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Aug 20, 2014

Author : Mohammad Tomazy , posted on Aug 20, 2014 , 11:05 PM | Tags : , , ,
Palestinians attend the funeral ceremony of Hamas's military commander Mohammed Deif's son seven-month-old Ali Deif and wife 27-year-old Widad Deif at the Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip on August 20, 2014.
A man carrying Ali Deif, 7 months, son of Al-Qassam leader Mohammad Deif

Removing the rubble of a targeted house in Sheikh Radwan, Gaza

Aug 19, 2014

Author : Mohammad Tomazy , posted on Aug 19, 2014 , 7:33 PM | Tags : , ,
Surely, other than acquiring oil to the petroleum companies, one of them was led by Dick Cheney
The US overthrew Saddam Hussein in the second Iraq war and put into place a puppet, Nouri al-Maliki. But after eight years, last week the US engineered a coup against Maliki to put in place yet another puppet. The US accused Maliki of misrule and divisiveness, but what really irritated the US government was his 2011 refusal to grant immunity to the thousands of US troops that Obama wanted to keep in the country.

Early this year, a radical Islamist group, ISIS, began taking over territory in Iraq, starting with Fallujah. The organization had been operating in Syria, strengthened by US support for the overthrow of the Syrian government. ISIS obtained a broad array of sophisticated US weapons in Syria, very often capturing them from other US-approved opposition groups. Some claim that lax screening criteria allowed some ISIS fighters to even participate in secret CIA training camps in Jordan and Turkey.

Author : Mohammad Tomazy , posted on Aug 19, 2014 , 7:09 PM | Tags : ,

Author : Mohammad Tomazy , posted on Aug 19, 2014 , 7:02 PM | Tags : , , ,
It is one of history’s great ironies that Nixon’s proposed airlift played an integral role in the salvation of the Jewish state, as in the years since the release of the Watergate Tapes it has become one of the established facts of the Nixon mythos that the president was a raving anti-Semite. The tapes continue to damn Nixon, who maintained a cognitive dissonance when it came to several prominent Jewish members of his senior staff-Kissinger, White House counsel Leonard Garment, and speechwriter William Safire as well as economist Herb Stein. In one rant from 1971, Nixon railed against the Jews who in his estimation were both “all over the government” and disloyal, he told Haldeman that the Jews needed to be controlled by placing someone at the top “who is not Jewish.” Incredible, given the position in which he would find himself in two short years, Nixon would argue to Haldeman that, “most Jews are disloyal,” and “generally speaking, you can’t trust the bastards. They turn on you.” In another exchange, just months before the 1973 war, Nixon rants to Kissinger about American Jews and what he saw as their selfish view of foreign policy. On a call on April 19, 1973, Nixon revealed a concern that American Jews would “torpedo” a US-Soviet summit vowing that, “If they torpedo this summit… I’m gonna put the blame on them, and I’m going to do it publicly at nine o’clock at night before eighty million people”. Then, perhaps most damning, Nixon would go on to argue, “I won’t mind one goddamn bit to have a little anti-Semitism if it’s on that issue… they put the Jewish interest above America’s interest and it’s about goddamn time that the Jew in America realizes he’s an American first and a Jew second.”

Yet, Nixon would play a pivotal role in protecting the Jewish state, as Nixon recognized that the defeat of Israel was unthinkable for US interests. Nixon went to Congress to request authorization for emergency aid for Israel despite the Gulf States announcing a price increase of seventy percent in the wake of the Arab assault. After Nixon went to Congress for authorization, the Gulf States responded vigorously, announcing a total boycott of the United States, causing the oil shock of 1973.
The Gulf States’ retaliation simply served to further entrench the opposition of many who had fought to slow or halt the shipment of weapons to the Israelis (the former being represented by Secretary of State and National Security Advisor Kissinger, the latter being represented by Secretary of Defense Schlesinger). Nixon hit the roof when he learned that Kissinger was delaying the airlift because of a concern that it would offend the Russians. Despite the opposition of his national security and foreign policy brain trust, Nixon ordered the airlift, saying, “We are going to get blamed just as much for three planes as for three hundred,” and later in exasperation at the slow start of US support, said “Use every [plane] we have—everything that will fly.”
Source: LewRockwell

Aug 18, 2014

Author : Mohammad Tomazy , posted on Aug 18, 2014 , 12:17 AM | Tags : , , , ,
"The media continues to spread blatant propaganda intended to either outright demonize the Palestinians in Gaza or to imply the outrageous assertion that the people of Gaza and Israel are equals in the fight. Attacks on Hamas by corporate news stations and pro-Israel pundits have failed to point out that Israel has refused to budge on key demands at the negotiating table, most importantly, the demand to lift the crippling military siege on Gaza so that badly needed building, medical, and other types of aid can reach the region that has been destroyed by Israel’s bombs. These same media outlets continue to portray the Obama administration as a helpless and concerned witness to the massacre of Palestinians even though it was the U.S. government that has provided nearly a billion dollars in the past several weeks of military aid to Israel – making the U.S. an equal partner in the crimes of the Israeli government. This aid continues to flow to Israel on an annual basis as people in the U.S. struggle to find jobs, afford housing, access healthcare and are increasingly locked out of education."

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Aug 17, 2014

Author : Mohammad Tomazy , posted on Aug 17, 2014 , 11:44 PM | Tags : , , , ,
Professor William Robinson of [University of California at Santa Barbara] UCSB was the target of a campaign of intimidation, silencing, and political repression that included techniques described in the "Hasbara handbook"[download here] by the Israel lobby in contravention of academic freedom and university rules. He describes the experience here.
The latest Israeli carnage in Gaza has provoked worldwide condemnation of Israel for its continued war crimes and its illegal occupation of Palestinian territories. In response, the Israeli state and its allies and agents are stepping up campaigns of intimidation, silencing, and political repression against opponents of its policies. Israel may continue to win military battles - after all, it has the fifth most powerful military on the planet - but it is losing the war for legitimacy. In the wake of its bloody attacks on schools, hospitals and United Nations refugee centers in Gaza, support has intensified around the world for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign. The BDS campaign in the United States has taken off, above all, on university campuses, which is why the Israel lobby is so intent on targeting academia.
.... Five years ago, I was attacked by the Israel lobby in the United States, led by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), and nearly run from the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB), where I work as a professor of sociology, global and Latin American studies. The campaign against me lasted some six months and garnered worldwide attention, but I am hardly alone. Dozens, perhaps hundreds, of professors and student groups have been harassed and persecuted for speaking out against Israeli occupation and apartheid and in support of the Palestinian struggle. Some of these cases have been high profile in the media and others have gone relatively unknown. The latest victim, Steven Salaita, a respected scholar and professor of English literature and American Indian Studies, was fired in August from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, for denouncing on social media the most recent Israeli atrocities in Gaza.
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