught in Middle East quicksands
Just a few months into his reign, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau finds himself embroiled in Middle East politics. Protests have arisen over two government policies -- the $15 billion sale of military equipment to Saudi Arabia, and government attempts to quash BDS.
Friday, February 12, 2016
Aziz Ansari: Romance with a punch
Azizi Ansari's runaway bestseller Modern Romance is the perfect self-help book. Lots of data, thoughtful interviews with psychologists and 'victims', funny. The celebrated stand-up comic confirms the truth in the oxymoron, "the wise fool". And surprisingly, finds that humans pretty well figured things romantic out long before computers.
Turkey vs ISIS: Where Is the New Caliphate Now?
One of the latest suspected Islamic State (ISIS) attacks was in the heart of Istanbul against foreign tourists. If true, ISIS broke its devil's pact with the Turkish government as a sort-of ally, undermining Erdogan's rationale to let the Islamic State carry out attacks as long as they target Kurds. Pacts with the devil usually go wrong and this appears to be one that did.
Friday, January 8, 2016(4 comments)
Trump's Syria plan: 'Let Russia do it'
It is precisely because Trump is not a Nazi (and hence easy game for the mainstream) that the US imperial elite are so incensed by him and his sudden, immense popularity.
The Real Downton Abbey
A comparison with the historical Downton Abbey and its rulers (we will never know what the servant class was really up to) reveals a bit more grit, lots more grime and a big helping of sensation.
Canada's Syrian refugees: Outing our immigrants?
Canada decided to limit Syrians to families, single women and children. This sounds like a human rights violation: discrimination against single men, on the pretext that they could be terrorists. Not fair, but understandable, given the Paris bombings and the need to be seen to act carefully. There are lots of women and children and married men still alive there to fill the quota.
Friday, December 4, 2015(4 comments)
Ayatollah Khameini: 'Westerners mourning French tragedy should pause for a moment'
The leader of the Islamic Revolution has once again addressed western youth, who either for the most part are misinformed about Islam because of the bias in media and society in favour of Israel and Zionism, or are Muslim but living in a climate of Islamophobia and in desperation have drifted to the militant jihadist movement which began in Afghanistan in 1979 with US blessing
From Zundel to Topham: Zionist theatre
Instead of quietly muzzling the gadfly critic, the result of victimizing Topham has been the highlighting of past Jewish hate crimes, and the increasing control by Zionist groups of Canadian politics to promote Israel and censor anti-Zionist criticism.
Time to rekindle UN spark
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon recently held a commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the squashing of UN resolution 3379, equating Zionism with racism, passed in 1975. The festive event this year was attended by US Secretary of State John Kerry and head of the Israeli Labour Party and Zionist Union Isaac Herzog, son of Chaim Herzog, president of Israel from 1983 to 1993,
Justin Trudeau: Start of a Canadian legend
The Prime Minister-elect Justin Trudeau was underestimated when the Canadian election campaign began. He surprised many and in the process energized a whole generation of young voters.
Sunday, October 25, 2015(3 comments)
Canadians assess aftermath of Harper holocaust
The devastation of the Harper decade is going to be very hard to reverse. It will be essential for the Liberals and NDPers (and let's not forget the plucky Green Party leader Elizabeth May) to work together in a 'Battle of Britain' spirit to salvage something from the Harper legacy.
Wednesday, October 7, 2015(3 comments)
Hajj tragedies to be dealt with bravely, openly
The Hajj was never intended to be an ordeal where hundreds die a nightmarish death, crushed to pulp or burned in their cots. No one dares criticize Saudi Arabia--out of deference and, for many destitute countries, to keep the oil dollars flowing. However, there is a growing consensus among the world's Muslims that something must be done.
Sunday, September 13, 2015(8 comments)
Kayhan interview: 9/11 Whodunnit?
In a 2008 World Public Opinion poll, about half the world believe the official version of al-Qaeda carrying out the 9/11 attacks, a quarter don't know, and a quarter believe it was a conspiracy by some combination of the US, Israel and other Arabs.
What is the evidence to date?
Thursday, August 27, 2015(3 comments)
Saudi Arabia, Israel and Palestine
Saudi Arabia and Israel are partners of convenience, even as Palestinians are slaughtered and their lands turned into settlements for Israelis
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Is there such a ideology as Bushism?
Does the US have its own "deep state"? Yes, but only a few families can be called both deep staters and political leaders. Logically, Bushism would mean a family dynasty from the deep state, in harmony with the elites, able to convince the voters that they are providing the best political leadership, given the economic system in place.
Saturday, July 18, 2015(31 comments)
Review: Kevin Barrett (ed.), We Are Not Charlie Hebdo: Free Thinkers Question the French 9/11 (2015)
Kevin Barrett has become a legend in the US as a fearless journalist who cuts to the quick, his political and analytic skills leading to provocative, truthful explanations of our mostly inexplicable reality. He has written several books dealing with 9/11, and is currently an editor at Veterans Today, and pundit at Press TV, Russia Today, al-Etejah and other international channels. His website is TruthJihad.com. He builds on a
Tuesday, July 7, 2015(2 comments)
International al-Quds Day -- a global cause?
The unprecedented events in the past year in Syria and Iraq, where the militant ISIS have declared a self-styled caliphate, have distracted people from the Palestinian struggle, though ISIS claims it wants to expel the Zionists and restore Muslim sovereignty to al-Quds. How credible is ISIS, can its claims of leadership of the Sunni world be taken seriously? It is openly calling for the overthrow of the Saudi monarchy as un-Is