Well, let’s see. Trump, doing his best to please his daughter and son-in-law, goes all out to support racist, belligerent Israel: fomenting, aiding anti-government protests in Iran, cutting aid to Islamic nations, touting Jerusalem as capital of Israel and who knows what next. Israel’s dream - the undisputed super power in the M.E. - becoming reality. Bigger button Trump and his ass lickers turned loose by a gimme, gimme public are going to bring the house down.

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Israel "ueber alles" ...


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Alberto Ceras 2 2 years 2 weeks ago

Yes, properly it should be "ueber allen"

A few paragraphs from CBS News that include a recent Trump tweet:



Donald J. Trump✔@realDonaldTrump

Iran is failing at every level despite the terrible deal made with them by the Obama Administration. The great Iranian people have been repressed for many years. They are hungry for food & for freedom. Along with human rights, the wealth of Iran is being looted. TIME FOR CHANGE!

6:44 AM - Jan 1, 2018

The TV also broadcast footage of similar pro-government gatherings Thursday in the cities of Shiraz, Isfahan, Ardabil, Birjand and Yasuj.

Meanwhile, a top Russian diplomat warned the United States not to meddle in Iran's affairs and suggested that Washington wants to use the unrest to undermine the Iran nuclear agreement.

"We warn the U.S. against attempts to interfere in the internal affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran," Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told the state news agency Tass on Thursday.

Ryabkov also said Washington "is tempted to use the moment to raise new issues with regard to the JCPOA," the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action that limits Iran's nuclear program, including restricting uranium enrichment for 10 years. Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday the U.S. wants an agreement lasting longer.

In a letter Wednesday to United Nations officials, Iranian Ambassador Gholamali Khoshroo complained that Washington was intervening "in a grotesque way in Iran's internal affairs." He said Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were personally stirring up trouble.

"The president and vice-president of the United States, in their numerous absurd tweets, incited Iranians to engage in disruptive acts," the ambassador wrote to the U.N. Security Council president and U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.


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gumball 2 years 2 weeks ago

I'm confused. I thought he was a Nazi?

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Quote gumball:

I'm confused. I thought he was a Nazi?

Confused and ignorant places you squarely in the majority. I wonder if you or any TH followers will trouble to read this:


Commander in Thief

A sneak peek at the January/February/March 2018

Washington Monthly

Read it here.

Donald Trump has spent his first year in office brazenly enriching himself and his businesses, making a mockery of the notion that the interests of the American people should come before the president's own bottom line. While past presidents divested of their assets or placed them in a blind trust, Trump merely shifted day-to-day control of his business onto his sons, who continue to brief him, and placed his assets in a trust that he can withdraw from whenever he wants.

The rate of misbehavior, by both the president and those hoping to curry his favor, has been dizzying to keep track of. One reason this hasn't generated more outcry is that the infractions have been a steady accumulation, rather than one smoking gun. So we thought now, one year into Trump's presidency, would be a good time to pull everything together and document the full scope of what's known about his corrupt behavior. Clearly, the Republican-controlled Congress has no interest in holding Trump to account. But if the Democrats retake Congress, they should start an investigation on their first day. This is their background reading.


Paul Glastris

Editor in Chief

Washington Monthly



January/February/March 2018

Commander in Thief

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zapdam. 2 years 2 weeks ago

Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission

"In November 2013, the tribunal found the State of Israel guilty of genocide of the Palestinian people and convicted former Israeli general Amos Yaron for crimes against humanity and genocide for his involvement in the Sabra and Shatila massacre."

INTERESTINGLY within months of that conviction TWO Malaysian airliners would either go missing or crash killing 537 people and forcing the financial collapse of the national airline.

Further Malaysia airlines crash and disappearance. A US government official revealed that he and his team of IT experts remotely hacked into a Boeing 757 as it sat on the runway and were able to take control of its flight functions.

Robert Hickey, a US Homeland Security cyber sleuth, managed to take over the passenger plane at Atlantic City International Airport in New Jersey.

The plane was hacked in 2016 but Hickey revealed the chilling details during his speech at the recent CyberSat Summit, Avionics Today reported.

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Alberto Ceras 2 2 years 2 weeks ago

Thanks, Zapdam. There are some - doubtless including the Dutch "ïnvestigators" - who know exactly the details of who, why and how in the downing of MH17. But neither you nor I nor the public generally will ever know. And no one will ever be prosecuted. For further reading on this tragedy:



Inconvenient Facts: JIT Likely to Ignore New Russian MH17 Evidence

For more on this type MH17 in the search block.

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zapdam. 2 years 2 weeks ago

Interestingly BOTH Malaysian planes that resulted in the death of 537 people were Boeing 777's . Developed in consultation with eight major airlines, the 777 was designed to replace older wide-body airliners and bridge the capacity difference between Boeing's 767 and 747. As Boeing's first fly-by-wire airliner, it has computer-mediated controls. It was also the first commercial aircraft to be designed entirely with computer-aided design. Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (MH370/MAS370) was a scheduled international passenger flight that disappeared on 8 March 2014 while flying from Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia, to its destination, Beijing Capital International Airport in China,

Interestingly one ISRAEL'S military/mossad agencies had an identical Malaysian Airline Boeing 777 to MH370 sitting in a hangar in Israel when MH370 disappeared on March 8, 2014.


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Alberto Ceras 2 2 years 2 weeks ago

Thanks for the link, Zapdam.

It ought to be obvious to intelligent, unbiased people that Israel intends to weaken Iran using any means that might further that aim just as it has in the past.

I question Trump's daughter's and his son-in-law's true allegiance. It seems to be first to Israel, next to their private business enterprises.

Perhaps these recent reports help us understand. If you haven't time to read all of them do make time for reading - top to bottom - the first one:

Kushner's Financial Ties to Israel Deepen Even With Mideast Diplomatic Role

New York Times

The SEC is investigating the Kushner family's company over its use of a controversial visa program

Business Insider Jan 6, 2018

SEC Looks Into Kushner Cos. Over Use of EB-5 Program for Immigrant Investors

Highly Cited Wall Street Journal Jan 6, 2018

Feds Investigating Kushner Companies' Use Of Fraud-Ridden 'Investor' Visa Program

The Daily Caller 1h ago

Another federal agency has opened an investigation into Kushner Cos.

TheBlaze.com 21h ago

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Great timing, rs allen. Israel just published a list of 20 organizations that it has blacklisted and whose members will be denied entry to Israel. Click on the link below to see the list and to read more about it:



Israel Publishes BDS Blacklist: These Are the 20 Groups Whose Members Will Be Denied Entry

Israel's Strategic Affairs Ministry had for months refused to divulge which organizations are on the list

Noa Landau Jan 07, 2018 10:11 PM


Just below I've listed the blacklisted groups that I copied from the site whose URL I've given above.:

European organizations:

■ France-Palestine Solidarity Association

■ BDS France

■ BDS Italy

■ The European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine

■ Friends of Al-Aqsa

■ Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign

■ The Palestine Committee of Norway

■ Palestine Solidarity Association of Sweden

■ Palestine Solidarity Campaign

■ War on Want

■ BDS Kampagne

American organizations:

■ American Friends Service Committee

■ American Muslims for Palestine

■ Code Pink

■ Jewish Voice for Peace

■ National Students for Justice in Palestine

■ US Campaign for Palestinian Rights

Other groups:

■ BDS Chile

■ BDS South Africa

■ BDS National Committee

Activists who are not defined as 'in the core of the organizations' included on Israel's boycott blacklist will not necessarily be stopped, Israeli officials say

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Yousef Munayyer, director of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, said: “When Israel, which aims to portray itself to the world as liberal and democratic, blacklists activists dedicated to nonviolent organizing and dissent, it only further exposes itself as a fraud.”

More Trump aid to Israel in the form of cutting aid to the Palestinians:



Meanwhile, multiple news outlets are reporting that the Trump administration has frozen $125 million in funding for the U.N. agency that provides humanitarian aid to Palestinians. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency provides critical educational and health services in the Palestinian Territories. Last week, President Trump threatened to cut off U.S. funding to the agency, tweeting, “With the Palestinians no longer willing to talk peace why should we make any of these massive future payments to them?” The State Department is denying the funding has been frozen.


And, not to be outdone, Facebook rallies in support of Israel:


Glenn Greenwald: Is Facebook Operating as an Arm of the Israeli State by Removing Palestinian Posts?


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Quote zapdam.:

Interestingly BOTH Malaysian planes that resulted in the death of 537 people were Boeing 777's . Developed in consultation with eight major airlines, the 777 was designed to replace older wide-body airliners and bridge the capacity difference between Boeing's 767 and 747. As Boeing's first fly-by-wire airliner, it has computer-mediated controls. It was also the first commercial aircraft to be designed entirely with computer-aided design. Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (MH370/MAS370) was a scheduled international passenger flight that disappeared on 8 March 2014 while flying from Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia, to its destination, Beijing Capital International Airport in China,

Interestingly one ISRAEL'S military/mossad agencies had an identical Malaysian Airline Boeing 777 to MH370 sitting in a hangar in Israel when MH370 disappeared on March 8, 2014.


Zapdam, your post concerning the disappearance of the two airliners could hardly have been better timed, just as was that of rs allen concerning BDS. MH370 is back in the news. Maybe, just maybe, the black boxes (if found) will provide clues to its mysterious disappearance.



CBS/AP January 10, 2018, 6:12 AM

Huge stakes in Texas firm's hunt for missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia -- Malaysia's government said Wednesday it will pay U.S. company Ocean Infinity up to $70 million if it can find the wreckage or black boxes of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 within three months, in a renewed bid to solve the plane's disappearance nearly four years ago.

Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said there was an 85 percent chance of finding the debris in a new 9,653 square mile area -- roughly the size of Vermont -- identified by experts.


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As for the Iranian coup here are a couple paragraphs from an article you're unlikely to find anywhere else. Read the entire article if you've a mind...



Trump's Failed Coup in Iran


Listen to the state-‘guided’ US media this past week and you’d believe a series of spontaneous anti-government protests broke out across Iran. The protests, according to President Donald Trump and his Israeli allies, were caused by `anger over Iran’s spending billions on wars in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon and helping the Palestinian movement Hamas.’ Trump tweeted that Iranians were finally rising up against what he called their hated, brutal regime.

Talk about manufactured news. Most Iranians were elated and proud of their nation’s role in thwarting US plans to occupy much of Syria and overthrow the government of President Bashar al-Assad. By contrast, the other side in this long proxy war – the US, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Britain – was smarting with defeat and seeking ways to exact revenge on the hateful trio, Syria, Iran and Russia.


But when the coup fails there’s always…



WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The Trump administration is expected to announce new sanctions against Iran soon, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said during a White House briefing on Thursday.

"I am expecting new sanctions on Iran, we continue to look at them," Mnuchin told reporters.

Earlier, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Satterfield said in testimony before the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee that Washington plans to use aggressive sanctions to diminish the influence of Iran in Syria.

Also, Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Steve Goldstein said during a press briefing that US President Donald Trump will make an announcement on whether he will recertify the Iran nuclear agreement either on Thursday or Friday morning.


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Alberto Ceras 2 1 year 51 weeks ago

I just read this essay and I thought that other TH bloggers might like to read it as well. It fits in here as it makes clear the u.S./Israel death pact :


Let's Keep Donald Trump

True believer Mike Pence could be a whole lot worse


This, too:



Washington Reaches New Heights of Insanity with the “Kremlin Report”


In an act of insane escalation of provocations against Russia, Washington has produced a list of 210 top Russian government officials and important business executives who are “gangsters,” “members of Putin’s gang,” “threats,” “people deserving to be sanctioned,” or however the Western presstitutes care to explain the list. The absurd list includes the Prime Minister of Russia, the Foreign Minister, the Defense Minister, and executives of Gazprom, Rosneft, and Bank Rossiya. In other words, the suggestion is that the entirety of Russian political and business leadership is corrupt.


There is likely a fourth reason for the list. Israel wants Washington’s pressure on Russia, because Russia has so far prevented Israel’s use of the US military to create the same chaos in Syria and Iran as has been created in Iraq and Libya. Israel wants Syria and Iran destabilized because they support Hezbollah, which prevents Israel from occupying the water resources of southern Lebanon. The Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, which requires the list, passed the House and Senate by a vote of 517-5. Normally, such unanimous foreign policy votes are associated with demands from the Israel Lobby. [UNQUOTE]

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Alberto Ceras 2 1 year 46 weeks ago

Dare I say "Ï told you so!"? This essay is about Jarhead Krapner otherwise known as...



MARCH 2, 2018

Kushner, Israel and Palestine



It was bad enough that Trump appointed as one of his chief advisors, and by all accounts one that he trusts above most of the others, a man with no government or diplomatic experience. It’s worse yet that Kushner was tasked with making peace between occupied Palestine and apartheid Israel, since he is a close, personal friend of Israeli Prime Murderer Benjamin Netanyahu, and has donated substantial amounts of money to support illegal settlements. An honest, unbiased broker, he’s not. (At the risk of boring the reader, we will only mention briefly the fact that negotiations between Israel and Palestine are both unnecessary and impossible. Unnecessary, because all that is required is adherence to international law. Impossible, because the field on which the two countries play is not level).

To make matters even worse, the Washington Post has now reported that four nations discussed using Kushner’s lack of experience and troubled company for their own benefit. Among the countries whose governments discussed exploiting the naïve and incompetent Kushner was -surprise! surprise! – Israel.



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Alberto Ceras 2 1 year 37 weeks ago

Oh, well...Ho hum...

The first few paragraphs from one of today's CounterPunch essays:



MAY 9, 2018

The U.S. Just Declared War on Iran

by JAN OBERG FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail

Against all common sense, moral considerations and international law, U.S. President Donald Trump tonight decided to place the United States outside the international so-called community and isolate itself, not Iran.

He withdrew the United States from what is one of the most important negotiated peace-oriented agreements that have ever been signed: the one that prevents Iran (if it has ever wanted to) from acquiring nuclear weapons: The Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action, JCPOA, of July 2015 – all about this agreement and its text here).

Noteworthy is that the nuclear deal is incorporated into international law by UN Security Council Resolution 2231, even though the U.S. already at that point stated – as an exceptionalist state – that it did not consider the deal binding for it.

With the exception of Germany, the deal was negotiated – cynically, of course – by countries which have themselves thousands of nuclear weapons.

It never mentioned the only state in the region that possesses them, against international law in the form of UN resolutions and, additionally, has not signed the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). That state is Israel whose nuclear weapons Western politicians and their loyal, politically correct media omit mention of – as systematically and uniformly as if orchestrated by an invisible hand from above.


-------You might want to read all of it.

And Saudi Arabia is a leading member of the "coalition" against Iran, a coalition orchestrated by Israel. This is the same Saudi land that bankrolled the 9/11 attack (never mind the phony 28 pages that Obama "released") and that has systematically killed thousands of Yemeni civilians (with considerable help from u.S. supplied munitions including, so I've read, banned cluster bombs).

Ah, well. It's all Stormy.

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zapdam. 1 year 37 weeks ago

Alberto Ceras 2 EXCELLENT POST my friend.IRAN quite rightfully should be enraged by Trump imposing sanctions again. Sanctions cripple the economy of any nations ,something the capitalistic Americans wouldn't tolerate for one second. Trump also threatened the economic health if any nation that doesn't follow his decree against Iran. Hopefully European nations, China and Russia will tell Trump to go TAKE A HIKE....... Can you imagine the gall of the Americans dictating to sovereign nations what they can and can't have in defense of their countries, when the US is the only nuclear nation in history to covertly aid and abet Israel's secret nuclear weapons program, a program they yearly his from the worlds nuclear inspectors...... . Threatening IRANS 80 million residents with nuclear weapons, is just finishing the total destruction and contamination of the middle east by the Americans . Half of Iraq is already covered in a thin layer of radioactive dust from Americas deliberate use of DU weaponry . For yous who don't know what DU stands for , its depleted Uranium, used in American munitions and it has a half life radioactively of 5 billion years. This fine DU dust has contaminated water, crops and living space with radioactive fissile material, resulting in grotesque deformities in new born children and soaring cancer rates amongst the general population......... An unstable Donald Trump has surrounded himself with war mongering chickenhawks like Michael Bolton who like George W Bush Dick Cheney and the right wing mouth piece Rush Limbaugh NEVER ONCE put on a UNIFORM in defense of the United States.I'm always amazed that these stupid American voters will allow themselves to led to war by chickenhawk right righters who did everything they could to avoid combat........... Its interesting Netanyahu just the other day falsely accused Iran of breaking the agreement and building a bomb and lying to the nuclear inspectors , something Israel successfully did for years and now they have an estimated 400 nuclear war heads and something Iran has not and did not...........Amazing what happens when you give a chickenhawk a lot of authority. Perhaps they're trying to make up for their own personal cowardice by thinking if the PLAY General somehow that'll make up for their personal gutlessness..............

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Alberto Ceras 2 1 year 36 weeks ago

Thank you, zapdam, for your fine comment. I've just finished reading today's Counter Punch essays. Here're the last few words from one of them. If you have time you - and perhaps others - might like to read more of this particular essay as well as others. I read Coetzee's chilling novel "Waiting for the Barbarians" years ago but never imagined it would apply to today's u.S.



MAY 10, 2018

JM Coetzee on Torture and Empire


Today’s barbarians include President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, National Security Advisor John Bolton, and, soon perhaps, Gina Haspel as CIA Director. All are devoted to torture and war. The barbarians don’t have to get past America’s defenses; they are here already.


For what it might be worth, my original post highlighted a prescient Jan 3 quote that is just as relevant, just as topical, today as then. It seems not to have been heeded or taken seriously by the world's pseudo leaders.

This recent essay provides information not widely available. It's long, detailed but more than worth your time. I've quoted just a snippet:


Did Trump Scrap the Nuke's Deal to Pay Back His Pro-Israel Campaign Donors?



That’s fine, but on whose behalf did Trump make those promises, that’s what we want to know? The American people don’t benefit from a broken “nukes” agreement nor does Trump’s base nor do the frustrated allies nor does the international community. No one benefits. No one except Israel, that is.


"Ïf I had a hammer..." Ïf I had a bell..."

rs allen 1 year 36 weeks ago

As always follow the money. War is good business.


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Quote rs allen:

War is good business.

Yes, rs allen, and it will continue to be not just good but great business until or unless the dumass u.S. public gets some smarts. Every dead child means money in the bank for these big business ghouls.

Below is a Google translation of a Spanish language essay written just after Trump's triumph. Just as true - perhaps ever truer - now as then (click on the link for the original Spanish version). I especially call attention to the last small prophetic paragraph that I've highlighted:



Israel in the White House

November 11, 2016 Ramón Alberto Garza Ramón Alberto Garza

If someone asked me to write a headline summarizing what happened on November 8 in the United States, mine would be: "The State of Israel is installed in the White House."

There are many who will say that it may be an exaggeration, but the facts suggest that the surprise victory of Donald Trump is no stranger to the support that powerful members of the State of Israel gave to the real estate mogul.

It is no secret to anyone that for some years now, the Israelis were uncomfortable with the relationship they had with President Barack Obama and his adviser Bill Clinton, on the sensitive issue of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Some of the most powerful interests of the international Jewish community demanded a stronger position on the dispute, not only with the Palestinians, but with Hammas and the threatening ISIS.

But those Israeli leaders did not find the answer they expected in the Democrats. They felt lukewarm in the face of the demands and threats of Muslims and their radical terrorist arm.

That is why a powerful triumvirate that impelled the republican was drawn behind Trump's candidacy.

All under the promise that the tycoon would put a "here" to the threats, and would enforce a final solution to the ancestral conflict.

This is how Sheldon Adelson, the richest man in the United States, owner of The Venetian and Sands casinos appeared. In addition to the multi-billion dollar investments in China and Singapore, Adelson also has strong interests in Israeli media.

He was joined by Rupert Murdoch, the global media mogul, who in addition to his capital, put on the table the influential Fox News and The Wall Street Journal.

And with them, side by side, the prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, his ally in the search that seemed impossible: to turn Trump into president of the United States to accelerate a solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict.

It is not gratuitous for Netanyahu to become the first head of state to declare that "President-elect Trump is a true friend of Israel and I look forward to working with him to advance security, stability and peace in our region."

That's why we saw a Trump insistently accusing Obama and the Clintons of being the creators of ISIS.

Because the interests of the so-called North American establishment ended up caught between the capitals of the influential Jewish community and the oil, but also financial, interests of the Arabs.

With the arrival of Trump to the White House, friends of the Israeli community - like Adelson, Murdoch and Netanyahu - asserted their definitive and crucial support to make the impossible turn into a surprising reality.

From that perspective, imagine the days of thunder that are coming. The wall and the Mexicans could be forgotten.

Indigo Report


OK, here a report from within Israel itself by a brave Israeli dissenter, Uri Avnery:

Uri Avnery's Column


Who is the vassal?


"IF YOU want to understand the policy of a nation, look at the map!" Napoleon is supposed to have said.

It is good advice.

If you are living in Israel, these days, you get the impression that the huge State of Israel is dictating to its American vassal what to do about Iran.

President Donald Trump listens and complies. Bibi the Great tells him to tear up the Iranian deal for no obvious reason, and he obeys. He has no choice, poor man.

But then you look at the map, and to your great surprise you discover that the USA is a huge country, while Israel is a mere speck, so small that its name has to be written outside its borders, in the sea.

So what is wrong? Geography, of course, is not the only factor. Israel has some millions of faithful adherents, who are American citizens and have a lot of money. But still.

Can it be that we got the picture wrong? That Trump is not the vassal of Netanyahu, that it's the other way round? That Trump dictates, and Bibi, for all his bluster, just obeys?

IT WOULD not be the first time. In ancient times, the leaders of the Jewish commonwealth in Palestine tried very hard to please the imperator in Rome. Nero, for example, the man who enjoyed setting fire to his own city, and to the world, while playing the flute, or whatever.

Donald Trump is the present-day Nero, the imperator of the New Rome.

Trump's main object in life is to get out of the Iran deal, "the worst deal ever". Why? I have listened intently and have discerned no other reason than that the deal was forged by his hated predecessor, Barack Obama.

What other reason was there for annulling the deal? I have heard none. The deal stopped Iran from proceeding with the building of a nuclear weapon. All experts, without exception (even in Israel) confirm that Iran has scrupulously adhered to its commitment.

Indeed, the entire world outside the US (and Israel, of course) has now decided to go on with the deal. Germany, France and Britain, three not quite insignificant powers, believe that the deal has to be maintained. So do Russia and China, no tiny countries, either.

Except Israel. Ah, Israel.

MOST PEOPLE in Israel now believe that Binyamin Netanyahu, Bibi the Great, is really leading Trump on a leash. Bibi has such a magical hold over Trump, that the American president has to follow Israel's lead.

Bibi is obsessed with Iran. He wakes up in the morning with Iran and goes to sleep with Iran.

Nobody seems to ask: Why, for God's sake?

Going back to Napoleon's map: there seems to be no clash of interests between the countries of Iran and Israel. No common border. No territories of one that the other desires. Also, no natural resources of one that the other would like to get its hands on.

Proof: not so long ago, well within my lifetime, Iran was Israel's closest ally (except our American vassal, of course). Iran was governed by the Shah, with his beautiful uniform and his beautiful wife (please indulge me for once, dear feminists).

Israel and Iran went to steal chickens together, as we say. The Iranians helped us to infiltrate agents into the Kurdish region of Iraq, in order to make trouble for the Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein. Later, we supported Iran in its war against Iraq, started by the same Hussein.

In one of the greatest scandals of its time, the so-called Iran-Contra affair, Israel transferred American arms to Iran. (Iran paid for them, and the Americans used the money to illegally finance the "Contra'" war against the leftist government in Nicaragua. My friend Amiram Nir, a journalist turned government security advisor, personally delivered the arms to Tehran. (His US counterpart, Oliver North, has just been appointed to head the powerful American Rifle Association.)

Enough amusing anecdotes. There is no basic antagonism, dictated by geography, between our two nations. So what is it?

Well, there is ideology. The present rulers of Iran are extreme Shia Islamists. They want to become the overlords of the Arab Muslim world. The Arabs hate Israel, mainly because of the Israeli occupation of Palestine. So the Iranians pretend to be the great enemy of the "Little Satan" (their rather insulting appellation of Israel, to distinguish it from the Great Satan, the USA).

Frankly, I think that the rulers of Iran don't give a damn about Israel, except as an useful instrument. The hatred of Israel is a weapon in the battle with the Sunni Arab world, led by the hyper-active Saudi Crown Prince.

(The conflict between Sunni and Shia goes back almost to the times of the Prophet, more than 15 centuries ago.)

SO WHY is Bibi obsessed with Iran, to such an extent that he commands his American vassal to drive towards World War III?

Depends how cynical you are.

If you are very cynical, you might well say that both Trump and Bibi are up to their respective necks in criminal investigations. With a bit of luck, both might end up in prison.

What better way to divert the attention of their subjects than a little war? It is a precept that has been tried out since the beginning of the world, and it almost never fails. Who will worry about trifles like Trump's porno stars or Bibi's gifts from (American) billionaires, when the lives of our boys are at stake?

The US is still far from war with Iran but we are not. Perhaps we are already in it, without believing it.

These days – or should I say, these nights – our brave boys fly over Syria and bomb Iranian army installations there. Until this minute, the Iranians have not reacted, except for a feeble attempt that was quickly answered by a massive Israeli air strike.

Why are Iranians there in the first place? It is a part of their objective to create an Iranian sphere of influence extending from Iran proper to the Mediterranean Sea. In Iraq, which has a large Shia population, they are already dominant. With the help of Russia, they are now almost dominant in Syria. In Lebanon their close allies, the Shia Hizbollah movement, controls a large part of the country and has just won the elections.

THE US does not like this at all. True, Trump has decided to withdraw from the Middle East (costs too much money), but he does not want the void to be filled by Vladimir Putin. Not at all. So he sends his boys back, and tells Israel to make the life of the Iranians in Syria hell.

It is playing with fire (for us). Until now, the Iranians have limited their reaction to our nightly bombing of their forces to the utterance of dire threats and the ineffectual response this week. But for how much longer?

Iran is a wise country. Whatever the bluster of the present regime, it does exercise a lot of restraint. It remembers that quite recently (just about 2500 years ago) it was a world power. It can wait. It does not satisfy Trump's expectations. After all, how long does the USA exist?

So we bomb. So they react with threats. So Trump is happy.

AND THE Israeli public?

One may wonder: is there such a thing?

Some local commentators are already asking: have Israeli citizens turned into mere subjects?

Israel is obviously on the path to war. The nightly bombing of Iranian forces is an insult to their national pride. In our region, national pride plays a large role. Our army has told the population in the north of the country to open the air-raid shelters and prepare them for use. Large anti-aircraft forces have been moved to the Syrian frontier.

And the Israelis? They shrug their shoulders. They know that Bibi is a showman of genius. Just now he has held the country and the world in thrall with a superb TV demonstration, in which he revealed a wealth of information about Iran's nuclear activities. The brave boys and girls of the Mossad stole this trove in Teheran and brought it to Israel, risking their lives.

Wonderful. Except that it turned out that this trove consists of obsolete documents from before the deal, which show what everybody already knew: that Iran wanted to emulate Israel and produce its own nuclear bomb. It was to prevent this that the nuclear deal was initiated in the first place.

But what showmanship! What a stage set! What wonderful (American) English! What perfect coordination with Trump's decision to scuttle the deal! Can it be that the entire show was ordered by Trump?

Some Israeli commentators pointed all this out. But there is no real opposition to Bibi in the Knesset, the popular press or on TV.

The vast majority of the people in Israel – and everywhere else - stand at attention when the word "security" is mentioned. OK, Bibi may be a tiny bit corrupt, he may have taken some bribes here and there, but he is our commander-in-chief! He is sending our boys into battle! So hail to the Chief!

Hail Bibi!


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Alberto Ceras 2 1 year 35 weeks ago

I’m two or three days late. I forgot to check the entry from Eduardo Galeano’s “Children of the Days” for May 14th. Here it is...

May 14


On this day in 1948 the state of Israel was born.

Within a few months, more than eight hundred thousand Palestinians had been deported and more than five hundred of their villages had been turned to rubble.

Those villages, where olive, fig, almond and other fruit trees grew, now lie buried under highways, shopping malls and amusement parks. They are dead and unnamed on the map rechristened by the Government Names Committee.

Not much of Palestine is left. The two thousand years of persecution suffered by the Jewish people was invoked to justify this implacable gluttony, complete with property titles granted by the Bible.

Persecuting Jews had always been a European sport. Now the Palestinians are paying the bill.

Page 148, Children of the Days by Eduardo Galeano.

And an essay...

Below I’ve pasted the last paragraphs from a blistering, factual essay. Click on the link to read all of it, from the beginning. Sometimes I wish for extraordinary powers, particularly right now I’d like the power to lock Adelson, Dershowitz, the Koch brothers and Murdock together in a cage, isolated and with no contact with the outside world. OK, no more wishful dreaming, the final paragraphs of the essay…



MAY 18, 2018

The Donald, Vlad, and the Bibi



Israeli meddling is so extensive that, for all practical purposes, it transcends the ordinary kind. Directly and through the offices of powerful lobbies representing both Jewish and Christian Zionists, the Israeli government and the larger Zionist movement effectively own the American political class – all of it, left, right (especially right!) and center.

Netanyahu himself is too corrupt, and has been in power too long, for most Israelis, including the vilest among them, to hold him in high regard. American politicians, on the other hand, let him ride roughshod over them as a matter of course.

It was largely to please him and the American plutocrats who support him – and also to please that other anti-Iranian miscreant, Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince and de facto leader of Saudi Arabia – that Trump scuttled the deal with Iran that the United States, along with Great Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia, painstakingly concluded three years ago.

This folly may go over well with Zionists of the Sheldon Adelson sort, and with America’s death merchants (“defense” industry executives), but it is the stupidest and most self-destructive “achievement” of American diplomacy in living memory.

When it goes sour, will Netanyahu be villainized in anything like the way that Putin now is? Don’t count on it. Hell will freeze over before a mainstream Democrat or Republican will have a bad word to say about the Bibster. Corporate media will follow suit; it always does.

Public opinion, however, is catching on. Notwithstanding the deafening corporate media silence about Israeli atrocities in Gaza, throughout the West Bank and in Israel itself, the news is getting through and changing Americans’ minds.

With the Israel Defense Force, the IDF, mowing down unarmed protestors with live ammunition, murdering many scores of Palestinians and wounding hundreds, if not thousands, more, it is impossible to keep the American public and the publics of other nations entirely in the dark.

And so, Israel continues to lose support all over the world, including in those countries without which the Zionist project could not be sustained: the United States, Europe, and the former White Dominions of the British Empire.

Worse still, for the Zionist establishment, liberal Zionists in the United States and elsewhere have been increasingly losing, when not expressly rejecting, their erstwhile Zionist sympathies.

This is only to be expected. From a liberal point of view, the very idea of an ethnocratic settler state is problematic at best. Liberal democracies are states of their citizens, not of tribes or ethnic groups or religious communities. A state cannot really be both Jewish and democratic — especially when implanted into a territory taken over from another people not all of whom have been or can be ethnically cleansed away.

For a long time, though, it was possible to gloss over the contradictions inherent in the idea; to think of what is essentially a Herrenvolk democracy, a democracy for a master race, as a democracy plain and simple – the only one in the Middle East.

It was also possible to call the Israel Defense Forces “the most moral army in the world” without choking on those words as they were spoken.

However, with the passage of time, and in light of the illiberal, indeed reactionary, ways that the Zionist project has evolved, these illusions and contradictions have become too glaring to ignore.

Younger Jews especially are dropping away — to the horror of Netanyahu and those who think like him.

Their reaction is not unreasonable: with the Palestinian resistance movement taking a non-violent but still unflinchingly militant turn, Netanyahu et. al. feel more “existentially threatened” than usual. In light of Israel’s increasingly evident moral bankruptcy, that sentiment is becoming more justified than it used to be.

What else could explain their extreme hostility to the BDS (boycott, divestment, sanctions) movement, a quintessentially non-violent form of solidarity politics, emanating out of Palestinian civil society, and growing by leaps and bounds throughout the Western world.


Putin is playing a game of Realpolitik; doing what he can with the hand he has been dealt; Netanyahu is doing all he can to draw the United States into a very stupid war with potentially catastrophic consequences.

In view of the role Iran’s nuclear program plays in Netanyahu’s machinations, it is relevant that the country he leads has had the bomb for many decades, by some accounts more than two hundred of them — a point that corporate media routinely fail to mention.

It bears mention too that, thanks to American largesse, Israel is armed to the teeth with conventional weapons. and that, after the United States, Israel is the most bellicose country on earth. Like the United States, it goes to war, more often than not, to maintain the “credibility” of its armed forces.

No doubt one reason for Netanyahu’s hostility towards Iran is that more than a decade ago, Hezbollah, backed by Iran, successfully fought the IDF to a standstill in Lebanon, humiliating it for all the world to see. Similarly, the hostage crisis in the early days of the Iranian Revolution still helps sustain American opposition to Iran.

But geopolitical considerations, as understood by the main protagonists, matter more.

Were Putin to have his way, at least some of the comparatively stable Middle Eastern world that George W. Bush broke could be put back together – with Syria and Iraq becoming forces for stability, not disorder.

Were Netanyahu to have his way, and the wishes of the larger Israeli Right to be fulfilled, we would get what we now have — an anti-Iranian “axis of evil,” comprised of Israel and Saudi Arabia, formerly two of the most unlikely allies on the planet, and Trump’s America.

It didn’t used to be this way, and it doesn’t have to be this way now. However, with Trump enabling Netanyahu, this is how it is.

And so, at his behest, America and the world stand on the brink of disaster – with Putin’s Russia no longer able, and Trump’s America no longer willing, to call back the dogs of war, keep murder and mayhem at bay, and let reason prevail.


Andrew Levine

Author of "Political Keywords" and "The American Ideology"

Andrew Levine's recent books include Political Keywords (2007), The American Ideology (2004), A Future for Marxism? (2003) and Engaging Political Philosophy: Hobbes to Rawls (2001). He taught philosophy for many years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was, more recently, a Research Professor of Philosophy at the University of Maryland-College Park. He is currently a Senior Scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington D.C.

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Alberto Ceras 2 1 year 35 weeks ago

A rather long interview but well worth your time. Well, so I think.



Jeremy Scahill

May 20 2018, 5:00 a.m.

ISRAEL HAS ONCE again conducted a premeditated, full-scale massacre in broad daylight, in front of the cameras of the world. Once again, it took place in Gaza.

rs allen 1 year 34 weeks ago

I'll refrain from commenting on Dr. Finkelstein's essay Alberto as I don't consider israel in any shape or form as anything even close to legal.

At any rate for those that would like a quick over view of Jerusalem and where the Judea peoples fit into PALESTINE here's a short history lesson:


I admit I had a very hard time getting through this Chris Hedges essay because my sight became too blurred from tears about half way through: Killing Gaza


Here is Chris talking to the film makers about how we are spreading democracy, freedom, liberty and justice for all:


rs allen 1 year 34 weeks ago


Boycott, divestment and sanction............NOW!


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Alberto Ceras 2 1 year 34 weeks ago

Thank you, rs allen, for your most recent posts, #22 and #23. Here's more on the subject.



WATCH: CBC exposé “The Godfather” on Adelson’s influence on US & Canadian policies



GOP Hostility Toward Iran Secured After Adelson Gives $30 Million To Top Super PAC



This last link provides ongoing info on the topic.

rs allen 1 year 34 weeks ago

Breaking treaties has never been any real inconvience of conscience for the good old u.s.of a.

Bribes for politicans used to be a secret smoke filled back room sport. Now it's just another high stakes poker game openly played for our viewing pleasure and thus giving real transparency to how this so called government of the people, for the people has always worked.

Ethnic cleansing and/or genocide is the heart of the amerikan way, that's how amerika was built and it's how it is maintained to this day. Indian reservations anyone? Inner city ghettos, poison for water with slave patrols circling anyone?

I'd say israel learned the 'american way' lesson well.

rs allen 1 year 34 weeks ago

Ancient notes played on modern instruments.

The desert weclomes you;


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Alberto Ceras 2 1 year 34 weeks ago

Thanks for the comments, rs allen.

I enjoyed the music. It took me back to my younger days and to my time in Africa when I had the privilege of sitting on the ground, at night, listening to similarly moving sounds with the added grace of hugs and handshakes all around on leaving for the evening.

Now, more on topic I guess...

Maybe a look from outside provides a clearer, broader picture. I’ve watched the u.S.’s not so gradual descent into the most hateful fascism. It can’t happen here (there)? But, yes, it can, it is.

Just a couple of paragraphs from an essay by George Payne who sees and reports on the impending – no, the existing - horror…


MAY 25, 2018

The Direction of No Return: a Meditation on America’s Decent into Tyranny




As far as I am concerned, it only sounds radical to compare what is happening in America to what happened to the German people during the rise of Hitler. The American citizenry has not fully taken stock of the inexorable and subtle dismantling of their cherished democratic values. It takes a writer and thinker of such battle tested genius as the psychologist and concentration camp survivor Bruno Bettelheim to appreciate how a once free society can take the beginning steps towards suppression, dehumanization, and ultimate destruction. In his book, The Informed Heart: On retaining the Self in a Dehumanizing Society, Dr. Bettelheim provided a gripping analysis of the human condition that points to the central dilemma facing every single American today:

When life is at stake and one is still in full possession of one’s powers, making decisions and taking action is relatively easy. The same is nearly true for one’s physical liberty. But in the case of one’s personal independence, things seem less clear cut. Risking one’s life to prevent small inroads into one’s autonomy is not what most people would do. And when the state makes small inroad after small inroad, at which point is one to say: No more, even if it cost me my life? And pretty soon the many small inroads have sapped so much courage that no one no longer has the nerve to take action. The same is true for anxiety generated by fear for one’s life or one’s freedom, or both…To take action in the moment of the first onset of anxiety is relatively easy, because anxiety is a powerful motivating force to action. But if the action is delayed, the longer anxiety lasts and the more energy is spent on binding it, that is, on not acting to relieve it, the more a person is drained of vital energy and the less he feels capable of acting on his own. At the inception of the German tyranny, the longer action was delayed, the weaker grew the ability to resist.

Is that not what is happening in America right now? Look at the record. This is a president who has continuously violated the Separation of church and state by suggesting that America is a Christian nation. (The recent embassy move to Jerusalem was an act of Christian nationalism.)



Maybe it began before Trump. Maybe it dates from the murder of Martin, Robert and John.

Those tattooed pro athletes will provide the Haley’s, the DeVos’s with lovely lampshades, n'est-ce pas?

"But if the action is delayed..."




While most Poles behaved with courage, dignity and heroism, a minority of gentiles – and this is why the current government of Poland is threatening to punish anyone who talks of Polish collaboration with the Nazis – “participated directly in the murder process”, according to Winstone. They included the Polish “blue” police – ordinary cops in their usual blue uniforms



Now, as I wrote a while back…

The KKK in blue, badged, their leader in the White House.

And, I guess I could add, their cohorts next door.

rs allen 1 year 34 weeks ago

I think any broad coldly subjective view of the us. for most of it's history would place it squarely within the frame work of a proto-fascist state. The cherished democratic values the essayist G. Paynes speaks of have from the beginning been always cherished and held onto for only the 'us few' with little regard for any of 'the others' human rights or choices. Emm the poem 'First they came....' comes to mind. I'll maintain fascism has always been an under current in the stream of the amerikan ethos and predates well beyond Martin, Robert or John. That kind of overview doesn't necessarily make any perspective any clearer but I believe is an accurate beginning towards an understanding of just what amerika is and has been throughout it's history. So trumpkof and company is not anything new or strange; it/they has always been there/here for anyone willing to admit it. Only now though, or at least for the last 4 decades or so, expansion at the expence of 'the other' has either run out of room or 'the others' have caught onto the shell game and refuse to play so now we turn inward and eat our own.

As Chris Hedges is apt to and adeptly likes to remind us, the fall of the US. thus far has closely mimicked the collapse of the Roman empire. Bread and circuses anyone?

Here's a brave reporter I ran across in my wandering. Please do explore her voice of truth she speaks against power. As an intro I'll start with her Empire Files report on how the media distorts the coverage of israeli crimes.


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Alberto Ceras 2 1 year 34 weeks ago

Thanks again, rs allen, for your comments and for the links. When, if ever, will the u.S.'s dumass public wake up, see Israel for what it truly is - a rogue nation that ignores international, humanitarian norms and laws? The u.S. has itself a history that in many ways is as sordid as that of Israel and so, I suppose, it has no qualms about supporting Israel.

Heard around the water cooler...

"A few dead children? Ha, ha. They should have been in school. What's that? They were in school? Well, you know, terrorists use those schools, hospitals, too... Bomb 'em. Bomb 'em! What fun!!!"

But, yes, there are still decent people in today's harsh world...


Flotilla carrying Gaza wounded set for bid to break Israeli siege

Two boats aim to defy the Israeli blockade as thousands of Palestinians wounded by the Israeli snipers in recent protests struggle for help.

by Arwa Ibrahim

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Alberto Ceras 2 1 year 34 weeks ago

This comment perhaps doesn't exactly fit here but what the hell, new comments don't seem to get posted. But, then, when you reflect on Adelson Gives $30 Million To Top Super PAC, from my comment #24 maybe it does fit.

The u.S. is in decline, has been for years. That decline accelerated with the election of Trump and continues to gain momentum. The essay cited below addresses that fact, and others, while stressing the need, the imperative, for action. If, in spite of the public apathy, people do decide to act they must, before anything else, eliminate the present abominable inequality of wealth and enact measures that would prevent - for all time - such gross accumulation of personal riches.



MAY 29, 2018

“Power Concedes Nothing Without a Demand” & the New Poor People’s Campaign



In 1857, Frederick Douglass emphasized what have become some of his most quoted words: “If there is no struggle there is no progress.” Continued Douglass, “Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation … want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightening. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters.”

Douglass admonished the crowd, “This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” As Douglass knew first-hand, “Find out just what a people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted…. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”



Continuing from further along in the same essay….



In May 1967, at the outset of the Poor People’s Campaign, Dr. King said, “I think it is necessary for us to realize that we have moved from the era of civil rights to the era of human rights…. [W]hen we see that there must be a radical redistribution of economic and political power, then we see that for the last twelve years we have been in a reform movement…. That after Selma and the Voting Rights Bill, we moved into a new era, which must be an era of revolution…. In short, we have moved into an era where we are called upon to raise certain basic questions about the whole society.”



There it is sweethearts. How much blood has this blood money spilled? and keeps on spilling.

rs allen 1 year 34 weeks ago

re. post #29

The israeli plan mirrors almost exactly the 'great american way'. And don't we all know how exceptional israel is. So.........

'Come all ye roving minstrels

And together we will try

to rise the sprite of the earth

and move the rolling sky'

Minstrels, poets, people of letters and history books telling the story of the 'great american exceptionalism' is nothing new:


WHOOSH, any and all of it goes over their heads because their either too busy amusing themselves to death or it's just easier and comfortable to be complacent about their position in the affairs of mankind while they wander about thinking; What? Me worry? And what's that you say? We're turning an entire continent to rumble? Nah man, don't worry our military is protecting the american way.......salute!

Yes, there are good people fighting the good fight in the up hill battle of apathy on one side and immoral reactionaries come fascists on the other and I don't think the outcome of that battle is at all certain other than that nature and mother earth will bat last.

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Alberto Ceras 2 1 year 34 weeks ago

Again, many thanks for the post, rs allen. You and I seem to be the only ones alive and kicking around here. Tell me, TH stalwarts, that it ain't so.

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Alberto Ceras 2 1 year 33 weeks ago

So what else is new?


Latest updates as of Friday, June 1

Palestinian paramedic killed

Razan al-Najjar was killed by Israeli live fire during the protests east of the south Gaza city of Khan Younis, according to Palestinian health officials.

The 21-year-old volunteer paramedic died of a gunshot wound to the chest, the Palestinian health ministry said.

A witness said she was shot while running towards the fortified fence to help a casualty.

Wearing a white uniform, "she raised her hands high in a clear way, but Israeli soldiers fired and she was hit in the chest", the witness told Reuters news agency.

Palestinian medical sources say more than 100 other protesters were wounded, 40 of them with live fire.

Read more about the struggle of medical workers to provide healthcare amid shootings by Israeli forces here.

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